Welcome to Santa Cruz County CNPS
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs
and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. CNPS seek to increase
understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural
habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation.
The chapter meets every other month on the second Monday of the month at the
University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum Horticulture Building, located at 1156 High Street. Directions can be found
The chapter welcomes all-from the botanists and defenders of the environment to the casual nature lover.
Contact any Board Member to find out about the organization. Attend a meeting-you will learn something new!
California Native Plant Society - Santa Cruz County Chapter
P. O. Box 1622
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
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* New Second Edition Now Avaliable *
The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is proud to announce the publication of the Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County, California, by Dylan Neubauer.
Dylan is a botanist who lives in Santa Cruz County.
Presented in an easy-to-use format, this comprehensive update of the 2005 edition summarizes the latest information on the 1594 vascular plant taxa currently known to occur in Santa Cruz County.
The 166-page, spiral-bound, 5.5 x 8 in. book includes:
- Botanical artwork by Tim Hyland
- Maps by Ben Pease—including a new color map of the County showing public lands & Sandhills
- Detailed instructions on how to use the Checklist
- An expanded introduction discussing the County’s botanical history as well as its botanical “hotspots” and special areas
- A list of all local taxa arranged alphabetically by family using the latest nomenclature from The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition & the Jepson eFlora.
- Locality information for listed & “locally rare” taxa
- Appendices treating legal rarity status, endemics, extirpated taxa, undescribed taxa, the most invasive non-natives, and more
- An expanded, 64-page “Notes” section, including tips for identifying difficult taxa, taxonomic issues, habitat information for rare taxa, and more
- An Index to local plant families & genera with new names cross-referenced to superseded names from the first edition of The Jepson Manual
Click here for Santa Cruz County Checklist errata.
Price: $15.00 + tax/copy.
The book is available at Book Shop Santa Cruz, Norrie's gift shop at the UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History and Native Revival Nursery in Aptos.
Also, you can purchase copies from Cindy Hudson, email Cindy at
Native Plant Propagation Group
Our chapter has an active plant propagation group that meets monthly. We grow plants for the twice-yearly plant sales.
For more details, go to our Horticulture page.
Natural History Field Trip Series with Randall Morgan
Come with legendary local naturalist Randall Morgan, accompanied by renowned weed warrior Ken Moore, to selected hot spots in the Santa Cruz area and learn about some of nature’s little known wonders. These walks cover all aspects of natural history including botany, birds, bugs, biogeography, general ecology, conservation, habitat restoration, ethnobotany, wild foods, the native/non-native issue, natural succession, land management/ restoration/ enhancement, gardening ideas, how to “read” landscapes, and more!
Reservations are not required. Ending times for trips are an estimate; they may run longer. Please wear clothing that won’t attract stickers so we don’t spread weed seeds.
For any questions, contact Randall Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ken Moore at email@example.com.
This series of field trips is being provided at no cost to you. However, donations are needed to continue offering this incomparable opportunity. You can make a cash donation or a check made out to Randall Morgan on the trip. To make a separate contribution for the field trip series by check, make the check payable to CNPS, and specify it is for the “Morgan Field Trip Series”. Request a receipt for a tax deduction, and send the check to:
Suzanne Schettler, Treasurer
California Native Plant Society
P. O. Box 277
Ben Lomond, CA 95005.
Wildlands Restoration Team *
California Native Plant Society, Santa Cruz Chapter *
UCSC Arboretum *
Santa Cruz Bird Club *
UCSC Natural History Museum *
Land Trust of Santa Cruz County *
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History *
Click for more about Randall Morgan