General Meeting
Monday Monday July 10
Plant Keying Session 5:00 pm
Meeting 7:30 pm

Fred McPherson
Natural History Video Documentation in the Study of Local Native Plants

Meeting Location:
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz

Field Trips
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Habitat Restoration
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June 24 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Location to be determined

July 8 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Location to be determined

July 29 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Location to be determined

August 5 --- 10 am to 1 pm
Location to be determined

Habitat Restoration Team

We are a volunteer group working to restore native habitat in the parks and protected lands in Santa Cruz County. Our program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the natural systems that surround them while helping to restore special and wild places. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park.

We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves.

Contact: Program Leader, Linda Brodman 831.462.4041,
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Stop the Alien Invasion
Volunteers Work to Remove Harmful, Non-native Plants

It was 10 a.m. and spitting rain when the volunteers emerged from the warmth of their cars at Wilder Ranch State Park on a cool Saturday in November. They had a job to do: tear out fistfuls of the fleshy, blade-shaped ice plant

Contact: Linda Brodman 831.462.4041,
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Native Plant Propagation Group

Our chapter has an active plant propagation group that meets monthly. We grow plants for the twice-yearly plant sales.
For more details, go to our Horticulture page.

Welcome to Santa Cruz County CNPS

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. CNPS seek to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation.

The chapter meets every other month on the second Monday of the month at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum Horticulture Building, located at 1156 High Street. Directions can be found here.

The chapter welcomes all-from the botanists and defenders of the environment to the casual nature lover. Contact any Board Member to find out about the organization. Attend a meeting-you will learn something new!

California Native Plant Society - Santa Cruz County Chapter
P. O. Box 1622
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Click Here to Join the California Native Plant Society

Statewide CNPS Chapter Newsletters

At the link below you will find a clickable chapter map which lets you access the latest newsletter from each CNPS chapter.
Check it out: Chapter Map

Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan
City of Santa Cruz
Year 3 (2016) Annual Report (Draft)

This monitoring report evaluates the City's progress implementing the Arana Gulch Habitat Management Plan (HMP). The HMP guides the long-term restoration of the 67 acre Arana Gulch Open Space. The plan provides management goals and objectives to enhance three specific management areas: Hagemann Gulch Riparian Woodland Management Area, Arana Creek Wetland and Riparian Management Area and the Coastal Prairie/Tarplant Management Area.

The purpose of this annual report is to describe the current condition of the Arana Gulch habitat areas, evaluate the performance of each area in relation to the interim performance standards outlined in the HMP and included in the CDP, and provide management recommendations for the following year to ensure progress toward and achievement of success criteria. In Year 3 (2016), the City continued to focus on improving the habitat of the Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT), a federally Threatened and a California State Endangered species.

Goal 1: Maintain a viable Santa Cruz tarplant (SCT) population at Arana Gulch.
Goal 2: Reintroduce grazing to restore a disturbance regime that maintains functioning coastal prairie.
Goal 3: Minimize the detrimental effects of high non-native plant cover and restore coastal prairie species diversity and habitat function.
Goal 4: Maintain a genetically and demographically viable soil seed bank in perpetuity.

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Arana Gulch HMP Year 3 (2016) Annual Report, Draft, 2-10-17 (pdf)

* New Second Edition Now Avaliable *

The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is proud to announce the publication of the Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Santa Cruz County, California, by Dylan Neubauer.

Dylan is a botanist who lives in Santa Cruz County.

Presented in an easy-to-use format, this comprehensive update of the 2005 edition summarizes the latest information on the 1594 vascular plant taxa currently known to occur in Santa Cruz County.

The 166-page, spiral-bound, 5.5 x 8 in. book includes:

  • Botanical artwork by Tim Hyland
  • Maps by Ben Pease—including a new color map of the County showing public lands & Sandhills
  • Detailed instructions on how to use the Checklist
  • An expanded introduction discussing the County’s botanical history as well as its botanical “hotspots” and special areas
  • A list of all local taxa arranged alphabetically by family using the latest nomenclature from The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition & the Jepson eFlora.
  • Locality information for listed & “locally rare” taxa
  • Appendices treating legal rarity status, endemics, extirpated taxa, undescribed taxa, the most invasive non-natives, and more
  • An expanded, 64-page “Notes” section, including tips for identifying difficult taxa, taxonomic issues, habitat information for rare taxa, and more
  • An Index to local plant families & genera with new names cross-referenced to superseded names from the first edition of The Jepson Manual

Click here for Santa Cruz County Checklist errata.

Price: $15.00 + tax/copy. The book is available at Book Shop Santa Cruz, Norrie's gift shop at the UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History and Native Revival Nursery in Aptos. Also, you can purchase copies from Cindy Hudson, email Cindy at