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.


 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 for purchase.

April 14, Sunday.  1-3 p.m. Botanizing the Hammond Trail Loop.  Along this wonderful McKinleyville trail see remnants of the native vegetation.  Wildflower author and enthusiast Elaine Allison will lead this walk of about one mile along coastal bluffs and coastal prairie, through Beach Pine forest and streamside forest, where you will see many common plants and at least one officially rare species. Meet at the west end of Murray Rd. For information: 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 20, Saturday. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Native Plants in Arcata's Gardens and Forest. Join Carol Ralph for a walk from the Arcata Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back to see native plants in public and private landscapes and in a redwood forest. They will identify a range of native plants and invasive plants, see wildlife in a native plant garden, and think about how to mimic wild habitats in the confines of gardens.  Hopefully, trillium will be blooming in the forest. The walk is about 3 miles on sidewalks and good paths, with about 250 ft. elevation gain.  Call 826-7050 to register for this free trip sponsored by California Native Plant Society at Godwit Days, or register for Godwit Days at  

April 27, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Ferns of the Dunes. At the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Carol Ralph will introduce eight species of common ferns during an easy walk of about 1/4 mile along the riparian edge of the dunes, and discuss some of the amazing aspects of fern life. Bring a hand lens if you have one and be prepared for mosquitoes. Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Road in Arcata and carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and Friends of the Dunes. Please reserve your space by contacting Friends of the Dunes at (707) 444-1397 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 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-Sun. Spring Wildflower Show at Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St., Eureka.

            Friday 2-8 p.m.
                       7-9 p.m.  Artist Workshop
            Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
                       11 a.m.  "Gardening with Native Plants...Updated for 2019" with Pete Haggard
                         3 p.m. "American Indian Oak Woodland Stewardship in Northern California" with Frank Lake 
            Sunday  10 a.m.-4 p.m.
                        12 noon. "Oaks: the Forgotten Old-growth" with Yana Valachovic

May 4, 5, Sat., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Native Plant Sale at our nursery
            Northcoast Regional Land Trust's Freshwater Farms, 5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka (near Three Corners Market)

May 8, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.  "Blue Collar Botany.”  Joey Santore is an artist, railroader, and botanist who has traveled extensively documenting and photographing the flora and plant communities of western North America.  He began his journey into botany ten years ago by studying conifers and is currently fascinated with the sunflower family, Asteraceae.  Joey will take us to unique botanical destinations in both the United States and Mexico and share his diverse passions for native plants, the mysteries of plant distributions, the genus Hesperocyparis, desert flora, evolutionary radiations, and street tacos.  Check out his Instagram @crime_pays_but_botany_doesnt for a collection of his photographs. 

May 18, Saturday.  Pine Ridge Trail Day Hike.  See why all the talk about oak woodlands.  This trail in Lacks Creek Management Area of the Bureau of Land Management takes us past delphiniums, Pussy Ears, violets, lupines, Blue Dicks, iris, Checker Lily, and more.  This is a site of oak woodland restoration, where BLM has removed young conifers coming up among the oaks. We will hike about 4 miles on uneven trail with little change of elevation. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata).  Dress for being in mountain weather all day. At elevation 3,600 ft. it can be hotter or colder than on the coast.  Bring lunch and water.  Return late afternoon.   Carol 822-2015

May 19, Sunday. 1-3 p.m.  Rohner Park: a rich history and flora.  Join Wiyot Tribe botanist Adam Canter for an easy walk, about 1 mile, in a small, rich, old stand of second growth Redwood right in Fortuna.  See as many as ten species of ferns, numerous, dainty, redwood forest flowers, and learn what the forest tells us of its past.  Meet at the Fireman's Pavilion in Rohner Park, on Park St. off Main St., by 16th St.  For information: 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 2, Sunday.  1-3 p.m. Wildflowers on Hikshari' Trail.  Join us on Eureka's Hikshari' Trail to see wildflowers, both native and non-native.  Blue-eyed Grass, Yarrow, Twinberry, Douglas Iris, and the rare Humboldt Bay Owl's-clover will be in bloom along this 3/4-mile section of the trail.  Experienced interpreter and gardener, and Hikshari' Volunteer Trail Steward Coordinator, Wanda Naylor will point out what is native and what is not and why we care.  Meet at the Elk River Slough Parking area at the end of Hilfiker St., Eureka, a few blocks south of Bayshore Mall.  Rain or shine.  Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.  For more information call 707-502-5793.

June 9, Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Grass Appreciation Walk with Claire Brown.  Grass flowers are intricate and beautiful, especially when you learn where to look.  Get your grass in gear and join us for a slow walk to learn to recognize and appreciate our local grasses.  Grass anatomy, terminology, and ecology will be discussed and admired, and species encountered identified. Meet in Arcata Marsh, the big parking lot at the end of I Street. For information write Claire: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

June 15, Saturday.  Field Trip

July 14, Sunday.  Field trip.



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