The Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains chapter hosts lectures, presentations, meetups, and other events from time to time throughout the year. All are welcome!

Click on each event below for more information.

Hikes & Field trips

Stay tuned for fall hikes.

Tuesday Evening Talks

June 11, 2024: RECORDING. Planting our California Natives in Summer and Feeding the Wild Things. By Bob Sussman

View the recording on YouTube

Summer planting in your garden can be rewarding while feeding the wild things that live there! In our region, you can plant throughout the year, but you can’t plant everything during the hot months.
In summer, the choices are narrower as many of our spring flowering natives are working on producing seeds and not flowers. Still, there are lots of choices among our California natives that can be planted in summer months that will flower and feed the wild things such as bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies all need sustenance. This presentation will concentrate on the planting and care of those flowering natives that are the easiest to plant successfully in the summer and focus on the flying wild things they feed.

 Biography: After exiting a banking career in downtown Los Angeles, Bob has been growing California native plants at his nursery ( in Moorpark, Ventura County for almost 30 years. Over the years he has given numerous talks and classes on gardening with our California native plants at the Conejo Valley Adult School. He is also a major supplier of native plants to restoration and commercial projects and CNPS native plant sales as well as to retail customers who visit and shop at his nursery

Restoration Activities

For Restoration and Conservation Activities, please contact leaders for current information. Rain cancels.

N/E/X/T Garden, Pacific Palisades

Volunteer days: Last Saturday of every month

Last Saturday of the month, 9am-4pm
Confirm with Michael Terry at michaelgterry @

The Native Plant Garden in the City of L.A.’s Temescal Canyon Park

The Native/Environmental/Xeriscape/Temescal/Garden (N/E/X/T/Garden) shows visitors how diverse native and drought-tolerant plants can be grown organically, with minimal inputs, working beautifully in balance with nature. The 3/4 acre garden attracts wildlife, including native butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and songbirds while using only one-tenth of the water consumed by the equivalent area of adjacent lawn.

You can help to improve the N/E/X/T/Garden by volunteering for an hour (or two, or three) to help weed, water, and plant this unique westside native plant garden. Please bring drinking water, sun protection, and perhaps your favorite gardening hand tools (though we have some to share).

700 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Just a few steps east of ~700 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, 90272 (between the PCH & Sunset, below Bowdoin Street).

Confirm ahead of time with Michael Terry at michaelgterry @

Westwood Greenway, West Los Angeles

Defending the native plants at the Westwood Greenway from the invading weeds is an ongoing job! Please join us on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday of the month, 9-11 am weather permitting.  Gloves and weeding tools are a must.  No restrooms on site. More information, including a map, at or email

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
Van Nuys

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dawn-9:30 am
Saturday, May 18 7am – 10am
Saturday, June 22 7am – 10am

Help remove non-native plants.
To sign up and get meeting place details, contact George Waddell at