California Native Plant Society

Education Program

CNPS Workshops and Professional Training

The Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands. Discounted registration fees are offered to CNPS Members. (Join CNPS here)

CNPS Plant Science Workshops Schedule
Click on each workshop name for details and registration (if the name is not a link, no additional information is available yet, please check back soon). Pre-registration is required for all CNPS workshops. If you would like to receive monthly updates about CNPS workshops, e-mail .
2018 Workshops
March 21-22 Rare Plant Survey Protocols - Oxnard & Point Mugu State Park
Heath Bartosh, Aaron Sims
$399 CNPS Members / $429 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
April 2-5 San Luis Obispo County Flora- San Luis Obispo County
Dave Keil
$395 CNPS Members / $425 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
April 16-18 Vernal Pool Plant Taxonomy - UC Davis & Vernal Pools in Solano, Sacramento, & Yolo Counties
Carol Witham, Jennifer Buck-Diaz
$455 CNPS Members / $475 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
May 1-3 Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé - San Luis Obispo & Morro Bay
Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Rachelle Boul
$375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
June 5-7 Intro to Plant Identification - Southern CA
Nick Jensen, Sandy Namoff
$395 CNPS Members / $415 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
July 10-12  Intro to Plant Identification - Truckee
Josie Crawford
$375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF
August 7-9  Wetland/Riparian Plant Idenfitication - Imperial Beach
Dave Magney
$375 CNPS Members / $395 Non-Members
Workshop Flyer PDF

From the CNPS North Coast Chapter: A Primer on Sedges
March 17, 2018, Arcata, CA
Taught by Gordon Leppig


Note that some details, including price and exact locations, are subject to change.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

If you have questions about any workshops, or suggestions for future workshop topics and instructors, e-mail Becky Reilly, ().

Yosemite workshop
Participants learn how to sample vegetation using the CNPS-CDFW relevé method. Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé workshop in Yosemite National Park, June 2015.

Looking for information about a previous event? Past workshops and training events are listed here.

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