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March 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Registration fees will be returned.  If you sent a check, it will be voided and not deposited.  If you paid by credit card, you will receive a PayPal refund.

Contact David Krause for refund questions.  dkincmbria@aol.com (805) 459-9007

The 2023 SLO Chapter CNPS annual banquet will be an outdoor potluck picnic on Sunday March 19 at Atascadero Lake Park. We will have an outdoor reception at BBQ Area 1 (near parking lot across from the zoo with easy access to picnic tables) with wine and appetizers, and potluck dishes brought by members to share followed by Chapter announcements, awards, and a special presentation.

$10 per person, plus a potluck item for the meal. See RSVP/payment info below.

  • 12:00 p.m. – Social Hour
  •  1:00 p.m. – Buffet Style Potluck
  •  2:30 p.m. – Chapter business
  •  3:00 p.m. − Presentation by Dr. David Chipping on Atascadero Area Vegetation and Geology

CNPS will be providing appetizers, wine, coffee, tea, and assorted beverages. Wine glasses will be available, as well as disposable plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, although you are encouraged to bring our own reusable eating utensils. We will have electricity limited mostly for coffee and hot water. There is no kitchen, so no ovens or refrigerators for potluck items. We are planning on putting foil over the large BBQ pit to keep food warm. Please keep this information in mind when preparing your potluck items. Let Lauren know if you want to volunteer as grill master.

For the potluck, we are asking those with last names beginning with the following letters bring the suggested item and serving utensils. If you have a dish you especially want to share with the group, feel free to bring it or contact Lauren for suggestions. Label your dish and put your name on your serving items so they can be returned to you.

  • A to H: main meat or veggie dish
  • I to Q: salad (with dressing) or side dish
  • R to Z: dessert.

Volunteers needed: We need volunteers to help set up (11am to noon) and clean up (4 to 5pm), as well as keep an eye on the food, drinks, and supplies during the event. Anyone with BBQ expertise, we will be at the BBQ area at 10am (or earlier, if needed).

RSVP – please mail your reservation including names of those attending and check payable to CNPS by March 15 to:
CNPS-SLO Banquet, 2706 Newton Drive, Cambria, CA 93428,
or contact David at dkincmbria@aol.com, or 805-459-9007
Reservations may also be made through our website (cnpsslo.org)  or click buttons above using PayPal/Credit Card.

DIRECTIONS – The park is located on CA-41 South approximately 1.4 miles west of US-101 (take exit 219 for CA-41/Morro Road, head south toward Morro Bay, in 1.4 miles turn left into the parking lot on Lago Ave. (near the Charles Paddock Zoo Entrance). From SR-1 take CA-41 North/Atascadero Rd/Morro Rd, in 15 miles turn right on Lago Ave. BBQ Area #1 is next to the parking lot. There are other parking areas on either side of the park off Pismo Ave or Portola Road.

There will be awards and announcements, followed by a short program by David Chipping during dessert on the vegetation communities of the Atascadero area and their underlying geology.

If rain occurs, this event may be postponed (an email will be sent to everyone who has already RSVPed), and if anyone cannot make it to the new date, their $ will be returned.

If you’d like to work up an appetite with your own hike before the picnic, there are numerous trails of varied lengths and difficulty around Atascadero. Check out the Bill Shepard Native Plant Garden, the Lake Park Native Garden by the Pavilion at 7848 Pismo Ave (southeast corner of the Atascadero Lake Park and near intersection of Pismo Ave and Marchant Way), or the Three Bridges Oak Preserve. Here is a link for Atascadero trails and hiking: Trails & Hiking (atascadero.org)


March 19, 2023
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Lauren Brown


Atascadero Lake Park – BBQ Area #1
9100 Morro Road
Atascadero, CA 93422 United States
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