Action Steps

1. Go on a walk. Learn the names of a few of the plants and animals that you see. Our favorite free apps to use while out hiking are Seek by iNaturalist and Merlin Bird ID.

2. Plant a native plant garden. Choose plants that are beneficial for native pollinators and fauna local to your area.

Additional Resources: Where on Earth: A Guide to Specialty Nurseries and Gardens in California by Nancy Conner, Demi Bowles Lathrop, and Barbara Stevens, California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein
 
3. Research a threatened and endangered species in your area. 
4. Donate. We donate a portion of the proceeds from our products, but you can make an even bigger difference by donating to organizations protecting California directly. Check out our resources page for a list of organizations we donate to.
 
5. Take only photos and leave only footprints. There are several ways to lead by example, and to minimize your impact while out and about including: planning ahead by researching your location and preparing accordingly, traveling on durable surfaces and marked paths, disposing of all waste properly, leaving what you find (and taking a photo instead!), and respecting wildlife and other visitors (past, present and future). Read more about these leave no trace principles at Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

6. Participate in a beach cleanup, invasive plant removal or native plant restoration project in your area. 
7. Join your local California Native Plant Society chapter or give them a follow on social media! With field trips, and monthly information, these experts are a wealth of knowledge. 
8. Visit a museum, botanic garden or park.
9. Spread the word. Share your love of California native plants or animals with others!

10. Be an ally and a voice. Reframe how we talk about indigenous cultures by making sure to use present, not past tense. Look up whose land you are on, or a few indigenous names for plants, animals or places in your area.
Find out whose land you are on here. Learn more about native California languages here. Eat at Cafe Ohlone. Watch Tending the Wild, a series by KCET. Donate to Sogorea Te' Land Trust and Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation. Subscribe to News from Native California

11. Consider wildlife. Pesticides and rodenticides affect more than just those they are targeting and can impact wildlife up the food chain. Glue traps and netting can capture more than intended. You can find a list of ways to responsibly live with wildlife here