Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular monthly meetings. These are currently held using Zoom, at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December. All in-person chapter gatherings are currently canceled because of the coronavirus situation.
[Previously, in-person meetings were 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. These meetings were preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification. We hope to have in-person meetings again before long.]
No meetings in November and December: Meetings resume in January. But please come to our annual plant sale on November 6, at the Monrovia Historical Museum.
Past programs of our chapter: For a listing of past chapter activities over several years, see the Past Activities page.
Presentations from past chapter meetings: Click here to see video recordings or to download slides from selected chapter meetings.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement: At it's meeting on November 19, 2020, the chapter's board of directors adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Statement as an initial step to expanding the chapter's community engagement. Click here or the image to see the statement.
In the Mojave Desert CNPS-SGM Research Grant for 2022: The San Gabriel Mountains chapter announces their 2022 grant program open to students and others with an interest in the flora of southern California. We will award one $1,000 grant to a graduate student or other. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2020. For more information, please see the Request for Proposals, which you can download by clicking on the following link:
For the 2022 grant program: Click to download the Request for Proposals.
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.
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.
Eaton Canyon Nature Center Current plant walks cancelled: The plant walks usually held on the second Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. are currently cancelled because of the coronavirus situation.
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.
No field trips are currently planned: All public chapter events are currently cancelled because of the coronavirus situation.
Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.
None currently listed here: You may find relevant items on the state CNPS web site.
Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:
Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.
Our Annual Plant Sale
Held in early November, typically the first Saturday, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.
South Pasadena Nature Park Monthly volunteering at South Pasadena Nature Park:
The regular Volunteer Day RESUMES on May 15! Please come along and help!
The South Pas Nature Park (officially the South Pasadena Arroyo Seco Woodland and Wildlife Park) is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco in South Pasadena.
Each month volunteers weed and clean up in the park. Join us to meet your neighbors, enjoy the park, and make your community a better place.
Current volunteer Opportunities
Despite very little rain this winter, we had a modest display of wildflowers. Throughout the pandemic period many people made good use of the park. The park lives on! And so it's time to resume regular maintenance! Please join us to remove litter and weeds, maintain paths, and enjoy the nature park with your neighbors.
When and where
Location: 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of York Street Bridge
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Dates (third Saturday):
2021 dates: May 15, June 19, September 18, October 16, November 20
(No scheduled cleanup in July, August, and December.)
Dates are tentative. Please confirm on Facebook, WeedingWIldSuburbia, or email.
On the internet:
Wild Suburbia: http://www.weedingwildsuburbia.com/nature-park/
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to receive email announcements of park events.
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 email@example.com for more information or to join in the next workday.
Natural Sciences Section of Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2015 outings: For their current schedule, please see their web site (click here.)