The Orange County Chapter of The California Native Plant Society provides speakers on the topic of native plants.

OCCNPS is a non-profit organization of volunteers devoted to the conservation of California’s native plants and their natural habitats, and to increasing the understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of our native plants. Through our activities we fund native plant outreach efforts, research and educational grants, field studies, symposium, conservation efforts and other important work.

Our programs are best suited for groups with an interest in California native plants, local natural history, the outdoors and similar topics. Because our programs are presented by volunteers, availability varies. Please inquire with your program preference, but also include one or two alternatives where possible.

Our requested donation helps fund our outreach, conservation and education efforts and helps to offset the travel costs of our speaker’s.

For more information or to schedule a presentation please contact us.

Our current program offerings:




2018 CNPS Conservation Conference Travel Grant


The Orange County CNPS chapter is offering up to four $250 travel grants to attend the 2018 State CNPS Conference, Feb. 1-3 2018 in Los Angeles.  Graduate and highly qualified undergraduate students training in the study of southern California native plants are eligible.


The Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has established a Conservation Travel Grant this year to support botanically-inclined students in attending the upcoming 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference. This conference is held every three years and is an excellent opportunity for students, academics, other professionals and the larger plant conservation community to network and learn about the latest discoveries the field. Travel Grant funds will cover the $200 student registration costs as well as other incidentals and/or workshops, depending on whether awardees wish to volunteer for an additional $75 rebate from their registration. Grant awards are presented as a registration voucher and check for any remaining funds beyond registration costs.  By accepting the award, grant recipients agree to attend the conference and will be listed in our January Chapter newsletter.                                  

Application Format

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to for review.  The cover letter should include university affiliation, educational status, a description of the applicant’s professional interests and justification as to why the 2018 Conservation Conference would be valuable to support these goals.


Review Process and Selection Criteria

Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 3rdth 2017 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 December 8th 2017


Finalists will be selected based on their application quality and relevance to the study and conservation of regional native plants. All applications 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 may be given to students studying native species/native species issues occurring within Orange County and its environs. 


2016 Charlie O’Neill Grant is Awarded!

We are happy to report that Shannon Lynch, graduate student from UC Santa Cruz, has been selected to receive our full $1000 O'Neill Grant to work on Fusarium infections in native trees of Orange County.

It is hoped her work will help advance basic research on the threat of Fusarium dieback (caused in part by the notorious Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer) to the riparian and oak woodland habitats throughout Southern California.

Also, Thanks to our Chapter’s esteemed review committee: Bob Allen, Jutta Burger, Celia Kutcher, Fred Roberts, and Ron Vanderhoff in helping guide the grant process.



Students are often looking for ways to get experience with native plants or ways to get involved and ways to learn more about our flora. Sometimes these interests arise out of a senior school project, a scout project, a community service interest or simply out of an interest in our natural world.

However the source of the interest, here are some ways that students and other young individuals can get native plant experience and get involved:

Field Trips: OC CNPS conducts native plant field trips in Orange County and nearby areas. Interested students can assist by helping to record the species seen, helping with sign-ins and registration, writing a post-trip report and in other ways. Learn about our field trip program on our Explore page and contact us by sending a note to the Field Trip Committee Chair at .

Invasive Plant Management: OC CNPS is a leader in the early detection and management of many invasive plants in Orange County. Invasive plants are one of the greatest threats to the health of our native flora and natural areas. Periodically, we organize invasive plant Weed Pulls in various places around the county. Learn more about our Emergent Invasive Plant Program at our Invasive Plant section and get involved by inquiring to .

Annual Home Garden Tour: During this one-day annual event native plant experts open up their home gardens for the public to enjoy. You may be able to help by hosting a garden, helping with ticket sales, check-ins, some garden work, etc. To volunteer or get more information send a note to the Committee Chair, Sarah Jayne, at

To apply for the Acorn, Horticultural or Traveler's Grant, please email .