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, making California one of the globe's biodiversity hotspots. No other state in the nation has as many species of native plants as California, and of those, a third are found nowhere else on Earth! From the richly colored expanse of spring wildflowers in the desert to groves of Monterey cypress on the coast, California's wild landscapes are immensely diverse and awe-inspiring in their beauty, providing a sense of place and pride. And when we save plants, we save the many creatures that rely on them for survival. California's native plants form the foundation of our state's ecosystems, supporting wildlife, clean air, water, and soil. CNPS has been working hard to protect California's native plants and the special places they inhabit since 1965. In these 53 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.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CNPS relies on donations to support its mission to save and protect California's native plants and their habitats.

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - General Funds allow us to direct funds where they are needed most.
  2. Funding: Program - Conservation - The CNPS Conservation program works at the local, state, and federal level to ensure that native plants and their habitats receive the maximum legal protection afforded by environmental law. Current priorities include: - Desert: increased protections for California's deserts, particularly Joshua Tree and microphyll woodland habitat - Regional Planning: working to protect places like California's rare and remaining prairies from sprawl development - Forest: using best available science to help update forest management plans, and advocating for science-based fire management, respective to the unique needs of Northern and Southern California - Climate Change: understanding and responding to the real-time impact of climate change on California's native plants
  3. Funding: Program - Plant Science - The CNPS Vegetation and Rare Plant programs are working to inventory, map, and document California's rare native species and plant communities. The work coming out of these programs is used by government agency staff, conservation efforts, land managers, decision-makers, and more, who consider CNPS online resources like the CNPS Inventory of Rare Plants and the Manual of California Vegetation to be the gold standard for classification and ranking the state's native flora.
  4. Funding: Program - Education and Outreach - Through workshops, symposia, publications, and other events CNPS is working to boost eco-literacy and environmental appreciation statewide. Activities range from garden tours for home gardeners to field training for professionals to a children's curriculum, used statewide. CNPS and its 35 chapters also mentor students and help fund student native plant research throughout California.
  5. Funding: Program - Horticulture - The CNPS Horticulture Program is working with water districts, HOAs, partner organizations, and home gardeners statewide to restore nature one garden at a time, creating a home for pollinators and habitat corridors for birds and other urban wildlife. Current efforts include: - A statewide Garden Ambassador initiative, which encourages real-life native plant gardeners to share their gardens and experience through social media, blogging, articles, and in-person events - an online resource that helps people discover which plants grow native in their area, how to grow them, and what nurseries carry them - Landscaper certification: CNPS is working with partner, the Theodore Payne Foundation, to launch a native landscaper curriculum and certification program.
"California's native plants form the foundation of our ecosystems, creating the habitat and nourishment our pollinators, birds, and, ultimately, even we need to survive. That's why, for more than 50 years, CNPS has worked to protect and celebrate our native plants. Because when we protect plants, we protect everything else. Individual donations from people like you help support current CNPS projects like our work to re-oak wine country after last fall's fires, protect California's deserts from mining and development, and conserve California's important plant areas in the face of sprawl development and climate change. CNPS touches thousands of Californians every day. We fund student research, mentor emerging professionals, and engage the public through free field trips, guest lectures, and workshops. Using our valuable online resources like, increasing numbers of Californians are replacing their water-thirsty lawns with sustainable native gardens. Together, we believe we can restore nature one garden at a time and protect the valuable wild landscapes we have left. So, if you haven't already, please join us today in working to restore what we've lost and protect what we have left, ensuring that California will be as beautiful tomorrow as it was yesterday."

Dan Gluesenkamp
Executive Director