Get Involved!

Help grow CNPS and support our mission to protect, conserve and enjoy California’s native plants and their habitats! Our chapter is entirely volunteer-run, so there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Chapter Board President

The Chapter President presides over our bimonthly board meetings, submits the chapter’s annual activity report to the state office, and writes a “president’s message” for the newsletter 6 times a year.

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Vice President

The Chapter Vice President fills in at the meetings when the president can’t be there. Since we are such a small chapter, in the past we have combined Vice President with Program Chair, who arranges and plans the presentations for the five general meetings, which would be the main part of this position.

For programs, we generally have our Dedecker Grant recipients give some of our presentations, and we can also can invite guest speakers from out of the area, or work with local agencies and organizations for presentations for joint meetings. We usually hold our public programs at White Mountain Research Center in Bishop, but have also used the USFS/BLM meeting room or the Jill Kinmont Boothe School auditorium if needed. See the Programs Coordinator position below for more detail.

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Program Coordinator

Do you have ideas for programs you would like to see the Bristlecone Chapter sponsor and would you like to help make those happen?

Desired responsibilities for the Program Coordinator(s) are:

  • Develop program ideas of interest to the membership in collaboration with the Bristlecone Chapter board.
  • Contact potential speakers.
  • Coordinate program dates with the board.
  • Coordinate logistics with the program venue and book dates.
  • Coordinate program publicity with the Publicity volunteer.
  • Confirm speaking location, date and time with the speakers.
  • Ensure that the necessary equipment for the talk (e.g., laptop, projector, etc.) is present and functioning at the program venue.
  • Work with the speaker prior to and during the program to make sure that the speaker’s needs are met.
  • Send follow up thank you note to speaker.
  • Ensure standard Sign-Up sheet forms are available at each program.
  • Record attendee information and archive for annual reporting.
  • Give a copy of the sign-up sheets to the Membership Coordinator so they can contact those interested in joining or volunteering.

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Publicity and Outreach

We need someone to help us keep up to date with Social Media posting (we currently only have a Facebook page), and send information to local radio, newspapers,  and TV to make sure the word gets out about our events such as field trips, plant sales, presentations, and more.

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Outing Leaders

Are you excited to share your favorite hiking trail or Eastern Sierra ramble with other native plant enthusiasts? Would you like to do a car caravan trip to share some of your favorite spots? Would you like to organize a weekend camping trip? Then consider offering to lead or co-lead a Bristlecone Chapter outing. Outings are open to the general public, and are offered free of charge. Outings can be offered in any of the Bristlecone Chapter’s membership area in the Eastern Sierra, in Mono and Inyo Counties and northeastern Kern County, an area that includes the east slope of the Sierra Nevada, the Northern Mojave Desert, the Inyo and White Mountains, and the Owens Valley.

If you aren’t too sure about your native plant identification skills you may request to be paired with a Bristlecone Chapter plant expert. If your expertise is in birds, mushrooms, insects, ethnobotany, geology etc. rather than plants, then that makes for an even better hike!

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Garden Helpers

Volunteer to help us maintain our native plant gardens in the Bishop Community Garden (behind the City Park) and/or the Mary Dedecker Native Plant Garden at the museum in Independence. We hold garden work days on a regular basis, and having extra help is always a benefit! We also can use help growing our native plants for our spring and fall plant sales.

For more information contact for Bishop garden help, for Independence garden help, or for helping growing our native plant sale plants in the greenhouse in Bishop.

Conservation Committee Members

Work with Conservation Chair to help the chapter stay updated on conservation issues important to the chapter’s service area. May also attend regular Zoom meetings with other conservation chairs. Possibly help with engagement in conservation issues including writing newsletter articles and drafting comment letters on proposed projects. Ideally, this can be a team effort with the Conservation Chair.

Contact the Conservation Chair for more information:

Your Own Idea!

If you have an idea of how you could help our chapter, please let us know!


Other Ways to Support Us:

Fall colors in the Eastern Sierra


Become a CNPS member and show your support of native plants!

Cactus bee, Lithurgus apicalis, on porcupine prickly-pear flower, Swall Meadows, CA


Give to CNPS to support our work throughout California.

Watching butterflies at Campito Meadow, White Mountains.
Watching butterflies at Campito Meadow, White Mountains.

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