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January 15-17, 2015  -  San Jose, CA

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The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society serves Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, and parts of Placer and San Joaquin Counties.

Our Mission

The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats, through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.


Chapter Meetings

Our chapter meetings are free and the public is invited to attend.  Meetings are start at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (January - June and September - November) at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, 95816.   GOOGLE MAP

A wide selection of books and Sacramento Valley Chapter t‑shirts are available for purchase at meetings.
Refreshments are always provided! 

Wednesday, March 11th, 7:00pm

Native Food Crops - presented by Alicia FunkAlicia

The declining diversity in food crops, combined with loss of genetic control of those foods and a changing climate, make it imperative to seek local solutions for food and health. Native foods, adapted to conserve resources and provide significantly more nutritional benefit, offer a key solution by placing control of healthy foods back in local communities. If done through a collaborative approach that is designed to share information and resources, native food crops could help us enjoy vitamin-rich, carbon-neutral food crops that protect biodiversity and cultural heritage, while bringing our families back outside.

Join author Alicia Funk on a seasonal discovery of the uses of plants native to our region--seen through photographs and tasted through a sampling of foods made from our native landscape.

Alicia Funk is the founder of the Living Wild Project and co-author of Living Wild—Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of California. She first studied plant-based medicine in 1990 from an indigenous grandmother in Ecuador’s rainforest and is the editor of six books on plant-based medicine, including Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs, The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs and The Botanical Safety Handbook. The Living Wild Project works to deepen our relationship with the land we inhabit, remembering how we can eat, garden and heal with the sustainable use of local, native plants.


32,000-Year-Old Plant Brought Back to Life

32000 Year Old Plant Brought Back to Life

 Link to National Geographic article



March - Alicia Funk, Living Wild

April - Dylan Orion Burge, Assistant Curator of Botany at California Academy of Sciences: conservation implications of his research in Pine Hill.


May - Jennifer Buck, Grasslands (California Prairie)

June - volunteer recognition and potluck, short presentation by Dan Glusencamp on State CNPS topics

September - Bernadette Balics, Life Beyond a Lawn


About Sacramento Valley CNPS