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California Native Plant Society

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) was formed in 1965 in the East Bay region. Today it is a statewide organization with thirty-three chapters. The East Bay Chapter covers Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The state organization and the local chapters work together to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations.

Donations in support of the activities of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society in pursuit of its mission are much appreciated.

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Calendar of Chapter Events

Click here for upcoming membership meetings.

Click here for upcoming field trips.

Click here for upcoming restoration events.

Native Here Nursery

Your resource for plants that grow naturally in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Native Here Nursery is on Facebook.

Conservation Blog
July 6th
On June 29th, EBCNPS submitted a comment letter in response to the Preliminary General Plan and accompanying Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area in Eastern Alameda County. This letter is a major step in a mul…
June 16th
The Oakland Zoo recently submitted a request to the City of Oakland for a permit to kill 57 heritage Oaks and other native trees in Knowland Park.  Many many more trees that don’t require a permit to kill will be taken out, and the Zoo acknowledges …
June 16th
We need your help now to SAVE Tesla Park! This is your inspiration… Please email your comments on the Carnegie SVRA Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR (General Plan /DEIR) before the June 29, 2015 deadline. Your comments can be emailed to CarnegieDEIRcomm…

Foothill penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus).  Photo by Bill Hunt.

Click here for the November 2015 issue of the East Bay Chapter newsletter, the Bay Leaf, in html format.

2016 Conservation Analyst Appeal

The Conservation Analyst Fund supports a half-time professional Conservation Analyst and the Conservation Committee. The Conservation Analyst assists the chapter’s Conservation Committee by reviewing Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), attending planning meetings, writing letters to agencies, making site visits and much more. Most of the fund will be salary and benefits for our future hire, as our former analyst, Mack Casterman, has accepted a full time job. Funds may also be used to support the all volunteer Conservation Committee to attend workshops and conferences. 

At the moment the fund stands at $19,478—almost half-way to our goal of $40,000! We rely on members and friends to donate to the fund, which has successfully supported three half-time professionals over the last ten years. 

To donate click on the Paypal button below or write  a check to “CNPS”, put "Conservation Analyst Fund" in the line on the bottom left and mail it to the chapter’s address: EBCNPS, P.O. Box 5597, Elmwood Station, Berkeley CA 94705. All donations are tax-deductible. 

It is wonderful to see so many familiar names among the donors who have given generously and repeatedly over the past 10 years. We wish to thank all of you who have contributed so far!

Delia Taylor, Funds Development Chair 

Guidebook to the Botanical Priority Protection Areas of the East Bay is now available online.  Click here to access this marvelous resource, which includes a beautiful interactive map.

Click here for a slideshow of the October 2015 Plant Fair.

Rescue Tesla Park's natural treasures



Buttercups (Ranunculus californicus) in Tesla Park.  Photo by Mack Casterman.

Friends of Tesla Park

Visit the Friends of Tesla Park web site, to learn more about the Friends' efforts to prevent  destruction of 3,400 acres of eastern Alameda County native habitat, and to get involved. 

As a Friend, EBCNPS supports establishing Tesla Park as a non-motorized low impact historic  and natural resource park and preserve. Read more

Save Knowland Park


A bird’s eye view of the Oakland Zoo’s proposed expansion site at Knowland Park – note the rare maritime chaparral in the right side of the picture. Photo copyright, Steve Whittaker

Your help is needed to save Oakland’s largest city park – Knowland Park – from an unnecessary and destructive zoo expansion project! Despite pleas by a wide range of conservation groups to modify their project, Oakland Zoo executives have pushed forward with plans to bulldoze and build on rare wildlife and plant habitat, putting in danger threatened species like the Alameda Whipsnake, and the wide variety of wildlife that call Knowland Park home. Knowland Park is a critical piece of EBCNPS’s “Foothills of South Oakland” Botanical Priority Protection Area due to its acres of remnant native grasslands as well as a stand of rare maritime chaparral. Both habitats will be heavily impacted by the Zoo’s proposed development plan.To follow along with our work to save Knowland Park, please “like” us on Facebook and share this info with your firends and neighbors. You can also visit the Knowland Park Coalition website at saveknowland.org for up to date reporting on the ongoing efforts to gain permanent protection for this wonderful park. Knowland Park has been referred to as Oakland’s best kept secret, but we are hopeful that with your help it won’t stay a secret much longer.



The video above explains how to use Meetup.com to find out about and participate in the actiivities of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Click here for beautiful pictures of flowers and wildlife in the Mojave and Colorado deserts.

The flower in the banner at the top of the page is that of Grindelia hirsutula. Photo by Janice Bray.

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