SAVE THE DATE: CNPS 2022 Conservation Conference!

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Mark your calendars for 2022


WHO: The CNPS Conservation Conference attracts more than 1,000 attendees including professional and amateur botanists, biologists, ecologists, conservationists, landscaping professionals, nursery managers, land use planners, CNPS members, students, agency staff, policymakers, environmentalists, researchers, backyard gardeners, volunteers, and native plant lovers from California and beyond!

WHAT: Every 3 years (a little farther out due to COVID), this 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.

WHERE: All conference events will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, located at 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110. Stay tuned for information on how to book a room at the special negotiated rate, exclusively for conference attendees.

WHEN: Note the new fall dates this year – October 20 through 22, 2022! Pre-conference workshops and field trips will take place on October 18 and 19.

WHY: The Conservation Conference provides ample opportunities to network and connect with like-minded others, while learning about current research and trends, building your career, and contributing to future plans for California’s native plants and natural habitats. And the big event only happens every three years, so you don’t want to miss it!

HOW [TO GET THE DETAILS]: This website will be your source for all conference news and information. The conference planning team is busily working out the fine details, so we will be frequently updating the information on this site as plans come together. If you’re not already subscribed to CNPS news and updates, you can sign up now and get information on the conference delivered to your inbox, too.

We can’t wait to see you in San Jose!

Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations

You are invited to submit an abstract to present in a themed oral or poster session at the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference!

Presenting at the conference means sharing your research, project, or new idea with 1,000 other conservationists and native plant enthusiasts who can learn from your work and put new science into action. You may find opportunities for collaboration and new projects or identify research needs, directly impacting the future of native plant and natural resource conservation in California.

The conference program will focus on communicating the most recent and effective conservation science; all presentations should have a clear connection to native plants or natural vegetation conservation. Presentations are organized into themed sessions, including Current Research (dedicated to student presentations), a poster session, and Lightning Talks. Visit the Sessions page for the complete list of session topics.

The Call for Abstracts is open now through July 10, 2017. Full details, including abstract requirements and how to submit, are available on the Abstracts page, or you can download the Call for Abstracts here (including submission instructions) to review and share with friends and colleagues.

Welcome to the Conservation Conference Website!

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Welcome to the brand new website for the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference in LA! This website is your source for all conference news and information. Our Conference Planning Team is busily working out the fine details of the conference, so we will be frequently updating the information on this site as plans come together.

Meanwhile, here are 5 things you can do now to start getting ready for the big event!

  1. RSVP and share the Facebook event with your friends and colleagues so they’re in the know too! Click here:
  2. Explore this website and get a sense of what’s coming in 2018
  3. Start brainstorming if you’re interested in presenting a talk or poster – the Call for Abstracts will open in early 2017
  4. Update your CNPS membership so you can lock in member-only discounts when registration opens summer 2017
  5. Update your contact information by logging in to (or creating) your profile at (click on “My profile” on the left once you are logged in) so we can let you know about future conference news, such as when registration opens

We can’t wait to see you in LA!

Announcing the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference

Save the date!

WHO: Over 1,000 attendees from California and beyond

WHAT: 2 days of pre-conference workshops and field trips and 3 days of scientific sessions, keynote speakers, social and arts events, and more

WHERE: Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90045,

WHEN: Thursday, February 1, through Saturday, February 3, 2018 (pre-conference workshops & field trips January 30-31)

WHY: Whether your career centers around natural resources or you just love native plants, the CNPS Conservation Conference will have something for you. From professional skills training and scientific sessions to field trips and special events, you will have many 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.

Stay tuned for details! Everything you need to know about the conference will be posted at as information becomes available.

For now, you can start to get excited by exploring our venue, thinking about providing a session or poster presentation, or learning how you can get involved in this big event!