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Chapter Guidelines Update
Our chapter guidelines are like our constitution – the basic rules for how we are organized and how we perform our activities. They were last updated in 2005. Periodic updating is always needed, but it is sufficiently labor intensive that the intent is to make the new version a good fit for 5-10 years. The board approved a draft version at our October 13 meeting. It now goes to our members to be voted on at the November 12 Member’s meeting.
If you are a member, please attend our Annual Meeting and vote on these new guidelines.
Student Research Scholarships
Since 1999, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has sponsored a scholarship program for students doing research on native plant or plant community conservation, plant ecology, plant community restoration, plant systematics, or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Central and Northern California. Scholarships may be awarded to graduate students or an undergraduate student or undergraduate research team (consisting of one or more undergraduates and a supervising faculty member)..
Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply. Applications must be postmarked by December 2, 2016.
Chapter Nursery Challenge Grant
Our nursery, the source of a significant portion of Chapter income and many of the California native plants members and others enjoy in their home gardens, is in the midst of a major renovation. We plan to finish the renovation in 2017 and we estimate it will cost $40,000. An anonymous donor has generously offered to match the first $15,000 contributed to help finance this project on a dollar for dollar basis. All donations are tax deductible and must be received by December 31, 2016 to qualify for matching.
Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship.
The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS covers Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County. It offers activities focusing on the many aspects of native plants, from gardening, plant identification, and photography to conservation and rare plants. Activities include talks and lectures and workshops, field trips, native plant sales, wildflower show, restoration workdays, and more. The chapter was founded in 1972; more history can be found here.