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. 

Photo: Lava cap wildflower field in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Karen Callahan. 

Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 21, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 21905 County Road 88, Winters CA 95694
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    10th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms

    Essential Elements: Lessons from a Decade of Field Days

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    8:45 - 4:00, Morning refreshments start at 8am

    Join us for a day of field tours, networking and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms Inc in Winters, CA. 

    Listen to grassland experts speaking during lunch-time in a 'speed-talk' session focusing on the future of grasslands based on lessons from the past: 

    • 10 years of techniques, tips and tricks
    • 10 years of fascinating discussion
    • 10 years of learning about incredible grassland habitats

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    Spaces are limited so please do not mail registrations without registering on-line first.

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    • 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. 

    View the flyer here and share it with your friends and colleagues and use to register by mail.

    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. 

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Photo: Jim Coleman

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.

Click here to learn more about our Grasslands journal.

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