California Native Plant Society

The mission of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.

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Address: 2707 K St Ste 1
Sacramento, CA 95816
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Environment 
Sub NTEE: Natural Resources Conservation & Protection 
Executive Director: Daniel Gluesenkamp
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-447-2677
The native plants of California are unlike any other in the world. From the richly colored expanse of spring wildflowers in the desert, to groves of Monterey cypress on the coast, California's wild gardens are immensely diverse and awe-inspiring in their beauty. They define our landscape and offer Californians a sense of place and pride. They provide habitat for wildlife species that exist no place else on earth. CNPS has been working hard to protect California's native plants and the special places they inhabit since 1965. In these fifty-two years, we've grown into 35 chapters throughout California and NW Baja, Mexico, with nearly 10,000 members and thousands of dedicated volunteers who work at the local level to support the CNPS mission.

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - General Funds.
  2. Funding: Program - Rare and sensitive species and habitats are not often protected adequately, so our Conservation, Rare Plant, Vegetation, and Education Programs work hard to ensure that species are properly mapped, accounted for, and given appropriate protection.
  3. Funding: Program - To increase public awareness of our native plants and lands, CNPS provides educational programming and curricula for all. To support the use of sound science in land management, we offer plant science training for career professionals.
  4. Funding: Program - CNPS chapters engage in activities at the local level, providing free public program meetings, field trips, restoration work parties, gardening workshops, Rare Plant Treasure Hunts, garden tours, and plant sales.
  5. Funding: Program - The CNPS Horticulture Program envisions a future California that uses less water, improves air quality, provides habitat for pollinators, and reduces chemicals in our landscaping choices.
'CNPS gives a voice to our native plants to ensure their survival and that Californians can enjoy the places that make our state so beautiful and unique for generations to come. We have accomplished so much, thanks in large part, to individual donations from people who want to have a lasting impact on our gorgeous state. Specifically, individual donations go towards our work to: reform forestry standards and timber harvest planning, to ensure the best science is applied to protecting forests and forest ecosystems, take a stand on development projects, even filing lawsuits when there is no other way to stop a bad project from destroying a rare and irreplaceable part of our home, support students by awarding education grants to help them research our native flora, grow California's most successful native plant gardening program, by teaching symposia, delivering garden tours, and helping homeowners replace their lawns with drought-busting, pollinator-loving natives, expand the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, a citizen science effort that has mapped more than 2,500 populations of rare plants in California in just six years' time -1/3 of which were new to science! CNPS is the only organization of its kind, working across California to educate people, save plants, and protect places. Thanks to CNPS, we can all enjoy more wild places, more native plant gardens, more pollinators, more wildlife, and have greater hope that California will be as beautiful tomorrow as it was yesterday.'

Dan Gluesenkamp, Executive Director