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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.




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Preserve the Reserve




See January 2023 Newsletter for additional details

Jan 11 CNPS SLO Board Meeting
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; online via Zoom
Jan 14
10:00 am; Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Mushroom Walk.

Meet at the corner of Tipton Street and Warren Road in Cambria (35.551073, -121.089615). Email, text, or call David Krause:, (805) 459-9007. Heavy rain cancels.
Jan 22 9:30 am; Manzanita Hike #3
Nipomo County Regional Park. Due to the temporary closure of Los Padres National Forest access, because of weather related issues, the new location for this field trip will be the Nipomo Mesa. We will meet at the Nipomo Native Garden, located near the corner of Osage St. and Camino Caballo in Nipomo (35.036733, -120.503224). From there we will walk through the garden to the county regional park. The hike is a total of 2 miles in sandy soil, with a 150 ft. elevation gain. During this hike we will see the rare sand mesa manzanita, Arctostaphylos rudis, as well as other Nipomo Mesa endemics. Some of these ancient relics may be in the running for the largest manzanitas in the county. It is one of many manzanita species that occur on the central coast, of which 9 are locally endemic, occurring nowhere else in the world. Bring adequate water, snacks, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised. A carpool option from San Luis Obispo will be available from Santa Rosa Park, located Oak St. and Santa Rosa St. (35.289530, -120.665144), departing at 9:00 am. Contact: Bill, 805-459-2103. Rain or threat of rain cancels.
Jan 28 9:00 am; CNPS – iNaturalist Outdoor Training Workshop #1
Irish Hills Natural Reserve, San Luis Obispo, CA. Meet at the picnic area in the northeast corner of DeVaul Park, near the intersection of Madonna Road and Spooner Drive (35.255316, -120.693282). In this workshop, we will discuss the use of iNaturalist as an online community to record, share, and discuss observations of life on Earth. Please visit for an introduction. Ahead of this workshop, it is recommended to create an iNaturalist account by downloading either the Android app at Google Play, or Apple app at However, a mobile device is not absolutely necessary for use of this site. After the training, we will use the Madonna Road trailhead to access the Irish Hills open space where we will practice. Bring something on which to take notes, as well as adequate water and snacks. Dress in layers for the weather, a hat and sturdy shoes is advised. Contact Leif (805) 395-6544 for questions or information. Rain or threat of rain cancels. There will be a following meeting on February 25th, so stay tuned.
Feb 11 10:00 am; Winter Bike Outing in Adelaida.
Join us for a road ride along beautiful rolling hills, rural canyons, and oak woodlands. This will be a loop ride of about 2 hours with a distance of about 10 miles on a paved road. Meet across the road from Justin Vineyards parking lot, 11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles. (35.65417566178332, -120.90009120053105). Contact David (805) 459-9007 for questions or information. Rain or threat of rain cancels.
Feb 18 9:00 am; Manzanita Field Trip #4
Meet at the Coon Creek parking area at the end of Pecho Valley Rd, Montaña de Oro SP (35.258068, -120.886966). Observe the local endemic Pecho manzanita (A. pechoensis) as well as the brittle leaf manzanita, A. crustacea and Bishop pine, Pinus muricate. Participants will need to RSVP one week prior to this outing. Email to reserve a spot (please put “Point Buchon” in the subject line), 805-459-2103. Rain or threat of rain cancels.
No January 2023 Banquet but a Spring picnic may occur
Installation of Officers for 2023 will occur at the February General Meeting

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