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.

No meetings in July and August: Summer break.

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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 up to six 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 Gabi McLean 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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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.

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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.

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Friday-to-Sunday, July 20-22, 2018: Camping weekend at Crystal Lake:

In conjunction with the South Coast and Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains chapters of the CNPS, we are offering a very special, new type of summer outing: a camping weekend in the San Gabriel Mountains. This will be open to CNPS members and plant lovers and their families associated with our local chapters, with a chance for all of us to relax together, go on some hikes and plant walks, have some activities for the kids, and really enjoy the flora and fauna of this magnificent place. For more information on the San Gabriel Mountains, click here.

Camping and Lodging: We plan on camping at the Crystal Lake Campground operated by the Angeles National Forest, which has plenty of camping sites. It is first come, first serve, so you may need to arrive early Friday to secure a spot. Some of us may try to save a couple of spots near each other if requested. The camp site fee per night is $12 and accommodates up to 8 people. Click here for more information about the campground.

There are also a couple of cabins available from a private vendor, next to the campground; they need to be reserved ASAP. Click here for details.

Food: Bring your own food. There is a small cafe with tasty food (but limited hours) if you choose not to cook.

Activities: We are planning different levels of walks and hikes, and activities for children. Click here to download the current schedule of activities (updated July 19, 2018).

Please register your interest: We need to know the number and interests of participants:

If you are interested in coming, please RSVP by filling out this survey (click here).

Some participants will arrive Friday evening of July 20 and stay until Sunday. Others may arrive later or leave earlier.

Further information: Contact the organizers Cris Sarabia at or Gabi McLean at

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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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