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Orange County Celebrates California Native Plant Week!

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The inaugural California Native Plant Week ("CNPW") is being held the third week of April - April 16-24, 2011.  The events listed below have been scheduled in Orange County.  If your organization is sponsoring an event and you'd like to be included here, please contact OC CNPW Coordinator Nancy Heuler at  Please check this site for more information about California Native Plant Week and for a list of statewide events.




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Orange County Chapter CNPS Grants

The Charlie O’Neill Grant

The Orange County CNPS chapter established the Charlie O’Neill Grant in 1993 to honor the late Charlie O’Neill, OC-CNPS President from 1990-1992 and a highly inspirational member of the chapter. This grant is awarded to graduate students for field research related to southern California native plants.

The Charlie O’Neill Grant is awarded annually to a university student planning to conduct field research related to biology, ecology, floristics, taxonomy, ethnobotany, of native plants. Awards range from $500 to $1000 based on the number of suitable applicants and the relative quality and merit of their proposals. Grant awards are presented as a lump sum award at project begin and may cover items such as supplies, equipment, and travel costs not covered by other sources of funding and include a one-year membership with CNPS.  By accepting funding, grant recipients agree to provide a one paragraph synopsis of their work to be posted on the OC-CNPS website upon begin of the project and a copy of the final project results, in the form of a report, thesis, dissertation or newsletter article. Any publication should include acknowledgement of Orange County CNPS. If the project is of strong local interest, the grant recipient may be invited to present their work at the Orange County local chapter meeting.                                                       

Application Format

Applicants should submit a brief cover letter and proposal to for review.  The proposal should be 3-5 pages in length include the following sections: Abstract (or Project Summary), Introduction, Goals and Objectives, Methods, Budget (total requested and otherwise funded cost estimate), and how the project will benefit native plant conservation.

Review Process and Selection Criteria

Applications must be submitted by November 15th in order to be considered for funding. Proposals will be reviewed by committee and applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected for funding by January 15th. 

Selection will be based on each proposal's completeness, technical quality, consistency with CNPS goals, intended use of funds, local relevance, and likelihood of completion. All proposals considered for funding must directly support or be consistent with the mission of CNPS, which is to ”conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants." Preference will be given to proposals including study of species occurring within Orange County and its environs.  If the review committee concludes that no proposal meets selection criteria, then the grantaward may be suspended until the following year.

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The Acorn Grant

Purpose: We realize that the future health and diversity of our state’s flora will depend upon the youth of today. It is hoped that given engaging educational opportunities, students will begin to appreciate how mankind fits within the network of ecology, biology, and of course, botany. The purpose of the Acorn Grant is to encourage such understanding.

Goal: The Acorn Grant targets Orange County students in Kindergarten through 12th grades to acquaint them with Southern California’s rich plant diversity and habitats. Examples of programs that might be funded include: class visits by qualified personnel who incur expenses related to the visit; purchase of materials for simple botany experiments involving native plants; funding of school gardens that highlight native plants; and instructive field trips to native gardens or to natural areas where the role of native plants is explored.

How much? Depending upon the number of grants awarded, the amount will range from $150 to $400. Grant recipients are asked to contribute a short article about the project for the chapter newsletter.

Questions? Contact Sarah Jayne at or (949) 552-0691 or Dan Songster or (949) 768-0431

The Horticultural Grant

The Horticultural Grant is awarded to a high school, community college, or university student involved in utilizing native plants in ornamental horticulture, landscape design/architecture and other related fields. The grant is to be used to complete a project assigned and overseen be a faculty member. Possible projects might include ornamental horticulture with an emphasis on natives, a naturalistic demonstration garden, or a native revegetation effort. Up to $500 will be provided to offset material and supply costs. The grant could be awarded to a class project or to an individual.

The Traveler’s Grant

The Traveler’s Grant pays expenses for a deserving person to attend a workshop or seminar on native plant-related topics.

To apply for one of these grants, please email


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