The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. Its principal aims are to preserve the native flora and to add to the knowledge of members and the public at large.

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The Mendocino Coast Audubon
January Program

Chris Damiani with the Sequoia Zoo Present's
"Can captive rearing caterpillars save the Behren's Silverspot?"

Berhen's Silverspot

The Behren's Silverspot is an endangered Mendocino butterfly on the edge of extinction. Most of its habitat has either been developed or degraded, and official surveys in 2020 recorded zero butterflies with only one confirmed incidental sighting. This talk will describe how Sequoia Park Zoo plays a role in the conservation of this local species by captive rearing caterpillars to increase the butterfly's population while its habitat is being restored.

Christine Damiani received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from U.C. Davis and her PhD. In Zoology from Duke University. She has previously worked for the U.S. Forest Service Redwood Sciences Lab and the Institute for Wildlife Studies, and currently leads the Butterfly Conservation Program at Sequoia Park Zoo.


Sunday at 3:00pm on January 21st at the Ohlson Ranch House Sea Ranch 37405 Shoreline Highway. For more information contact or to request a parking pass contact Cheryl Harris at

Monday at 7:00pm on January 22nd at Caspar Community Center at 15089 Caspar Road, Caspar 95420


Sensitive Natural Communities on the North Coast
a CNPS Workshop – August 2024

Taught by Teresa Sholars and Todd Keeler-Wolf

August 12-14, 2024 Fort Bragg, CA
CNPS Members $500 / Non-Members $550
Capacity: 22 participants
Last Day to Register: July 29, 2024 (or until full)

 In this workshop we will discuss applications of fine-scale vegetation sampling, classification, and mapping, how to document sensitive natural communities, and threats to sensitive communities. This course will be mainly in the field with a short classroom introduction.

 California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond.

Check out the CNPS 2024 schedule and get full details and registration information at for all the 2024 CNPS Workshops. Space is limited; sign up now to secure your spot!


2022 Barbara Rice Intern Sara Bandali Read her Barbara Rice Intern Report posted February 2023

Alexis LaFever-Jackson continues to comment on her work as 2020 Barbara Rice Intern in the latest issue of Grasslands. (pp. 17-19) Check it out!

Latest DKY CNPS Comments on THP in JDSF

Latest Dudleya Protection Legislation News Governor Newsom signs AB233!

Enjoy Being Outdoors! Stay Safe!

The Dorothy King Young Chapter serves coastal Mendocino County, the northern coastal area of Sonoma County, and nearby areas. We host activities throughout the year for members and the general public. These include:

  • regular meetings featuring informative guest speakers
  • field trips
  • educational functions
  • plant sales
  • weed eradication

We also provide input and information to governmental and private agencies about projects of local and statewide interest which may have effects on native plants.
Geographic Area Map of the Dorothy King Young Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself."

Edward Abbey - Desert Solitaire