• 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. 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.]

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.

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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CNPS Workshop 2018
CNPS 2022 Workshops and Training: Registration is open for the CNPS 2022 worikshops!These workshops bring you expert instr;uctors, hands-on learning, small class sizes, and science-backed skills. The workshops are specifically designed to provide botanists, biologists, land managers, ecologists, and enthusiasts the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond.

For full details and registration information, see www.cnps.org/workshops.


Riparian/Wetland Plant Identification, May 4-5, 2022, Ventura, CA: Taught by David Magney. $460 CNPS members, $485 non-members. This workshop teaches plant identification and ecology of riparian and wetland plants through classroom activities and field exercises. Selected specires will be keyed ou as a group to learn key characteristics that differentiate the respective taxa. Click here for details and registration.

Introduction to plant identification, June 7-9, 2022, Carmichael, CA: Taught by NIck Jensen and Sandy Namoff. $525 CNPS members, $550 non-members. This workshoip teaches basic plant =morphology with a focus on the structures necessary for plant identificaiton, and the specialized terminology necessary to identify plants in 15 common California plant families. Includes two days of classroom exercises and one full day in the field. Click here for details and registration.

On-line tools for vegetation data, July 19. on-line on Zoom: Taught by Jennifer Buck-Diaz and Betsy Harbert. $25 students/fixed income, $50-$75 general (pay what you can). This workshop teaches you to utilize on-line tools representing California's vegetation classificaiton and fine-scale mapping. Click here for details and reg istration.

Rare plant survey protocols. August 10-11, 2022, Truckee, CA: Taught by Heath Bartosh and Aaron Sims. $460 CNPS members, $485 non-members. This workshop teaches how to conduct rare plant surveys and report your findings, contributing to the documentation and protection of California's unique rare plants. Includes a full day in the field for hand-on experience. Click here for details and registration.

Vegetation sampling, August 30-September 1, Santa Cruz, CA: Taught by Jennifer Buck-Diaz and Jaime Ratchford. $460 CNPS members, $485 non-members. This workshop teaches how to sample vegetation hand-on using rhe rapid assessment/relevé survey methods, which provide scientific methodologies to collect data crucial for knowing and undersnding California's unique vegetation communities. Click here for details and registration.

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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. 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
100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of York Street Bridge
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Dates (third Saturday):
2022 dates:  January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18
(No scheduled cleanup in July, 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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