About Us

Plants are the foundation of our ecosystems, and the native plants of California are unlike any others in the world. From ephemeral desert landscapes to rocky Sierra peaks to lush coastal groves, the state’s wild gardens are immensely diverse and awe-inspiring in their beauty. Marin county is exceptionally lucky to have extensive public lands where we can enjoy the benefits and beauty of our region’s native habitats. Without these forests, grasslands and sandy dunes, Marin would not be the paradise it is. But protecting paradise takes work.

CNPS is the voice for our plants, which cannot speak up for themselves against degradation, development and climate change. As a non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals, we seek to increase understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Chapter members work to promote native plant appreciation, horticulture, education, and conservation throughout the county in a variety of ways. Activities include talks, lectures and workshops, field trips, native plant sales, advocacy, restoration work, and more. The public is welcome at our events.

Membership is not necessary for attending most of our events or participating in our activities. However, we encourage membership in CNPS as it supports both local and statewide work and makes our voice for native plants stronger. Membership includes the biannual state journal Artemisia, the quarterly Flora, plus our chapter’s monthly newsletter, and entitles you to discounts at a number of local nurseries. We are a diverse and enthusiastic community and all are welcome.

Connect with Us

Our monthly e-bulletin: News of upcoming field trips, events and plant sales, as well as articles on issues affecting our local habitats. Sign up here to receive it for free.

Instagram: The official Marin CNPS Instagram page. 

Facebook: Wildflower reports and discussion of plants seen in the wild. 

Meetup: Posting of certain upcoming events sponsored by the chapter

Pinterest: Photos of recent or interesting wildflower sightings

YouTube: Video archive of our monthly chapter meetings, plus symposium talks and interviews with our founders

Flickr: A photo archive of native plants in the county, taken over many years

Contact us

Chapter Directory


Current Newsletter

Sign-up for Newsletter

Newsletter Archive

YouTube Channel

Video archive of our monthly chapter meetings, plus symposium talks and interviews with our founders


For research into the botany of our native plants, particularly those projects which will directly benefit Marin County; Awarded yearly in April

Micro Grants

Small grants to local groups or organizations actively working in horticulture or education on native plants; Awarded yearly in February


Our organization is entirely volunteer run. Please join us!

CNPS State website