• Big Pines Meadow
  • Mt. Pinos
  • Crystal Lake
  • Among the corn lilies
  • At Bob's Gap
  • Iron Mountain & East Fork
  • Big Pines Meadow
  • Mt. Pinos
  • Crystal Lake
  • Among the corn lilies
  • At Bob's Gap
  • Iron Mountain & East Fork



Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular meetings, 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. The meetings are preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.

Laguna Beach live-forever
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.: Rare plants of Orange County — native and otherwise, with Ron Vanderhoff: Laguna Beach live-forever, big-leaf crownbeard, adder's tongue fern and San Diego chamise. What do these have in common with bitou bush, Santa Maria feverfew, Australian fireweed and Egyptian knapweed? They are all regionally rare plants, with small populations. In this two-part program, Ron Vanderhoff will take you on a tour of several of the rare plants in Orange County. We will begin with rare native species, emphasizing their rare habitats. It is often rare habitats, that are home to rare plants. The second portion of the program will highlight some of the newest and most destructive non-native weeds in the region. These are non-native plants that have recently arrived in Orange County (and maybe the Inland Empire?) and threaten many of those same habitats — and our native flora. With the development of their Emergent Invasive Plant Program, Orange County CNPS has become a leader in the early detection and rapid response to these emergent invasive plants. Ron will share some weedy stories, highlight a few successes and give a brief overview of this award-winning invasive program.

Ron Vanderhoff is a local native plant expert and Orange County chapter board member. He is a member of the chapter's Rare Plant Committee and Chair of their Invasive Plant Committee.

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No meetings in July and August: Summer break — but see the special event below on August 22

Yellow warblers
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m.: Free Movie Night with Pasadena Audubon: A SPECIAL EVENT: Our CNPS chapter joins with Pasadena Audubon Society to present a joint movie night at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. We will screen a documentary by Dr. Doug Tallamy about the critical interaction between locally native plants and the birds that use them to live and raise their young. Bird populations have been falling dramatically, largely due to loss of habitat. Tallamy makes a call for people to make up some of the habitat loss in their own yards. His photography is amazing and his message is compelling.

We will begin at 7:00 p.m. Come enjoy yourselves and hear this important message for everyone, not just for lovers of birds and native plants. Bring your friends.

P.S. There will be free popcorn!

California peony
Thursday, September 26, 2019: Pot Luck Supper and Art Display 6:30 p.m., Poetry Reading 7:30 p.m., Members' Slide Show 7:45 p.m.: It's time for our annual Pot Luck and Members' Slide Show! This year, we encourage you to share original art, such as drawings, paintings, poetry, or prose, that are related to native plants. Bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck, beginning at 6:30 p.m. And please bring your own plate, cup and utensils.

Members who submit poetry are encouraged to read their poems to the audience at 7:30 p.m. The digital photo slideshow begins at 7:45, and is an opportunity to show your favorite native-plant-related photographs.

To participate in the slideshow, please select one to twelve photos that you would like to share. If you can, please identify the plants in each photograph with common names and/or botanical names, or the group can help identify them. And please tell us where you found them.

Submit digital image files, by Monday, September 23, to Katie Gallagher at katiejgallagher@gmail.com. Alternatively, especially if files are large (greater than 2 MB), you can send Katie a link to your preferred photo website where she can download them, or you can upload the files using our website’s upload page at https://cnps-sgm.org/upload. Files can be JPG or other image formats, preferably at full resolution. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own PowerPoint or OpenOffice slides at 4x3 and send them.

If you have other art works that you would like to share, please contact Katie to discuss how that might be arranged.

As always, the meeting will be at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, in Pasadena. It is free and open to the public. Come and see the beautiful photographs and other works of art, whether you are showing your own work or not, even if you don't make it to the potluck.

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Past programs of our chapter: See the Past Activities page.

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An outreach event
Outreach activities. Can you help?: Last year our chapter participated in a number of Outreach events for a diversity of audiences, and in 2019 we continued to foster and grow the appreciation for California native plants in our area. The chapter’s Outreach Committee, led by Kyra Saegusa, is making community engagement and family education a priority, with kid-focused botany workshops in collaboration with the Theodore Payne Foundation and Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates. We have had marked success with interactive activity kits for these events, such as the Jr. Botanist Kit, with plant samples and magnifying lenses, our “scratch n’ sniff” Tongva Pantry Kit, and our Poppy Seed Planting Kit. These kits engage the whole family and provide our outreach volunteers with easy and fun ways to interact with visitors even if they do not feel like “experts” on California native plants. The outreach work is even more valuable now than at any time before as it speaks to current California issues including global warming, wild files, and cultural identity and rights.

We are always looking for good people to assist at various events, and speakers to address garden and school groups on a range of subject. We also like to hear from artists who can help create outreach materials specific to our chapter.

More information, and volunteering: If you would like to be an outreach volunteer, please email to Kyra Saegusa (ksaegusa.cnpsoutreach@gmail.com).

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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.

Eaton Canyon Plant Walks

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:  
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 09:00

No walks in July and August

Sunday, September  8, 2019, 09:00

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 09:00

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 09:00

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 09:00

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Field outings for 2019

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.

At Crystal Lake
Friday-to-Sunday, July 12-14, 2019: Camping weekend at Crystal Lake: Once again we have a camping weekend at Crystal Lake Campground. This event is hosted by our chapter in conjunction with the South Coast, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains, and Bryophyte chapters of the CNPS. As we did last year, you make your own camping arrangements and the CNPS chapters provide the activities. You can join us for the full weekend or just for the day or for any one activity.

The weekend will include a variety of plant walks, botany hikes, and other activities for both children and adults, including for mobility impaired folks. There will also be several "rare plant treasure hunts" for botany students and other folks with a science interest.

Crystal Lake is in the San Gabriel Mountains National Mounment, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The Crystal Lake campground is located at the top of Highway 39, 25 miles north of Azusa, at an elevation of 5,500 feet. Click here for the campground's web page. Although there are plenty of camp sites, they are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, which means you may need to arrive early Friday to secure a spot. The camp site fee per night is $12, which accommodates up to 8 people. A few nearby cabins are available from a private vendor, and need to be reserved well ahead. Bring your own food. A small cafe and store has prepared food and camping basics.

RSVP: In order to plan the activities, we need to know the number and interests of participants. If you are interested in coming, please complete the survey at cnps-sgm.org/campingsurvey.

Further information:
To download a general information sheet about the weekend, click here.
To download the draft activities schedule, click here.
For further details, please contact Gabi McLean at gabi.mclean@verizon.net.

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Sand dunes in Baja
Thursday to Monday, October 24-28, 2019: Baja Conservation Field Trip:

Have you been hearing about conservation efforts in Baja over the last few years? Have you been curious how you can get involved? Now's your chance! CNPS-SGM chapter board member, Katie Gallagher, has spent a number of years on a research and land management project at a nature preserve near San Quintin, Baja California. This year, she is opening up her project to members and friends of both CNPS and Southern California Botanists (SCB)! Spend less than two days helping control Tamarisk, an invasive tree, then spend two days exploring the wonders of the native desert habitats. Drive through forests of cardon cacti and boojum trees, stand in one place and touch nine different cactus species, and camp in one of the last intact sand dunes in western North America.

All nights will be spent camping, so bring your own food. Speaking Spanish is not necessary. You will need passport, international health insurance, and car insurance. We will carpool and caravan down from Pasadena’s Eaton Canyon Nature Center early in the morning on Thursday, October 24, 2019, and return by the evening of Monday, October 28, 2019.

For further information, see our Baja trip web page, or contact Katie Gallagher (katiejgallagher@gmail.com). Bienvenidos a Baja!

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Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.

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Statewide and other CNPS chapter events

None currently listed here: You may find relevant items on the state CNPS web site.

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Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:

Lily Spring Area Survey: Click here for the Lily Spring Area Survey page.

The Paintbrush Quest: A survey of Castilleja gleasoni, our chapter logo. Click here for the Paintbrush Quest pages.

Millard Canyon Project — a fundraiser in support of Altadena Foothills Conservancy

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Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.

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Our Annual Plant Sale

Held in early November, typically the first Saturday, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.

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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 treehuggers@ca.rr.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.)

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Click here for the past activities page.

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