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 docent led walks highlighting native plants.

Join Milo Baker CNPS! Help grow and support our mission to protect, conserve and enjoy Sonoma County’s native plants and their habitats. Attend one of our monthly general meetings or join us for an informative plant walk. We have numerous volunteer opportunities, including invasive plant removal, maintaining local preserves and gardens, advocacy work, or serving on one of our many committees.

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Chapter Events and Activities

General Meetings / Speaker Series

The third Tuesday of each month (except for July and August), we have a General Meeting at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center at 2050 Yulupa Street in Santa Rosa, or via Zoom (see monthly post for Zoom registration) at 7:30 PM.  The meetings include speakers and presentations focusing on a variety of topics related to native plants.

See our General Meetings Page for details of both upcoming and recent general meetings.

Volunteer Opportunities

Living Learning Landscapes. 2nd Friday of the month (9:30 am – noon)

Living Learning Landscapes Workday – Meet at 1808 Albany Drive in Santa Rosa. Please RSVP to April Owens aprilleeowens@gmail.com so we know to expect you!

Doran Beach – Every Wednesday, (9:30 am – 11:30 am)

Weekly Doran Beach Ice Plant Removal – Meet at 9:30 at the Cypress Day Use parking lot, west end. Bring clippers and gloves and knee pads if you like. One of the most pleasant workdays happens every week – a trip to Doran Beach to pull ice plant. We are clearing out the ice plant that is in the marshland to make room for natives. It is very visual and quite satisfying, with the sound of the waves, birds and foghorn.

Bodega Head – 2nd Sunday of each month, (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Bodega Head Ice Plant Removal Project – CNPS is leading volunteers at Bodega Head to save native species from getting smothered by ice plant. Meet at the main parking lot near the bathrooms. Bring water, clippers and gloves if you have them. Email Alynn Kjeldsen for more information and to let us know that you are coming.

See our Volunteer Page for more information.

Plant Walks

Plant walks are offered throughout the year but are mainly scheduled during spring and summer months. Plant walks are free and open to members and non-members. This is a great way for beginners and botanists alike to appreciate the flora of Sonoma County.

Read more on our Plant Walk page

Conservation Activities

Our chapter has four preserves that we manage for conservation of rare plants.  We perform plant and habitat surveys, monitor threats to native habitat, provide input and expert testimony at county meetings, organize and support workdays to remove invasive weeds, and work to increase public awareness of native plant issues.

Read more about our Conservation Program

Fall Plant Sale

Our huge plant sale gives you a chance to purchase a variety of natives at very reasonable prices and to get expert advice on how to grow them.  The plant sale is held the second Saturday in October at our nursery at the Laguna Foundation, 900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa, Ca.  from 10am-2pm. The plant sale is our primary fundraising event, please support the Milo Baker Chapter by shopping at our sale.
For more information visit our Plant Sale page.

Scholarship Program

The Milo Baker scholarships are offered to students twice per academic year during the fall and spring semesters. The program provides two types of scholarships; a Merit Scholarship for educational expenses and a Research Scholarship to provide funding for research-related expenses. Awards are open to students of Sonoma State University or Santa Rosa Junior College. The scholarships support students who are interested in learning about native plants or are engaged in study and/or research relating to native plant conservation, restoration, or other native plant studies.

For more information see our Scholarships Page

Board Meetings

The second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Currently, meetings are held online via Zoom. If you would like to attend, contact us for a link.  These meetings are open and welcoming to members.

Read more on our Board of Directors page