About Scholarships

Marin CNPS Micro Grants for 2023

The Marin chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to offer the next round of funding for micro grants, intended to assist with projects that advance our mission. The California Native Plant Society is dedicated to protecting and advocating for California’s native plants. The Marin chapter focuses on three areas: expanding our knowledge about what grows in Marin, advocating for native plants and their habitats, and encouraging the use of native plants in public spaces and home gardens.

We will be offering 3 grants of up to $1,000 each for projects that meet the following criteria:

  • The project must be in Marin county.
  • The project must not be an ongoing, repeating or annually occurring event or expense unless the funds will support a new expansion of an existing program. We are looking to fund unique opportunities.
  • The funds must benefit native plants, native plant knowledge and education, and the organizations and people who care for the lands where these plants grow.
  • Individuals, nonprofits, community organizations, educational facilities and local governments are welcome to apply. Current board members and committee chairs of the CNPS Marin Chapter are not eligible to apply.
  • Special consideration will be given to applications that have a limited window to get accomplished or close an important gap in knowledge.

Deadline for applying is December 16, 2022. Recipients will be announced and funds will be available in early February 2023. Projects need to be entirely or substantially completed in 2023.

Please submit:

Your name, address, email, phone

The name and contact information of the organization you are working with or for, if applicable

A single page letter explaining the project/equipment/training/event you desire funding for. Explain how this will benefit native plants in Marin county and contribute to your and our knowledge about, protection for, and caretaking skills for our native flora. If the proposal is for a native plant garden, please explain how the garden will be maintained. Include a very simple timeline of the steps to completion, the overall budget and what portion of it this funding will be spent on.

If you are applying as an individual working on a project that will benefit a local government, nonprofit, school or other entity, please submit a short note from the organization confirming that this project is supported by their organization.

Submissions should be emailed to by Dec. 16, 2022.

Grant recipients will be asked to report on their completed project to Marin CNPS, in a form to be determined with each recipient.

Plant Science

Why We Use Scientific Names

Photo by Vernon Smith
Ranunculus californicus
By Eva Buxton, Conservation & Invasive Species Chair

Marin CNPS Micro Grants for 2022

Native pollinator garden at Marin Humane Society

The Marin chapter of the CA Native Plant Society has been supporting botany students with research and thesis project scholarships for more than two decades. We are pleased to announce a new grant format for the coming year, which is aimed at individuals and organizations working in Marin county whose work protects, advocates for and educates the public on our native flora. We are very indebted to the many organizations who help us spread our message and protect our plants.



Marin Manzanitas

Photo by Vernon Smith
Arctostaphylos montana (Mt. Tamalpais manzanita)


Stuck indoors on a rainy day? Prepare for the next time you’re outside!

About Learn Scholarships

Howard – Kohn Scholarships

The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to offer the Howard-Kohn Memorial Scholarship for the 2022-2023 Academic Year


The Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to offer scholarships to students doing research on plant systematics, plant ecology, plant physiology, plant community restoration or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Marin County or other local habitats in Central and Northern California.  Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation are especially encouraged to apply.

This year, one Howard-Kohn scholarship for the amount of $3000 will be available. Evaluation of student applications will focus on the stated purpose of the research, research plan, and overall impression of the research project.  Extra consideration will be given to proposals for work on one or more species that grow in Marin County, work to be carried out in Marin County, and work having special potential for improving conservation of California native plants or educating the public about them. Additional smaller scholarships may also become available throughout the year; please check the Marin CNPS website for details.

Additional smaller scholarships may also become available throughout the year; please continue to check the website for details.

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2022

More Details and Application Form

Note that during the shelter-in-place order, documents may be submitted electronically to

2021 Howard-Kohn Scholarship – awarded !

The Marin Chapter of CNPS is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 scholarship competition. Emma Fryer of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo will receive the Howard-Kohn Memorial Scholarship for the proposal titled “Vertic Clay Endemic Desert Annuals of the San Joaquin Desert.” Sushmita Poudelof UC Santa Cruz, will receive a Special Award of Merit for the proposal titled “Study of blue oak ecotypes across mesic and xeric sites in California.” Nicole Ibanez of the University of San Francisco will receive a Special Award of Merit for the proposal “Climate as a driver of divergence in soil specialist plants.” We wish all of the winners great success in their work and look forward to learning of the results of their research.

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School Programs


Opening ceremony, May 5, 2019, for the Monarch Way Station created by Girl Scout Troop 31086 at the Marin Humane Society. Novato Mayor Eric Lucan, with his five-month-old son Noah in his arms, did the honors of cutting the ribbon.

From my experiences as the Garden Education Manager at the Marin Art and Garden Center for about 10 years, I know that children love being outside in a garden setting. We offered a very successful “Exploring Habitats” field trip program that brought hundreds of eager elementary schoolchildren to our gardens. Often they hated to leave and they would also very often come back after school with a parent in tow, to “show and tell” about the worm bin, or the caterpillars and butterflies, or the creatures they saw in the little pond.

A garden can be wonderful education tool, and teachers can integrate these outdoor experiences and lessons into their curriculum. Our chapter is actively supporting the efforts of teachers and schools to provide these opportunities by helping them to create habitat gardens on their campuses. We do this by donating California native plants, seeds, and educational materials. The teachers are very grateful for the help, and the word is spreading!

Since the beginning of the year, we have donated plants and seeds to the following schools and projects:

Caulbridge School at St. Vincents in San Rafael
Teacher Nancy Morita is also a naturalist and experienced native gardener. We donated plants and seeds valued at $151 to help her create a new garden area on campus.

Miller Creek School in Terra Linda
Master Gardener Nina Cunnan works part time as the school garden manager and wanted to add more California natives to increase the habitat value and bring more butterflies and bees into the gardens. We donated plants and wildflower seeds valued at $110 to support her efforts.

Walker Creek Outdoor School in West Marin
Steven la Gatta is employed as the Naturalist and Garden Team Leader at this beautiful location where Marin schoolchildren have the opportunity to stay for an extended field trip to explore nature. Steven was very excited about transitioning a garden that had been focused on growing food plants to one that brings in more pollinators and supports the wildlife in the area. We donated plants and seeds valued at $302 to help with this “make-over.”

Brookside Elementary School in San Anselmo
Together with SPAWN, our school programs partner, we helped support the efforts of teacher’s aide Claire Podoll, who has worked to create native plantings all around the campus. One garden area is “for the birds,” with coffeeberries, toyon, pink-flowering currants, and gooseberries. Another garden contains pollinator plants including ceanothus, California fuchsias, buckwheats, yarrow, and narrow-leaf milkweeds. SPAWN grew a number of these plants in their own nursery. We donated plants valued at $45 to help support the effort.

Milkweed and Wildflower Seed Projects                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         There’s been a lot of news about the steep decline in the populations of the western monarch butterfly. Many Earth Day events and projects have brought awareness to the situation, as well as ideas on what we can do to help save the western monarchs. We donated thousands of narrow-leaf milkweed seeds (about two ounces of Asclepias fascicularis) to the Marin County Parks and Open Space District for an Earth Day event led by Greg Reza, volunteer coordinator. Greg, Mia Monroe, and Audrey Fusco, along with several SPAWN interns, worked with the students at Mill Valley Middle School to make “milkweed seed cookies,” which will be used to help restore the Monarch’s larval host plants to open spaces in parts of the county.

Susan Ramos, Naturalist at the Crab Cove Visitor Center in the East Bay Regional Parks District, also led an Earth Day project making seed cookies, but her group made cookies with a mix of native wildflower seeds to help all the pollinators! We donated a seed mix that will bloom for months.

Other school groups, like the Marin School of Environmental Leadership students at Terra Linda High, earn money for their garden projects by packaging and selling native seeds that we donate. Teacher Chris Lyon at Ross Valley Charter School and her students will package and sell seeds to raise funds; their contributions will help farmers in Africa dig more wells and realize a better harvest. We donated seeds of mountain garland (Clarkia unguiculata). It’s not hard to sell seeds, nicely packaged up, of this gorgeous native wildflower!

Community Gardens:  Marin CNPS is also supporting community gardens by providing educational materials and mentorship for projects such as the monarch way station created by Girl Scout Troop 31086 at the Marin Humane Society. The garden opening ceremony took place on May 5; Novato Mayor Eric Lucan, with his five-month-old son Noah in his arms, did the honors of cutting the ribbon.

—Charlotte Torgovitsky, Marin CNPS Schools Programs Chair

Educational Programs

Plant ID workshop at SFSU

Plant ID workshops have ended at San Francisco State University


Other Resources / Links

Merchandise Plant Communities of Marin

Order “Plant Communities of Marin”


Do you want to learn more about the diverse plant communities of this special county ?

Plant Communities of Marin County written by David Shuford and Irene C. Timossi and illustrated with exquisite black and white photographs of the communities and their member species, is an excellent resource. Send your check payable to CNPS for $10 per copy (shipping, handling& tax included) to:

Phyllis Faber, 212 Del Cosa Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Enclosed is $____________. Please send

me ___ copies of “Plant Communities of Marin County”




Learn Species Guides

Plant Communities of Marin

photo by Vernon Smith
Bull Point