Opportunities and Solutions in California Plant Conservation:
Appreciating Our Past and Looking Forward to the Future

Speaker:  Daniel Gluesenkamp, Ph.D.

CNPS Executive Director

For over 50 years, the California Native Plant Society has protected our native plants and celebrated California’s wild gardens.  During those decades, the human population has doubled and conservation in California has been dramatically transformed.  Against all odds, a dedicated community of plant lovers, using a growing diversity of conservation tools, has somehow managed to save most of the plants and places that make California special.  As we look to the future, we see continued population growth, as well as new threats, and wonder how to save California for the future.  Dan Gluesenkamp will speak about plants, places, projects, and engage in a discussion of how to learn and work together to make a real and lasting difference.


Dan Gluesenkamp is Executive Director of the California Native Plant Society and works with CNPS staff and chapters to protect, understand, and celebrate California’s native flora.  Dan earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley studying the ecology of native and invasive thistles.  He previously worked as Executive Director of the Calflora Database, and as Director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch’s thirty preserves.  He is a co-founder of the California Invasive Plant Council and of the Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN), and in 2009 discovered a presumed-extinct Franciscan manzanita plant growing on a traffic island near the Golden Gate Bridge.


Opportunities and Solutions in California Plant Conservation:
Appreciating Our Past and Looking Forward to the Future

October  3, 2016

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Event Category:
Program Meeting

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes, CA 90274 United States + Google Map


Native Garden Volunteer Day – Community Service Event

Sunday, Oct 16th | 10am to 12pm (noon)

Sunday, Nov 20th | 10am to 12pm (noon)
Sunday, Dec 18th | 10am to 12pm (noon)

Point Vicente Garden
31501 Palos Verdes Dr. W.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Come join us for a work day in the native plant garden at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. Get outdoors by helping with our oceanside garden. Participants learn about native California plants and valuable gardening skills. Ages 14 and older and all skill levels are welcome.

Close-toed shoes are required and please bring sun protection and water.

To join us, RSVP to Megan Roy at mroy564@gmail.com two days prior the the event if possible.


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The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.