To bring about a realization of the interdependence of all things, especially between the human and the non-human elements of the earth. To assist youth and adults in discovering the beauty of native plants. To promote understanding and preservation of California native flora. To advance learning about many common, renewable, edible and medicinal wild & invasive plants.
Although not plants, fungi often live in association with a variety of plant species. Mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and various other species make up the kingdom Fungi, which is separate from plants and animals. Mushrooms can often be found growing on trees or living symbiotically with tree roots. Lichens consist of a fungus and a photosynthetic partner growing together in a mutualistic relationship. Many fungi help plants absorb critical nutrients from the soil, while others decompose organic matter and aid with nutrient cycling. Although not always obvious to the naked eye, fungi are vital components of California’s many ecosystems.