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Monterey Bay Chapter - California Native Plant Society


The California Native Plant Society ("CNPS") is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1965 by people with an interest in California's native plants, and whose mission is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.

The Monterey Bay chapter of the California Native Plant Society ("MBCNPS") was founded in 1966 to serve Monterey and San Benito counties. Membership in the chapter is open to anyone interested in native plants. Both members and non-members are welcome to join us in activities such as general meetings with lectures, restoration workdays, and most field trips.

Upcoming Events

Annual CNPS Plant Sale
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
MEarth Hilton Bialek Habitat, Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel CA

Fall is the best time to plant native landscape plants. Come check out our amazing selection of native species and cultivars, and books on gardening with California natives. If you have any questions, ask one of our plant experts for help. More information...


Elkhorn Slough Reserve - Open House & Native Plant Fair
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:30am-2:00pm, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve welcomes the community to its Open House & Native Plant Fair this Saturday, September 27. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit or call (831)728-2822.

Recent Events

General Meeting: Fall is for Planting: A Preview of New Native Plants
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:00 pm, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Patrick Regan will introduce some of his old favorites and some new selections, show you what they look like in the garden attempts and tell you a little bit of what he has learned so far. More information...


Chapter Potluck Picnic
Saturday, July 19, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Indian Village Picnic Grounds

Join CNPS members and guests Saturday, July 19, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for our Monterey Bay Chapter CNPS potluck picnic. More information...


General Meeting: The Carmel River Riparian Corridor
Thursday, May 6, 2014, 7:00 pm, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Nicky Nedeff will discuss the environmental context and social setting of the Carmel River and describe current and on-going efforts to conserve and restore its valuable fish and flora. More information...


General Meeting: Living Architecture and Habitat Restoration
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:00 pm, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Paul Kephart will explore the many ecosystem services resulting from using native plants in large-scale urban landscapes and wildland settings. More information...


General Meeting: Rare Plant Hunting on California’s Central Coast
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00 pm, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Danny Slakey will share the results and photos from the Central Coast portion of the 2013 Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, in which CNPS staff and volunteers documented rare plants in the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas. More information...


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:58