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The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society serves Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, and parts of Placer and San Joaquin Counties.

Our Mission

The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats, through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.

Chapter Meetings

Our chapter meetings are free and the public is invited to attend.  Meetings are start at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (January - June and September - November) at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, 95816.   GOOGLE MAP

A wide selection of books and Sacramento Valley Chapter t‑shirts are available for purchase at meetings.
Refreshments are always provided! 

Chapter Meeting for Oct. 8th, 7:00:

Carnies and vampires,Darlintonia californica photo by Gladys Lucille Smith

or how I learned to stop 

worrying & love the alternative lifestyles of plants 


Presented by Jamie Kneitel, Ecologist

     We tend to think of plants as benign organisms that feed themselves by using carbon dioxide, water, nutrients, and light to make carbohydrates and ultimately provide the energy basis for whole ecosystems. This is certainly the rule, but there exist numerous exceptions of plants that gain resources from animals (carnivorous plants) and other plants (parasitic plants). This talk will address the evolution, ecology, and conservation of these 2 groups of plants and highlight examples from California.

     Jamie Kneitel is an Associate Professor of Biology at California State University, Sacramento. He is an ecologist interested in the factors affecting biodiversity patterns and has worked in grasslands, sub-alpine meadows, and vernal pools in California. Previous research projects have included carnivorous plants in Florida and parasitic plants in California.


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