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.
  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 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.
  5. Funding: Program - Horticulture -- 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. Our goal is to restore nature one garden at a time.
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, 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