The CNPS Conservation Conference offers many opportunities for students to present research, network, and learn alongside over 1,000 conservationists and native plant enthusiasts. Through scientific presentations and keynote speakers you will learn about current research and trends in conservation and native plant science, and contribute to future plans and goals, while preparing to embark on a career in natural resources. Come learn new skills, explore career opportunities, share your ideas, and experience the vibrant culture of Los Angeles with like-minded students and professionals!

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Student Discounts & Funding

It’s easy and affordable to attend the Conservation Conference with student discounts and special funding. Registration rates are significantly reduced for full-time students, and even more for student CNPS members. You may apply for additional travel and registration funding through CNPS, or connect directly with your local CNPS chapter. Funding priority is given first to those presenting a paper or poster, and second to CNPS student members, so join CNPS at the student rate and maximize your funding potential!

Download the Student Funding Application for details and to apply today.

Networking Events & Career Opportunities

Looking to learn about career opportunities and connect with professionals in your field? Networking and social events will be held to assist undergraduate and graduate students in connecting with each other and potential employers. During these events, biologists and botanists representing many different possible career paths will discuss their jobs with you. CNPS will also solicit agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit organizations for job listings housed on a job & resume board, where space will be also be provided for attendees to post their résumés.


Students who volunteer 8 or more hours before or during the conference are eligible for the $75 rebate on registration fees (provided by request after the conference, once hours have been logged). It’s a great way to make it even more affordable to attend, while connecting with others and contributing to this big event! Learn about volunteer opportunities.

Presentations & Education

In sessions and plenaries, students will learn from peers and professionals. There will be an additional students-only Current Research session, and presenting students can compete for cash prizes awarded for the most outstanding oral and poster presentations too (student presenters should contact Nick Jensen at to be eligible to win)! Learn more about technical sessions.

Attend a Workshop

Gain valuable skills and experience by attending pre-conference workshops. Half- and full-day classes will cover a range of topics, and are a great way to simultaneously build your résumé and your professional network! Workshops are also discounted for CNPS members, and those registered for the full conference.