Members’ meetings

East Bay CNPS Members’ Meetings are great for:

  •  Learning about native plants (and wildlife) and their habitat
  •  Virtually visiting beautiful and interesting places
  •  Being inspired by conservation challenges and success stories
  •  Meeting nice people who share your interests

Restoring Habitat for San Francisco’s Rare Endemic
Speaker: Michael Chassé
Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

San Francisco hosts two of the rarest manzanitas in the world: Raven’s manzanita (Arctostaphylos montana ssp. ravenii) and Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana). These endangered species grew together in a distinct maritime chaparral habitat that once covered the serpentine hilltops of San Francisco. Their story is one of discovery, loss, salvage, and restoration, with a bit of serendipity sprinkled throughout. Michael Chassé will share the history and ecology of San Francisco’s rare endemic manzanitas and how current efforts are returning these species to the San Francisco landscape.

Michael Chassé is a biologist for the National Park Service at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where he has coordinated natural areas stewardship and rare plant monitoring for close to 20 years. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University’s Department of Geography. His master’s thesis focused on San Francisco’s rare endemic manzanitas. Michael also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia in the early 1990s.

Michael Chassé with a Franciscan mazanita. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

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

DRIVING: 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.

VIA 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.

Summer Vacation
East Bay CNPS members’ meetings will be on summer vacation from June through August. Watch the Bay Leaf, the chapter website ( and Meetup ( for announcements of the next meeting, which will take place on September 26.