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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

53rd Annual Wildflower Show
April 18, 19 & 20, 2014, 10:00am to 5:00pm each day, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Come see a collection of several hundred flowering plant specimens, along with plant identification classes, and plant illustration workshop, and a habitat pot workshop. More information...

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...

Recent Events

Quarterly Chapter Board Meeting
Monday, February 10, 2014, 6:30 pm, Del Rey Oaks

Our chapter board meets four times per year. If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Christopher Hauser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information...

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...


General Meeting - Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs
Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The beauty of our native plants is the variety of forms. Unfortunately, many shrubs outgrow their allotted space and need pruning, and pruning can either maintain a plant’s natural form, or pruning can ruin it. More information...


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:00