Network with other professionals, appreciate our flora, and have some fun! The CNPS Conservation Conference is jam-packed with special events and exhibits that will help you get to know the California conservation community, while celebrating our work.

The Arts at the Conference

Botanical Art & Photography

The Conservation Conference will include botanical art and photography contests and exhibits showcasing the beauty of our native plants, which will be hung through the duration of the conference.
Details, including how to submit art & photos »

Poetry & Music

On Thursday evening, “Native People, Plants, Poetry: A Celebration” will appreciate native plants and places through spoken word. This special event was standing room only at the 2015 Conference in San Jose and we are excited to include it again in Los Angeles! The unique Songfest & Music Jam event will follow, where attendees bring acoustic instruments and songs, including some lyrics adapted with botanical themes. A fun time whether you can play an instrument or sing, or just love live music.
Poetry & music events »

Student Events

The Conservation Conference will include events specifically designed for students to get to know their peers and professionals in their field, and learn about potential career paths and jobs. This will include a student session, student presentation contests, and networking events TBA.
Student events at the conference »

Field Trips

Pre-conference field trips will be available for those who would like to get to know the plants and natural areas of greater LA with local experts.
Pre-conference field trips »

Auctions & Drawing

Details on auction and drawing items & how to donate »

Cocktails & Silent Auction

On Friday evening, a cocktail reception and silent auction will be held to benefit CNPS. Bid on unique items and experiences and support conservation work in California!

Live Auction

During the Friday Banquet, we will hold a live auction on select items to benefit CNPS. In 2015, items included an Esri software package, CNPS lifetime memberships (which are not available elsewhere!), and more.


During the Friday cocktail reception, attendees will be able to enter in a fun drawing for unique items. Ticket sales benefit CNPS!


On Friday evening, a banquet dinner will be held (tickets sold separately), including a speaker, the live auction, and more.
Friday Banquet information »