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

Events Calendar and Registration

CNGA offers an array of workshops, field days, and trips related to California's iconic native grasslands.    Questions? Email us at admin@cnga.org or call 530-902-6009.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

    Pre-Conference Workshop at 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

    Grass ID: You can totally do this! An Introduction to Grass Identification

    Instructors: Andrea Williams, Vegetation Ecologist, Marin Municipal Water District; Michele Hammond, Botanist, East Bay Regional Park District; Rachel Kesel, Conservation Management Specialist, One Tam

    Register at CNPS Conference Website$70 Attending the Conference / $90 Not Attending the Conference. 

    • Early registration: through October 31, 2017
    • Regular registration: November 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018
    • After January 14: onsite only (subject to availability, register before January 14 to guarantee your spot)

    The goal of this workshop is to give attendees confidence and skills to key an unfamiliar grass, and recognize key characteristics and groupings. First, a brief introduction to the ecological history of California grasslands will be offered, followed by a summary of the current status of this valuable resource with respect to weed invasion, restoration, and land use. Workshop leaders will go over important grass anatomy and associated vocabulary before introducing the grass key found in the 2nd Edition of The Jepson Manual (Eds. Baldwin et al.), as well as online resources for assistance in keying. Participants will spend some time with fresh and dried specimens, examining characters and understanding groupings of grasses to form a basis on which to build further knowledge.

    This workshop is designed for botanists, resource and range professionals, ecologists, as well as interested landscape professionals and home gardeners. Participants should have a basic understanding of dichotomous keys and plant anatomy.

    Participants will receive key excerpts and supplies to create reference specimens.

    Andrea Williams is a Vegetation Ecologist for Marin Municipal Water District on Mt. Tamalpais as well as a board member of the California Native Grasslands Association. She has worked in coastal grasslands from Northern California to Oregon off and on for 25 years.

    Michele Hammond is a Botanist for the East Bay Regional Park District in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and is also a board member of the California Native Grasslands Association. She has studied California grasslands and their ecology and management for the past 20 years.

    Rachel Kesel is a Conservation Management Specialist for One Tam. She holds a Master of Science in Conservation from University College London, where she honed her research and field skills. She loves grasses and grasslands, but then who doesn’t?


    • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    • Saturday, February 03, 2018
    • 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

    CNGA-led Conference Session at the 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

    Grasslands and Prairies

    Session Chairs: Michele Hammond and Jennifer Buck-Diaz, CNGA Board of Directors

    California grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the United States and are important subjects of ecological research and experimentation. This session focuses on native grassland research and management including invasive species, livestock grazing, and restoration within our unique California grassland/prairie ecosystems.

    Register at CNPS Conference Website

    • Early registration: through October 31, 2017
    • Regular registration: November 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018
    • After January 14: onsite only (subject to availability, register before January 14 to guarantee your spot)


Past events

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Grassland Session at Cal-IPC Symposium in Palm Springs
Friday, October 20, 2017 October 20 - Field Practices: Hands-on Restoration Implementation and Maintenance
Friday, July 21, 2017 Nuts & Bolts of Restoration and Revegetation: Using Grasses and Graminoids
Saturday, July 15, 2017 Apps and Snaps: Smartphone, Camera, and Online Technology for Grassland Plant Mapping, Tracking, and Identification
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Identifying and Appreciating Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve
Friday, April 21, 2017 10th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
Friday, December 16, 2016 Pesticide Safety and Herbicide Use in Grassland and Riparian Restoration Projects
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Pasture Walk: Radical New Grassland Management Ideas, Bodega Bay
Thursday, October 20, 2016 CNGA Conference Session & Field Trip as part of the Natural Areas Conference at UC Davis
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Pasture Walk: Radical New Grassland Management Ideas
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Appreciating and Identifying Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve
Sunday, May 15, 2016 Appreciating and Identifying Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Day 2 Mt. Tam Field Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Appreciating and Identifying Native and Naturalized Grasses of California, Day 1 Classroom
Friday, April 22, 2016 9th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
Thursday, March 10, 2016 California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Merced Location
Thursday, February 11, 2016 California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Santa Cruz Location
Thursday, October 29, 2015 California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Sacramento Location
Thursday, October 01, 2015 California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Fairfield Location
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Field Practices: Hands-on Restoration Implementation and Maintenance
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Introduction to Grass Taxonomy & Identification
Friday, April 24, 2015 8th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms!
Friday, March 20, 2015 Nuts & Bolts of Restoration and Revegetation: Using Grasses and Graminoids
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2015 Workshops - Coming Soon!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Planned Grazing: Build Soil, Grassland Health & Profit
Thursday, September 18, 2014 Convert Your Water-Hungry Lawn to a Drought-Tolerant Landscape. Members $25; Non-Members $30
Saturday, June 14, 2014 Introduction to Grass Taxonomy & Identification
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Native Grasses in the Built Environment
Friday, April 25, 2014 7th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
Friday, March 14, 2014 Grassland Monitoring Methods & Techniques
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