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This group is for anyone interested in California native plants. We have activities for everyone -- whether you enjoy hiking, gardening, photography or in other ways learning about California native plants, this is the group for you. We have volunteer and restoration projects opportunities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Please join us!

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship. The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS covers Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County. For more information about our organization visit www.cnps-scv.org (http://www.cnps-scv.org/). If you're not a current member of the California Native Plant Society, please consider joining: https://www.cnps.org/membership

Upcoming events (5)

Wildflowers of the Bay Area, a talk by Andrea Williams

Online event

Wildflower season in the Bay Area is upon us, but even seasoned hikers and naturalists can get confused by the diversity of beautiful flowers we have in our area. To help you progress in your native wildflower knowledge, Andrea Williams, CNPS’ Director of Biodiversity Initiatives, will provide an overview of the most common wildflowers in our area during this webinar. She’ll go over how to identify these flowers and share interesting natural history details about each. We’ll also share about some of the community science work CNPS is leading to protect our state’s amazing plant biodiversity.

Andrea Williams has two decades of experience in science-based public lands management: monitoring rare plants and plant communities, carrying out project compliance surveys, mapping and removing invasive plants and responding to landscape-level threats. She has worked in partnership to design indicators, metrics, status and trends for land health; lead volunteers in botanical inventories; improve the quality and quantity of data submitted to California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB); and teach plant identification, field methods and invasive plant management planning.

See the talk live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CNPSSantaClaraValley

Habitat Restoration @ Lake Cunningham

Lake Cunningham Native Garden

TIME: 8am
VENUE: Native Garden Parking Lot

Join us to restore habitat (weeding and mulching) in the Native Garden at Lake Cunningham Park, San Jose.

We follow City of San Jose guidelines for volunteering during the pandemic: face covering, social distancing, no tool sharing. Bring your own bucket and a weeding mattock (and knee pad, if you prefer that). Wear a face covering, hat, gloves, sturdy garden shoes. Bring plenty of fluids and hydrate often. We start with a 10-minute orientation, then walk to the site, so please be on time.

First-timers: Bring a signed waiver form available at https://lakecunninghamnativegarden.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/2020-volunteer-status-and-waiver-of-liability.pdf

First timers: please follow directions in this meetup to get to the native garden. It is a very large park (200 acres) with two entrances. You want to head to the Google map pin for "Lake Cunningham Native Garden".

Workdays are sometimes rescheduled or canceled. Always RSVP to confirm, and check the latest updates Friday night. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP so we know.

Photography Group Meeting

Online event

This is the CNPS SCV Photography Group's monthly photo sharing meeting (fourth Friday of each month, 7-8:30pm). All are welcome. Anyone who has pictures of their adventures to share can participate! You don't have to share photos to join -- folks who just want to see pictures and hear photo tips are welcome.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsc-iqqzMpGNzp2osMkgoP48j7WucbIPnS

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Share your photos!
Sign up via the link below for a slot and share your pictures, techniques, and ideas. This is a supportive peer group in which beginners and experts are equally welcome. Slots are 20 minutes each; plan your photos and discussions accordingly. Presenters will receive a 1-minute-remaining alert, so everyone gets equal time, and we finish this weeknight meeting on time. Join us!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F49A9A729AAFD0-cnps10

To participate in other Photography Group activities, join the email list:
http://www.cnps-scv.org/index.php/activities/photography-group

Habitat Restoration @ Lake Cunningham

Lake Cunningham Native Garden

TIME: 8am
VENUE: Native Garden Parking Lot

Join us to restore habitat (weeding and mulching) in the Native Garden at Lake Cunningham Park, San Jose.

We follow City of San Jose guidelines for volunteering during the pandemic: face covering, social distancing, no tool sharing. Bring your own bucket and a weeding mattock (and knee pad, if you prefer that). Wear a face covering, hat, gloves, sturdy garden shoes. Bring plenty of fluids and hydrate often. We start with a 10-minute orientation, then walk to the site, so please be on time.

First-timers: Bring a signed waiver form available at https://lakecunninghamnativegarden.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/2020-volunteer-status-and-waiver-of-liability.pdf

First timers: please follow directions in this meetup to get to the native garden. It is a very large park (200 acres) with two entrances. You want to head to the Google map pin for "Lake Cunningham Native Garden".

Workdays are sometimes rescheduled or canceled. Always RSVP to confirm, and check the latest updates Friday night. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP so we know.

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