Every 3 years, the CNPS Conservation Conference brings together California’s conservation community for the largest gathering of its kind. Scientific sessions cover a broad spectrum of topics, and special events provide time for collaboration, networking, and fun.
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What is the Conservation Conference?

Whether your career centers around natural resources or you just love native plants, the CNPS Conservation Conference will have something for you. Pre-conference workshops provide professional skills training, while field trips allow you to get to know local plants with local experts. Three days of scientific sessions and special events provide a forum for collaboration and appreciation of our beautifully diverse flora. You will have opportunities to connect with like-minded others, while learning about current research and trends, and contributing to future plans for California’s native plants and natural habitats.

This is a fun but unique and crucial gathering of the California conservation community, and it only happens once every three years, so don’t miss out!

Technical topics will include vegetation classification and mapping, rare plant science, horticulture, invasive species management, conservation tools and trends, native plant landscaping, restoration, bryophytes, laws and regulations, climate change, plant and wildlife relationships, plant pathogens, and more!

Who will be there?

Over 1,000 attendees including professional and amateur botanists, biologists, ecologists, conservationists, landscaping professionals, nursery managers, land use planners, students, agency staff, policymakers, environmentalists, researchers, backyard gardeners, volunteers, and native plant lovers! CNPS members are especially encouraged to attend and represent their local chapters and initiatives from around the state.

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Schedule Overview


Tuesday, January 30
Workshops & Field Trips

Wednesday, January 31
Workshops & Field Trips

Thursday, February 1
Opening Plenary
Grand Opening – Exhibit Hall & CNPS Store
Concurrent Sessions I & II
Lightning Talks!
Opening Reception & Poster Session
Poets & Writers (Open Mic)
Songfest & Music Jam

Friday, February 2
Concurrent Sessions III, IV, V, VI
Cocktails & Silent Auction
Banquet Dinner & Live Auction

Saturday, February 3
Concurrent Sessions VII, VIII, IX
Closing Plenary