Welcome to Northern California Botanists

Northern California Botanists is an organization with the purpose of increasing knowledge and communication among agency, consulting, academic, and other botanists about botanical issues concerning science, conservation, education, and professional development. Our primary objectives are to establish a communication forum via occasional meetings, a scholarship fund for students working on botanical problems in northern California, a job forum, and symposia that focus on the botany of northern California.

The geographic range for defining the Northern California Botanists (NCB) area of interest for symposia presentations, associated workshops, and student research scholarships includes the area extending northward--from the southern boundary of San Luis Obispo County and western slope of the Tehachapi Mountains, following the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, to the southern boundary of Mono County. Students from any accredited college or university doing research within the NCB geographic range may apply for NCB student research scholarships. NCB welcomes members from all areas.

2019 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Research and Conservation of Northern California’s Vegetation Communities

Registration is open!

14-15 January 2019
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Northern California Botanists will host their 9th botanical symposium on January 14-15, 2019 on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday, January 16. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists will include sessions on Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring, Importance of Herbaria in Research, Management, and Conservation, Vegetation Response to Fire, Challenges and Solutions for Conserving Cryptic Diversity, Native Plant Conservation, Lightning Talks, Now the Good News, and New Discoveries. See the 2019 Draft Program here.

Professional Development Credits

Each day of the Northern California Botanists Symposium has been approved for 2 Professional Developments Credits for the California Consulting Botanist Board of Certification. As such, attendance at both days of the Symposium has been approved for 4 Professional Development Credits. See the Workshop Page for workshop credits.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Todd Keeler-Wolf

The 2019 Symposium Keynote Speaker will be Todd Keeler-Wolf. Todd is the lead vegetation ecologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP). Todd’s talk is titled “Becoming a Naturalist and Ecologist in Northern California.” In his talk, he will synthesize his understanding of some of the landscapes he has gotten to know over the years, describing his deepening understanding, interest, and shifting perspectives on each and will reflect on being a landscape ecologist in a time of rapid change.

The Keynote Address will follow the banquet on Monday evening, January 14, 2019 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Although the banquet requires a paid ticket, the Keynote Address is open to all.

Post-Symposium Workshops

Optional post-symposium workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, January 16. You do not have to attend the Symposium to register for a workshop. To register for a workshop, visit the Registration Page.

Thank you to our 2019 Symposium Sponsors!

  • Ascent Environmental, Inc.
  • Backcountry Press
  • California Botanical Society
  • California Department of Conservation
  • California Lichen Society
  • California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA)
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – State Office
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Dorothy King Young Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Mt. Lassen Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – North Coast Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Redbud Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Sacramento Valley Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Shasta Chapter
  • The Chico State Herbarium
  • College of Natural Sciences, California State University, Chico
  • Department of Biologica Sciences, California State University, Chico
  • Friends of the Chico State Herbarium
  • Garcia and Associates (GANDA)
  • Halkard Mackay
  • Hedgerow Farms, Inc.
  • Klamath National Forest
  • Lawrence Janeway
  • Linnea Hanson
  • Madrone Ecological Consulting
  • Nomad Ecology
  • Ray Collett Trust
  • Robert A. Schlising
  • Sierra Pacific Foundation
  • Stantec Consulting Services
  • Stillwater Sciences
  • The University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley
  • Westervelt Ecological Services
  • WRA, Inc.


Symposium Sponsorship

Northern California Botanists invites sponsorship for our 9th Symposium. Your help is important and allows us to keep our registration rates low, support student attendance, and keep our important programs moving forward. Visit the Symposium Sponsorship page for more information.


NCB Budding Botanists Program

Northern California Botanists' Budding Botanists Program include early career botanists in the professional community. Members of the Northern California Budding Botanists will be added to our NCB listserv and will receive notifications about classes and workshops. Members can also contact experienced botanists for career advice. Members are also invited to careers sessions during the Northern California Botanists Symposia. To join, ask career questions, or volunteer to answer career questions as an experienced botanist and mentor, please contact us at buddingbotanists@norcalbotanists.org

Contact Us

Please email Northern California Botanists at ncbotanists@gmail.com

NCB's mailing address:

Northern California Botanists
PO Box 8042
Chico, CA 95927-8042