Previous field trips of our chapter

April 13-21, 2019: California Native Plant Week: In 2019, California Native Plant week is April 13 through 21. See the information above on this page in the SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS section for an introduction to California Native Plant Week.

The following series of special events is planned in our area during California Native Plant Week 2019. Click here to download a document containing details of these events.

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Native Plant Week Symposium, Wildflower Show, Plant and Book Sale
at Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 W Magnolia Blvd, Encino, CA 91436, offered by the LA/Santa Monica Mountains chapter of CNPS and the Theodore Payne Foundation. The Symposium will feature the following speakers:
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Tim Becker: “How Native Can the Garden Get? Embracing Localism in the Landscape”
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., David Newsom: “Wild Yards Project: The New Wilderness Begins at Home”
2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Cynthia Powell: “New Calflora Tools for CNPS Users: Mapping & Surveying Enhancements”
For more info on this free event go to the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter's web site.

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon:
Botanizing at Big Tujunga Wash Rare Plant Treasure Hunt at Hansen Dam. Following the April 13 “Symposium, Wildflower Show and Plant Sale” at Sepulveda Garden Center (previous item above), Cynthia Powell with Calflora based in Berkeley will provide instruction on Calflora’s cellphone app, and Keir Morse from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will lead a Rare Plant Treasure Hunt at Hansen Dam basin. 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 shallow-water stream crossings. For more information contact Bill Neill at

Monday, April 15, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Morning Flower Stroll at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, in Irwindale.
Meet at the Nature Center (north of the lake, in the natural area). Mobility challenged and children’s strollers are welcome. A vehicle admission fee may apply. For more information contact Gabi McLean, at

Tuesday, April 16, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Capture Nature’s Beauty through your Favorite Art Medium:  draw, sketch, and photograph, compose a poem, or write a haiku.  We will observe together and then give each participant opportunity to memorialize their impression in their own personal way.  For all ages.  Meet at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Pasadena. For more information contact Gabi McLean at

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
“Fantastic Flora of California” presented by Adam Searcy. This program is offered by Pasadena Audubon Society at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Pasadena. Social time is from 7:00 to 7:30 pm, followed at 7:30 pm by general meeting and presentation.

Thursday, April 18, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Happy Hour for Young Angelinos in Land Care: A networking opportunity — chat with likeminded young gardeners, landscapers, plant and land lovers over a beer at Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St., Los Angeles. This is a chance for young folks interested in caring for the land to network outside the social media world and start some interesting conversations about how young people can use native plants in caring for the land, in Los Angeles and beyond! This event is cosponsored by Saturate, Inc. and CNPS. For more information contact Anna Muriello at

Friday, April 19, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Bag Lunch and Poetry Reading among the Flowers, Eaton Canyon Nature Center, patio or picnic area. We have some poems and please bring your own! And bring your own lunch. For questions contact Gabi McLean at

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Saddleback Butte State Park, Antelope Valley: This trip will explore the plants and ecology of the central Antelope Valley. There is an entrance fee of $6 per car. Leader is Mickey Long.  For more information see the notice below on this web page..

Any day, any time: Share and enjoy! Cut flowers from your garden and take to work, to school, or to your favorite libaray.