North Coast CNPS



Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. For information or to suggest a speaker or topic contact Michael Kauffmann at 407-7686 or michaelekauffmann

Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Address questions about physical requirements to the leader. It is wise to contact the leader before the trip, in case plans change.

January 9, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. "Flora of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks."  Author, botanist, and CNPS North Coast member Dana York will take us on a botanical and historical tour of these two national treasures.  An Illustrated Flora of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks is the first comprehensive guidebook covering the diversity of plants found in the southern Sierra Nevada.  From towering giant sequoias in magnificent forests to pygmy alpinegolds growing on desert-like ridgetops, the plants are as rich and beautiful as the famous Sierra landscapes where they grow.  Dana will be signing his book at the program. 

January 20, Sunday. 1-3 p.m.  Winter in Pete and Judy's Garden.  What native plants and lichen can we establish in our gardens to enjoy in the winter?  Look around Pete and Judy's Fieldbrook garden in mid-winter to see what puts a smile on your face. Bring suggestions of what you think might be good winter native plants.  Contact Pete at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 839-0307 to make a reservation and get directions.  Limited to 10 people.

February 13, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m. Rare and Endangered Conifers of the Klamath Mountains: Updates from the Field" .  Educator, author, and ecologist Michael Kauffmann has been tracking the ecology and distribution of Klamath Mountain conifers for over 15 years, and his book, Conifer Country, is the definitive field guide to the region.  Recently, he has been working with the California Native Plant Society and the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Modoc National Forests to map and inventory the rare and threatened conifers of northern California.  Michael will take us from mountain summits to coastal river valleys and provide updates on the status and distribution of many of these charismatic conifers. 

February 23, Saturday.  Skunk Cabbage Trail Day Hike.  Skunk Cabbage bloom early.  Let's see if their glowing, yellow lanterns are open this early.  This trail is the first place I ever saw Pacific Golden Saxifrage. Is it still there?  We will also see massive Redwood, Sitka Spruce, and Western Hemlock, an ocean vista, wind-sheared coastal bluffs, ferny banks, mossy Big-leaf Maples, and sandy beach.  We will shuttle cars so we can walk one way the 5.6 miles from Skunk Cabbage Trail trailhead to Davison Rd. near the Gold Bluffs Beach entrance station. This trail is a section of the California Coastal Trail in Redwood National and State Parks.  Dress for the weather in a shady forest and on an exposed beach. Bring lunch and water.  No facilities along the way. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Tell Carol you are coming, if you want to know of any changes due to weather: 707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 13, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m. "Ecology and Conservation of the California Pitcher Plant."  Daring to understand the ecology and distribution of Darlingtonia californica,or the California Pitcher Plant, Jamieson Chilton, a student at Humboldt State University, will dive into the work he is doing to better understand the ecology and future conservation of this unique species.  This native wetland plant inhabits poor, often serpentinous soils, and has resorted to carnivory to supplement nutrient deficiencies in soils where it grows.  Not only is it unique to northern California and southwest Oregon, but it is the logo for CNPS North Coast Chapter!

March 23, Saturday. Sedge Workshop

March 24, Sunday. Horse Linto Day Hike.  Early spring brings fawn lilies, trilliums, and warriors to the oak woodlands and riparian forests of Horse Linto Campsite in Six Rivers National Forest and the road to it from Willow Creek.  To see them we will walk a short, uneven trail and explore along the road.  Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool.  Return mid-afternoon.  Please tell Carol you are coming: 822-2015, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 April 10, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m.  "Native Plants: the Wild among Us." You may not think of developed or other heavily disturbed areas as good habitat for native plants, but with close observation, surprises abound.  Dr. Eva Begley, author of the recently published Plants of Northern California, A Field Guide to Plants West of the Sierra Nevada, will share some of her finds –from tiny, inconspicuous species to showy, charismatic natives. Dr. Begley has lived in the Sacramento region for 40 years, where she has botanized in suburbia, wildlife areas managed primarily for waterfowl, and agricultural lands, finding an amazing array of native species.  She will also discuss easy steps everyone can take to help native plants thrive in such places.  Copies of her book will be available – cash only, please.

Aril 28, Sunday. Coyote Creek Basin Day Hike.  If spring has begun at elevation 1,700-2,900 ft , we will see it happening in oak woodland and coastal prairie in the southeast corner of Redwood National Park near the Lyon Ranch Trail off Bald Hills Rd.  If we feel ambitious, we will shuttle cars and walk the 5.1-mile route as suggested in Ken Burton's Hiking Humboldt vol. 1, 55 Day Hikes in Northwest California. Come prepared for varied weather; bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool.  Tell Carol if you are interested, as plans might be adjusted as the date approaches:  707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May 3-4-5, Fri.-Sat.-Sun. Spring Wildflower Show at Jefferson Community Center

May 4-5 Sat.-Sun. Native Plant Sale at our nursery at Freshwater Farm

May 8, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m. Evening program

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