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.

 December 12, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Native Plant Show and Tell.  Chapter members will be presenting short slideshows from plant exploring adventures this year.  Graduate student and chapter awardee Andres Rodriguez will share what he learned this past summer researching how rabbits affect the dune plants on the North Spit of Humboldt Bay.  Ann Wallace will show stunning photos of the Azores--a beautiful, volcanic landscape in islands totally under the hand of man for centuries.  Len Mazur will share his favorite photos from the CNPS North Coast Chapter field trip to Sugar Lake. 

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. 

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

April 10, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m.  Evening program with Eva Begley,  author, Plants of Northern California: A Field Guide to Plants West of the Sierra Nevada

May 8, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m. 

May 3-4-5, Fri.-Sat.-Sun. Spring Wildflower Show

May 4-5? Sat.-Sun. (Date not certain yet) Native Plant Sale


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