California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Events and news


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.

No meetings in July and August: Summer break.

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

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CNPS-SGM Research Grants for 2018: The San Gabriel Mountains chapter announces the 2018 grant program open to students and others with an interest in the flora of southern California. We will award two one-year grants of $1000 each. The deadline for application is December 10, 2017.  For more information, please click here to download the Request for Proposals.

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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 in front of Eaton Canyon Nature Center 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.

Current plant walks:  

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 09:00

No walks July and August

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 09:00

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 09:00

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 09:00

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Field outings for 2017

We sponsor outings on occasional Saturdays throughout the year. 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.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon: West Fork of the San Gabriel River: Leader: Mickey Long. Grade: Easy, nearly level, 4 miles round trip.

This trip will explore the winter plants, especially trees and shrubs of this mountain streamside. We will walk the paved road along the river to discuss the woody plants and their ecosystem as a whole. Interesting annuals will not be overlooked. We will hike in along the nearly level road about 1.5 to 2 miles and return.

Directions: The West Fork trailhead is approximately 25 miles northeast of Pasadena. Take the 210 Fwy (Foothill Fwy) east to exit at Hwy 39 north in Azusa. Travel north into the mountains (past both the Morris and San Gabriel Reservoirs) to the junction with the West Fork San Gabriel River road, which branches to the left immediately before the river (it has a locked gate). Meet 8:30 a.m. at the paved parking area on the left (west side) just past the bridge over West Fork. Toilets are located near the parking area. Wear good sturdy shoes or boots and a hat, bring water and snacks. A Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking. Heavy rain cancels the trip.

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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

CNPS 2017 workshops: The CNPS Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands. Discounted registration fees are offered to CNPS members.

Further information:
Schedule, description, registration: CNPS workshops and training web page

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CNPS 2018 Conservation 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 2018 conference will be held in Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The dates:
January 30-31, 2018: Workshops and field trips
February 1-3, 2018: 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 those wishing to attend, especially students. See the  separate notice for details.

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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 2016 Plant Sale

Held in early November, the next sale is on November 5, 2016, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.

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Tuesday-Thursday, November 14-16, 2017: BLM Symposium in Barstow: This is the Native Plant Materials Development and Restoration Symposium 2017. It will be held at the Hampton Inn, Barstow, CA. The workshop is open to the public and free of charge. Speaker sessions take place on November 14-15. Then on November 16 a half-day field trip to the Afton Canyon restoration site, Barstow BLM Field Office. Click here for futher information including registration.

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 for more information or to join in the next workday.

Southern California Botanists: See their Field Trips and events page (click here.)

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 events page.

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