Welcome to the California Native Grasslands Association
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. Cancellation policy

Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building, Ocean View Room

    Friday CNGA Workshop — Grass ID: Identifying and Appreciating the Native and Naturalized Grasses of California at SERCAL 2019, Santa Barbara.

    CNGA is pleased to partner with SERCAL for our signature grass ID workshop.

    Registration is through SERCAL

     All net proceeds will go to CNGA.

    We will spend the morning inside with classroom instruction with an afternoon in the field. Lunch is on your own  (bring a lunch or walk to beautiful downtown Santa Barbara),

    The goal of this workshop is to give botanists, resource and range professionals, ecologists, as well as interested landscape professionals and home gardeners, the confidence and skills to key an unfamiliar grass, and recognize key characteristics and groupings. First, a brief introduction to the ecological history of California grasslands will be offered, followed by a summary of the current status of this valuable resource with respect to weed invasion, restoration, and land use. Although participants should have a basic understanding of dichotomous keys and plant anatomy, they will be introduced to the grass key found in the 2nd Edition of The Jepson Manual (Eds. Baldwin et al.), as well as online resources for assistance in keying.

    Participants will receive key excerpts and supplies to create reference specimens.

    Taught by CNGA Board President Andrea Williams, a Vegetation Ecologist for Marin Municipal Water District on Mt. Tamalpais. She has worked in coastal grasslands from Northern California to Oregon off and on for 25 years. 

    • Friday, April 26, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 21905 County Road 88, Winters CA 95694
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    12th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms

    Think Globally, Plant Locally: Restoration & Local Adaptation

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    8:45 AM - 4:00 PM - Morning refreshments start at 8 AM

    Please join us for a day of field tours, expert talks, networking, and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms Inc. in Winters, CA. 

    Flyer available here - Please share with your friends and colleagues. 

    Expert Speakers:

    • Jessica Wright, Research Geneticist, U.S. Forest Service
    • Bill Krimmel, Owner, Restoration Landscaping Company, Sacramento
    • Joe Silveira, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
    • Elizabeth Leger, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
    • Valerie Eviner, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
    • Rachael Long, Farm Advisor, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Neal Williams, Department of Entomology, UC Davis

      Walking tours to view Hedgerow Farms’ seed barn, native plant nursery, seed cleaning mill, production fields, and demonstration gardens.  

      Driving tours in Hedgerow Farms’ native grass and wildflower production fields and habitat areas.


      The day begins at 8 AM with registration, coffee, a light breakfast, and viewing of displays. Talks begin at 8:45 AM and the day concludes at 4 PM.

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

      We hope you can join us for this fantastic event! Spaces are limited so please do not mail registrations without registering on-line first!

      • Friday, May 10, 2019
      • Contra Costa County Farm Bureau Hall, 5554 Clayton Rd Ste 1 Concord

      Save the Date!  More details to come. 

    Past events

    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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