Members’ meetings

East Bay CNPS Members’ Meetings are great for:
Learning about native plants (and wildlife) and their habitats
Virtually visiting beautiful and interesting places
Being inspired by conservation challenges and success stories
Meeting nice people who share your interests

Conway Summit, Eastern Sierra, October 16, 2010, photo by Tucker Hammerstrom (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Our meetings are always free and open to everyone, members and  non-members alike. We meet at 7:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month in January-May and September-November, with a slight adjustment in the schedule to avoid Thanksgiving week. Most of our meetings take place at the Orinda Library, which is centrally located in our big, two-county chapter area.

We welcome your ideas for topics or speakers (some of our best programs have come from members’ suggestions), so please feel free to contact Programs chair Sue Rosenthal with your ideas ( or 510-496-6016).

Photo Sharing Night!
Wednesday, January 24, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

East Bay CNPS photo sharing nights are eye-popping, educational, and fun. Everyone is invited to share photos or videos of flora, fauna, landscapes, gardens, hikes, trips and adventures, work parties, plant art, you name it! Come to share your images or just to enjoy those that others bring. Non-members are welcome to present and/or enjoy, and both amateur and pro photographers are invited and appreciated.


  1.  IMPORTANT: Please contact Sue ( or 510-496-6016) by January 17 if you want to show photos or videos.
    Each presenter will have time for up to 20 images or up to 7 minutes of video. Bring images you think will appeal to nature lovers.
  2.  Provide your images in advance so we can reduce set-up time at the meeting.
  3.  When you contact Sue (by January 17), you’ll receive a link to an online Dropbox for this meeting, along with instructions on how to upload your photos or videos. If you haven’t used Dropbox before, rest assured that it’s easy to upload images (and less stressful than trying to do it via flash drive on the night of the meeting). Dropbox can accommodate large file sizes. Upload your PowerPoint, digital images, or videos to the Dropbox by January 22. Sue will be available to help if you have questions or problems with uploading.
  4.  Prints are also welcome; we’ll have a table on which you can display them.

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way
From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way.
From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way.

Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street.

From BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.

Next Month’s Program
February 28, 7:30 pm,  Orinda Library Garden Room
Leslie Buck—Cutting Back: Garden Memoir Reading and Pruning Demonstration