Mission & Vision

What we do & Why we do it


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The California Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization seeking to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, conservation, and restoration.

The San Diego Chapter serves San Diego and Imperial counties. We invite you to come to our meetings and field trips, learn more about the flora of our state, and meet people who share your interest in native plants. You can email us general questions about native plants or the chapter.

When you’re a CNPS member, you help to preserve and protect California’s native plants and places for generations to come. Members receive many benefits including free subscriptions to CNPS publications, access to fun activities, discounts, and more.

Help CNPS-San Diego with its mission and vision. Donate today in any amount. Every donation counts in carrying out the many activities through which the chapter promotes the preservation of California native plants.

Our Mission

The mission of the San Diego Chapter of the CNPS is to conserve and protect the rich diversity of native plants and their natural habitats in San Diego and Imperial counties. We are dedicated to cultivating a deep understanding, nurturing appreciation, and promoting the widespread horticultural use of native plants.

Our Vision

CNPS San Diego envisions a future where:
  • The native plant biodiversity of San Diego and Imperial counties thrives, ensuring the preservation of vital ecosystems for generations to come.
  • The San Diego Chapter of CNPS is a recognized leader, providing expert guidance and advocacy to conserve and promote the use of native plants.
  • Native plants are embraced as essential components of sustainable landscapes, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing water usage across residential, commercial, and public spaces.
  • Public appreciation for native plants flourishes, fostering a deeper connection to the natural world and inspiring stewardship of our local environment.
  • Elected officials and decision-makers prioritize the protection of San Diego and Imperial counties’ environmental resources, recognizing the importance of native plants in creating resilient and thriving communities.