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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.

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 5, Saturday. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Orchids in the Dunes. Orchids are a very diverse group, including quite dainty species.  Join Carol Ralph to learn about five species of orchid that live in the Lanphere Dunes. Four might be blooming.  Walk 1-2 miles, partly on soft sand. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool to the protected site.  Co-sponsored by CNPS and Friends of the Dunes.  Call 444-1397 to RSVP.

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 e-mail 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. 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. 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

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

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