CNPS Orange County Chapter

Mission/Description/History (can use the accordion feature if history is longer section) Orange County is one of 35 chapters of the California Native Plant Society. OC CNPS is a volunteer organization, depending on the dedication, hard work and incredible initiative of our members. We are governed by an elected Board of Directors, each with a two year term. Chapter teams guide many of the activities and functions of the chapter .

Get involved! Help grow CNPS and support our mission to protect, conserve and enjoy California’s native plants and their habitats. Assisting with a team is a great way to get started. You can help as much or as little as you wish and your time allows. Volunteering may be a single task or an ongoing commitment. We are effective because of volunteers like you. Learn about how you can get involved as a volunteer!


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General Meetings

General meetings are held on the second Thursday of alternating months at 7 pm in the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Meetings are held during the following alternating months: January, March, May, July, September, and November. All general meetings are free and are open to the public.

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

Field Trips

Throughout the year, we offer field trips and outings to hike and explore the native plants in local natural areas. Most of these are open to both members and non-members. See our field trips page for details of upcoming field trips.


1st Saturday of each month — Point Lobos (East). 1.00 p.m. at the Rio Road Park and Ride

Join us in the beautiful Monterey Pine forest on the east side of Point Lobos. We use several techniques to remove the highly invasive French Broom and help restore the area with the native plants that properly belong there. We meet at the Rio Road Park and Ride (across the road from the Chevron gas station). All supplies provided. Contact Bruce Delgado at or 831-277-7690 for more information.

3rd Sunday of each month — Soberanes Creek. 11.00 a.m. at the Rio Road Park and Ride

The area where Soberanes Creek falls into the ocean needs our help to remove various invasive weeds — primarily Cape Ivy. We meet at the Rio Road Park and Ride (across the road from the Chevron gas station) at 11 a.m. and return at about 2.00 p.m. All supplies provided. Bring a friend, water and a snack. Contact Bruce Delgado at or 831-277-7690 for more information.

Gardening with Natives

The chapter includes a horticulture group which is focused on growing native plants for sale and encouraging their use in landscaping. The group meets every Friday at MEarth from 3.30 to 5.00 p.m. See our Gardening with Natives page for more information.

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With a CNPS membership you will receive discounts on CNPS-published books and posters, a subscription to Artemisia and Flora, and if you choose Monterey Bay as your home chapter, the Monterey Bay CNPS Chapter newsletter.

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