California Native Grasslands Association
Promoting, preserving, and restoring the diversity of California's native grasses and grassland ecosystems through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship.

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Welcome to the California Native Grasslands Association!


 California grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the United States. Join us in protecting this valuable ecosystem. 


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Photo: Delphinium variegatum at McLaughlin Reserve, April 2016. Susan Harrison. 

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Bodega Marine Reserve and Laboratory, 2099 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay
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    Identifying and Appreciating Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve

    Join us for a 1-day classroom and field workshop at the beautiful Bodega Marine Reserve and Laboratory! Morning will be spent in the classroom with plant samples and 10x hand lenses, and in the afternoon attendees will explore all the Reserve has to offer in native and naturalized grass species. 

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    Workshop highlights include: 

    • Coastal prairie, uplifted marine terrace, and coastal bluff communities during wildflower season
    • Species of interest at the reserve: Bromus maritimus (common), rare grass Agrostis blasdalei, and Elymus pacificus!
    Grasses are fun and challenging to identify! Our goal is to learn the basic skills of identifying grasses by using a dichotomous key and observing them in the field. We will learn about California’s grassland ecology and become skilled at recognizing the basic groups and common species by working with plant samples in the classroom. We will use the artificial key methodology focusing on the important distinguishing traits of a variety of grass species as presented in The Jepson Manual, second edition. A class syllabus and basic keys from the Jepson Manual website will be provided. We will not be using dissecting microscopes in class, but 10x had lenses will be available. An afternoon field tour on the Bodega Marine Reserve will round out this full day of learning.

    Morning coffee and snacks along with a bag lunch are included.

    Instructor: Michelle Cooper, Stewardship Manager, Marin Agricultural Land Trust

    Michelle Cooper joined MALT in 2013 and manages MALT's stewardship program. Prior to joining MALT, she served as land steward at the University of California-Bodega Marine Reserve where she managed upland portions of the Reserve and conducted grassland restoration research projects. Michelle is serving her second term on the CNGA Board of Directors. 


    • Saturday, July 15, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Trudeau Conference Center, Redwood Regional Park, 11500 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

    CNGA Technology Workshop

    Apps and Snaps: Smartphone, Camera, and Online Technology for Grassland Plant Mapping, Tracking, and Identification

    Saturday July 15, 2017 9 am to 4 pm    

    Trudeau Conference Center, Redwood Regional Park, 11500 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619         

    With the proliferation in technology comes an increased ability to collect, share, and manage data. This workshop will focus on using iNaturalist and Calflora apps, as well as tips for taking photos to aid in later identification or photomonitoring. Technology-based tools for plant ID will also be covered. We will spend the morning in the classroom, then use our gadgets in the field after lunch, returning to the classroom to go over data upload and editing. Some experience or comfort with technology is preferred but not essential; we will focus on basic, broadly useful tools but this is not meant to be an introductory course.

    $200/CNGA members, $225/Non-members, $175/Students with ID

    Registration Opening Soon!

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We encourage you to learn more about CNGA, browse our grassland resources, and join us in supporting the iconic grasslands of California.

We also offer an exciting range of annual events including workshops, field days, and field trips that cover topics like native grass identification, ecological restoration, monitoring, nature photography, and more.

Our quarterly journal Grasslands, available to members, features an array of research reports, general interest articles, event updates, book reviews, photo essays, workshop news, and more.

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