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 the landscape and offer Californians a sense of place, pride and stability.
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) works to protect California's native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations. Our work continues at a most critical time. Urban and agricultural growth, the spread of nonnative weeds, expanding knowledge regarding sustainable timber and grazing practices, and frequently inadequate land use planning all elevate the essential need to prevent the decline in California's native plant diversity.
To reverse this trend, CNPS promotes sound plant science as the backbone of effective natural areas protection. We work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices.
CNPS is a non-profit organization largely run by volunteers. Our nearly 10,000 members work to promote native plant appreciation, research, and conservation through 33 chapters located statewide.