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.

March 14, Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.  "Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps." Ken DeCamp, author of Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps, has been drawing and photographing wildflowers for over 40 years.  It is from this collection of images that this book became a reality.  Though he has traveled widely, he has always considered the mountains of northern California his home and has, for 60 years, explored their most hard-to-reach places.  Ken will share tales from the trails and images of some of his favorite flowers.  Books will be available for purchase.

March 17, Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. Workshop: A Primer on Sedges.  Spend a day in the lab at Humboldt State University keying sedges (genus Carex) with material and expertise provided by Gordon Leppig and assistants. $100 for CNPS members; $130 non-members.  info

March  24, Saturday. East Fork Willow Creek Day Hike.  East over two ridges, at the bottom of the east slope of Horse Mountain, is a shady campground in Six Rivers National Forest.  Its gate is locked over wet winter months to protect an important Port Orford Cedar stand from POC root disease.  We will sanitize our boots and walk in, looking at the fawn lilies and assorted trees I know are there and looking for Giant Purple Trillium, which might be there in the riparian forest.  After exploring along the creek we can continue walking up the slope on a Forest Service road as far as we want.  It will be an up and back hike. Dress for being outside in whatever weather appears.  Bring lunch and water.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place, Tell Carol you are coming (822-2015), in case plans change.

April  7, Saturday.  Stony Creek Day Hike.  This famous and favorite botanical destination off Highway 199 in Gasquet offers diverse native vegetation. This early date should see Brook Wakerobin and a wonderful bed of California Fawn Lilies blooming. (We will check the identification.) It is a 1-mile roundtrip hike to the confluence of Stony Creek and North Fork Smith River.  The trail is narrow and uneven, with an optional extension over boulders. It is partly on Six Rivers National Forest and partly owned by Siskiyou Land Conservancy.  If we have been efficient and want to stretch the day, we will also stop at Myrtle Creek Trail, a 2-mile roundtrip trail in a botanically rich zone where coastal and interior species mix and serpentine and normal soils mix.  It is a Botanical Area in Six Rivers National Forest.  Brook Wakerobin and Oregon Goldthread should be blooming.  Dress for the weather and all its changes; bring lunch and water.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10:30 a.m. at the Gasquet Ranger Station, or arrange another place,  Please tell Carol you are coming (822-2015).

April 11, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.  "New Calflora Tools for CNPS Users." is one of the most useful websites for people working with or studying or gardening with native plants.  Join Calflora's Executive Director Cynthia Powell and John Malpas to discuss new Calflora tools for CNPS Calflora users.  Calflora's plant database hosts over 2 million plant occurrences, some of which come directly from North Coast CNPS members.  Cynthia will highlight Calflora's new planting guide, population monitoring tools, Great Places, email alerts, and speak more generally about the uses of Calflora for CNPS chapters.  She would also like to know how Calflora can better serve North Coast CNPS Chapter and answer your questions.  Program attendees are invited to join a field workshop Thursday morning to learn how to use the Calflora website and app. Destination to be announced. For information contact Carol (822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

April 12, Thursday, approximately 9 a.m.-12 noon. Field workshop led by Calflora staff.  Site to be announced at the April 11 evening program.

April 15, Sunday. 1:00-3:00 p.m. "Conifers on Campus," a plant walk with Dr. Dennis Walker, the man who brought conifers from all corners of the world to create a remarkable collection on Humboldt State University Campus. Not all conifers look like Christmas trees! Learn what makes a conifer and broaden your understanding of these trees and shrubs. Meet at the green front doors of the dome greenhouse, east of B St between Science D (where Botany labs are) and the Wildlife Building . Weekend parking is free in campus lots. 822-2015.

April 21, Saturday. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Native Plants in Gardens and Forest. Join Carol Ralph and Anna Bernard 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 28, Saturday10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Ferns of the Dunes.  Ferns are distinctive and popular for the exotic texture they add to vegetation. 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, while discussing 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 29, 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.

May 4-6, Fri.-Sun. Spring Wildflower Show at Jefferson Community Center

May 5-6, Sat.-Sun. Native Plant Sale at Jefferson Community Center

May 9, Wed. "Northern Sierra Wildflower Adventure." In June 2016 Donna Wildearth and Ann Burroughs set off on a wildflower expedition to the northern Sierra Nevada.  They will share pictures of some of the wildflowers they encountered and also provide information on good places to view wildflowers in the area.

May 12, Sat. South Fork Trinity River Day Hike--Photographer's Special.  By popular demand Ann Wallace will join this outing to coach photographers and share her enthusiasm for the region's beauty.  The South Fork Trinity River Trail (aka Hell's Half Acre) is a long-time favorite wildflower destination in Six Rivers National Forest east of Willow Creek.  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, including a bit of rough road.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Return could be late. Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015

 May 20, 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.

June 3, 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, just south of Bayshore Mall.  Rain or shine.  Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.  For more information call 707-502-5793.

 June 10, Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Grass Appreciation Walk with Claire Brown someplace near Arcata. (Location to be announced.) 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.  For information write Claire: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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