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. 

Current Events

    • Tuesday, September 27, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
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    California Native Grassland Association GRASS Award Speaker Series

    Join us for the CNGA’s virtual speaker series which showcases the amazing work undertaken in California Grasslands by a few of our 2021 Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship Winners.

    Talks are on Tuesdays from 7 PM - 8 PM PST featuring one 40-minute talk, or two 20-minute talks, with time for Q&A. 

    Members: Free      Non-Members: $10       Non-Member Students: Free with Student ID

    Sept 27, 7 pm – Suzanne Ou and Raphaela Floreani Buzbee 


    Suzanne Ou, Stanford

    Temporal changes in microbially-mediated plant-soil feedback on Californian serpentine annuals

    Abstract: Microbially-mediated plant-soil feedback, where plants and soil microbes interact, is important in shaping plant performance and grassland communities. Plants are thought to 'condition' the soil by recruiting species-specific pathogens or mutualists that affect the next generation of plant coexistence. Classic experiments are conducted with grassland annual plant species but fail to incorporate the natural history of these plants. Specifically, the (1) seasonal time gap between senescence of one generation and growth of the next, and (2) litter decomposition and its effect on soils. In a greenhouse experiment using Acmispon wrangelianus, Festuca microstachys, and Plantago erecta, I show that legumes competitively excluded grasses and forbs, while grasses and forbs can coexist. However, the coexistence outcome changes when incorporating time and litter, showing the importance of temporal dimensions in plant-soil feedbacks. 

    Bio: Suzanne Ou is a PhD Candidate at Stanford University studying how soil microbes interact with plants and the consequences on plant community assembly and coexistence. Part of my work takes place in serpentine grasslands in Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University and Sedgwick Reserve, UC Santa Barbara, on the homelands of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Chumash Tribe respectively.


    Raphaela Floreani Buzbee, UC Berkeley

    Compositional shifts in coastal plant communities and microclimates in response to tule elk herbivory

    Abstract: Species distributions are expected to shift across large spatial and temporal scales as species migrate to keep pace with anthropogenic climate change. Within a plant community, taxa from warmer regions or exposures (that are better adapted to the novel climate) will become more prevalent with increased warming and/or aridification. This process can be influenced or accelerated by disturbances or environmental processes that alter the availability of microclimates. Because grazing by native and introduced herbivores has complex effects on plant community composition and structure, grazing’s influence on microclimate availability may affect how an ecosystem responds to climate change. This study uses a 24-year exclusion experiment at the Tomales Point Tule Elk Preserve in Point Reyes National Seashore to investigate individual and interactive effects of grazing and microclimate on a coastal grassland plant community by combining fine-scale climatic data with plant community metrics across paired grazed and ungrazed plots. If grazed sites are warmer and drier, then grazed plant communities may already be adapting to future climate conditions and thereby may be more resilient to future climate change.

    Contact Justin Luong (jluong4@ucsc.edu) with any questions.

    GRASS Speaker Series Schedule (Tuesdays 7PM PST, Sept 20 – Dec 6, 2022)

    Oct 4 – Robert Fitch (UCSB)

    Oct 11 – NO SEMINAR

    Oct 18 – NO SEMINAR (CNPS CONFERENCE)

    Oct 25 – Roisin (Rosie) Murphy-Deák (Cal Poly SLO)

    Nov 1 – Leila Wahab (UCM)

    Nov 8 – Nora Bales (Cal Poly SLO)

    Nov 15 – Rebecca Nelson (UCD)

    Nov 22 – NO SEMINAR (THANKSGIVING WEEK)

    Nov 29 – NO SEMINAR

    Dec 6 – Ernesto Chavez-Velasco (Point Blue) and Landin Nolan (UCD)

Past Events

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Landscaping with Nature: Habitat Gardening with Natives in the Built Environment
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 CNGA 2022 GRASS Award Speaker Series: Joanna Tang, Vernal Pool Restoration in South Coast Grasslands
Saturday, May 28, 2022 2022 Field Trip Series: Mitsui Ranch, Sonoma Mountain
Saturday, May 21, 2022 2022 Field Trip Series: Pepperwood Preserve, Sonoma County
Friday, May 06, 2022 2022 Field Trip Series: River Partners Dos Rios Ranch Preserve
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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