About CNPS & CNPS-SLO

ContactJoin

The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.

The local San Luis Obispo Chapter, CNPS-SLO, was founded in 1967 and is one of 33 chapters statewide.

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters, seeks to increase understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening.

 

Chapter Newsletter

Chapter Scholarship Fund

Chapter Awards

Board and Committees

View Posts by Category

< 2018 >
May
  • 03

    7:30 pm-8:30 pm
    05-03-2018
    SLO Vets Hall
    801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    A Tour Through Our Iconic Flora

    California Native Plant Society presentation by botany professor and local author Matt Ritter

    May 3 (Thursday) 7:30-8:30 PM @ Vet’s Hall at Grand and Monterey, San Luis Obispo

    Join us for a book release celebration and visual tour of California’s iconic native flora

    There are more than 5,000 native species in California—one in five of which are now rare or endangered.
    Matt Ritter will take attendees on a visual tour through the state’s most iconic flora in a lecture based
    on his new book, California Plants. A richly photographed field guide to the state’s spectacular native
    plants, the book also seeks to raise awareness of the unique beauty that is at risk. Matt will use his beautiful photographs, insight, and humor to share the natural history of California’s fascinating plants. A book signing will follow the presentation.

    Author and Presenter
    Dr. Matt Ritter is a botany professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, where he studies California’s native plants and cultivated trees. He’s the author of several books, including the funniest and best-selling guide to California’s urban forest, A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us (Heyday, 2011). He won the Cal Poly Excellence in Teaching Award and the International Society of Arboriculture Award for Excellence in Education. He’s an avid woodworker, mason, and gardener.

  • 17

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    05-17-2018
    Copelands Health Education Pavilion at French Hospital
    1911 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    We hope to see you there