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

Visit a California Grassland

California's native grasslands are incredibly diverse and biologically important ecosystems. Yet grasslands remain one of the most under-protected of California's vegetation types, and native grasslands have undergone the greatest percentage loss of any habitat type in the state, including much-publicized losses in wetland and riparian systems.

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"Grasslands are not a drive-by landscape. Unless you get out in them and observe, you will never understand how diverse they are and how much is going on above and below the soil surface. From microbes to vertebrates, there is a big reward when you take the time to explore. That’s what I love—the reward of finding another mystery every time I look. "--Jeff Wilcox, CNGA Board Member. 



Visit CA Grasslands

Visiting California Grasslands

Reprint articles from Grasslands Journal

Jepson Prairie Preserve, Solano County by Virginia Boucher, Grasslands Winter 2017

Hell's Half Acre, Lava Cap Wildflower Fields, Nevada County by Karen Callahan and Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Grasslands Winter 2016. 

Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais, Marin County by Andrea Williams, Grasslands Fall 2015

The Shifting Mosaic of Carrizo Plain by Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Grasslands Spring 2015 

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline by Ingrid Morken, Grasslands Winter 2014

Windy Hill and Monte Bello Open Space Preserves and Cache Creek Natural Area by Andrew Fulks, Grasslands Summer 2014.

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve by Zachary Principe, Grasslands Winter 2013

Walker Ridge by Andrew Fulks, Grasslands Spring 2013

The Grasslands of the Potrero San Pablo and Point Molate Shore, slightly modified by David Amme and reprinted with permission from the East Bay CNPS Newletter March 2013, Grasslands Summer 2013

Palo Corona Regional Park by Meghan J. Skaer, Grasslands Summer 2013



Guide to Visiting California's Grasslands. The individual profiles in this 2003 guide  were written to open the readers' eyes to the diversity and natural beauty of native grasslands, to provide specific information about each site's ecology and management, and to make it possible for you to visit native grasses on the ground. All of the locations included are publicly accessible grasslands. The profiles will tell you how to reach the site, best times to visit, what to look for, and where you may find similar sites. 

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