Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular meetings, held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except July, August, November, and December. The meetings are preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.

Caterpillar phacelia
Thursday, September 27, 2018: Pot Luck Supper and Art Display 6:30 p.m., Members' Digital Photo Show 7:30 p.m., Poetry Reading 8:15 p.m., Activity Survey and Award of Prizes 8:30 p.m.: Bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck. To make this an earth-friendly event, please bring your own plates and utensils. The art show is an opportunity to share your favorite creative native-plant-related work — graphic art, paintings, poems, drawings, sculptures, photographs (print or digital), etc.

To participate in the digital slide show, please select one to twelve photos that you would like to share. If you can, please identify the plants in each photograph with common names and/or botanical names, or the group can help identify them. And please tell us where you found them. Submit digital image files by Monday, September 24, to Katie Gallagher at Alternatively, especially if files are large (greater than 2 MB), you can send Katie a link to your preferred photo web site where she can download them, or you can upload the files using our web site’s upload page at Files can be JPG or other image formats, preferably at full resolution. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own PowerPoint or OpenOffice slides and send them.

If you have original art works that you would like to share, please contact Katie Gallagher at to discuss arrangements.

The activity survey is an initiative to obtain feedback from members and supporters about new and enhanced activities being considered for the chapter. It covers a broad range of topics including collaboration with other organizations; field trips, outreach, and workshops; social media; natural gardening; the plant sale; community activities; action about invasive plants; and other currently relevant subjects.

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Walnut restoration
Thursday, October 25, 2018. 7:30 p.m.: Restoring the Southern California ecosystem, with Erin Questad: Erin will present an overview of research into improving restoration outcomes for our native vegetation by overcoming barriers to plant establishment. Her studies include the restoration of Southern California walnut woodlands, where allelopathy and competition with invasive species can inhibit restoration. She also studies post-fire restoration planning in wildlands using remote sensing and field-collected data.

Erin Questad is an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona. She studies restoration ecology, landscape-level ecosystem management, and remote sensing applications in restoration and conservation.

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No meetings in November and December: Meetings resume in January.

Past programs of our chapter: See the Past Events page.

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California Native Plant Week: California Native Plant Week is the third week of April. See the CNPS state web site for details.

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Email notification: If you wish to be notified by email of upcoming field trips, please click here to subscribe to our email list.

Leaders: Each outing has one or more appointed leaders. It is not necessary to contact the leader beforehand in order to participate. All you need to do is turn up for the event.

Eaton Canyon Plant Walks

Plant walks are held on the second Sunday of each month except July and August.

Meet inside Eaton Canyon Nature Center on the back patio at 9:00 a.m. Then go on a leisurely walk, about 2 hours, through the native plant garden that surronds the Center and into the nearby wild areas. The walk is different each time — what's leafing out, flowering, in seed, etc., determines what your leade will talk about — and different leaders bring drifferent points of view.

Eaton Canyon Nature Center
Current plant walks:  
Sunday, May13, 2018, 09:00

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 09:00

No plant walks in July and August

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 09:00

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 09:00

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 09:00

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 09:00

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Field outings for 2018

We sponsor outings on occasional dates throughout the year, usually on a Saturday. The walking ranges from easy, typically on wide fire roads, to moderately strenuous, such as on forest trails. If a convenient place is available nearby, we love to picnic afterward. Weather is unpredictable; snow, rain, fire and ice cancel.

Important note: The chapter does not advertise all field trips in the newsletter. Instead we have two levels of field trip, those with dates known well ahead to places expected to be good regardless of the season; and spur-of-the-moment trips organized with 1 to 2 weeks of notice, based on seasonal conditions and notified via this web site, email, and Facebook. This gives us more flexibility in finding wildflowers in bloom or fall color at its peak.

Sand dunes in Baja
Thursday-to-Monday, November 8-12, 2018: Baja conservation field trip:

Have you been hearing about conservation efforts in Baja over the last few years? Have you been curious how you can get involved? Now's your chance! CNPS-SGM chapter board member, Katie Gallagher, has spent the last three years on a research and land management project on a nature preserve near San Quintin, Baja California. This year, she is opening up her project to CNPS members and friends! Spend less than two days helping control Tamarisk, an invasive tree, then spend two days exploring the wonders of the native desert habitats. Drive through forests of cardon cacti and boojum trees, stand in one place and touch nine different cactus species, and camp in one of the last intact sand dunes in western North America.

All nights will be spent camping, so bring your own food. Speaking Spanish is not necessary. You will need passport, international health insurance, and car insurance. We will carpool and caravan down from Pasadena’s Eaton Canyon Nature Center early in the morning on Thursday, November 8, 2018 and return late at night on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 12, 2018.

For further information, see our Baja trip web page (, or contact Susan Flaming, Bienvenidos a Baja!

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Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.

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Statewide and other CNPS chapter events

None currently listed here: You may find relevant items on the state CNPS web site.

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Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:

Lily Spring Area Survey: Click here for the Lily Spring Area Survey page.

The Paintbrush Quest: A survey of Castilleja gleasoni, our chapter logo. Click here for the Paintbrush Quest pages.

Millard Canyon Project — a fundraiser in support of Altadena Foothills Conservancy

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Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.

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Our Annual Plant Sale

Held in early November, typically the first Saturday, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.

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Sunland Welcome Nature Garden
Volunteer opportunity: Sunland Welcome Nature Garden: The Sunland Welcome Nature Garden, a volunteer native plant garden on Sunland Boulevard at the 210 freeway, is a showcase of local native plants. Stop in and smell the flowers, visit the garden's Facebook page, or contact the garden's instigator Roger Klemm at for more information or to join in the next workday.

Southern California Botanists: See their Field Trips and events page (click here.)

Natural Sciences Section of Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2015 outings: For their current schedule, please see their web site (click here.)

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Click here for the past activities page.

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