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.

August 12, Saturday. Point St. George Day Hike. Beaches, rocky cliffs, windy bluffs, coastal prairie, wetlands, sandy hills, seeps. All this and more is available for botanizing right outside Crescent City. The mild summer weather by the cold ocean means plants stay green and even blooming long into the summer season. We will walk trails and beaches with optional off-trail forays in the prairies to explore this diverse flora. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather, especially wind. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Return very late afternoon or evening. Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

September 1-3, Friday-Sunday. Chapter camp at Mattole Camp and Retreat Center.  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. To encourage any chapter member (and family) to come botanize, socialize, and generally have a good time, the chapter is paying for the first night; participants will pay $25 each for the second night.  Arrive Friday after 3 p.m.; leave Sunday by noon.  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 email 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. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fall Native Plant Sale at the nursery, 2182 Old Arcata Rd., Bayside. Members only pre-sale 9-10 a.m.. You can join at the entrance. 826-0259.

October 8, Sunday. Day hike. Destination to be decided.

October 11, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Evening program with Dave Imper

November 8 , Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Evening program with Carl Rothfels

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