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California Native Plant Society

Santa Clara Valley Chapter

Help Wanted!

Volunteering for CNPS is a great way to express your support for preserving California’s incredibly rich plant life. The Chapter is in need of a Recording Secretary, Field Trip Chair, and help with our virtual events,. We are looking for people to fill these important volunteer roles.  For more information, contact Stephen Buckhout, Chair of the Leadership Development Committee, (408) 255-6233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These are volunteer positions.

Recording Secretary

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS is seeking a new Recording Secretary to join the board. This is a great opportunity to get involved and learn more about the chapter. The Recording Secretary keeps minutes of all chapter board meetings. The minutes include board attendance, actions, and votes. After meetings, the Secretary prepares a draft for review by the Board, and revises and distributes the minutes for a vote at the next meeting.  The Secretary is also responsible for archiving minutes and other documents.

Our chapter board meets monthly, usually on the third Thursday in the evening. As with other members of our board, our Recording Secretary must be a CNPS member in good standing. Members interested in the position should contact Leadership Development Committee Chair, Stephen Buckhout at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 255-6233.

Field Trip Chair

Our Chapter is looking for a Field Trip Chair (or co-chair). Many of you have enjoyed our trips over the years, and now you can step up to help us. The Field Trip Chair is not required to lead any trips, but would be the coordinator for our chapter’s trip leaders and participants. The Chair holds periodic brainstorming sessions to plan an upcoming field trip schedule with field trip leaders, helps prepare and review newsletter descriptions, and assists with publicity and outreach.  We’ve already got tons of great ideas for places to go since our chapter has offered so many wonderful field trips over the years – both locally and throughout the state, and this makes your job much easier. Existing trip guidelines and trip-leader training plans developed by past Field Trip Chairs will also get you started quickly. This is a great volunteer opportunity for someone who is organized and would like to gain an insider’s knowledge of all the places to go in and around the Bay Area and far beyond! The Field Trip Chair arranges field trips for our membership and serves as a general public outreach. The chair coordinates with field trip leaders to choose field trip locations and dates, and publicize field trip descriptions.  Contact Stephen Buckhout (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to discuss.

Help with Virtual (Zoom) Events 

Here are a couple wonderful opportunities to get involved, work from home, meet great people and make a difference. Contact Madeline Morrow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you're interested in these positions.

Q&A Moderator - Assist the programs team with Zoom and YouTube (potentially Facebook Live) in monitoring and queuing up incoming chat questions to be posed back to presenter(s). Our current programs have an average of 50-100+ attendees (and growing!). Various programs and shifts available.

Zoom Co-host - The co-host team for each of our virtual events on Zoom is responsible for monitoring the waiting room, chat and other behind-the-scenes issues. Experience with Zoom is desired but not required. Various programs and shifts available.

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Upcoming Events

Wed Dec 08 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Project 467 Update: Enhancing Native Plant Diversity at Edgewood, Stuart B. Weiss Ph.D.
Fri Dec 10 @ 7:00PM - 12:00AM
Photography Group - Photo Sharing Meeting
Sat Dec 11 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Mon Dec 13 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Native Plant Lecture Series Committee
Tue Dec 14 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Conservation Committee
Sat Dec 18 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Lake Cunningham Native Garden
Sat Dec 18 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Beginner’s Bird and Plant ID Walk at Lake Cunningham Park (San Jose)
Mon Jan 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
CNPS SCV Field Trip Planning Meeting