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2017 Natural Communities Conference

We will be hosting the 2017 Natural Communities Conference on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The event will be held in the Liberty Room at Hodel’s Country Dining restaurant (5917 Knudsen Dr., Bakersfield, CA) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with check-in starting at 8:00 AM.

We invite you to attend and/or present your work. Abstracts are due Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Please register by Friday, March 15, 2017.

More details on location and registration for the conference are in the announcement and registration form.

If you would like to present, please email abstracts to Erin Tennant at Registration information should be sent to Linda Connolly at

The Chapter is also accepting sponsorships for this year’s event to help cover conference costs. If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring, please see the registration form for more information and contact Christine Van Horn Job at or (805) 838-6237. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Post-NCC Rare Plant Field Trip!  As an added bonus to this year’s NCC, we are offering the chance to botanize the Carrizo Plain National Monument with rare plant experts, Chris Winchell and Ellen Cypher!  This one-day field trip will be held on Friday, March 24th (the day after the NCC), and should last all day.  The Carrizo Plain is well-known to support a huge diversity of beautiful spring wildflowers, and after this years’ abundant rainfall, the flower bloom should be simply incredible!!

The plan:

For those traveling from the Central Valley, we will meet at 0730 at the Starbucks at Interstate 5 and Hwy 58.  We’ll caravan/carpool to the Carrizo together.

For those traveling from the west, we will meet at 0900 at the overlook parking area in the Carrizo off Soda Lake Road (35.23944, -119.90811).

To register, please contact Kris Robison at

Space is limited to 30 people, so sign up ASAP!!

Past Conferences

Natural Communities Conference: 17 March 2016

The conference abstracts can be downloaded here.

Natural Communities Conference: 26 March 2015

The Natural Communities Conference was a major success!  The conference abstracts can be downloaded here.