• Among the corn lilies
  • At Bob's Gap
  • Iron Mountain & East Fork
  • Returning from Mt. Lowe
  • Mojave Desert bloom
  • High in the mountains
  • Among the corn lilies
  • At Bob's Gap
  • Iron Mountain & East Fork
  • Returning from Mt. Lowe
  • Mojave Desert bloom
  • High in the mountains



Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular monthly meetings, held at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December. Meetings are held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

As of September 2022 our chapter gatherings will once again be held inperson, instead of the purely on-line Zoom events that occurred during the pandemic period. The virtual meetings were vital in maintaining the chapter's strength, but it's now time to venture back to live meetings. In line with current Los Angeles County recommendations, masks are strongly recommended for indoor public settings.

As occurred previously, we plan that shortly our meetings will be preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Field outings for 2022

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.

Big Tujunga Creek
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon: BIg Tujunga Wash near Orcas Park: Where the dry, rocky flood channel of Big Tujunga Wash approaches Hansen Dam basin in northeast San Fernando Valley, deep groundwater is forced to the surface and supports a vast riparian woodland, infrequently visited except by local equestrian riders. Join Richard Rachman for a 3-hour tour of riparian and upland native plants near Orcas Park, focusing on the transition from dry to swampy soil conditions. Bill Neill will co-lead the tour for commentary on geology, 1920’s gravel mining, Hansen Dam history, and invasive plant control work since 2016. We will follow two miles of equestrian trails through the riparian woodland and along its upland margins, ending around noon. Our hiking route will be on mostly level and sandy trails, with several short rocky slope sections.

NOTE: This outing is sponsored by the Los Angteles/Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the CNPS.

Meet at the paved parking lot of Orcas Park, about 500 feet beyond the Hansen Dam Horse Park entrance, accessed from Foothill Blvd. via Orcas Avenue, about midway between the I-210 freeway exits at Osborne Street and Wheatland Ave. Wear protective clothing and water-repellent boots for hiking on horse trails with several shallow-water stream crossings; bring optional picnic lunch and portable camp chairs for post-hike gathering at Orcas Park afterwards. For questions contact Bill Neill at bgneill@earthlink.net. Rain forecast will postpone event to Saturday, November 12.

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Angeles Crest HIghway
Saturday, Julyt 23, 2022, 9:00 a.m.: Angeles Crest Highway:
Grade: Easy (this is a car tour). Leaders: Orchid Black with the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter and Bill Neill with the Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of CNPS.

This mid-summer outing to the San Gabriel Mountains will view geology features along 35 miles of Angeles Crest Highway, plus native plants near the Buckhorn Campground at 6,300 feet elevation.

To participate in this outing, and for logistical questions, please RSVP to Bill Neill at bgneill@earthlink.net.

We will meet in La Cañada Flintridge at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, where participants will have the option of forming carpools for the drive to Buckhorn Campground and back to La Cañada. All vehicles entering the national forest should carry and display an Adventure Pass or Senior Pass. The tour will end in the early afternoon, followed by picnic lunch at the Burkhart Trailhead and then the return drive, finishing around 3 p.m.

Directions: The meeting place is on Angeles Crest Highway just north of the Foothill Freeway, I-210. Park along Flanders Road, near the intersection of Flanders Road and Wiladonda Drive, 20 feet east of ACH, accessed via Milmada Drive; Flanders Road is parallel and adjacent to ACH for 3 blocks, separated from ACH by a narrow divider.  The right turn to Milmada Drive is 300 feet north from the westbound freeway exit, and 500 feet north from the eastbound freeway exit. The meeting location at Wiladonda Drive is two blocks (500 feet) north of Milmada Drive.

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

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Statewide and other CNPS chapter events

CNPS 2022 Conference
CNPS 2022 Conference: Every three years the CNPS Conservation Conference brings together California’s conservation community for the largest gathering of its kind. Scientific sessions cover a broad spectrum of topics, and special events provide time for collaboration, networking, and fun. The 2022 conference will be held in  San Jose, at the Double Tree by Hilton. The dates:
October 18-19, 2022: Workshops and field trips
October 20-22, 2022: The Conference

Click here for the official conference web page.

As for previous CNPS Conservation Conferences, our CNPS San Gabriel Mountains chapter is offering financial incentives for students wishing to attend. See the separate notice for details. See also our News & Stories article.

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CNPS 2022 Conference
Awards for attending 2022 CNPS conference: To encourage student attendance at the 2022 CNPS Conservation Conference at the Double Tree by Hilton in San Jose, October 20-22, our chapter is offering four $500 student awards. To be considered for one of these awards, send an email to conferenceawards@cnps-sgm.org with "CNPS conference in San Jose" as the subject line. State your background, include your field of study and career choice. Indicate how going to the conference will help you in your studies and career. Also tell us how your attendance will be beneficial to our chapter including sharing a report either as a presentation at a general meeting of the chapter or as an article in the chapter's newsletter. Your request should reach us by August 20, 2022. Please provide your statement in the body of the email as attachments will not be opened. Applicants will be notified by email by August 25, 2022. For information about the conference see https://conference.cnps.org and also our separate notice about it.

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

2021 T-shirt Artwork Contest

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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South Pasadena Nature Park
Monthly volunteering at South Pasadena Nature Park: 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, and carry out improvement projects. 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 last spring. Throughout the pandemic period many people made good use of the park. The park lives on! And so regular development and maintenance continue! Please join us to remove litter and weeds, maintain paths, and enjoy the nature park with your neighbors. We are also working on a more welcoming and visible entrance (the Arroyo Entrance) from the recreational path that runs along the Arroyo Seco channel from Lohman Lane, along the golf course to the York Street bridge.

When and where
100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of York Street Bridge
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Dates (third Saturday, except in December):
Forthcoming dates:
2022: October 15, November 19, no work in December
2023: January 21 (planting party), February 18, March 19, April 15, Mary 20, June 17, no scheduled work in July and August
Dates are tentative. Please confirm on Facebook, WeedingWIldSuburbia, or email.

On the internet:
Wild Suburbia: http://www.weedingwildsuburbia.com/nature-park/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/South-Pasadena-Arroyo-Seco-Woodland-and-Wildlife-Park-153086364717751/

Email barbara.eisenstein@gmail.com 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 treehuggers@ca.rr.com for more information or to join in the next workday.

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Click here for the past activities page.

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