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 @gmail.com
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 29, Saturday. 10:00 a.m.-12 noon. Ferns by the Dunes, a plant walk. In two hours, in a quarter-acre of the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, naturalist Carol Ralph will introduce eight species of our common ferns and talk about some of the amazing aspects of fern life. Bring a hand lens if you have one, and be prepared for mosquitoes. Meet at 10 a.m. at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Rd, Arcata, and carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Dunes. Please reserve your space by contacting Friends of the Dunes at 707-444-1397 or
May 5-7, Friday-Sunday. Spring Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale
Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B Street. NEW LOCATION!!
Friday, May 5, 1-5 p.m. Show only, no plant sale
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Show and sale
Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Show and sale
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May 5, Friday. 7-9 p.m. Art Night. Artists, aspiring and established, gather to draw fresh flowers. Bring your own paper and tools, or borrow there. 498-5228
May 6, Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wildflowers in Sequoia Park. This remnant, second growth, redwood forest in Eureka's park is home to plenty of forest wildflowers. See them with botanist Liz McGee, including Western Trillium, Candyflower, Skunk Cabbage, Common Miterwort, Redwood Violet, willows, plus four species of fern. Also see the invasive, non-native species that threaten these native plants. Meet at the fountain at the south end of T St., at T and Glatt Streets, Eureka. 822-2015
May 7, Sunday, 12 noon- 1 p.m.. "Ethnobotany and Land Stewardship of the Wiyot Tribe." Adam Canter, Botanist and Natural Resource Technician with the Wiyot Tribe, will talk about past Wiyot land management and where we see it in today's landscape.Â At the Wildflower Show, Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St., Eureka
May7, Sunday. 11 a.m.-1 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, just south of Bayshore Mall. Rain or shine. Children welcome when accompanied by adults. For more information call 707-502-5793.
May 10, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. "The Marble Mountains: Butterflies and Botany." Situated in the heart of the Klamath Bioregion, the Marble Mountain Wilderness has captured the imagination of ecologists for years. Dr. Rob Fernau has been conducting ecological research in the Marbles for 32 years. His work includes sampling butterflies and the plant communities with which they are associated, including ongoing research on climate change and geoecology. In this photo-filled presentation he will share his knowledge and enthusiasm for his favorite place in the world. He looks forward to involving botanists and photographers in field work this spring and summer.
May 12 &13, Friday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) & Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show at the Arts & Crafts Building on the Del Norte County Fairgrounds in Crescent City. A beautiful and fun show by volunteers honoring the legacy of Ruby and Arthur Van Deventer. Admission free. 707-487-0821
May 20, Saturday. South Fork Trinity River Day Hike with optional overnight. The South Fork Trinity Trail in Six Rivers National Forest is a long-time favorite of botanizers. Diverse habitats mean diverse plants. The trail is well graded but sometimes weakly maintained, 4 miles each way to the river, but all of us won't go all the way. Bring lunch and 2 quarts of water; dress for the weather. The trailhead is 2 hours from Arcata. Carol plans to spend the night after the hike someplace closer to there, so as not to have to hurry back. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015
May 28, Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Azaleas at the Azalea State Natural Reserve. Fragrant, exuberant, and delicate, blossoms of native Western Azalea will delight us in this reserve for their benefit managed by California State Parks. We will also see a diversity of other shrubs and some favorite forest floor flowers on a walk of about half-mile on gravel path. Exit off 101 onto North Bank Rd. just north of the Mad River; after about one mile turn left on Azalea Dr., and shortly after that, left into the parking lot. 822-2015.
June 3, Saturday.ÂÂÂ Jacoby Creek Forest or Arcata Community Forest. City of Arcata walk with Michael McDowall. Look for details later.
June 4, Sunday. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Azaleas at Stagecoach Hill and Dry Lagoon extension, daytrip. Famous for their great variation of form, color, and every other plant feature, the Western Azaleas at the Stagecoach Hill Azalea Management Area should be glorious. We will walk the short, loop trail and possibly venture off it, admiring all possible plants. Douglas Iris, other trailside plants, and the ocean view will enrich the visit. Bring your lunch if you want to have a picnic and explore beach plants at Dry Lagoon afterwards. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 10 a.m. at the Kane Rd parking area (From 101 north of Big Lagoon, at mile-marker 112.5, turn right onto Kane Rd. At the "T" turn left, then follow this small road to a small parking area at its end under large spruces.). 822-2015
June 17, Saturday. 1-3 p.m.ÂÂÂ "Grass Basics with Basic Grasses in Hiller Park".ÂÂÂ On a short walk in this McKinleyville Park Jennifer Wheeler will introduce a variety of common grasses, mostly non-native, and foster appreciation for these important flowering plants. As a botanist and range conservationist with the Bureau of Land Management and architect of grassland restoration projects, Jennifer knows grasses and their various ecological values.ÂÂÂ Meet in the Hiller Park parking lot off Hiller Ave. Gather at the sitting bench on the south side of the playground. Bring a hand lens if you have one. Contact Carol Ralph 822-2015 for more information.
August 19, Saturday. Likely date of a day hike.
September 13, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. “The Future of Plant Diversity in a Warmer, Drier West” with Dr. Susan Harrison, Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at University of California, Davis. Years of research on plots in Lake County, California (at the McLaughlin Natural Reserve) and in southern Oregon have provided clear snapshots of how decreases in winter moisture and increased periods of warmer temperatures are affecting native plant communities. Even within the adaptive plant communities in serpentinite environments, long thought to be less susceptible, climate change is impacting germination and growth patterns. Hear about the findings of UC Davis research teams and what we can expect in plant diversity trends within our bioregion.
September 23, Saturday. Fall Native Plant Sale
November 8, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Evening program with Carl Rothfels