The California Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization seeking to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, conservation, and restoration.


The San Diego Chapter serves San Diego and Imperial counties. We invite you to come to our meetings and field trips, learn more about the flora of our state, and meet people who share your interest in native plants. You may email direct general questions about native plants or the chapter to 



When you're a CNPS member, you help to preserve and protect California's native plants and places for generations to come. Members receive many benefits including free subscriptions to CNPS publications, access to fun activities, discounts, and more.





We always need volunteers! Whether it is planting landscapes, or setting up for our monthly programs, or posting to our social media or labeling plants for our annual sale, if you can devote a little time we can use your help. Please send an e-mail to or just introduce yourself to one of the board members. 



Photo credit: Juergen Schrenk

“Life has always poppies in her hands.”
— ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray