Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Address questions about physical ability requirements to the leader. Contact the leader so you can be informed of any changes.
January 13, Wednesday. " Demystifying manzanitas (Arctostaphylos): Understanding the dynamics of California's iconic shrubby 'rock star'" Dr. Michael Vasey is a botanist and coastal ecologist with a long-term passion for manzanitas (Arctostaphylos). As the centerpiece of his talk, Michael will introduce a new book, "A Field Guide to Manzanitas" (Backcountry Press), of which he is a co-author. Using beautiful and informative images by free-lance photographer Jeff Bisbee, figures, range maps, and profiles of each of 104 taxa, this book is intended for anyone with an interest in this fascinating genus. Mike will provide the backstory behind the creation of this book and share his deep knowledge of how and why Arctostaphylos has become such a quintessential "rock star" of the California flora. Copies of the book will be available for sale. He, Tom Parker, and Jon Keeley have done recent treatments of Arctostaphylos for the Flora of North America and Jepson Manual (2nd Edition).
February 10, Wednesday. "North Coast Chapter Rare Plant Projects and Volunteer Needs" with David Imper and Greg O’Connell. 7:30 p.m. Dave Imper will explore the needs of the Red Mountain Two-flowered Pea Preserve established by North Coast CNPS members on the northern border of the Lassics Wilderness including the establishment of the conservation easement and the monitoring and habitat maintenance that will be required for the foreseeable future. Dave hopes to engage CNPS volunteers, perhaps as an annual chapter fundraiser and project to work together in this area of unique serpentine soils that supports the only known population of Lathyrus biflorus. Greg O'Connell will describe the goals of the Big Lagoon Bog restoration project as well as the CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Program. **Shooting star and Slinkpod (Fetid Adder's Tongue) from our nursery will be for sale.**
February 27, Saturday. Dune Forest Exploration. (Revised itinerary) Two manzanitas and their hybrid, mosses, lichens, Menzies' Wallflower, and very cute miners' lettuces are all possible points of interest as we walk through dune forest and stretches of dramatic, open dunes from the Lanphere Dunes to Malel Dunes, where we will have shuttled cars. We will walk between 2 and 4 miles, some on open sand, some on forest trails. Bring lunch and water. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Dress for being in the weather all day! Return late afternoon. For information call Carol 822-2015.
March 9, Wednesday. " California's Vast Habitats Seen through Wildflowers." Larry Ulrich began his career in photography, and while traveling and working with his wife and photographic partner, have been making a living with a camera since 1972. Larry and Donna's most recent books include Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, and Beyond the Golden Gate: California's North Coast from Companion Press, and Big Sur to Big Basin: California's Dramatic Central Coast from Chronicle Books. They will present an overview of the many habitats in California followed by images of a variety of native plants through the seasons.
March 26, Saturday. 1:00-1:30 p.m. Native Plants in an Urban Garden in Arcata. See the native plants and the wildlife they harbor in the Arcata Community Center Native Plant and Wildlife Garden, a project of the North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Naturalist, gardener, and author Pete Haggard will be there to help you see and to answer questions. Walk from the Community Center up the path left of Healthsport, or walk down from 7th Street. 839-0307. This garden visit is part of the Humboldt Permaculture Guild's Seed and Plant Exchange.
March 27, Sunday. (Happy Easter!) Arcata City Trail Day Hike. The recently completed, northernmost section of the Humboldt Bay Trail is a paved trail from Arcata Skate Park on Sunset Ave to Samoa Blvd. Including the adjacent Shay Park, the 1.3 miles section passes three species of blackberries, at least three species of willows, four conifers, and (with a small detour) a population of the rare Howell's Miner's Lettuce (Montia howellii). We will document these and the common native and non-native plants we see along this unfamiliar path through familiar territory. Meet 9 a.m. at the Foster Ave. side of the new roundabout on Sunset Ave. near the skatepark. Park in the neighborhood nearby. We might do a shuttle to make the walk one way. We might add on Potawot Village or Arcata Marsh. Be prepared for weather and walking; bring your lunch and water. It helps to tell Carol you are coming (707-822-2015).
April 2, Saturday. Burnt Ranch and Grays Falls Day Trip. It's fawn lily time at Burnt Ranch Campground! Out east along Highway 299 we also should find other spring blooms like Indian Warrior and Checker Lily. We'll look for the minute, rare Howell's Montia in campsite #16. Then we'll then explore the varied habitats at Grays Falls Picnic Area, including the short trail down to the falls. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), at 9:15 a.m. at the museum parking lot in Willow Creek, or about 10:00 at Burnt Ranch Campground. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water and clippers. (If the Himalaya blackberry is still bad, we can spend a few minutes reducing it.) Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015. Rare Plant Treasure Hunt for Montia howellii. There are several occurrences of this tiny miners lettuce-like plant in the Burnt Ranch area. We’ll see if we can locate these populations while exploring the general area.
April 8, Friday. Wildflower Art at the Upstairs Gallery in Umpqua Bank, 1063 G St., Arcata. Wildflowers will be presented in diverse media and styles by more than 15 artists during April. The opening, during Arts Arcata, April 8, 6-9 p.m., will feature live music and wine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the CNPS Transportation Fund to take school classes to the Wildflower Show. 498-5228.
April 16, Saturday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Native Plants in Yards and Forest. Join Carol Ralph, Pete Haggard, and Anna Bernard for a walk from the Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back to see native plants in private landscapes and in a redwood forest. Besides identification, questions like "What IS a native plant?" "Why plant natives in your yard?" "How do you mimic in a yard a wild habitat?" will be considered. 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 www.godwitdays.org
April 17, Sunday. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Street-side Native Plant Garden Visit . See a one-year-old and a recently planted "street-side" native garden at the corner of Alliance and Spear in Arcata. Learn with Anna Bernard how native plants are low maintenance, drought tolerant, and add beauty and variety to a city corner. 826-7247.
April 19, Tuesday. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Native Plants in an Urban Garden in Arcata. See the native plants and the wildlife they harbor in the Arcata Community Center Native Plant & Wildlife Garden, a project of the North Coast Chapter of CNPS. Naturalist, gardener, and author Pete Haggard will be there to help you see and to answer questions. Walk from the Community Center up the path left of Healthsport, or walk down from 7th Street. 839-0307.
[April 22-23, Friday-Saturday. Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show. At the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, 421 Highway 101 North, Crescent City. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For information call Maureen 487-0821. ]
April 23, Saturday. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Ferns by the Dunes, a plant walk. Ferns are distinctive and popular for the exotic texture they add to vegetation. Carol Ralph will introduce eight species of our common ferns in the easy setting at the riparian edge of the dunes and talk about some of the amazing aspects of fern life. Bring a hand lens if you have one. Meet at 10 a.m. at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Road, Arcata, and carpool to the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife refuge. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Dunes. Please reserve your space by calling 707-444-1397.
April 23, Saturday. 2-4 p.m. Plants along the Bay: Hikshari Trail Plant Walk. Join us on the Hikshari Trail to learn about native and non-native plants. Hopefully some, like Blue-eyed Grass and the rare Humboldt Bay Owl's-clover, will be in bloom along this 3/4-mile, level 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. Rain or shine. Children welcome when accompanied by adults. For more information call 707-502-5793.
[April 23, Saturday. Donna Wildearth talks at Miller Farms Nursery, McKinleyville]
April 24. Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Wildflowers in a Hydesville Forest. A dappled, deciduous forest along a sparkling stream, sprinkled with springtime gems like trillium, fairybells, bleeding heart, and Solomon's plume, is only one treat on show by hosts Bill and Linda Shapeero in Hydesville. A shady, Grand Fir forest and sunny, pasture edges offer other habitats alive with flowers and fresh, green herbaceous plants and shrubs, almost all native. Paths are gentle but slightly rough. From 101 at the south end of Fortuna take the Highway 36 exit, go about 3 miles up to Hydesville, turn left at the church onto Rohnerville Rd., go about 1 mile, turn right onto Puddin Ln at the bottom of a gulch, follow signs and balloons to Shapeero. The ground may be damp. For information: 768-3287 or 822-2015
[April 24, Sunday. Sierra Club Hike Little Bald Hills]
April 29-30-May 1, Friday through Sunday. SPRING WILDFLOWER SHOW and NATIVE PLANT SALE at the Manila Community Center, 1611 Peninsula Dr., Manila. An exciting, annual gathering of wildflowers (both native and non-native) and people who love them. The SHOW is open Friday 1-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Find details on the web site. If you want to help, call Carol 822-2015 The NATIVE PLANT SALE is open Saturday and Sunday only, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. Hundreds of volunteer- and nursery-grown native plants, chosen by our experienced gardeners to be good additions to local yards. They will be on hand to help you choose and answer your questions. Plant sales help fund our chapter! Volunteer help is always needed, to help grow plants and to help at the sale in many capacities. Anna 826-7247.
May 11, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m." Plant Exploring in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument." Explorer, writer, and educator Michael Kauffmann will lead us on a journey into the Transverse Ranges of southern California to explore the world of what John Muir called the steepest mountains in which he ever hiked. Michael's explorations began because of a Bigcone Douglas-fir mapping and monitoring project he is leading in conjunction with California Native Plant Society, but these studies have lead him to many more discoveries--from one of the world's largest oaks to the most isolated grove of Sierra junipers in the world. Michael will take us on a photographic journey from the mountain tops to the river canyons across one of the nation's newest national monuments.
May 15, Sunday. Schatz DemonstrationTree Farm Field Trip. This facility of Humboldt State University in Maple Creek offers a chance to explore in the low elevation mountains between the coast and Six Rivers National Forest. We will walk with the resident manager's wife along a 3-mile, out-and-back route where she has seen 40 species of flowers blooming (not all native). She will point out the forest management projects in progress. We will be in forest shade, woodland dapple, and meadow sun, including a creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Dress for the weather; wear sturdy walking shoes; bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015.
July 23, Saturday. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Orchids in the Dunes. Orchids are a very diverse group, including quite dainty species. Join Carol Ralph to learn about five species of orchid that live in the Lanphere Dunes. Four might be blooming. Walk 1-2 miles, partly on soft sand. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by CNPS and Friends of the Dunes. Call 444-1397 to RSVP.
September 14, Wednesday. 7:30-9:00 p.m. “Hazelnut Speaks of the Wiyot Past.” Adam Canter, a biologist with the Wiyot Tribe, will share a story of re-discovery. The unique hazelnut scrub vegetation type was recently documented on Table Bluff. Hazelnut does not often grow on the immediate coast; The Manual of California Vegetation notes that it occurs in isolated, disjunct populations in San Mateo, Marin, and southern Sonoma Counties. Recently the Wiyot Tribe documented hazelnut scrub in Humboldt County, extending its known range by ~200 miles into the North Coast. Adam will highlight Wiyot history in relation to hazelnut, research into herbarium records which have shed light on the possible past distribution of this vegetation type, and share other important food plants the Wiyot Tribe cultivated. Current ethnobotanical research efforts are helping us better understand how California’s indigenous population managed, tended, and helped contribute to the diversity of species we see today. In the absence of Wiyot land management, some of these habitats are struggling to survive against forest encroachment, invasive species, and development.
September 24, Saturday. Native Plant Sale at the chapter’s nursery, 2182 Old Arcata Rd., on Kokte Ranch of the Jacoby Creek Land Trust in Bayside. Members pre-sale 9:00-10:00 a.m.; public 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 826-0259. Thousands of plants of about 130 species. Create your California landscape with native trees, shrubs, and grass for structure and bulbs, perennials, and annuals for color and cover. Experienced gardeners will help you choose.
September 25, Sunday. Cold Spring Day Hike. Only one hour away from Arcata, in Six Rivers National Forest along Forest Highway 1 (Titlow Hill Rd off 299) we will be breathing mountain air and gazing at mountain vistas. The Cold Spring area offers diverse habitats--White Fir forest, oak woodland, azalea thicket, open meadow, rocky outcrop, and sunny seep. Both Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pines grow there, and at least five species of mycoheterotrophs (a.k.a. saprophytes). Cattle also graze there. We will assess their impact. We will walk two to three miles on cow paths and cross country. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Dress for the weather (at 4,800 ft elevation); bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015.
October 12, Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m. “The Natural History, Botanical Splendor, and Conservation of Mendocino Pygmy Cypress Woodland: A Rare Geobotanical Phenomenon.” Gordon Leppig, with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will take us to one of the rarest and most threatened natural communities in California. The Mendocino Pygmy Cypress Woodlands are endemic to a narrow coastal strip in Mendocino County. Shaped by geological uplift of the land, strange soil conditions and hydrology have resulted in stunted trees, habitats for many rare and endemic plants, and a sensitive natural community found nowhere else. Despite its rarity, fascinating natural history, and high conservation value, Pygmy Cypress Woodlands face numerous threats. CNPS, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and others, are working to better understand, describe, and map this natural community as a means to further its conservation. Gordon will focus his presentation on the underlying natural history, botanical splendor, and efforts to better understand and conserve this unique natural community.
October 23, Sunday. Crothers Cove Day Hike. Why hike this short trail in Prairie Creek State Park? Because we never have! And there’s a small lagoon at the bottom. Even small wetlands can hold botanical treasure, and short trails can pass interesting plants. This trail goes over the ridge from the road to the beach, less than 2 miles round trip. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Dress for the weather, including the beach; bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015.
November 5, Saturday. Groves Prairie Field Trip. Unusual in our rugged mountains, Groves Prairie is a fairly level meadow, at 4,000 ft elevation, surrounded by Douglas-fir forest, some of it old growth. We last visited it 7 years ago, before it served as a fire camp (which hopefully will not be necessary in 2016). Will the Grape Fern be in the meadow, the Kneeling Angelica in the stream, the two species of yampah in the wet meadow, the Trillium-leaved Sorrel by the little bridge? Will the four species of gooseberries and currants have fruits? We will walk one to two miles in and around the meadow to answer these questions, some of it on a trail. Groves Prairie is two hours away in Six Rivers National Forest, up Forest Service roads north out of Willow Creek. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Dress for the weather (Remember, it is higher elevation) and off-trail walking; bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015.
November 9, Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m. “Fabulous Plants and Stories from the East Bay.” Heath Bartosh, Rare Plant Committee Chair for the East Bay Chapter CNPS and a Research Associate at the University and Jepson Herbaria will present a photographic tour through some of the East Bay’s richest botanical hot spots. He will reflect on colorful botanical personalities of the past and present, identify public lands and trails to enjoy the diversity of plant life, and discuss current conservation issues that put our botanical treasures of the East Bay at risk. Alameda and Contra Costa counties are at a point of botanical convergence due to geographic regions such as the San Francisco Bay, the North and South Coast Ranges, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and the San Joaquin Valley meeting here. This unique geology provides conditions for diversity of native plants and Heath’s photographs will take us on a journey to these exceptional areas.