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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.

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

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

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 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 discuss Native American land management on the North Coast of California, emphasizing habitats and species important to the Wiyot Tribe. The California that European settlers encountered was not primeval wilderness, but had long been managed by the native inhabitants.  Adam will explain how European settlement helped shape present day plant communities, and how removing indigenous management from the landscape has contributed to the decline of many early successsional habitats and species that are dependent upon disturbance.  At the Wildflower Show, Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St., Eureka

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.  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 16-18, Friday-Sunday.  Ruth Lake Camp-out. Wetland plants, oak woodlands, and mountain are all around this reservoir on the Mad River near Highway 36. Although the lake is well used for recreation, it is not well botanized. We will remedy that, exploring the perimeter of the lake by car or by boat. We will camp Friday and Saturday nights in Boy Scout Cove Campground. Tell Carol now if you are interested. Camp sites fill up. 707-822-2015 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 17, Saturday. 1-3 p.m.  "Grass Basics with Basic Grasses in Hiller Park".  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.  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.

July 1, Saturday. Mill Creek Lake and Red Cap Hole Day Hike and optional overnight. In Six Rivers National Forest east of Hoopa at about 5,000 feet is a world of White Fir and Sadler Oaks and a host of wonderful, mountain plants with them. This trail is rough but an even grade, a bit more than a mile to the lake, another mile to the small meadows that are Red Cap Hole. It passes through regrowth of the 1999 Meagram Fire. The trailhead is about 2.5 hours from Arcata, the same trailhead as Waterdog Lake. To allow more time for exploring, some of us may choose to spend the night camping or in a motel in Willow Creek. For the hike bring lunch and lots of water, layers of clothes for any kind of weather, and sturdy hiking footwear. Meet at Pacific Union School at 8:30 a.m. or arrange another place. Return time is flexible, probably after 6 p.m. Tell Carol you are coming and if you want to camp Saturday night: 707-822-2015 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

August 19, Saturday. Likely date of a day hike.

September 1-3, Friday-Sunday. Chapter camp at Mattole Camp and Retreat. A lodge with a big kitchen, cabins with bunks, a fire ring for campfires, space for tents, and a piece of the Mattole River are ours for two days. The chapter is contributing to the cost of renting all this, to encourage any chapter member (and family) to come botanize, socialize, and generally have a good time. On Saturday a day hike on the Lost Coast Trail from the mouth of the Mattole is a likely option.  You'll get details when you tell Carol you are thinking of coming: 822-2015 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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