Welcome to the California Native Grasslands Association
Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

About the California Native Grasslands Association

Who we are

CNGA is a non-profit membership organization that brings together diverse interests to promote, preserve, and restore the diversity of California’s native grasses and grassland ecosystems through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship.  Members include conservationists, restoration practitioners, naturalists, botanists, resource managers, horticulturalists, agency representatives, farmers, ranchers, homeowners, seed producers, scientists, consultants, students, and native plant enthusiasts.  

What we do

 Founded in 1991, CNGA continues to develop comprehensive and innovative programs of education, training, and field experience for its members and the general public. Through our publications, workshops, field trips, and our Annual Conference, CNGA is the primary network among people with an interest in California’s native grasses and grasslands. We believe this peer-to-peer contact and technical transfer of information is the most effective way to develop and promote the “art” of native grass restoration and conservation.  

CNGA was born in February 19, 1990 when 20 public and private organizations met at the Lockford SCS Plant Materials Center to explore opportunities and "figure out a way to meet challenges which the organizations faced." In the fall of 1991, we became the California Native Grass Association with the dream to make native grasses available for restoration of natural communities. 

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

We  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 ,  features an array of research reports, general interest articles, event updates, book reviews, photo essays, workshop news, and more. The most current four issues are available to members  only; archived issues are available to all. 

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