Volunteer Opportunities

We’d love to have you join us! If any of the opportunities to the right catch your interest, or even if you just want more information, please fill out this contact form.

Plant Sales

Every April and October. This is a wonderful way to meet other members and help spread the word about native plants. You do not need to be knowledgeable, just friendly and helpful.  To contact us, fill out our contact form.

The Nature Nook

This garden nook at the Placerville library was gifted by our El Dorado CNPS chapter and showcases many plants that are native to our area. Volunteers help keep the garden beautiful by weeding, pruning, and planting. Fill out our contact form if you would like to join us and learn more about our work schedule.

Field Trips

If you love plant hikes and people, then we could use your help. There are two types of assistants that would be of help on these hikes. First, folks that love plants and love to learn about them, but that are not necessarily botanists can be helpful by recording the participants on a sign-in log, by helping to keep folks together and accounted for on the trail, and acting as an enthusiastic CNPS representative to encourage folks to participate in other CNPS activities and programs.  Secondly, experienced botanists (amateur, professional, or retired; it doesn’t matter!) can help with plant identification, lore, uses by native Californians and other folks, and other interesting info to share. If you would like to help, contact Ginna Meyer (fill out contact form).

Invasive Weed Pulls

Invasive weeds are perhaps the biggest threat to native plants throughout the state. We have several weed pulls a year, carefully chosen and orchestrated by our weed expert Ginna Meyer (fill out contact form).

Restoration Work

We join several restoration events a year organized by the Eldorado National Forest. Help restore forest areas that have been trampled by overzealous campers and/or off-highway vehicle users. Contact our Conservation Co-chair (fill out contact form).

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Help monitor existing populations of rare plants within the county, or help discover new populations altogether!  If you are interested, contact us (fill out contact form).


Education Outreach volunteers provide information about native plants, our chapter, and CNPS, during Chapter-sponsored events or when requested by local organizations.  Interactive displays are set up; a variety of information sheets about growing native plants are made available; and brochures are distributed; to encourage people to stop, look, and learn.  Typical outreach events include our chapter’s April and October plant sales and Earth Day festivities.  We are always looking for new ideas to increase community awareness about conserving and growing native plants.  This is your opportunity to use your creative talents to enhance educational outreach efforts that support our chapter’s mission, “Dedicated to conserving California’s native plants.”  If you are interested, contact us (fill out contact form).

Clark Youth Fund

Help support the next generation of native plant enthusiasts! Plant sale monies have been used in the past to grant funds to schools.  If you are interested, contact Chelsea Morgan (fill out contact form).