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

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

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.

    This year's theme is "Essential Elements: Lessons from a Decade of Field Days." We are bringing back some of our favorite experts who have joined us in previous years and they will be sharing some pearls of grasslands wisdom as well as showing us where grassland restoration is headed. The driving tour will be a new route in our back restoration area where we will see native plantings on ponds, canals, hillsides, and in a riparian zone. We will also be touring our demonstration garden which includes single species plots, a milkweed propagation trial, and a walk by a few of our fields. 

    The day begins at 8 am with registration, coffee, a light breakfast, and viewing of displays. Talks begin at 8:45 am and the day concludes at 4 pm.

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    We hope you can join us for this fantastic event!

    • 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. 

Past events

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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