• 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 are once again held in-person, and can be viewed simultaneously on Zoom. In line with current Los Angeles County recommendations, masks are strongly recommended for indoor public settings — but we especially welcome your in-person presence if you can.

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

Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 7:30 p.m.: Los Angeles County's Natural Areas — a close-up look, with Mickey Long: This will be an in-person talk at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, and will also be accessible on Zoom.

In Los Angeles County there exists a remarkable diversity of wild land parks run by the County Department of Parks and Recreation, Natural Areas Division.  They spread across the County, from one overlooking the ocean in San Pedro to high above 6000 ft. on the back side of the San Gabriel Mountains, and a large series of sites in the desert habitats of Antelope Valley.

This talk will illustrate the geography and diversity of the Natural Areas.  These sites precariously protect many Rare or Endangered plants and animals: butterflies, mammals, birds and plants, and we will take a look at those.  We’ll look at the history of plant collecting and documenting.  The real challenges of operating and balancing the demands of public use and enjoyment of natural areas will be discussed.  We will also look at the constant threats to existing Natural Areas and discuss fires, multi-agency land management, sometimes overuse and crowing, and funding issues.  One or two wild areas that await real designated protection will be highlighted, these are natural areas that aren’t Natural Areas.

Mickey Long retired a decade ago from the County as Natural Areas Administrator, but was most happy while leading walks for flora and fauna, teaching and maintaining lists for all the Natural Areas.

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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 and other chapter events for 2023

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.

Joshua Tree National Park
Sunday, April 2, 2023, to Friday, April 7, 2023: Joshua Tree National Park Camping Trip: Steve Hartman, CNPS Fellow, Past President, and desert plants specialist, is inviting CNPS members and native plant friends of Southern California CNPS chapters to this unique opportunity to explore and enjoy desert wildflowers at Joshua Tree National Park.  Reservations are required — details below. Here is Steve's invitation:

Dear Desert Wildflower Enthusiasts.

This year has already started for wildflowers in the California Desert. I have scheduled a CNPS field trip to Joshua Tree National Park, April 2-7, having reserved two group campsites at Cottonwood Springs. Campsite 1 will allow 7 vehicles. Campsite 2 will allow 11 vehicles. Only tent camping is allowed (recreational vehicles and habitable trailers are prohibited); however, you can sleep in your car or van.

You will still have to pay for a park pass (or use your senior pass) to get into the park.

Check in is noon on Sunday, April 2. Check out Friday, April 7 at noon.

You must reserve a spot to attend (see bottom). If all spots in the group campsite are taken, you could try to make a reservation for an individual campsite at Cottonwood Springs.

- Sunday, arrive, explore around campsite and Cottonwood Canyon.
- Monday, caravan to explore JTNP
- Tuesday, day hike from campsite to palm oasis.
- Wednesday, caravan to other sites in JTNP
- Thursday, hike to Pinto Dunes.
- Friday, pack up.  I’m trying to arrange a tour of the Mojave Desert Land Trust nursery on the way home on Friday.

Stay tuned!

Trip Leader:
Steve Hartman
818 469 2147

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please send your "reservation" to Steve via email at naturebase@aol.com and he'll send you a confirmation and details as the trip date nears.

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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

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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 (including Smart Gardening Workshop at 10 a.m.), 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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