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Welcome to the Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Our chapter, named after the famous Santa Rosa botanist Milo Samuel Baker, is located in Northern California’s beautiful Sonoma County. CNPS is a statewide organization whose goals are to protect California’s native plants and their natural habitats, through science, education, stewardship, gardening, and advocacy. Membership is open to all.
Upcoming Events / Special Interest
An introduction to the flora and fauna, trees and ponds that make up the natural environment of the Sonoma State campus.
Doran Marsh Regional Park Ice-Plant Removal Project Plant WalkWednesday June 21, 9:00-10:30, Leader: Michelle Karle, Regional Park Aide. For a complete list of plant walks, see our Plant Walk event page.
News from the NurseryVine Hill manzanita now live in the wild in 3 locations; not just 1. There was until this January, only one wild population in the world of Arctostaphylos densiflora (Vine Hill manzanita) at our CNPS preserve.
2023 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour an Inspiring Success
Hundreds from our communities joined in the 2023 garden tour. Thanks to all of our members for educating friends and neighbors about natives.
Events and Activities
The Milo Baker Chapter offers a range of events in locations around Sonoma County. Events include monthly general meetings with guest speakers focusing on a variety of topics related to native plants, volunteer opportunities at our Preserves, rare plant outings and hikes and walks highlighting native plants.
The Milo Baker conservation program encompasses a wide range of activities, from preserve management, rare plant hunts, invasive plant removal, and involvement in local planning processes. Members work in partnership with other conservation groups, partly through the Sonoma County Conservation Coalition.
Gardening with Natives
The mediterranean climate of Sonoma County lends itself to a diverse array of plants in many habitats, from coastal bluffs, chaparral, redwoods, vernal pools, mixed conifer, oak woodland and salt marshes (just to name a few.) See our Native Plant Pages for more information about gardening with natives in Sonoma County.