Welcome to the California Native Grasslands Association
Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

We are kicking off our end-of-year donation drive on Giving Tuesday, November 27th

 is a global movement where anyone, anywhere can make a difference. 

Grasslands Provide Resilience in a Changing World

Grasslands perform essential services necessary to support life. Grasslands contribute to human well-being and provide benefits that extend to local, regional, and global communities.

Food and Agriculture:Humans owe the development of our civilization to grasslands, which are the source of species that are staples in our diet, and enabled the development of agriculture and domestication of livestock.

Carbon Storage: Grasses have an enormous capacity for carbon storage. Grasslands remove more carbon from the atmosphere than any other ecosystem in America.

Biodiversity: California’s relatively intact grasslands are reservoirs of biodiversity containing about 40% of California’s native plant species.

Pasturage: Many of California’s native grasses are considered excellent forage and continued to be so after reportedly over 100 years of grazing use.

Water Quality:Deep-rooted perennial grasses capture, filter and store water, and anchor the soil in place throughout the year long after annuals die.

Aesthetics and Recreation: Grasslands provide sweeping views, gorgeous wildflower displays, and wonderful hiking opportunities.

Habitat:Grasslands are open habitats that provide necessary food and shelter for many birds, insects, and animals.

Grasslands are perhaps the most human-altered terrestrial ecosystem in California.

Agriculture, invasion by exotic species, development and other human-related activities has reduced California native grasslands by 99%.Yet, California’s relict native grasslands are habitat to over 40% of the state’s total native plant species!  Grassland birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, pollinators and other animals depend on the resources these plants and spaces provide. Currently 73 grassland-associated species are listed by the state & federal Endangered Species Acts: 14 vertebrates and 59 plants, and 14 invertebrates, including 6 butterfly species.This count does not even include native pollinators and other plants and animals experiencing sharp declines without the benefit of a government attention. How can we stand by and let it continue to happen?

CNGA is the only organization working exclusively to conserve and restore California’s grasslands.

CNGA’s mission is to promote, preserve, and restore the diversity of California's native grasses and grassland ecosystems through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship. We work towards increasing public understanding and appreciation of the value of native grassland ecosystems. How do we do this? Through our programs:

Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (GRASS) #CaliforniaGRASS

We encourage the next generation to get involved by offering student research scholarships to support field work in California grasslands. We are kicking off the GRASS program with up to four, $500 awards for a total of $2,000. Your donation would make it possible for us to offer more scholarships this year. No donation is too small. If you donate $500 or more we will give an award in your name.


We train grassland and rangeland managers through workshops on topics such as grass identification; grassland soils; grassland monitoring methods and techniques; grazing practices that promote native grassland diversity; and the nuts and bolts of restoration practices and techniques to evaluate, prepare, and restore grasslands with native grasses and other grassland plants. Learn more

Grasslands Journal

We provide up-to-date scientific based information in our presentations, advocacy, our website, and our quarterly journal, Grasslands. Learn more.


Our Conservation Committee works to conserve grasslands through advocacy at the grassroots level (no pun intended). Learn more. 


We offer educational materials for teachers and students grades K-12. We have worksheets on several topics and all except the crossword have detailed instructions and answer keys. We also created a video for grades 3 to 9 called "What Was Here Before?" with teacher instructions and worksheets. Learn more

We invite you to donate to CNGA or support CNGA by becoming a member.

Thank you,

California Native Grassland Association

To Donate On-line, fill in the form below and pay with your credit card or PayPal account.

To Donate by Mail, send your check or credit card information to: CNGA PO Box 72405, Davis CA 95617. 

To Donate by Phone, call us at 530-902-6009 with your credit card number and expiration date. 

Any amount is welcome, from $5 to $5000. 

Thanks for your support! 

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