June Membership Meeting – David Keil & New SLO Flora

SLO Veterans Memorial Building 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California

At our Thursday, June 1, 2023 general membership meeting, Dr. David Keil will introduce the newly published second edition of the Vascular Plants of San Luis Obispo County. Dr. Keil is […]

Birds and Blossoms Field Trip

El Moro Elfin Forest 85MC+FX, Baywood-Los Osos, California

Learn bird calls and plants of the El Moro Elfin Forest in the town of Los Osos. This park on the south end of Morro Bay supports more than 200 plant species and 110 bird species in its brackish marsh, riparian woodland, pygmy oak woodland, maritime chaparral, and coastal dune scrub plant communities. Our hike […]

Pismo Preserve Bilingual Hike

Pismo Preserve 582W+HJ Pismo Beach, California, Pismo Beach, CA, United States

Enjoy a native plant walk at the Pismo Preserve in English and Spanish on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 9am led by the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the Land Conservancy of SLO County. We will hike the Spring to Spring loop trail 3.4 miles and an elevation gain […]

Fort Ord Manzanita Field Trip

Fort Ord National Monument - Gigling Road & 8th Avenue J6V7+F2, Seaside, CA, United States

This fifth field trip in our manzanita series will occur in Monterey County at Fort Ord National Monument in partnership with the Monterey Bay CNPS Chapter. Called "Manzanita Heaven" by the locals, this park has many rare and endemic plants and five species or subspecies of manzanita including: Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. hookeri, Hooker's manzanita Arctostaphylos montereyensis, Monterey manzanita Arctostaphylos pumila, […]

Pismo Preserve Bilingual Hike #2

Pismo Preserve 582W+HJ Pismo Beach, California, Pismo Beach, CA, United States

Enjoy a native plant walk at the Pismo Preserve in English and Spanish on Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 3pm led by the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, the Land Conservancy of SLO County, and Latino Outdoors. We will hike the Spring to Spring loop trail 2.2 miles and an […]

Chapter Potluck Picnic

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

We are ending the summer with a gathering of CNPS San Luis Obispo friends. Join us on Sunday afternoon September 17 at 4:00 pm at Atascadero Lake Park BBQ Area #, social time, eating, and an optional short walk at the nearby Three Bridges Oak Preserve. Picnic Schedule: 4:00 pm Fun time starts. All are […]

Morro Manzanita Field Trip

Broderson Trailhead Highland Drive and Broderson Avenue, Los Osos, CA, United States

Join us at the corner of Highland Drive and Broderson Avenue in Los Osos (35.308747, -120.843166) for a walk through the unique maritime chaparral community where the local endemic Morro manzanita (Arctostaphylos morroensis) is one of the dominant species. This is a rare plant (CNPS ranked 1B.1), that grows within a radius of Los Osos […]

October 5 General Membership Meeting – Rare Plants

SLO Veterans Memorial Building 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California

The October membership program is packed with several events: 6 pm Keying Workshop and Seed Exchange, 7 pm Social Gathering, 730 pm Chapter Business & Speaker. Bring a hand lens and headlamp to […]

California Native Plants for the Garden

Atascadero Library 6555 Capistrano Avenue, Atascadero, CA, United States

This presentation will include a discussion on which native plants work well in a garden setting, especially those for inland gardens north of Cuesta Grade of San Luis Obispo County. […]

Pre-Order Native Plant Sale

Website pre-orders start Saturday October 21 for our Fall Season plant sale. Click our plant sale page, read descriptions, and view photos of over 90 native plant species/pot sizes to decide which plants are best suited for your yard. With pre-orders, you get to pick up your plants already organized on the plant sale day […]

Bishop Manzanita Hike

West Cuesta - TV Tower Road 89WC+V2, Santa Margarita, CA

Manzanita Field Trip #7, West Cuesta Ridge, San Luis Obispo, CA. Meet at the start of the paved road (TV Tower Road) off Hwy US 101 at the top of […]

November General Membership Meeting

SLO Veterans Memorial Building 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California

CNPS Vegetation Program: Documenting and Describing Sensitive Natural Communities in San Luis Obispo County and Beyond  At our November membership meeting, CNPS Vegetation Ecologist and Program Manager Mark Bibbo will […]

Native Plant Sale

Pacific Beach High School 11950 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA

You can pre-order your plants on our website here from 10/21 to 11/2. Choose from a selection of over 80 plant offerings. Pick-up party and additional plants for sale on Saturday November 4, 2023 from 10 am to 2 pm at Pacific Beach School Parking Lot (address and directions below) which is west of the […]

Santa Rita Creek Road Bike Ride – NEW DATE ON SUNDAY

Vineyard Dog Park 1010 Semillon Ln,, CA 93465, Templeton, CA, United States

DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19 DUE TO RAIN ON ORIGINAL SATURDAY - SAME START TIME AND LOCATION. Come join us for a bicycle ride along beautiful Santa Rita Creek in Templeton to enjoy autumn foliage along a lush riparian plant community. This ride is on a paved/dirt road 15 miles in length […]

Las Pilitas Nursery Tour – FULL

Las Pilitas Nursery 3232 Las Pilitas Rd, Santa Margarita, CA, United States

THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL but you can visit Las Pilitas Nursery during their regular public hours. Join the Los Osos Valley Garden Club, Master Gardeners of San Luis Obispo, and the San Luis Obispo Chapter of CNPS for a special tour and shopping event at the newly reopened Las Pilitas Nursery. Nursery manager Penny Nyunt […]

December General Membership Meeting – Pollinator Gardens

SLO Veterans Memorial Building 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California

At our December membership meeting, Katharina Ullmann will talk about Encouraging Native Pollinators in Your Garden and Beyond. Also at this meeting, members are encouraged to bring their favorite dessert […]

Manzanita Hike #8 Los Osos

Bayview Heights Drive and Bay Vista Lane, Los Osos Bayview Heights Drive and Bay Vista Lane, Los Osos, CA, United States

This eighth manzanita hike with our chapter will look at two manzanita subspecies in detail in the maritime chaparral of Los Osos. If you have ever wondered how lines are drawn in plant taxonomy, especially between two subspecies, join us for this review of two subspecies of Arctostaphylos crustacea that occur within a one-mile radius […]

Manzanita Mini-Keying Workshop

SLO Veterans Memorial Building 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California

The mini-keying workshop before the January 4, 2024 general membership meeting will focus on keying manzanitas and will be led by Bill Waycott and Dena Grossenbacher from 6 to 7 pm. Learn the key characteristics to identify manzanita species and practice on manzanita samples collected from the local area. Bring Vascular Plants of San Luis […]

January General Membership Meeting – Manzanitas x 2

SLO Veterans Memorial Building 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California

There's still a lot to learn about our local manzanitas. At our January 4, 2024 general membership meeting, our speaker will be Bill Waycott on Manzanitas (Arctostaphylos) – Gifts that Keep on Giving. In addition, before the meeting, we will have a mini-keying workshop on manzanitas from 6 to 7 pm. The California Floristic Province […]

Fiscalini Mushroom Walk

Fiscalini Ranch - Tipton and Warren entrance Tipton Street and Warren Road, Cambria, CA, United States

WEATHER UPDATE: this hike is rain or shine. Hike leaders will meet at the Tipton Street trailhead and will only decide to cancel if heavy rains are occurring at that time. See organizer contact info below for more info. Rains coming so we've finally scheduled a mushroom walk at Fiscalini Ranch in Cambria on Saturday, […]