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Calendar of Events

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General Chapter Meetings and Presentations, Chapter Field Trips, Annual Chapter Events, Creosote Ring Subchapter Events, and other, non-CNPS events which may be of interest to our members are posted here, organized by date. For board meetings, click here.

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All events are subject to change - please check back here often for updates, additions, cancellations, etc. For trips involving traveling any distance to meet, it's also a good idea to check with the trip leader the day before to make sure nothing has changed.


CNPS Event December 7, 2022, Wednesday, 4 pm: Annual Holiday Potluck with Eastern Sierra Audubon, Bristlecone Chapter Event White Mountain Research Center, 3000 E. Line St, Bishop

Please join the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society & the CNPS Bristlecone Chapter for our Annual Holiday Potluck! Following the potluck, Katie Smith, Conservation Chair for ESAS will be giving a presentation titled, “The Biology and Conservation of Greater-Sage Grouse.”

The meeting will be held at the White Mountain Research Station on December 7th. Cocktails begin at 4:00 pm, Dinner at 5:30 pm, and Presentation at 7:00. Bring a dish to share, place settings, drinks, and a friend! Space is limited so please RSVP to with the number of attendees and if possible, the dish you plan to bring.

By holding our gathering at WMRS there are requirements that we all must follow. If you are vaccinated, please bring your card showing your vaccination to Covid 19. If you are not vaccinated please provide proof of a negative covid antigen test result upon arrival. If you are coming from out of country or state, please quarantine 5 days prior to arrival. Masking is strongly recommended. Bring your flashlights because it is dark out there.

CNPS Event December 15, Thursday: January-February Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the January-February Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at Contact Elaine with any questions.

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January 2023

January 19, 2023, 6-7 pm, ONLINE Thursday: Rock Art East of the Range of Light: One Piece of a Global Puzzle, with David Lee, Western Rock Art Research & form WMRC Staff. White Mountain Research Station Lecture.

The Owens Valley is home to the Paiute people and their ancestors, who arrived here many thousands of years ago. This landscape is rich with traces of their lives. Most visible are the amazing and intriguing petroglyphs and pictographs, a literal history book for these peoples, and much more. Documentation is the first step in developing management strategies to protect these inspiring and unique sites. This lecture will present information gathered from over twenty years of documentation in the Eastern Sierra region and throughout the American west. This will be compared to information gathered during ten field-seasons of documentation and research in the Northern Territory of Australia. Registration required via Zoom. This talk will be recorded. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Register Here

CNPS Event January 20, 2023: Deadline for Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Applications

Grants are for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra and are primarily targeted to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12) and their teachers. Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Projects should be conducted at least in part within Inyo or Mono Counties.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. The deadline for submissions to the 2023 Grant is January 20, 2032. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2023. For more information, contact the DeDecker Botanical Grants Coordinator at More details and application materials may be found at:

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CNPS Event February 15: March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter Deadline

Today is the deadline for submissions for the March-April Bristlecone Chapter Newsletter to our Newsletter Editor, Elaine Chow, at Contact Elaine with any questions.

February 23, 2023, Thursday, 6-7:30 pm ONLINE: Taxonomic and functional diversity of xeric alpine plant communities in a changing climate, with Kaleb Goff, PhD Student, North Carolina State University and 2022 WMRC Mini Grant recipient. White Mountain Research Station Lecture

Kaleb will discuss findings that demonstrate climate change’s affects on plant diversity and functionality within the xeric alpine ecosystems of the White Mountains, California. His work is also in collaboration with GLORIA Great Basin, which has been monitoring plant communities in the White Mountains for the last 18 years. Registration required via Zoom. This talk will be recorded. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTER HERE

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Being Planned:

The Bristlecone Chapter normally hosts two events on alternate years – a Spring or Summer Sojourn and the Bristlecone Chapter Banquet. In 2013 we held a Spring Sojourn in Big Pine. The Sojourn is a weekend of field trips, evening programs and visiting. In 2009 it was held in July at the Crooked Creek Facility in the White Mountains. In 2011 and 2012 we did not hold a special event due to lack of available volunteers. The 2010 Banquet was held in July at the Crowley Lake Community Center. In order to continue hosting these events, we need volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to help organize events or to lead a trip, contact any board member!

Look for future events here, including field trips, meetings, future Spring or Summer Sojourns (weekends of field trips), Banquets, Native Plant Sales, Conferences and other events of interest to botanically minded folks.

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About Bristlecone Chapter Events

Bristlecone Chapter Field Trips:

Every year the Bristlecone Chapter plans a variety of excursions to interesting and floriferous places. Our trips usually begin in late March to points in the low desert of our region, such as Death Valley or the Mojave Desert, where the flower display begins in early spring. We generally follow the flowers up in elevation as spring and summer progress, ending our quest for blooms in the highest regions of our awesome surrounding mountains in mid-summer. Our explorations usually finish with an appreciation of fall colors displayed in the extensive aspen groves found in the Eastern Sierra. We also schedule seed collecting or cleaning trips and work parties at the Mary DeDecker Native Plant Garden in Independence.

Everyone is welcome on our field trips, whether or not you are a member of CNPS, and whether or not you know a turnip from a scarlet monkeyflower!

Please keep in mind that all events, especially field trips which rely on outdoor conditions, are subject to change. Check back here often for updates, additions, cancellations, etc. Also, especially for events requiring travel, consider contacting the trip leader the day before the trip to confirm.

Field Trip Policies

Event Photos

See photos of previous field trips and events in our scrapbook, and more recent event photos may be found on our Facebook Page

Annual Bristlecone Chapter Events:

The Bristlecone Chapter hosts two events on alternate years – a Sierra Spring or Summer Sojourn, and the Bristlecone Chapter Banquet. Whether we hold these special events or not in a given year depends on how many dedicated volunteers step up to organize and help make them happen. If you are interested in volunteering to help us put on one of these events, or for any other reason, contact any board member!Our chapter members are encouraged to attend both events. The public is also welcome.

The Sojourn is a weekend of field trips, evening programs and visiting. In 2013 it was held at the end of May at the Sierra Adventure Center at Bernasconi Ranch located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains west of Big Pine at an elevation of about 5000 feet. In 2009 it was held in July at the Crooked Creek Facility in the White Mountains. Watch the newsletters and events page for when the next event is planned!

Also don't miss our Annual Native Plant Sales!

General Bristlecone Chapter Meetings and Presentations:

Membership meetings include brief discussion of chapter business, followed by a presentation by a guest speaker. Presentations are geared to appeal to persons of a wide range of knowledge of native plants, from beginners to professional botanists. The November meeting each year is a pot luck, often with a members’ slide show in lieu of a speaker.

Unless otherwise announced, General Chapter Meetings will be at the White Mountain Research Station (3000 E. Line St. Bishop).

Board Meetings

Board Meeting locations will be announced on this site and via email before each meeting, and have been held at the USFS/BLM Conference Room (351 Pacu Lane, Bishop), the ESICE office (2nd and Pine, Bishop), the Friends of the Inyo offices (819 North Barlow, Bishop), or board member's homes in the past. For information on our southern sub-chapter meetings, see the Creosote Ring Sub-Chapter page.

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