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Maps to Natives

Maps to Natives is an initiative started in 2007 by the Yerba Buena Chapter of the CNPS to collect and disperse the knowledge of native plants and native habitats in the community. Our goal is to create and maintain a library of annotated maps of the Bay Area that highlight places to experience natives plants and habitat. Maps will guide users to and through local gardens, trails, open space preserves, and even the random lot or curbside where natives can be found.

Everyone is invited to participate.

How to Participate

Contributing to or creating your own maps to natives is easy. You can start and save a map in about 5 minutes. Even a small start will do - then rest of the Maps to Natives community can build on your work. Here's how it works:

  1. Go to and login to the CNPS-YB mapmaking account:
    password: yerbabuena
  2. Click on the "My Maps" tab to see a list of all current Maps to Natives maps.
  3. Start a new map by clicking "create new map" and begin the title with "CNPS-YB:"
    Add to an existing map by clicking its name in the "created by me" list.
  4. On the map view, a new toolbox will appear at the upper left. The upside-down blue teardrop is the point-plotter tool and you'll use it create new points of interest.
  5. If you are creating a new map, zoom into the area you want to map. If you are editing a map, the map window will zoom automatically. Click "Satellite" to switch the view to aerial photo mode.
  6. Create new points by clicking the blue point-plotter and then clicking a spot on the map. Edit a point by clicking on it.
  7. Once a point is clicked, a new info balloon will appear with points name and description. New points will open ready for typing. Click "Edit" to add or change a point's title or description.
  8. Click "Save" once you are done adding or editing points. You're done!

Mapmaking Etiquette

Since this is a collaborative process, be careful when you edit or delete someobe else's work. Feel free to apply spelling corrections - but be conservative in changing other aspects of the map. A few general guidelines to follow:

  • Do not delete a point unless you created it.
  • Only edit points of interest for spelling and factual information (like genus or species name) - disagreements such as appropriate common names or color terms can be addressed by adding them to descriptions.
  • Don't delete maps at all - unless you start a new one by accident.
Featured Map
List of Maps to Natives