About our chapter


The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening

We are one of more than 30 CNPS chapters spread throughout California. Most CNPS activities are organized at the chapter level where the various interests of individual members can be served, and where there are opportunities for individuals to be involved to the degree that suits them best. The activities of our chapter include:

  • meetings most months of the year with interesting speakers
  • field trips in the area
  • plant sales
  • educational outreach
  • conservation projects

The CNPS has approximately 9,000 CNPS members in the state. Our chapter has approximately 200 members.

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You are invited to become a member of the CNPS, whether your interests are amateur or professional. To join CNPS, please see our Membership Page.

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See our communications page If you wish to be on our mailing list, to download our newsletter, and to learn about other ways we communicate as a chapter.

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Click here for our Contact Page.

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Elected officers (elected January 2018):

President: Clifford McLean
Vice-president: Lyn McAfee
Secretary: Helena Bowman
Treasurer: Jane Tirrell
Chapter: Council Delegate: Katie Gallagher

Appointed board members:

2018-2019:  Orchid Black
  Graham Bothwell
  Barbara Eisenstein
  Gabi McLean


(For each committee the chair is listed first. In some instances, committee members other than the chair are not shown.)

Conservation: Jane Tirrell (acting chair)
  Jane Strong
  Cifford McLean
  Mickey Long (adviser)
Education/Outreach: Kyra Saegusa
  Kathy Sturdevant
  Roger Klemm
Field trips: Susan Flaming
Grants: Jane Tirrell
  Shelly Magier
  Lyn McAfee
  Naomi Fraga
Horticulture: Gabi McLean
  Jesse Chang (school gardens)
Hospitality: Anna Muriello
Invasive plants: Roger Klemm
Membership: Clifford McLean
  Gabi McLean
Newsletter: Jane Strong
  Graham Bothwell
  Lyn McAfee
  Clifford McLean
Past president: Orchid Black
Plant sale: Barbara Eisenstein
Plant walks: Katie Gallagher
  Bob Dollins
Programs: Naomi Fraga
Rare plants: Jane Strong (acting chair)
  Jane Tirrell
  Mickey Long (adviser)
Social media: Anna Muriello
  Shelly Magier
  Graham Bothwell
Web site: Graham Bothwell

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You can download the following files. (Newsletters are on the Newsletter Page.)

1. General interest documents

Plant identification workshop slides (.pdf) - a presentation created by Gabi McLean for the workshop held on June 24, 2010

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Numerous ways exist for participating in our chapter activities, addressing a wide range of interests. Here is just a sample of them:

- Helpers at our annual plant sale, usually a Saturday in early November (you don't need to be a plant expert)
- Volunteers to lead field trips (any time of year)
- Volunteers and coordinators for Native Plant Week (3rd week of April)
- Helpers for the state-wide Chapter Council meeting (1st week of March)
- Volunteers to man the tables and displays for chapter outreach at community and educational events (again, you do not need to be a plant expert)

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