Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

Events Calendar and Registration

CNGA offers an array of workshops, field days, and trips related to California's iconic native grasslands.    Questions? Email us at admin@cnga.org or call (530) 902-6009. 

Save the Date!

CNGA Symposium at Pepperwood Preserve, Sonoma County - May 20-22, 2022

Watch Pepperwood Preserve's webinar, "California Grasslands - The Forest Beneath Our Feet" Pepperwood Foundation

Explore the complexity and beauty of California's grassland ecosystems with Pepperwood's Preserve Ecologist, Michelle Halbur. Learn how Pepperwood is managing our grasslands to support native biodiversity, healthy soils and water quality. Discover the impacts our grasslands have experienced from recent historic climate events: drought, rain, and wildfires.

Current On-Demand Events

    • Monday, August 16, 2021
    • 8:30 AM
    • Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • 2:30 PM
    • Website link sent upon confirmation of registration.
    Register

    Landscaping with Nature: Engaging with Evolutionary Ecology in Your Native Garden 

    Recorded talks & supporting materials available on-line

    This highly acclaimed workshop from August 2020, is suitable for landscape professionals and anyone interested in maximizing habitat values in their landscaping. Expert instructors present cutting-edge methods of design, installation, management, and maintenance including site evaluation, plant selection, evolutionary interactions, habitat features, and planting best practices to create a wildlife-friendly landscape. 

    Here are the titles and instructors for the recorded presentations: 

    • Site Evaluations, Habitat Features and Species Selection when Designing with Nature - Pat Reynolds, General Manager, Hedgerow Farms, Winters
    • Living Landscapes - Designing Native Plant Gardens That Attract Wildlife and Still Look Good - Haven Kiers,  Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Dept. of Human Ecology, UC Davis 
    • Designing Habitats to Benefits Native Bee - Forage and Beyond - Neal Williams, Professor of Pollination Ecology, Dept. of Entomology, UC Davis
    • Maximizing Habitat for Birds and Other Wildlife Species in Landscapes - John Sterling, Ornithologist, Sterling Wildlife Biology
    • Conservation and Coevolution - Making the Case That Natives Add Value - Billy Krimmel, Miridae Landscaping Company, Sacramento



    Contact us if you have questions at admin@cnga.org or (530) 902-6009.

    We hope you enjoy these presentations. 

    Sponsored by: Delta Bluegrass Co., Miridae Landscape Co., The Watershed Nursery, Hedgerow Farms, Inc. 

    Landscape photos by Saxon Holt. Bee and Clarkia photo by Pat Reynolds. 

    • Friday, August 20, 2021
    • 8:30 AM
    • Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Website link sent upon confirmation of registration.
    Register


    CNGA's 14th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms


    Sowing the Seeds of Grassland Restoration:

    CNGA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

    Recordings and Materials from the Webinar Event Presented on June 11, 2021


    CNGA and Hedgerow Farms partnered for the 14th year  to offer this opportunity to learn new perspectives on grassland restoration and practice in California’s spectacular native grasslands. In these on-demand recordings of the June 11, 2021 event, we take you through the restoration process: from wildland seed collection through farm production to tours of restored field sites. See full agenda here.

    Follow the life of a seed from wildland seed collection to farm production

    • Seed collection with Jeff Quiter, Hedgerow Farms; Tanya Meyer, Yolo Co. RCD
    • Farm production: planting harvesting, processing with Pat Reynolds, CNGA,  Bryan Young, Sacramento Regional Co. Sanitation District, Chris Rose, Solano RCD

    Seeds of restoration: Where are they now? Tour the state with virtual “show and tell” site visits and presentations

    • Vic Claassen, Soil Scientist, UC Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
    • Valerie Eviner, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
    • Southern California with Robert Freese, Irvine Ranch Conservancy/Orange County Parks, Megan Lulow, UC Irvine, Collin Raff, Irvine Ranch Conservancy
    • Pepperwood Preserve, Sonoma County with Michelle Halbur, Preserve Ecologist
    • A look at a native grassland meadow for a residential landscape five years after install with Billy Krimmel, Founder and President, Miridae Landscape Architecture and Construction
    • Russell Ranch Restoration, UC Davis, Yolo County with JP Marié, Manager, UC Davis Putah Creek Marine Reserve
    • Dos Rios Ranch, with Stephen Sheppard, River Partners

    Short talks by CNGA Leaders, past and present

    • Perspectives on the past and future of grasslands conservation and restoration

    Here are a few reviews of Field Day from our attendees

    • I now know every step of the native grass restoration process. I learned about the importance of healthy soils, plant diversity, planting to adapt for drought, holistic grazing's effects among many things. California grasslands are great!
    • I manage a mitigation program, so I don't necessarily do restoration work myself, but it is always helpful to understand the work of my consultants. I learned some new information and pick up a ton of resource links, which I appreciate.
    • I am a PhD student studying areas relevant to restoration, so this event gave me some further ideas of topics I could do research on and potential field sites. It was also interesting to see a mix of applied and academic perspectives.
    • While I love in-person, I can't deny that there are some nice thin things about virtual, especially the site tours at far-reaching locations!
    Contact us if you have questions at admin@cnga.org

    Hordeum brachyantherum (meadow barley), harvested and drying before cleaning. Photo: Hedgerow Farms, Michele Ranieri. 

    Many thanks to our Sponsors!

       



     



    • Tuesday, November 23, 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • 1:30 PM
    • Recorded Event - We will email you a link upon confirmation of your registration.
    Register


    CNGA's 13th Annual and 1st Online Field Day at Hedgerow Farms 

    From the Ashes: Fire and Restoration

     Date of Original On-Line Event: July 10, 2020

    Recordings are now available for the 2020 virtual field day. Watch at your own pace the presentations and field tours amidst the beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms Inc. in Winters, CA. 

    Expert speakers discuss current research and best practices.

    • Valerie EvinerProfessor, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
    • Michelle Halbur, Preserve Ecologist, Pepperwood Preserve
    • Don Hankins, Professor of Geography & Planning, CA State University, Chico

      Virtual Walking tours with Andrea Williams, Andrew Fulks, Pat Reynolds, Michele Ranieri, Jim Mast, and Haven Kiers to view Hedgerow Farms’ demonstration gardens, seed barn, native plant nursery, seed cleaning mill, equipment, and production fields.

      Virtual Driving tours with Bryan Young and Chris Rose who will lead you on a virtual tour of Hedgerow Farms’ native grass and wildflower production fields and habitat areas.


      Click here for a PDF of the Agenda


      Contact us if you have questions at admin@cnga.org


      Many thanks to our Sponsors!




    Past Events

    Friday, June 11, 2021 CNGA's 14th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms-Online Event!
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Cal-IPC Symposium 2020 - Recovery & Resilience
    Tuesday, September 01, 2020 SERCAL Conference 2020 -Shedding Light in Challenging Times
    Thursday, August 27, 2020 Landscaping with Nature Online Workshop
    Friday, July 10, 2020 CNGA Virtual Online Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Grassland Session at Cal-IPC Symposium in Riverside
    Friday, July 19, 2019 Nuts & Bolts of Restoration and Revegetation: Using Grasses and Graminoids
    Saturday, May 18, 2019 Identifying and Appreciating the Native and Naturalized Grasses of California - Pepperwood Preserve
    Friday, May 10, 2019 Grassland Vegetation Monitoring, Methods, and Techniques
    Friday, April 26, 2019 12th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
    Friday, April 12, 2019 Identifying and Appreciating the Native and Naturalized Grasses of California, SERCAL Santa Barbara
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Planned Grazing: How to Grow Soil, Grassland Health & Profit
    Wednesday, November 07, 2018 Cal-IPC Symposium - Biodiversity: Expanding Our Vision
    Friday, November 02, 2018 Introduction to Grasslands Soils, Yolo County
    Friday, October 19, 2018 Introduction to Grasslands Soils, Sonoma County
    Saturday, June 02, 2018 Identifying and Appreciating the Native and Naturalized Grasses of California - Oakland
    Saturday, May 19, 2018 Identifying and Appreciating the Native and Naturalized Grasses of California - Marin
    Wednesday, May 09, 2018 SERCAL 2018 - Restoration of Native Grassland Ecosystems
    Friday, April 20, 2018 11th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
    Tuesday, March 06, 2018 Landscaping with Nature
    Thursday, February 01, 2018 Grasslands and Prairies Conference Session at 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference
    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Grass ID Workshop at the 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Grassland Session at Cal-IPC Symposium in Palm Springs
    Friday, October 20, 2017 October 20 - Field Practices: Hands-on Restoration Implementation and Maintenance
    Friday, July 21, 2017 Nuts & Bolts of Restoration and Revegetation: Using Grasses and Graminoids
    Saturday, July 15, 2017 Apps and Snaps: Smartphone, Camera, and Online Technology for Grassland Plant Mapping, Tracking, and Identification
    Saturday, May 13, 2017 Identifying and Appreciating Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve
    Friday, April 21, 2017 10th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
    Friday, December 16, 2016 Pesticide Safety and Herbicide Use in Grassland and Riparian Restoration Projects
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 Pasture Walk: Radical New Grassland Management Ideas, Bodega Bay
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 CNGA Conference Session & Field Trip as part of the Natural Areas Conference at UC Davis
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Pasture Walk: Radical New Grassland Management Ideas
    Saturday, May 21, 2016 Appreciating and Identifying Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Bodega Marine Reserve
    Sunday, May 15, 2016 Appreciating and Identifying Native and Naturalized Grasses of California: Day 2 Mt. Tam Field Day
    Saturday, May 14, 2016 Appreciating and Identifying Native and Naturalized Grasses of California, Day 1 Classroom
    Friday, April 22, 2016 9th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
    Thursday, March 10, 2016 California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Merced Location
    Thursday, February 11, 2016 California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Santa Cruz Location
    Thursday, October 29, 2015 California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Sacramento Location
    Thursday, October 01, 2015 California's New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape, Fairfield Location
    Thursday, September 17, 2015 Field Practices: Hands-on Restoration Implementation and Maintenance
    Saturday, May 16, 2015 Introduction to Grass Taxonomy & Identification
    Friday, April 24, 2015 8th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms!
    Friday, March 20, 2015 Nuts & Bolts of Restoration and Revegetation: Using Grasses and Graminoids
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2015 Workshops - Coming Soon!
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Planned Grazing: Build Soil, Grassland Health & Profit
    Thursday, September 18, 2014 Convert Your Water-Hungry Lawn to a Drought-Tolerant Landscape. Members $25; Non-Members $30
    Saturday, June 14, 2014 Introduction to Grass Taxonomy & Identification
    Thursday, May 22, 2014 Native Grasses in the Built Environment
    Friday, April 25, 2014 7th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms
    Friday, March 14, 2014 Grassland Monitoring Methods & Techniques
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