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The California Native Plant Society is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals. Our goals are to increase understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich natural heritage for future generations. The Yerba Buena Chapter encompasses San Francisco and northern San Mateo Counties and is named for the tiny fragrant mint Satureja douglasii found in this area.

Chapter Activities are as diverse as our membership and range from conservation and habitat restoration to native plant gardening, hiking and photography.

Upcoming events (5)

Children’s Gardens with San Francisco Native Plants

Online event

Speaker: Susan Karasoff, CNPS Yerba Buena Outreach chair
(This program is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library)
Zoom Reservations Required: See link below

Children learn by exploring and learn with all their senses. San Francisco native plants can provide soft, safe environments for young children and opportunities for exploring the natural world, including butterflies and birds, for older children. We’ll discuss what to plant in San Francisco to provide opportunities for children to learn and explore nature.

Susan Karasoff gardens in San Francisco’s clay soil. She is a member of the California Native Plant Society - Yerba Buena (San Francisco) chapter. Karasoff has an “only the easiest plants survive” approach to gardening. She grows a buffet of colorful native edible and pollinator plants, specifically gardening to feed caterpillars and bees.

Restore the Sutro Dunes - Balboa St. & Great Highway

Balboa Street & Great Highway

Come join the Natural Resource Division of SF Rec. and Park and CNPS volunteers in recurring habitat restoration work parties at parks throughout the city.

We will be working in the natural area at the corner of Balboa St. and the Great Highway.

Volunteer activities include weeding and planting maintenance.

With Covid protocols in place, we ask that you:
• Wear a mask and observe social-distancing protocols
• Bring gloves and tools for weeding if you have them. I have some if you don't.

Also:
• Please wear close-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for physical work. Layers are best while working near the ocean. It can get very windy and cold out there. Though beautiful!

Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science

Speaker: Enrique Salmón

Zoom Reservations Required:
https://cnps-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uKAXXWe1T-i5g8dZhsvcaA.

Join indigenous scholar and Rarámuri ethnobotanist, Enrique Salmón, as he discusses his new book, Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science, winner of the 2021 Award of Excellence in Botany from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries.

Iwígara is the Rarámuri belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath. The book, Iwígara, is a treasury of knowledge of 80 plants revered by North America’s indigenous peoples.

Dr. Salmón teaches us the ways plants are used as food and medicine, the details of their identification and harvest, their important health benefits, plus their role in traditional stories and myths.

Dr. Enrique Salmón is head of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University–East Bay, in Hayward, California.

His own Rarámuri family has always gathered, grown, and used plants for many medicinal and cultural purposes.

He feels indigenous cultural concepts of the natural world are only part of a complex and sophisticated understanding of landscapes and biocultural diversity, and he has dedicated his studies to Ethnobiology, Agroecology, and Ancestral Ecological Knowledge in order to better understand his own and other cultural perceptions of culture, landscapes, and place.

Restore the Sutro Dunes - Balboa St. & Great Highway

Balboa Street & Great Highway

Come join the Natural Resource Division of SF Rec. and Park and CNPS volunteers in recurring habitat restoration work parties at parks throughout the city.

We will be working in the natural area at the corner of Balboa St. and the Great Highway.

Volunteer activities include weeding and planting maintenance.

With Covid protocols in place, we ask that you:
• Wear a mask and observe social-distancing protocols
• Bring gloves and tools for weeding if you have them. I have some if you don't.

Also:
• Please wear close-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for physical work. Layers are best while working near the ocean. It can get very windy and cold out there. Though beautiful!

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Restore the Sutro Dunes - Balboa St. & Great Highway

Balboa Street & Great Highway

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