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

Plannning is underway for the ninth Northern California Botanists Symposium. It will be held at CSU Chico on January 14-15, 2019 with optional workshops on the 16th. Sessions will include Vegetation, Cryptic Species/Species Concepts, Vegetation Response to Fire, Sampling for Herbaria, Now Some Good News, and New Discoveries.

We are happy to announce that Todd Keeler-Wolf will be our Keynote Speaker. Todd is a senior ecologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Todd's talk is titled "Learning to be a naturalist in Northern California." He will discuss how California shapes us and will be weaving his personal experiences, job, the landscape of California, and his passion of being an ecologist.

We will again include a Lightning Talks Session consisting of a half hour of six 5-minute long talks. If you are interested in a giving a lightning talk, please send one or two sentences about your topic, a title, and your contact information to ncbotanists@gmail.com.

More information will be posted on our website in September.

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

2017 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Diverse Environments: How Plants Succeed in Northern California

9-10 January 2017 with optional workshops on 11 January
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Northern California Botanists hosted their 8th botanical symposium on January 9-10, 2017 on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional workshops were held on Wednesday, January 11. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists included sessions on Special Soil Endemics, Influence of Summer Fog on Patterns of Plant Diversity, Insects on Plants, Now the Good News, Soil Seed Banks of California Native Plant Species, New Discoveries, and Lightning Talks. Thank you to all the speakers, poster presenters, and those who atttended!

See the 2017 Symposium Overview page to access videos of the presentations and links to PDFs of many of the posters.

Thank you to our many 2017 Symposium sponsors!

  • Bureau of Land Management, California State Office
  • California Botanical Society
  • California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC)
  • California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA)
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – State Office
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Redbud Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Sacramento Valley Chapter
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) – Shasta Chapter
  • College of Natural Sciences, The Chico State Herbarium
  • College of Natural Sciences, California State University, Chico
  • Department of Natural Sciences, California State University, Chico
  • Friends of the Chico State Herbarium
  • Garcia and Associates (GANDA)
  • Halkard Mackay
  • Hedgerow Farms
  • HDR, Inc.
  • Lawrence Janeway
  • Nomad Ecology
  • Ray Collett Trust
  • Robert A. Schlising
  • Shasta Trinity National Forest
  • Sierra Pacific Foundation
  • Siskiyou Field Institute
  • Stillwater Sciences
  • The University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley
  • Westervelt Ecological Services
  • Wildlands


Contact Us

Please email Northern California Botanists at ncbotanists@gmail.com

NCB's mailing address:

Northern California Botanists
P. O. Box 8042
Chico, CA 95927-8042