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

Our meetings are always free and open to everyone, members and nonmembers 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).

Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months:

December: No meeting (happy holidays!)

January 24, 7:30 pm Orinda Library Garden Room:
Photo Sharing Night!
East Bay CNPS photo sharing nights are eye-popping, educational, and fun. Everyone is invited to share photos or video of hikes, trips and adventures, gardens, landscapes, work parties, flora, fauna, plant art, you name it! Come to share your images or just to enjoy those that others bring. Nonmembers are welcome to present and/or enjoy, and both amateur and pro photographers are invited and appreciated.
IMPORTANT: Please contact Sue at or 510-496-6016 by January 17 if you want to show photos or video.
Each presenter will have time for up to 25 images (or up to 7 minutes of video). Bring photos you think will appeal to native plant and nature lovers.
Provide your images in advance so we can save time during the meeting: when you contact Sue, you’ll get detailed instructions about how to do this.
Prints are also welcome: We’ll have a table on which you can display them.

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