North Coast CNPS

Past Events


Field Trip: Samoa Dunes and Wetlands Day Hike

When: Sat, Jan 8 2022

Contact: Carol

This newest addition to conservation lands around Humboldt Bay offers scenic dunes, wet dune hollows, tangled willow thickets, sheltering pine forest, and an elfin Douglas-fir stand.  Besides absorbing the generally magnificent feel of the area, our goals will be 1)to enjoy the diversity of bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) and 2) to find the patch of Hairy Manzanita and see if it is blooming.  We will walk about 3 miles, much on sand.  


Field Trip: Sue-meg State Park Day Hike

When: Sat, Dec 5 2021

Contact: Carol

The spruce forest, coastal bluffs, coastal meadow, and rocky outcrops of Patrick's Point State Park always have some surprise among the diverse plants there. Is the grape fern still on the steps on Ceremonial Rock? Has the Tracy's Mistmaiden been awakened by fall rains? We will walk 2-4 miles on park trails.


Burned Forest Day Trip.

When: Sat, Nov 6 2021

Contact: Carol

Many of us read about the fires that burned great swaths of California's forests, but have yet to experience it. The Knob Fire on the southeast of Willow Creek created a nearby (to the coast) place to see the aftermath of a wildfire. We will drive up Friday Ridge Rd. from Highway 299., east of Willow Creek and just before the bridge over the South Fork Trinity River, stopping for short walks where appropriate.  We will see the ashes, the black snags, the sprouting shrubs, the unburned patches, and surely surprises.


Horse Mountain Day Hike

When: Sun Oct 3, 2021

Contact: Carol

We saw Horse Mountain in Six Rivers National Forest in early spring. Let's see it in early fall. Indian Butte Rd. has both serpentine and "normal" soils, rocky outcrops, and in normal years a seep and wet ditch. Manzanitas, ceanothuses, conifers, and succulents are guaranteed. We will make a loop trail by returning via the old ski slope up to the radio towers on the summit.


Fall Native Plant Sale

When: Sat Sept 25, 2021 - Sun Sept 26, 2021

Participating native plant growers for this sale were: Samara Restoration, Lost Foods, Mattole Restoration Council, Beresford Bulbs, Brants Plants and Bob Vogt.

Inventory List

Ocean Ranch Day Hike

When: Sun Sept 19,2021

Contact: Carol

Even at the end of a droughty summer the wetlands in the Eel River estuary will have water and lush plants. We will walk 2-4 miles in Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Ocean Ranch Unit and Table Bluff County Park, finding pasture, dune, and wetland plants. We might add a visit to the South Spit. See Hike 51 in Hiking Humboldt vol. 2.


Groves Prairie Day Hike

When: July 31, 2021

Contact: Carol

Unusual in our rugged mountains, Groves Prairie is a fairly level meadow, at 4,000 ft elevation, with a creek and surrounded by Douglas-fir forest, some of it old growth. It is time to see how it has survived the five years since our last visit. Will the Grape Fern be in the meadow, the Kneeling Angelica in the stream, the two species of yampah in the wet meadow, the Trillium-leaved Sorrel by the little bridge? Will the four species of gooseberries and currants have fruits? We will walk one to two miles in and around the meadow to answer these questions, some of it on a trail (unless it is overgrown). Groves Prairie is two hours away in Six Rivers National Forest, up Forest Service roads north out of Willow Creek. Dress for the weather (Remember, it is higher elevation) and off-trail walking; bring lunch and water. Camping Saturday night at the primitive Forest Service campground could be an option. Forest fires might disrupt this plan.

Volunteer Appreciation Party

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When: June 9th 2021, 4-6p

Where: Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

Hosts: Friends of the Dunes

On a beautiful summer evening and in between mask ordinances, volunteers were able to gather to celebrate a year of challenging but successful volunteer work. A few members were gifted handmade gardening aprons. The volunteer event included fun refreshments, volunteer awards and concluded  with a beautiful stroll in the dunes. 

Spring 2021 Wildflower Show

The Spring 2021 Wildflower Show is viewable here!

December 2020 Holiday Interlude

To celebrate the holiday season, the state CNPS recently launched a fun competition called “Wreathmasters.”  3 of our local members took up the challenge and foraged in the redwood forest around the property of one of those members to collect materials.  The rules require at least 51% native plants collected on private property.  See their 100% native wreaths below!   See more at https://www.cnps.org/wreathmasters.

      WreathByAnita     Anita's wreath

redwood, salal, snowberry, inside-out flower leaves, rose hips, sword fern, Sitka spruce, mushrooms, hypogymnia sp., moss, usnea sp.

     WreathByBarbara      Barbara's wreath

cedar, redwood, snowberry, mushrooms, hypogymnia sp., rose hips, moss, red alder cones and catkins, moss, usnea sp.

      WreathBySharon   Sharon's wreath

salal, bracken, sword fern, usnea sp., coyote brush, rose hips, evergreen huckleberry, wax myrtle, douglas fir, oak, mushrooms  

Spring 2020 Wildflower Show

The Spring 2020 Wildflower Show was cancelled due to Covid. 

However, the Virtual Spring 2020 Wildflower Show is viewable here!

 

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2006 ACTIVITIES

  • Wednesday, January 11, 8pm - the monthly meeting features a slide show on conservation in the Klamath River corridor, presented by Michael Max Hentz. Max is an independent consultant with a background in botany and natural resource ecology. Prior to the fish kill, he made a 40 day, 400 mile trip down the river, from Sycan Marsh in Oregon to the Pacific Ocean at Requa. Mike will share his photographs, and discuss river and upland management practices and opportunities.
    The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. For more information call Tamara at 707-677-3142.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 8pm - slide show, "Planning for Locally Rare Species" and communities, many of which are not currently regulated by the state or federal government. Elizabeth Chattin of the Ventura County Planning Division will describe the steps taken by her agency to help protect these resources.
    The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. For more information call Tamara at 707-677-3142.
  • Saturday, February 25 - "Coastal Trail Day Hike". The easy, 4- mile trail along the bluff between Requa, on the north side of the mouth of the Klamath River, and Lagoon Creek, where 101 meets the ocean north of Klamath, has some early spring treats, like huge gooseberries festooned with red flowers, masses of dainty violets, and mats of unfurling false lily-of-thevalley. Hope for one of those glorious February days, dress for the weather, bring lunch and water. We'll return by dark. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). We will shuttle a car to the north end of the hike, so we'll only have to walk one way. Call Carol Ralph (822-2015) to say you are coming or to arrange another meeting place.
  • Sunday, February 26, 1 pm - Early Spring plant walk in Trinidad, featuring fetid adder's tongue, skunk cabbage, milkmaids, coltsfoot, etc. Trinidad State Beach, in town off Stagecoach Road. Larry Levine, 822-7190.
  • Wednesday, March 8, 8pm - "Going Native - Landscaping with Ecological Integrity," Peigi Duvall, CNPS statewide horticulture program director for CNPS. Peigi is certified in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture, and professionally designs native gardens throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Landscaping is found everywhere we live, work, shop, and travel. Many of these planted areas require large amounts of water, and often much maintenance work and regular application of fertilizer, and pesticides. Using native California plants helps conserve resources, reduces the need for labor and chemicals, and still lets us create beautiful landscaping.

The program is preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-7190.

  • Saturday, March 18 - "Myrtle Creek Day Hike". This 2-mile roundtrip trail off highway 199 in the Myrtle Creek Botanical Area of the Six Rivers National Forest was a traditional spring destination of our chapter for many years. Vegetation includes coastal redwood, serpentine slopes and seeps, nparian, mixed evergreen forest, and colonizers after mining. We might see goldthread (Coptis laciniata) and Trillium rivale blooming at this early date. Let's leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. from Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), ready for the weather, with lunch and water packed. We'll return by dark. Call Carol Ralph (822-2015) to say you are coming or to arrange a more northern meeting place. (Depending on time, some of us might do another trail on the way home.)
  • Wednesday, April 12, 7 pm - Speaker Phyllis Gustafson, co-author of a new book, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest.
    (mixer 7pm - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 7 pm - Business meeting, all are welcome. North Coast Environmental Center, on H St. two blocks south of Arcata Plaza. 822-2015.
  • Saturday, April 22 COASTAL DRIVE - SPRING FLORA AND VEGETATION SAMPLING. Coastal Drive winds for about five miles south of the mouth of the Klamath River to the Newton B. Drury Parkway. In addition to stands of large Sitka spruce we'll visit coastal scrub, coastal prairie, and sample an alder woodland stand. There will be plenty of wildflowers, fantastic ocean views, and an historical stop or two along the way. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). We'll return late afternoon. Call Tony LaBana (441-2098) to say you are coming or to arrange another meeting place.
  • Sunday April 30, 1 pm - Wildflower walk in grand fir forest near Hydesville, hosted by landowners Bill and Linda Shapeero. This small property has more species than you'll find along the trails in most public preserves. From Eureka, take 101 south past Fortuna to a left at Drake Hill Road, then right at Rohnerville Road, 1.7 miles to Puddin Lane (bottom of gulch). Follow signs to Shapeero. The ground may be damp, so bring boots or old shoes. For information call 822-7190 or 768-3287
  • Friday-Sunday, May 5-7 - annual SPRING WILDFLOWER SHOW and native plant sale at Manila Community Center.
  • Wednesday, May 10, 7pm - speaker Bob Case of California Invasive Plants Council and CNPS Invasives Committee. Bob will explain how members of the public trained in weed identification can participate in a new statewide "Early Detection and Rapid Response" system for eradicating plant pests. (Bob is also a skilled and prolific wildflower photographer.)
    (mixer 7pm - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Sunday May 14, 10 am - Salt marsh and dunes walk at the Eureka Wildlife Sanctuary, featuring the rare Humboldt Bay owls's clover and more. Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot, west side of Hwy. 101 at Elk River Road, the first exit south of Eureka. Led by Larry Levine and other members of CNPS (822-7190).
  • Wednesday, May 17, 7pm - Business meeting, all are welcome. Northcoast Environmental Center, on H St. two blocks south of Arcata Plaza. 822-2015.
  • Saturday, May 20 - Grasshopper Peak Dayhike and Plant Survey. In return for a lift to the top of Grasshopper Peak in Humboldt Redwoods State Park (a 7 mile hike), we will create for the park plant lists of all we find in this area that was burned by the Canoe Creek Fire two years ago. Lots of surprises have popped up in this chaparral and grassland above the Douglas fir forest. The more eyes we have, the more we will find; you don't have to be an expert to be helpful. Walking down the mountain is an option, if we have time and energy, or we can ride down. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Departing from Arcata by 8:30 a.m. You must reserve a space by calling Carol Ralph (822-2015). Space may be limited, so first- call, first-served.
  • Saturday, June 3 - Berry Summit Wildflower Art And Walk. We'll look for a florific piece of the mountain along Forest Highway 1 to explore on foot and, for about an hour, to sit and draw. Rick Tolley will provide materials, if you need them, and as much instruction as you want. Come prepared for mountain weather (anything from hot to cold); bring a lunch and water. Return by late afternoon. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), at 8:45 a.m. at Murphy's Market on Glendale in Blue Lake, or at 9:15 a.m. at the beginning of Titlow Hill Rd. at Berry Summit on Highway 299. Call Rick Tolley (668-5370) or Carol Ralph (822-2015) to say you are coming or for information.
  • Sunday June 11, 10 am - "Trinidad Head Wildflowers and History," our joint walk with the Trinidad Museum Society. Meet 10 am at the beach parking lot. After the walk, participants can link-up with the lighthouse tour or return to town for the annual "Fish Feed" celebration. 822-7190 or 677-0716
  • Sunday June 18, 10 am - Wildflowers, ferns, and trees of the Arcata Community Forest. We'll also be watching out for invasive exotics. Meet at the Trail #9 parking lot (near the tank), opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Road (aka "Park Ave.") (822- 7190).
  • Saturday, June 24 - Titlow Hill Day Hike. Come explore a private property that spans elevations from 1,500 to 3,000 ft above sea level between Titlow Hill and Redwood Creek, accessed off Titlow Hill Rd. off Rte. 299. What a treat! Riparian forest along creeks, oak woodland, grassland, and Douglas fir-madrone forest. The owners want to know what plants they have, so we'll make them a list. It will be a long one! We can mosey around on dirt roads or tramp cross country. Dress for a day outside in the mountains; bring lunch and water. We'll return by dark. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:00 a.m. at Berry Summit. Please tell Carol (822-2015) that you are coming.
  • Friday-Monday, July 7-10 (all or part) - Cook And Green Pass and Environs ... join a field trip sponsored by CNPS Yerba Buena Chapter (SF), and cosponsored by California Horticultural Society, Western Chapter North American Rock Garden Society. details
  • Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16 - Lily Heaven Driving Tour, optional camp-out. Six or seven taxa of Lilium, plus hybrids, are possible in these wonderful mountains of Six Rivers National Forest, along with serpentine flora, rare plants, exeptional Port Orford cedar stands, Brewer spruce, and mountain meadows. Need I say more? Led by Lilyman, David Kim Imper. Saturday meet at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Forest Service Rd. 13N01 (FS rte 13) (7 miles north of Weitchpec on Rte 96) and Fish Lake Rd. This is 2 hours from Arcata, so some of us may camp Friday night at Fish Lake. Our route goes out FS 13, and Saturday night some of us will camp our there somewhere. Sunday will have another meeting place, to be decided later, and we might proceed as far as Flint Valley. Return Sunday evening (but you can leave any time). Dress for mountain weather; bring lots of food and water, your camping gear (if you're camping), and your map. You need to let us know you're coming! Carol Ralph (822-2015) or Dave Imper (444-2756).
  • Saturday, July 22, 10 am - 4 pm - Wildlife and Native Plant Garden Tour co-sponsored with Redwood Region Audubon. Featuring over 10 distinctive gardens from Eureka to McKinleyville designed with north coast nature in mind, this event is a popular among those looking for inspiration on gardening with native plants. The tour also helps raise funds for both CNPS and the Redwood Region Audubon Society.

    Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased in advance. By mail (before July 11), send a check payable to RRAS (Redwood Region Audubon Society) to Frances Madrone, 2568 Knox Cove Drive, McKinleyville, CA 95519.
    Starting July 1, tickets can be purchased at these locations:

Freshwater Farms, 5851 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka
The Garden Gate, 905 H Street, Arcata
Mad River Gardens, 3384 Janes Road, Arcata
Miller Farms, 1828 Central Avenue, McKinleyville
Northcoast Environmental Center, 575 H Street, Arcata
Pierson's Garden Shop & Nursery, 4100 Broadway, Eureka
Strictly For The Birds, 123 F Street, Eureka
Sun, Rain, Time, 518 Henderson Street, Eureka

To volunteer, call Carol Ralph, 822-2015. Additional info: Louise Bacon-Ogden, 445-8304 or Jennifer Tompkins, 443-6959.

  • Sunday, August 6 - Lassics Dayhike, Wilderness Walk, Art Outing, and optional overnight. CNPS joins with the California Wilderness Coalition to explore the Lassics Botanical Area and the adjacent Mt. Lassic proposed wilderness area. We will hike two short trails, to the tops of two peaks. The air is invigorating; the views are studpendous; the geology is impressive; the plants are hardy, unique, and rare. We will learn about the plants and the plans to protect the wilderness. PLUS, Rick Tolley will be there, art paper and pencils in hand, to organize an art session with anyone who wants to draw. We will be at 4,000-5,000 ft.above sea level. It can be hot or chlly. Bring food and LOTS of water. NO facilities or free water. Plan to return evening. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 8:30 at the MacDonald's end of the Bayshore Mall parking lot, or 10:00 at Dinsmore Store on highway 36. From there it is about 1/2 hour. OR join some of us camping up there Saturday night. If you are coming, phone Dave (707)826-2790 or Carol (822-2015). If you are camping, phone Carol. Questions about art, phone Rick (668- 5370).
  • Saturday, August 12, 9 am to 5 pm - "Wetland Soils Workshop: A Primer On Their Identification, Description, And Genesis," co-sponsored by the CNPS Northcoast Chapter, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and California Department of Fish and Game. Charge. details
  • Saturday, August 12 - Sugar Creek Research Natural Area Day Trip - sponsored by CNPS Shasta Chapter. Sugar Creek Research Natural Area, Klamath National Forest, is one of the world's leading areas for coniferous diversity, we should see about 15 species on a gradual climb of about 2.5 miles to Sugar Lake. Further exploring above the lake is exciting, but optional depending on the group. In addition to conifers, we should expect to see the limited Trillium ovatum ssp. oettingeri (Salmon Mtn wakerobin) in fruit, and Allotropa virgata (sugarstick). Meet at the gravel parking lot on the north side of the Forest Service Office in Fort Jones (jct. of Hwy3 and Scott River Road) at 9:30 am for caravaning to trailhead. Parking at trailhead is limited. Bring the usual: lunch, water, bug juice, sunscreen etc. For more information, call Marla Knight, (530) 468-1238.
  • Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 - Annual CNPS Conservation Conference, Manila Community Center - The policy-making body of CNPS, the "Chapter Council," meets four times a year at different locations around the state. The September meeting is considered more important than the others, because it also serves as the annual CNPS "Conservation Conference". This year is North Coast Chapter's turn to host this special event. Activities will include the main Chapter Council session and Conservation Conference, statewide committee meetings, the Board of Directors meeting, and field trips. Many activities are open to the public and are free (excluding meals). This is a great opportunity to meet the CNPS statewide staff, officers, and Board members, and to share experiences with CNPS members from around the state. For more information, to help with planning and hosting the event, or to help house the visiting delegates, contact Larry Levine 822- 7190. Invitation (TXT 2KB), Council agenda (PDF 5KB), Conservation agenda (PDF 7KB) [8/31]
  • Wednesday, September 13, 7 pm - "Super-tree relicts in time: the natural history of monodominant forests of the Guiana Shield," Dr. Terry Henkel, Humboldt State University.

"Why do a few lowland tropical forests have one dominant tree species, rather than the hundreds we consider more typical? Dr. Henkel will discuss the causes and consequences of monodominance in recently discovered forests of the remote, unspoiled Guiana Shield region of northeastern South America"

Mixer 7 pm - program 7:30. No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.

  • Saturday and Sunday, September 16, 17 - North Coast Chapter fall native plant sale. Northcoast Environmental Center, 575 H Street, Arcata. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. 839-1980.
  • Saturday, September 23 - Wetland Exploration. A great variety of wetland plants have colonized the former bed of the Mad River north of the new mouth. We will explore this area, from Murray Rd. to Vista Point (about 1 mile), with forays up Widow White Creek or out to the beach if we want. Good grass and other monocot ID practice! Bring lunch and water, wind breaker; consider wading shoes or boots. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 9:20 at the west end of Murray Rd., McKinleyville. We'll return mid- afternoon. Questions: Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 7 pm - October 11. (This meeting is also a chance to vote for chapter officers.) Lori Hubbart, landscaper, horticulturist, past CNPS state president, current president of the Dorothy King Young Chapter (Mendocino to Fort Bragg) will talk on "California Habitat Gardens for Wildlife and People." A garden can be more than a pretty place or backdrop for human activities. Native plants can help bring drama, insight and a sense of adventure to the home landscape. Idigenous plants suited to the North Coast and the right structural elements can make all the difference. Gardens can be a haven for birds, butterflies, reptiles and small mammals, while providing emotional sustenance for people.
    (mixer 7 pm - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Saturday, October 21 - "Dolason Prairie Dayhike". The diverse habitats along the Dolason Prairie Trail in Redwood National Park are sure to offer a touch of fall color somewhere, and possibly early mushrooms and wildlife surprises. From the trailhead on Bald Hills Rd. to the Tall Trees trailhead, about 6 miles, mostly downhill, we will pass through prairie, oak woodland, mixed woodland, redwood forest, and riparian forest. Western burning bush and dogwood are good bets for color. Dress for the weather and hiking; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or elsewhere if you arrange it. Return by dark. Please tell Carol (822-2015) you are coming, so we can plan the shuttling between the two trailheads.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 7pm - "Monocot Treasures of Northwestern California: trilliums, irises, fairy bells and more." Dr. Michael Mesler, pollination biologist at Humboldt State University
    (mixer 7pm - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. 707-822-2015.
  • Sunday, November 12 "Grizzly Creek State Park Dayhike". We usually drive right by this tiny park along the Van Duzen River. Let's find out what's in its "exceptional grove of coast redwood" and along all 4.5 miles of its trails (and maybe off trail?). Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Wading the shallow river is necessary to reach one trail. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:30 a.m. at the Mervyn's end of the Bayshore Mall parking lot, or about 10:00 a.m. at the park. Return by dark. Info: Carol, 822-2015.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m. - Members Night (everyone welcome) - Talented local photographers will share some of their favorite native plant pictures: Alan Justice (Del Norte unusual plants), Dave Imper (endangered species), Pete Haggard (his garden), Jim and Virginia Waters (possibly mushrooms), Ron Johnson (CNPS field trip highlights). 677-0147.
    (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.

 

2007 ACTIVITIES

  • January 10, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. "Sudden Oak Death: Why It's The Wrong Name" Chris Lee, UC Extension Humboldt County Sudden Oak Death program coordinator, presents the latest information. (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • February 14, 2007 (Wednesday) 7 p.m. "Beyond The Ancient Meeting Ground", Dr. John O. Sawyer, renowned HSU plant ecologist, explores the biological and geographical richness of Northwestern California.
    (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30) No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • February 17, 2007 (Saturday), 10 a.m.-12 noon. Bryophyte Walk in Arcata Community Forest. Mosses and lichens are at their lushest in the wet months. Sunny Loya will show us a good variety of these diminutive and important forest dwellers along the trail up Jolly Giant Creek. Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot behind USFS Redwood Sciences Laboratory, left at the top of 17th St (above HSU)., Arcata. Be ready for the weather and wet trails. 441-9545.
  • March 4, 2007 (Sunday), 1 p.m. - Trindidad Plant Walk, featuring fetid adder's tongue, skunk cabbage, milkmaids, coltsfoot, etc. Trinidad State Beach, in town off Stagecoach Road. Larry Levine, 822-7190.
  • March 14, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "The Successful Lifestyle of Local Fungus Robbing Plants". Most plants are green and work to make their own food. Others are red, white or even purple and live together in symbiotic relationships with green plants. But there are "cheaters" that give nothing, letting their neighbors do all the work, getting plenty from their hosts in return. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the members of the North Coast flora, including Indian pipe, pinesap, sugarstick, and the gnome plant that have abandoned the photosynthetic lifestyle and instead "exploit" fungi and other plants. Tony LaBanca has been lucky enough to work at conserving botanical resources for almost 20 years in northern California, work with Humboldt State University, the National Park Service, the California Dept. of Fish & Game, Friends of the Dunes, and CNPS. No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30)
  • March 31, 2007 (Saturday). Stony Creek Dayhike. Spring will be springing in this favorite and unique site recently acquired by the Siskiyou Land Trust (see summer 2006 issue of Darlingtonia). The fawn lilies could be spectacular. Other treats expected are calypso, brook wakerobin, Oregon anemone, iris, violets, azalea, and Darlingtonia. An easy hike of about one mile takes us through open forest to a patch of serpentine and Darlingtonia fen where Stony Creek joins the North Fork Smith. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10:15 at the Hiouchi visitor's center of Redwood National Park, or about 11:00 at the Gasquet ranger office (headquarters of Smith River National Recreation Area). It helps if you tell Carol Ralph (822-2015) you are coming. (This is Aleutian Goose Days weekend in Crescent City.)
  • April 11, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Flowers, ferns, fungi, and other natural beauties of Humboldt County". presented by Crescent City photographer Alan Justice. Alan's contribution to our December program was so good that we invited him back to show us more of his stunning images. Expert and novice will enjoy seeing what he has found on his back road explorations. No charge - everyone is welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. (mixer 7 p.m. - program 7:30)
  • April 14, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m.- noon. Herbarium Tour. Join Robin Bencie for a "field trip" in Humboldt State University's Vascular Plant Herbarium. Learn about the Herbarium's fine collection, and how plant enthusiasts use this facility to identify plants and broaden their knowledge about our local flora. The Herbarium welcomes volunteers. Come see how to get involved! Meet at the Herbarium, Science D, Room 161 (2nd floor of the Engineering and Biological Sciences Building). 826-4801
  • April 15, 2007 (Sunday). Guthrie Creek Dayhike. Let's see what this new trail offers, accessing BLM's Lost Coast Headlands unit south of Ferndale. The brochure promises coastal prairie, coastal bluffs, a creek, and a small beach, plenty of good flowers habitat. The trail is only one mile long, but steep. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:00 a.m. at the south end of Bayshore Mall parking lot. It helps to know that you're coming: Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • April 21, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. - noon. Sequoia Park plant walk. Get to know the plants and hear a little history in our own remnant, second growth, redwood forest right in Eureka. See trillium, candyflower, mitella, 4 species of fern, willows, and the invasive, non-native species that threaten them. Meet at the fountain at the south end of T St., at T and Glatt Sts. Liz McGee 443-5139.
  • April 28, 2007 (Saturday) 1-3 p.m.. Arcata Community Forest plant walk Big trees and small delights. Ferns, redwood violets, redwood sorrel, and perhaps late trilliums will sprinkle the shade of this carefully managed forest. With Carol Ralph and possibly others. Meet at Trail #9 parking lot opposite the 700 block of Fickle Hill Rd. Be prepared to walk on old road and uneven, dirt trails with moderate ups and downs. 822-2015.
  • May 4-5-6, 2007 (Friday- Sunday). Spring Wildflower Show. Manila Community Center, our annual event.
  • May 9, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "So You Think You Know Conifers!". Dr. Dennis Walker, retired Professor of Botany at HSU, gives the historical perspective on conifers, their relationship to ferns, etc., followed by slides of interesting conifers. Refreshments at 7:00, program 7:30. Free, eveyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • May 13, 2007 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m. - Elk River Wildlife Area Plant Walk. Mothers would all love to see the glowing pink-purple beds of the rare Humboldt Bay owl's clover in the saltmarsh. Join Carol Ralph to see this and other wetland, willow thicket, and dune treats along a level trail. Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot, west side of Hwy. 101 at Elk River Road, the first exit south of Eureka. 822-2015.
  • May 19, 2007(Saturday). Dinsmore property exploration Dayhike and optional overnight. No promises and many possibilities await us in the Douglas fir and oak habitats of a 40-acre, unimproved, private property near Dinsmore on Route 36. We will explore on foot as much as we can, being sure to see the meadows, seeps, and ephemeral stream and pools. We will compile a plant list for the owner and help destroy some thistles. We are invited to camp there, so that on Sunday we will have time to stop in Larabee Valley and Grizzly Creek Redwoods on the way home. Dress for the weather and cross-country hiking, bring lunch, plenty of water, and a thistle-bashing tool if you can. If you are camping, bring that equipment and more food. We'll plan on a campfire. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:00 a.m. at the south end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or 10:30 at Dinsmore Store. Please tell Carol (822- 2015) you are coming.
  • May 20, 2007 (Sunday) 10:30- noon. Arcata Marsh plant walk "Spartina and the Spartan Salt Marsh," the ecology and biology of the invasive cordgrass and other salt and fresh water invaders of the Arcata Marsh. Join Suzanne Isaacs and Annie Eicher for a mile walk on level paths. Dress for wind and any other weather. Meet at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center at 569 South G St. Co-sponsored by Friends of Arcata Marsh as part of Wetlands Month. 826-2359.
  • May 27, 2007 (Sunday) 1 p.m. to about 2:30. Azalea Reserve plant walk. See many of our native plants recommended for gardens, both shrubs and herbs and including the native azalea, which might still be blooming. Take North Bank Rd.off 101 just north of the Mad River; after 1-2 miles turn left on Azalea Dr., and shortly after that, left into the parking lot. Pete Haggard 839-0307.
  • June 2, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. - noon. Trinidad Head plant walk. Two local botanists, Jen Kalt and Robin Bencie, will introduce the diverse native flora found on this small and scenic spot, while walking the trail up and over the head. Meet at the head end of the beach parking lot of Trinidad State Beach.
  • June 3, 2007 (Sunday) 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. . Tolowa Dunes plant walk and day hike. See the rare silvery phacelia blooming, along with lupines and other dune plants, guided by dune enthusiast Laura Julian. That's the one-hour, approximately 1-mile walk. If you want, continue the 3.5-mile loop to Sweetwater Creek and Dead Lake to see wetland vegetation. Bog bean is out there somewhere! Bring mosquito repellant. For the longer walk bring lunch and water. The trail is firm sand, fairly level. Meet at the Fish & Game building near the end of Old Mill Rd., Crescent City. Info: 465-6191; 668-4088 (carpool possibilities). This walk is sponsored jointly by the California Native Plant Society and the North Coast Redwoods Interpretive Society.
  • June 9, 2007 (Saturday) 10:30 a.m. - about 1 p.m.. Hookton Slough plant walk. Meet our diverse wetland vegetation in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge with USF&WS ecologist Andrea Pickart. You thought it was all "grass!" About 10 minutes south of Eureka on 101, exit onto Hookton Rd, go straight about 1 mile and turn right into a refuge parking area. The path along the levee is level. It is often windy. Info: 733-5406.
  • June 9-10, 2007 (Saturday- Sunday). Iris Heaven Day Trip Or Overnight.. Our goal is a bed of vari-colored iris along Forest Service Road 17NO5 between Highway 199 east of Gasquet and Bear Basin Butte. We hope to study Iris douglasiana, inominata, and bracteata, their variation and mixing. Weather and road conditions will determine where we actually go, but there's a lot of fine country in the drainage of the Smith River. We might camp at Patrick Creek, where there is also a lodge. Details later. Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • June 16, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Open Garden Series No. 1, an informal way to visit a selected garden and its owner. For directions, contact Pete at 839-0307. Suggested donation $5 at the gate. Description: A mowed path through a small, willowy wetland in a sunny, old pasture is the delight and triumph of this Eureka yard. When the owner bought this house, it came with a conservation easement on the wetland, and a fearsome tangle of Himalaya blackberry. With energy and perseverance the owner has cleared the blackberry using no herbicide, allowing the pre-existing natives and others that she planted to flourish. Now you can see skunk cabbage, cattails, water parsley, and other marsh plants, as well as a great variety of native shrubs, including 7 kinds of berries in the upland area. The yard around the house is also landscaped with natives. Douglas iris should be greeting you on this summer day. This garden will inspire all gardeners who want to recreate or restore a native habitat.
  • June 17, 2007 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m.. Patrick's Point Plant Walk. Columbia lilies are one treat that awaits in the meadow at this rich state park. Join naturalist Nick Sky on this mostly level walk through spruce forest, riparian forest, across the meadow, and up Ceremonial Rock, about a mile. Meet at Mussel Rock parking lot. If you don't want to pay the $6 park entrance fee, park outside and walk in or join another car. 822-5970.
  • July 4, 2007 (Wednesday), 1-3 p.m.. Arcata Marsh plant walk. "What's in a name? Words, weeds, and wildflowers." Enjoy the greenery and flowers at Arcata Marsh and learn the significance of terms like native, non-native, and invasive. Meet naturalist Jenny Hanson at the Marsh Interpretive Center on south G St. for a level, 1-mile walk. 444-2553.
  • July 8, 2007 (Sunday). Board Camp Mt. Daytrip and optional overnight. At close to 5,000 ft. elevation in the serpentine zone of Forest Service Rte 1 (Titlow Hill Rd.) south of Horse Mt., Board Camp area offers fun botanical exploration. The state of the roads, our vehicles, and the group's ambitions will determine how much we walk on roads, on trails, or cross country. Some of us want to camp up there Saturday night (primitive camp). For coming up Sunday, meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of 4N38 (the turn to Board Camp) and FS 1. Best call Carol 822-2015 to say you're coming, especially to join the camp-out.
  • July 14, 2007 (Saturday), 10:00 a.m.- noon. Summer Wildflower Walk, Elk Head. Look for lilies and gentians with botanist Birgit Semsrott on this level, 1-mile walk through alder and spruce forest, coastal scrub, and coastal prairie. Meet at College Cove parking lot north of Trinidad on Stagecoach Rd, north of Anderson Ln. 825-0680.
  • July 15, 2007 (Sunday) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Open Garden Series No. 2, Fortuna Sun or shade, wet or dry, and clay; all these conditions are found in this Fortuna yard. A wide variety of California or northwest native trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, and annuals are growing in this not-quite-wild / not-quite-tame landscape. 1020 Angel Heights Road, Fortuna For directions or more information, contact Janelle at 725-2195.
  • July 22, 2007 (Sunday) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Open Garden Series No. 3, Bayside A variety of native trees, shrubs, and forbs have been planted on what was, until 1999, a nearly treeless lot. A natural-bottom pond, modest flower garden and poetic landscape architecture have resulted in a leafy, wildlife-friendly oasis one block off Old Arcata Road. 1632 Hyland Street, Bayside For directions or more information, contact Jude or David at 822-3613
  • August 3-5, 2007 (Friday- Sunday)Big Flat In The Trinity Alps, field trip. The road up Coffee Creek off Hiway 3 (north of Weaverville) offers plenty of geology, as well as mountain wildflowers, to amuse you on the hour to Big Flat, at the end of the road. Here, at 5,760 ft. elevation, is an unimproved Forest Service campground where we can stay while we explore this mountain meadow and some trails that ascend from it. The exact plan is still developing. Be in touch with Carol Ralph 822- 2015.
  • August 11, 2007 (Saturday), 1-3 p.m.. Mad River Beach Plant Walk. Lots of the aster family blooms in late summer. Meet them with botanist Birgit Semsrott on this easy walk through sand flats and dunes. Meet at the beach parking lot at the end of Mad River Rd. 825-0680.
  • August 18, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Open Garden Series No. 4, Eureka Red-twig dogwood, twinberry, red-flowering currant, red elderberry, Douglas and Del Norte iris are a few of the natives waiting to welcome you to this inspiring Eureka garden where the homeowners replaced traditional, high-maintenance lawns with a variety of wildlife-attracting native plants. Stroll past a small pond (with a solar- powered pump) while enjoying the scent of mock orange and wild rose flowers floating through the garden as hummingbirds and songbirds flit about you. 4977 Lundblade Drive, Eureka For directions or more information, contact Kathy at 825-7665 or Pete at 839-0307.
  • September 8, 2007 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to noon.. Salt Marsh Exploration. Explore a unique marsh on the bay side of the North Spit (Humboldt Bay) with wetland expert Andrea Pickart. Formerly a salt marsh, this area was at one time drained, and is currently a combination of brackish and salt marsh vegetation. Beach erosion has exposed layers of peat from a time when the marsh extended further east. Recent overwash events have deposited sand on its east end, resulting in a unique juxtaposition of foredune with bayside with Salicornia (pickleweed) growing on the sand next to dune plants, and other oddities. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 9:00 at the Eureka Dunes Protected Area pullout just outside the Samoa Dunes NRA at the south end of New Navy Base Rd. Be prepared for any weather, especially wind. Bring water, and if you want to stay for a picnic, your lunch. Walking will be a short distance, fairly level, on sand and damp ground. Information: 822-2015.
  • September 12, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - Be There!: How to Put Yourself in the right place at the right time to take good photographs". Larry and Donna Ulrich founded Larry Ulrich Stock photography in 1972. They live in Trinidad and have photographed extensively in the redwoods and the West, as well as elsewhere in the world. Their books include "Wildflowers of California", "Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest", and "Beyond the Golden Gate". Refreshments 7:00, program 7:30. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • September 22, 2007 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - "Fall Plant Sale. A wide variety of native plants - locally grown by chapter members. Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot. To volunteer or for more information, Sunny Loya 707-599-5712.
  • September. 29, 2007 (Saturday) 1-3 p.m. - Azalea State Reserve, McKinleyville plant walk. Do azaleas make seeds? Walk around the Reserve with Pete Haggard and find out. See a diversity of native shrubs and herbs, many recommended for gardens. Take North Bank Rd. off 101 just north of the Mad River; go about 1 mile, turn left on Azalea Dr., then shortly up the hill left into the parking lot. 839-0307.
  • October 10, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Exploring California's Deserts", a slide show and talk by Jeff Hogue, Biology Professor at College of the Redwoods. The Mohave and Sonoran deserts include some of the most interesting plants and animals in California. The annual wildflowers offer some of the most spectacular and showy displays found anywhere in the world. Learn about the multitude of strategies that these plants employ to survive in this hostile environment. Jeff received his B.A. in Botany from Pomona College, his M.A. in Botany from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens/Claremont Graduate School, and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Cornell University. Refreshments 7:00, program 7:30. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • October 20, 2007 (Saturday) - "Fall Colors Day Trip.", Glowing yellow maples, bronzy oaks, fiery red poison oak and dogwoods, and grand mountain vistas are what we hope to find on a lovely fall day as we drive Highway 299 to Titlow Hill Rd., south to Friday Ridge Rd, and down the east side to 299 near Salyer, with a side trip to Brush Mt. Lookout. We will stop to poke around at Horse Mt., Spikebuck Mt., Brush Mt. Lookout, and East Fork Campground. This could be a good tree and shrub review. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool, or arrange another meeting place. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water and, if you have one, a walkie talkie radio. Any car may head for home any time; all will be home by dark. 822-2015.
  • November 4, 2007 (Sunday) - "Redwood Trails Day Hike.", Without the distraction of spring flowers we'll see the habitat and perennial greenery in beatiful redwood forests on three trails in Prairie Creek State and Redwood National Parks: Ah Pah Interpretive Trail (0.8 mi round trip) to see some watershed restoration; Trillium Falls Trail (2.5 mi loop) for meadow, wetland, old growth forest and a waterfall; Lost Man Creek Trail (as far as we want) for rich, shady riparian. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10 a.m. at Ah Pah Trailhead, or arrange another place. Dress for the weather and hiking; bring lunch and water. Return by dark. 822-2015.
  • November 14, 2007 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Poseidon to Zeus. A snapshot of the Oregon Coast Range, its geology and botany". Ashland naturalist and photographer Don Begnoche promises an eloquent and well illustrated geological, botanical, and historical interpretation of the southern Oregon Coast Ranges. Refreshments 7:00, program 7:30. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • December 12, 2007 (Wednesday) - "Native Plant Show-and-Tell". An informal evening for anyone to share photos, artifacts, readings, or food related to native plants and their habitats. Ron Johnson (677-0147; bethreninet.com) is coordinator. Participants include

- storyteller and gardener Sylvia White showing flower photos and telling a Yurok story
- conservationist and botanist Jen Kalt and landscaper and instructor Donna Wildearth telling about the rare and beautiful globe mallow, Iliamna latibracteata, here in our mountains
- extraordinary naturalist Jim Waters sharing favorite photos of his summer
- ecologist and artist Andrea Pickart showing beauties of the salt marsh and a successful restoration effort
- art historian and photographer Ron Johnson showing highlights of CNPS field trips

7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 program. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.

2008 ACTIVITIES

  • January 9, 2008 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Killers in the Garden; Murderers in the Wild". Barry Rice, author, photographer, scientist, horticulturalist will discuss carnivorous plants with an emphasis on local species. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • January 26, 2008 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon. - Lichen and bryophyte walk. Lichen and bryophyte walk on the Manila/Samoa Dunes. Explore the lush, fascinating, diminutive, and important world of mosses, liverworts, and lichens. Beginners and botanists are all welcome. Modest walking on firm sand. Meet at Vance Ave. parking lot (on the east side of Samoa Blvd. approx. .25 miles north of Samoa Bridge). Bring water, hand lens, and raingear. Heavy rain cancels. Call Sunny at 599-5712 for questions or to find out if the trip is on.
  • February 13, 2008 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Challenges to maintaining diversity and endangered species on the North Coast", with Dave Imper. For 25 years Dave (Kim) Imper has been watching some of our rare habitats and the rare species that live in them. He sees imminent loss if we do not reverse the decline of our coastal wetlands, coastal prairies, and inland serpentine wetland. He ties the loss of biodiversity in these habitats to loss of certain kinds of disturbance, namely fire and large herbivores. The "ratchet effect" lulls us, and we think we are protecting them. This is a call to action, amply illustrated with photos of unique places and beautiful species by our "lily man." Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • February 24, 2008 (Sunday). - Hammond Trail - morning hike. Botanizing the Hammond Trail. We'll scout for treats like trailing black currant, review our coastal and riparian trees and shrubs, including those stabilizing the old Mad River banks, see how the Widow White Creek restoration is handling winter rains, and map invasive plants along this popular McKinleyville trail. We'll leave some cars at Hiller Park and shuttle to the Clam beach end of the trail to walk a couple miles back. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:15 a.m. at Hiller Park in McKinleyville. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. We might finish by noon, but might not. Possible extension through Mad River Bluff forest. Questions or arrangements: Carol Ralph 822- 2015.
  • March 12, 2008 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Designing California Native Gardens". Come hear noted artist, garden designer, and sustainable landscaper Alrie Middlebrook explain how to design a successful native plant garden. Middlebrook says, "As a designer, I am inspired by nature and re-interpreting it in the garden setting. It is the collaboration of science and art that creates a garden that is beautiful, culturally rich and ecologically sustainable." She co-authored Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens. Headquartered in San Jose, she has designed over 150 native gardens. She also co-founded the California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF) as an effort to teach Californians how to garden using native plants. More information about Middlebrook and CNGF may be found at: www.middlebrook-gardens.com, www.cngf.org, and www.LoseTheLawn.com. Refreshments and book signing at 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • March 30, 2008 (Sunday) - Stony Creek day hike. Last year the fawn lilies, Oregon anemones, violets, fritillaries, and darlingtonia dazzled us at this favorite and unique site made possible by the U.S. Forest Service and the Siskiyou Land Trust. An easy hike of about one mile takes us through open forest to serpentine soils where Stony Creek joins the North Fork Smith River right behind Gasquet. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. We might squeeze in a look at Myrtle Creek Trail as well. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10:15 at the Hiouchi visitor's center of Redwood National Park, or about 11:00 at the Gasquet ranger office (headquarters of Smith River National Recreation Area). It helps if you tell Carol Ralph (822-2015) you are coming. (This is Aleutian Goose Days weekend in Crescent City.)
  • April 9, 2008 (Wednesday) 7:30 p.m. - "Our Backyard Wetlands: Their Diverse Plants and Animals and Why We Should Protect Them.". Gordon Leppig - local botanist and ecologist currently working in California Dept. of Fish and Game in Eureka. Refreshments and socializing at 7:00 p.m. This month an extra treat: Two students who received our chapter's awards at the county Science Fair will display their projects during this half hour. Program at 7:30 p.m.
  • CANCELLED April 9, 2008 (Wednesday) 7:30 p.m. - "The World Underfoot". Emily Roberson, ecologist and director of the Native Plant Conservation Campaign will explain how, "Soils are not only dirt or a plants growth medium - they are worlds unto themselves. Bacteria, fungi, invertebrates, mammals and other organisms thrive in healthy soils - preying upon each other, jostling for space, and competing for food and water. They also mobilize essential nutrients from thin air, solid rock, and each other and deliver them to fuel the web of life. Just as each soil type has a unique chemistry and structure inherited from the rock it developed from, each soil has a unique community adapted to its individual environment." This talk will explore these teeming, complex worlds, describe their inmates; look at some of the more quirky personalities, the infighting, and seemingly magical alliances that make life on earth possible and help make ecosystems distinctive. Soil conservation and its challenges will also be discussed. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 13, 2008 (Sunday) 1-3 p.m. - Patrick's Point Plant Walk. Join three enthusiastic and experienced amateur botanists on this mostly level walk across the meadow, up Ceremonial Rock (optional), and through spruce forest and riparian forest, about a mile. We will review the coastal trees, find 9 species of ferns (including grape fern), and enjoy early flowers such as redwood violet, candyflower, wild ginger, skunk cabbage, sweet cicely, and the uncommon trailing black current. Meet at Mussel Rock parking lot in Patrick's Point State Park. If you don't want to support State Parks with your $6 park entrance fee, park outside and walk in or join another car. 822-2015.
  • April 26, 2008 (Saturday) 1-3 p.m. - Sequoia Park Plant Walk.. Get to know the plants in our own remnant, second growth, redwood forest right in Eureka. See trillium, candyflower, mitella, four species of fern, willows, and the invasive, non-native species that threaten them. Also see where weed warriors have rescued the natives from the invasive English ivy. Meet botanist Liz McGee at the fountain at the south end of T St., at T and Glatt Sts. 443-5139.

 

  • April 26, 2008 (Saturday). - South Fork Trinity day hike. South Fork Trinity day hike. Avoid the summer heat by seeing this favorite trail in early spring. It features mixed evergreen forests of various ages, oak wookland, lush riparian, rock cliffs and outcrops, shrubby slopes, and gravelly seeps. Whether spring is early or late, we will see flowers in this diverse terrain. The trail is well graded, 4 miles each way to the river, but you don't have to go all the way. We may learn something about the nearby Underwood Roadless Area. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. The trailhead is 2 hrs from Arcata, east past Willow Creek and south along the South Fork. Return by dark. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange someplace else. Please call Carol 822-2015.
  • May 3, 2008 (Saturday), 11-12:30 pm. - Dune plants walk. Join Friends of the Dunes docent extraordinaire Jenny Hanson on a walk through the dunes to learn about the difficulties of life in a pile of sand and about how some plants overcome those challenges. Meet in front of the main hall at Manila Community Center, where the Spring Wildflower Show will be happening, 1611 Peninsula Dr., Manila. 822-2015
  • May 3, 2008 (Saturday) - 3-4:30 pm. - Dune Wetlands and Spring Flowers - plant walk. Meet some of the charming, beautiful, and well adapted botanical inhabitants of these special habitats, led by a docent trained by Friends of the Dunes. Meet in front of the main hall at Manila Community Center, where the Spring Wildflower Show will be happening, 1611 Peninsula Dr., Manila. 822-2015
  • May 4, 2008 (Sunday) - 1:30-2:30 pm. - Pollinators in the Dunes - plant walk. Exploring the reason for flowers, join entomologist, gardener, and author Pete Haggard to look for pollinators in action and look at flowers from a pollinator's point of view. Meet in front of the main hall at Manila Community Center, where the Spring Wildflower Show will be happening, 1611 Peninsula Dr., Manila. 822-2015
  • May 10, 2008 (Saturday). - Russ Park day hike. This shady, hilly, spruce-fir forest offers lush understory with favorites such as trillium, fairy bells, wild ginger, and inside-out flower. We'll try to scout the whole park by walking all the trails, about 4 miles. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:30 at MacDonalds end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or 10:00 at the parking area on Bluff St. in Ferndale. (Turn left off Main onto Ocean, go 1/2 mile.) Return by dark. It's good to tell Carol you are coming 822-2015.
  • May 14, 2008 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Frogs In Your Garden". Local author Ellin Beltz - biologist, educator, and photographer will show you how to provide frogs with everything they need, in your own garden. Check out her book, 'Frogs, Inside Their Remarkable World". Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • May 17, 2008 (Saturday), 10 a.m. - noon - Trinidad Head Plant Walk. Become more familiar with the diverse mix of trees, shrubs, berries, and ferns that clothes our bluffs constantly shaped by ocean winds. Learn of some surprising, isolated plants that survive here too. Bring binoculars for viewing the birds nesting on the offshore rocks. Meet Virginia Waters at the beach parking lot near the base of Trinidad Head. 822- 2015
  • May 24, 2008 (Saturday), 1-3 p.m. - Azalea Reserve Plant Walk.. See many of our native plants that are recommended for gardens, both shrubs and herbs, including the native azalea, which hopefully will be blooming. Take North Bank Rd. off 101 just north of the Mad River; after a little more than one mile turn left on Azalea Dr., and shortly after that, left into the parking lot. Pete Haggard 839-0307.
  • May 25, 2008 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m. - Rohner Park Flower, Shrub, and Tree Walk.. Clintonia, fairybells, iris, candyflower, Solomon's plume, and anemone will be among the flowering treats on this easy, one-mile walk through Fortuna's own little patch of second growth redwood forest. Turn off Main St. onto Park St. (by 16th St.) and meet at the red Fireman's Pavilion. 822-2015
  • June 1, 2008 (Sunday), 1-3 pm. - June Blooms on the Dunes. Stroll through the dunes with Jenny Hanson and learn about sand-loving blossoms like sand verbena, beach pea and beach buckwheat. Enjoy their delicate beauty and learn why they look the way they do. Meet at the Manila Community Center, Peninsula Drive, off Hwy 255, Manila. 444-2553.
  • June 14, 2008 (Saturday) - Cold Spring Day Hike.. Only 1 1/4 hours from Arcata we will be admiring clovers, violets, lomatiums, trillium, fritillary, iris, zigadenus, pussyears, collinsia, and more on a meadowy slope at 4,600 ft. elevation above Redwood Creek. Cold Spring is 7.4 miles from Highway 299 on National Forest 1 (Titlow Hill Rd.) in Six Rivers National Forest. The meadow is a quarter mile walk downhill from the parking area. Bring lunch, water, and layers of clothing. You can leave any time; some of us will stay all day. Other spots along NF 1 will tempt us to stop. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange a different place. Call Carol 822-2015.
  • June 15, 2008 (Sunday), 1-2:30 p.m. - Mad River Beach Plant Walk.. "Plants on the Dunes' Inner Edge" at Mad River Beach. Join Pete Haggard to see blooming beach buckwheat, seaside daisy, sand verbena, and other dune plants where the sand meets the firmer, damper soil of the willowy, rushy swale. This is an easy, gentle walk and an interesting comparison to the Lanphere Dunes. Meet at the beach parking lot at the very end of Mad River Rd. 839-0208.
  • June 28, 2008 (Saturday) - Crescent City Marsh short hike.. This hot spot of rare species is a treasure in our midst, currently suffering from too much protection and too little grazing. Come see Western lily, bogbean, marsh violet, great burnett, bog orchid, Arctic starflower, and more, with rare plant expert Dave Imper. Walking is short distance but soggy; rubber boots recommended. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 10 a.m. in Crescent City at the end of Waldo Rd. (From 101 turn inland on Elk Valley Rd. After about a mile turn right on Howland Hill Rd. After about half mile turn right on Waldo.) Probably finish about 1 p.m. Please tell Dave 444-2756 or Carol 822-2015 that you are coming.
  • June 28-29, 2008 (Saturday-Sunday) - Rock Creek Ranch, South Fork Smith River - day hikes, optional overnight.. Beautiful river, diverse flora, comfortable camping or lodging, great campfire, friends from NPSOregon, all thanks to and supporting the Smith River Alliance, a great conservation organization. This is their new facility on a 15-acre ranch only 30 minutes from Crescent City. We will go there after the Crescent City Marsh tour and botanize the ranch area until dark or we drop, whichever comes first. Think Darlingtonia and butterworts, inland Doug fir forest, and more. We will have use of a large, covered, outdoor kitchen and of a ranch house . You may sleep in the ranch house ($30) or in your tent outside ($20). Some info at www.smithriveralliance.org. On Sunday we will have to choose from the many fun drives or hikes close by. Bring your own food. We can plan a cooperative dinner for those who want. We will head for home some time Sunday afternoon. Please tell Carol if you are coming or might come, all or part: 822-2015.
  • July 3-4, 2008 (Friday-Sunday) - Mt. Eddy and Scott Mt. - day Hikes and optional overnights.. Come on any or all.
    - Join the campout at Scott Mt. Summit (one hour north of Weaverville on rte 3), find lodging in Weaverville or Trinity Center, or leave home early for the day. The campground, at 5,400 ft., is primitive---vault toilet, no piped water. Please tell Carol 822-2015 you are coming and when.
    - Celebrate Fourth of July atop Mt. Eddy! Anywhere along the trail to Deadfall Lake and Mt. Eddy (9,025 ft.) is a good place to celebrate, with mountain flowers of serpentine woodland, mountain streams, and meadows. The Deadfall Lake circle route is about six miles. The side trip to Mt. Eddy summit adds a steep 2 miles more. Meet at the Parks Creek Trailhead on FS Rd 17 (Parks Creek Rd.) at 9 a.m., three hours from Arcata. Bring lots of water or a filter, lunch and snack, and layers of clothing including warm hat and gloves.
    - July 5 and 6 we will explore the wonderful meadow at Scott Mt. Summit, the Pacific Crest Trail, and/or other nearby trails. Participants can help decide which.
  • July 13, 2008 (Sunday) - Waterdog Lake - plant, butterfly, and bird day hike.. A CNPS-Audubon joint event. Famous for its butterfly diversity, tiny Waterdog Lake is our destination on a two-mile trail through diverse mountain habitats: white fir and Sadler oak; regeneration from the 1999 Megram Fire; creekside mountain alder thicket; gravelly bald; wet, rocky hillside; red fir; and a small, sedgy meadow (with gentians) around the land-locked pond. The trail gains about 1,000 ft elevation, starting at 5,300 ft., but is not steep. Bring lunch, snack, at least 2 quarts water, and many layers of clothing. Meet at 7:30 a.m. sharp at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Two hour drive to the trailhead northeast of Hoopa. Return 6 p.m. or earlier. Call Pete 839-0307.
  • August 1-4, 2008 (Friday-Monday) - Mt. Lassen "expedition".. Spectacular vistas, spectacular geology, and alpine flowers await us in this wonderful national park. We will camp in Manzanita Campground tent loop, about 4 hours from Arcata. Nearby, short, lakeside walks will fill in evenings. We will botanize the road through the park and especially the Kings Creek Picnic Area. We might hike through Bumpass Hell to Kings Creek (4 miles) or from Terrace Lake to Hat Lake through Paradise Meadow (2.8 miles), leaving shuttle cars so we can walk just one way. We can adjust trips to suit the participants. Some people might stay through Monday night. Tell Carol you are coming! 822- 2015.
  • September 10, 2008 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - Wildflowers of Kings River Basin of the Southern Sierra Nevada". Botanist *Dana York* enjoyed 5 years of field work in these beautiful mountains for his Masters degree and for an upcoming book on the flora of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. He will show us both familiar, widespread species and rarely seen, very local species. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 14, 2008 (Sunday), 1-4 p.m. - Wetland Exploration.. Even dry-shod you can see a good variety of fresh and brackish wetland plants in the ditches and ponds of the Ralphs' property by the Mad River Slough and the Lanphere Dunes. Juncuses, Carexes, Scirpuses, grasses, umbellifers, cattail, burreed, brass buttons, etc. We will see how long a list we can make. Prizes for the most special plants. Rubber boots would increase your range. Dip nets would help see fish and amphibians. Call Carol for directions 822-2015.
  • September 20, 2008 (Saturday), 10-5 p.m. - Native Plant Sale. Going to the North Country Fair? While you're in Arcata, don’t miss the California Native Plant Society’s native plant sale at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary Interpretive Center Parking Lot, 600 G Street.
    While shopping for native plants for your garden, you can also see native plants used in landscaping around the building.
    Bring the beauty of our natural, local landscapes into your yard. Experienced gardeners will be on hand to help you choose from a wide variety of plants, from ferns to trees. For more information, call Anda Webb at 443-9153.
  • October 4, 2008 (Saturday), 12 noon (or earlier) to 6 p.m. - Picnic at Patrick's Point.. All members, their friends, and relations are invited to share a fall afternoon outdoors connecting, conversing, exploring, sharing, trading, etc. We have reserved the Bishop Pine Picnic Area for the whole day. The fire will be ready to barbecue at 1:00 p.m. Eat 1-2:30. Bring your own item to BBQ, your own beverage, your own eating gear, and some dish to share. Bring any seeds, cuttings, starts, and such (of native plants!) that you want to give or trade. After eating we can walk and botanize in this wonderful state park, trade seeds, visit, etc. Information or suggestions: Carol 822-2015.
  • October 8, 2008 (Wednesday) - "Implications of Future Fire for California's Flora", Dr. Morgan Varner, Assistant Professor of Wildland Fire Management, Humboldt State University. Learn about fire from a fire ecologist who studies fires, fuels, and how they influence forests and rangelands. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • October 19, 2008 (Sunday), 1:00- 3:00 p.m. - "Dr. Walker's Jolly Giant Creek Plant Walk". Learn about forest ecology, and the trees, shrubs, and ferns in the creekside and hillside forests behind HSU, with naturalist and plant anatomist extraordinaire, retired botany professor Dennis Walker. 1-2 miles on gravel road and trail. Meet at the bus stop at the HSU library circle (Plaza Avenue). Park on campus (free on weekends) or take the bus. 822-2015.
  • November 2, 2008 (Sunday) - Fall Day Hike...Whatever the weather offers, we will be out in it: blue skies and gentle sun, blustery winds and fast-moving clouds, or soft rain and freshly clean greenery. We will assess the weather and choose either a mountain destination, such as Lacks Creek, Waterdog Lake, or Snow Camp, or a lower elevation destination, perhaps South Fork Trinity River, Tall Trees Trail, or Mill Creek Campground trails. We will see fall colors, a few late flowers, mushrooms, and some surprise, wherever we go. Meet at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) or arrange another place. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Return by 5 p.m. Tell Carol you are coming (822-2015), so she can tell you where we are going!
  • November 12, 2008 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Do Redwood Trees and Forests Become Decadent With Age? ", Dr. Steve Sillett, Kenneth L Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University. Tree-climbing, tall tree scientist Dr. Sillett will present evidence that individual redwood trees and old-growth redwood forests in general are producing wood faster than younger counterparts, defying the standard teaching that older trees are "decadent." Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • December 10, 2008 (Friday-Monday), 7:30 p.m. - Native Plant Show and Tell. An informal evening for anyone to share photos, artifacts, readings, or food related to native plants and their habitats. Tell Ron Johnson (677-0147; bethhttp://northcoastcnps.org/at10bw.gifreninet.com) what you want to share. Participants include popular naturalist and photographer Jim Waters showing some CNPS field trips and some Alaska specials, renowned botanist John Sawyer showing springtime in Patagonia, our Rare Plant Chair Dave Imper showing the Owens Valley desert in the best bloom ever, Friends of the Dunes Executive Director Carol VanderMeer showing plans for their living roof of native dune plants, and Ron himself sharing some great flower shots from Mt. Lassen and elsewhere.
    Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

2008 ACTIVITIES

  • January 9, 2008 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Killers in the Garden; Murderers in the Wild". Barry Rice, author, photographer, scientist, horticulturalist will discuss carnivorous plants with an emphasis on local species. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • January 26, 2008 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon. - Lichen and bryophyte walk. Lichen and bryophyte walk on the Manila/Samoa Dunes. Explore the lush, fascinating, diminutive, and important world of mosses, liverworts, and lichens. Beginners and botanists are all welcome. Modest walking on firm sand. Meet at Vance Ave. parking lot (on the east side of Samoa Blvd. approx. .25 miles north of Samoa Bridge). Bring water, hand lens, and raingear. Heavy rain cancels. Call Sunny at 599-5712 for questions or to find out if the trip is on.
  • February 13, 2008 (Wednesday), 7 p.m. - "Challenges to maintaining diversity and endangered species on the North Coast", with Dave Imper. For 25 years Dave (Kim) Imper has been watching some of our rare habitats and the rare species that live in them. He sees imminent loss if we do not reverse the decline of our coastal wetlands, coastal prairies, and inland serpentine wetland. He ties the loss of biodiversity in these habitats to loss of certain kinds of disturbance, namely fire and large herbivores. The "ratchet effect" lulls us, and we think we are protecting them. This is a call to action, amply illustrated with photos of unique places and beautiful species by our "lily man." Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • February 24, 2008 (Sunday). - Hammond Trail - morning hike. Botanizing the Hammond Trail. We'll scout for treats like trailing black currant, review our coastal and riparian trees and shrubs, including those stabilizing the old Mad River banks, see how the Widow White Creek restoration is handling winter rains, and map invasive plants along this popular McKinleyville trail. We'll leave some cars at Hiller Park and shuttle to the Clam beach end of the trail to walk a couple miles back. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:15 a.m. at Hiller Park in McKinleyville. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. We might finish by noon, but might not. Possible extension through Mad River Bluff forest. Questions or arrangements: Carol Ralph 822- 2015.
  • March 12, 2008 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Designing California Native Gardens". Come hear noted artist, garden designer, and sustainable landscaper Alrie Middlebrook explain how to design a successful native plant garden. Middlebrook says, "As a designer, I am inspired by nature and re-interpreting it in the garden setting. It is the collaboration of science and art that creates a garden that is beautiful, culturally rich and ecologically sustainable." She co-authored Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens. Headquartered in San Jose, she has designed over 150 native gardens. She also co-founded the California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF) as an effort to teach Californians how to garden using native plants. More information about Middlebrook and CNGF may be found at: www.middlebrook-gardens.com, www.cngf.org, and www.LoseTheLawn.com. Refreshments and book signing at 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m. Free. Everyone welcome. Arcata Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union.
  • March 30, 2008 (Sunday) - Stony Creek day hike. Last year the fawn lilies, Oregon anemones, violets, fritillaries, and darlingtonia dazzled us at this favorite and unique site made possible by the U.S. Forest Service and the Siskiyou Land Trust. An easy hike of about one mile takes us through open forest to serpentine soils where Stony Creek joins the North Fork Smith River right behind Gasquet. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. We might squeeze in a look at Myrtle Creek Trail as well. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10:15 at the Hiouchi visitor's center of Redwood National Park, or about 11:00 at the Gasquet ranger office (headquarters of Smith River National Recreation Area). It helps if you tell Carol Ralph (822-2015) you are coming. (This is Aleutian Goose Days weekend in Crescent City.)
  • April 9, 2008 (Wednesday) 7:30 p.m. - "Our Backyard Wetlands: Their Diverse Plants and Animals and Why We Should Protect Them.". Gordon Leppig - local botanist and ecologist currently working in California Dept. of Fish and Game in Eureka. Refreshments and socializing at 7:00 p.m. This month an extra treat: Two students who received our chapter's awards at the county Science Fair will display their projects during this half hour. Program at 7:30 p.m.
  • CANCELLED April 9, 2008 (Wednesday) 7:30 p.m. - "The World Underfoot". Emily Roberson, ecologist and director of the Native Plant Conservation Campaign will explain how, "Soils are not only dirt or a plants growth medium - they are worlds unto themselves. Bacteria, fungi, invertebrates, mammals and other organisms thrive in healthy soils - preying upon each other, jostling for space, and competing for food and water. They also mobilize essential nutrients from thin air, solid rock, and each other and deliver them to fuel the web of life. Just as each soil type has a unique chemistry and structure inherited from the rock it developed from, each soil has a unique community adapted to its individual environment." This talk will explore these teeming, complex worlds, describe their inmates; look at some of the more quirky personalities, the infighting, and seemingly magical alliances that make life on earth possible and help make ecosystems distinctive. Soil conservation and its challenges will also be discussed. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 13, 2008 (Sunday) 1-3 p.m. - Patrick's Point Plant Walk. Join three enthusiastic and experienced amateur botanists on this mostly level walk across the meadow, up Ceremonial Rock (optional), and through spruce forest and riparian forest, about a mile. We will review the coastal trees, find 9 species of ferns (including grape fern), and enjoy early flowers such as redwood violet, candyflower, wild ginger, skunk cabbage, sweet cicely, and the uncommon trailing black current. Meet at Mussel Rock parking lot in Patrick's Point State Park. If you don't want to support State Parks with your $6 park entrance fee, park outside and walk in or join another car. 822-2015.
  • April 26, 2008 (Saturday) 1-3 p.m. - Sequoia Park Plant Walk.. Get to know the plants in our own remnant, second growth, redwood forest right in Eureka. See trillium, candyflower, mitella, four species of fern, willows, and the invasive, non-native species that threaten them. Also see where weed warriors have rescued the natives from the invasive English ivy. Meet botanist Liz McGee at the fountain at the south end of T St., at T and Glatt Sts. 443-5139.
  • April 26, 2008 (Saturday). - South Fork Trinity day hike. South Fork Trinity day hike. Avoid the summer heat by seeing this favorite trail in early spring. It features mixed evergreen forests of various ages, oak wookland, lush riparian, rock cliffs and outcrops, shrubby slopes, and gravelly seeps. Whether spring is early or late, we will see flowers in this diverse terrain. The trail is well graded, 4 miles each way to the river, but you don't have to go all the way. We may learn something about the nearby Underwood Roadless Area. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. The trailhead is 2 hrs from Arcata, east past Willow Creek and south along the South Fork. Return by dark. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange someplace else. Please call Carol 822-2015.
  • May 3, 2008 (Saturday), 11-12:30 pm. - Dune plants walk. Join Friends of the Dunes docent extraordinaire Jenny Hanson on a walk through the dunes to learn about the difficulties of life in a pile of sand and about how some plants overcome those challenges. Meet in front of the main hall at Manila Community Center, where the Spring Wildflower Show will be happening, 1611 Peninsula Dr., Manila. 822-2015
  • May 3, 2008 (Saturday) - 3-4:30 pm. - Dune Wetlands and Spring Flowers - plant walk. Meet some of the charming, beautiful, and well adapted botanical inhabitants of these special habitats, led by a docent trained by Friends of the Dunes. Meet in front of the main hall at Manila Community Center, where the Spring Wildflower Show will be happening, 1611 Peninsula Dr., Manila. 822-2015
  • May 4, 2008 (Sunday) - 1:30-2:30 pm. - Pollinators in the Dunes - plant walk. Exploring the reason for flowers, join entomologist, gardener, and author Pete Haggard to look for pollinators in action and look at flowers from a pollinator's point of view. Meet in front of the main hall at Manila Community Center, where the Spring Wildflower Show will be happening, 1611 Peninsula Dr., Manila. 822-2015
  • May 10, 2008 (Saturday). - Russ Park day hike. This shady, hilly, spruce-fir forest offers lush understory with favorites such as trillium, fairy bells, wild ginger, and inside-out flower. We'll try to scout the whole park by walking all the trails, about 4 miles. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:30 at MacDonalds end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or 10:00 at the parking area on Bluff St. in Ferndale. (Turn left off Main onto Ocean, go 1/2 mile.) Return by dark. It's good to tell Carol you are coming 822-2015.
  • May 14, 2008 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Frogs In Your Garden". Local author Ellin Beltz - biologist, educator, and photographer will show you how to provide frogs with everything they need, in your own garden. Check out her book, 'Frogs, Inside Their Remarkable World". Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • May 17, 2008 (Saturday), 10 a.m. - noon - Trinidad Head Plant Walk. Become more familiar with the diverse mix of trees, shrubs, berries, and ferns that clothes our bluffs constantly shaped by ocean winds. Learn of some surprising, isolated plants that survive here too. Bring binoculars for viewing the birds nesting on the offshore rocks. Meet Virginia Waters at the beach parking lot near the base of Trinidad Head. 822- 2015
  • May 24, 2008 (Saturday), 1-3 p.m. - Azalea Reserve Plant Walk.. See many of our native plants that are recommended for gardens, both shrubs and herbs, including the native azalea, which hopefully will be blooming. Take North Bank Rd. off 101 just north of the Mad River; after a little more than one mile turn left on Azalea Dr., and shortly after that, left into the parking lot. Pete Haggard 839-0307.
  • May 25, 2008 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m. - Rohner Park Flower, Shrub, and Tree Walk.. Clintonia, fairybells, iris, candyflower, Solomon's plume, and anemone will be among the flowering treats on this easy, one-mile walk through Fortuna's own little patch of second growth redwood forest. Turn off Main St. onto Park St. (by 16th St.) and meet at the red Fireman's Pavilion. 822-2015
  • June 1, 2008 (Sunday), 1-3 pm. - June Blooms on the Dunes. Stroll through the dunes with Jenny Hanson and learn about sand-loving blossoms like sand verbena, beach pea and beach buckwheat. Enjoy their delicate beauty and learn why they look the way they do. Meet at the Manila Community Center, Peninsula Drive, off Hwy 255, Manila. 444-2553.
  • June 14, 2008 (Saturday) - Cold Spring Day Hike.. Only 1 1/4 hours from Arcata we will be admiring clovers, violets, lomatiums, trillium, fritillary, iris, zigadenus, pussyears, collinsia, and more on a meadowy slope at 4,600 ft. elevation above Redwood Creek. Cold Spring is 7.4 miles from Highway 299 on National Forest 1 (Titlow Hill Rd.) in Six Rivers National Forest. The meadow is a quarter mile walk downhill from the parking area. Bring lunch, water, and layers of clothing. You can leave any time; some of us will stay all day. Other spots along NF 1 will tempt us to stop. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange a different place. Call Carol 822-2015.
  • June 15, 2008 (Sunday), 1-2:30 p.m. - Mad River Beach Plant Walk.. "Plants on the Dunes' Inner Edge" at Mad River Beach. Join Pete Haggard to see blooming beach buckwheat, seaside daisy, sand verbena, and other dune plants where the sand meets the firmer, damper soil of the willowy, rushy swale. This is an easy, gentle walk and an interesting comparison to the Lanphere Dunes. Meet at the beach parking lot at the very end of Mad River Rd. 839-0208.
  • June 28, 2008 (Saturday) - Crescent City Marsh short hike.. This hot spot of rare species is a treasure in our midst, currently suffering from too much protection and too little grazing. Come see Western lily, bogbean, marsh violet, great burnett, bog orchid, Arctic starflower, and more, with rare plant expert Dave Imper. Walking is short distance but soggy; rubber boots recommended. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 10 a.m. in Crescent City at the end of Waldo Rd. (From 101 turn inland on Elk Valley Rd. After about a mile turn right on Howland Hill Rd. After about half mile turn right on Waldo.) Probably finish about 1 p.m. Please tell Dave 444-2756 or Carol 822-2015 that you are coming.
  • June 28-29, 2008 (Saturday-Sunday) - Rock Creek Ranch, South Fork Smith River - day hikes, optional overnight.. Beautiful river, diverse flora, comfortable camping or lodging, great campfire, friends from NPSOregon, all thanks to and supporting the Smith River Alliance, a great conservation organization. This is their new facility on a 15-acre ranch only 30 minutes from Crescent City. We will go there after the Crescent City Marsh tour and botanize the ranch area until dark or we drop, whichever comes first. Think Darlingtonia and butterworts, inland Doug fir forest, and more. We will have use of a large, covered, outdoor kitchen and of a ranch house . You may sleep in the ranch house ($30) or in your tent outside ($20). Some info at www.smithriveralliance.org. On Sunday we will have to choose from the many fun drives or hikes close by. Bring your own food. We can plan a cooperative dinner for those who want. We will head for home some time Sunday afternoon. Please tell Carol if you are coming or might come, all or part: 822-2015.
  • July 3-4, 2008 (Friday-Sunday) - Mt. Eddy and Scott Mt. - day Hikes and optional overnights.. Come on any or all.
    - Join the campout at Scott Mt. Summit (one hour north of Weaverville on rte 3), find lodging in Weaverville or Trinity Center, or leave home early for the day. The campground, at 5,400 ft., is primitive---vault toilet, no piped water. Please tell Carol 822-2015 you are coming and when.
    - Celebrate Fourth of July atop Mt. Eddy! Anywhere along the trail to Deadfall Lake and Mt. Eddy (9,025 ft.) is a good place to celebrate, with mountain flowers of serpentine woodland, mountain streams, and meadows. The Deadfall Lake circle route is about six miles. The side trip to Mt. Eddy summit adds a steep 2 miles more. Meet at the Parks Creek Trailhead on FS Rd 17 (Parks Creek Rd.) at 9 a.m., three hours from Arcata. Bring lots of water or a filter, lunch and snack, and layers of clothing including warm hat and gloves.
    - July 5 and 6 we will explore the wonderful meadow at Scott Mt. Summit, the Pacific Crest Trail, and/or other nearby trails. Participants can help decide which.
  • July 13, 2008 (Sunday) - Waterdog Lake - plant, butterfly, and bird day hike.. A CNPS-Audubon joint event. Famous for its butterfly diversity, tiny Waterdog Lake is our destination on a two-mile trail through diverse mountain habitats: white fir and Sadler oak; regeneration from the 1999 Megram Fire; creekside mountain alder thicket; gravelly bald; wet, rocky hillside; red fir; and a small, sedgy meadow (with gentians) around the land-locked pond. The trail gains about 1,000 ft elevation, starting at 5,300 ft., but is not steep. Bring lunch, snack, at least 2 quarts water, and many layers of clothing. Meet at 7:30 a.m. sharp at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Two hour drive to the trailhead northeast of Hoopa. Return 6 p.m. or earlier. Call Pete 839-0307.
  • August 1-4, 2008 (Friday-Monday) - Mt. Lassen "expedition".. Spectacular vistas, spectacular geology, and alpine flowers await us in this wonderful national park. We will camp in Manzanita Campground tent loop, about 4 hours from Arcata. Nearby, short, lakeside walks will fill in evenings. We will botanize the road through the park and especially the Kings Creek Picnic Area. We might hike through Bumpass Hell to Kings Creek (4 miles) or from Terrace Lake to Hat Lake through Paradise Meadow (2.8 miles), leaving shuttle cars so we can walk just one way. We can adjust trips to suit the participants. Some people might stay through Monday night. Tell Carol you are coming! 822- 2015.
  • September 10, 2008 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - Wildflowers of Kings River Basin of the Southern Sierra Nevada". Botanist *Dana York* enjoyed 5 years of field work in these beautiful mountains for his Masters degree and for an upcoming book on the flora of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. He will show us both familiar, widespread species and rarely seen, very local species. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 14, 2008 (Sunday), 1-4 p.m. - Wetland Exploration.. Even dry-shod you can see a good variety of fresh and brackish wetland plants in the ditches and ponds of the Ralphs' property by the Mad River Slough and the Lanphere Dunes. Juncuses, Carexes, Scirpuses, grasses, umbellifers, cattail, burreed, brass buttons, etc. We will see how long a list we can make. Prizes for the most special plants. Rubber boots would increase your range. Dip nets would help see fish and amphibians. Call Carol for directions 822-2015.
  • September 20, 2008 (Saturday), 10-5 p.m. - Native Plant Sale. Going to the North Country Fair? While you're in Arcata, don’t miss the California Native Plant Society’s native plant sale at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary Interpretive Center Parking Lot, 600 G Street.
    While shopping for native plants for your garden, you can also see native plants used in landscaping around the building.
    Bring the beauty of our natural, local landscapes into your yard. Experienced gardeners will be on hand to help you choose from a wide variety of plants, from ferns to trees. For more information, call Anda Webb at 443-9153.
  • October 4, 2008 (Saturday), 12 noon (or earlier) to 6 p.m. - Picnic at Patrick's Point.. All members, their friends, and relations are invited to share a fall afternoon outdoors connecting, conversing, exploring, sharing, trading, etc. We have reserved the Bishop Pine Picnic Area for the whole day. The fire will be ready to barbecue at 1:00 p.m. Eat 1-2:30. Bring your own item to BBQ, your own beverage, your own eating gear, and some dish to share. Bring any seeds, cuttings, starts, and such (of native plants!) that you want to give or trade. After eating we can walk and botanize in this wonderful state park, trade seeds, visit, etc. Information or suggestions: Carol 822-2015.
  • October 8, 2008 (Wednesday) - "Implications of Future Fire for California's Flora", Dr. Morgan Varner, Assistant Professor of Wildland Fire Management, Humboldt State University. Learn about fire from a fire ecologist who studies fires, fuels, and how they influence forests and rangelands. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • October 19, 2008 (Sunday), 1:00- 3:00 p.m. - "Dr. Walker's Jolly Giant Creek Plant Walk". Learn about forest ecology, and the trees, shrubs, and ferns in the creekside and hillside forests behind HSU, with naturalist and plant anatomist extraordinaire, retired botany professor Dennis Walker. 1-2 miles on gravel road and trail. Meet at the bus stop at the HSU library circle (Plaza Avenue). Park on campus (free on weekends) or take the bus. 822-2015.
  • November 2, 2008 (Sunday) - Fall Day Hike...Whatever the weather offers, we will be out in it: blue skies and gentle sun, blustery winds and fast-moving clouds, or soft rain and freshly clean greenery. We will assess the weather and choose either a mountain destination, such as Lacks Creek, Waterdog Lake, or Snow Camp, or a lower elevation destination, perhaps South Fork Trinity River, Tall Trees Trail, or Mill Creek Campground trails. We will see fall colors, a few late flowers, mushrooms, and some surprise, wherever we go. Meet at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd, Arcata) or arrange another place. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Return by 5 p.m. Tell Carol you are coming (822-2015), so she can tell you where we are going!
  • November 12, 2008 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Do Redwood Trees and Forests Become Decadent With Age? ", Dr. Steve Sillett, Kenneth L Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University. Tree-climbing, tall tree scientist Dr. Sillett will present evidence that individual redwood trees and old-growth redwood forests in general are producing wood faster than younger counterparts, defying the standard teaching that older trees are "decadent." Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • December 10, 2008 (Friday-Monday), 7:30 p.m. - Native Plant Show and Tell. An informal evening for anyone to share photos, artifacts, readings, or food related to native plants and their habitats. Tell Ron Johnson (677-0147; bethreninet.com) what you want to share. Participants include popular naturalist and photographer Jim Waters showing some CNPS field trips and some Alaska specials, renowned botanist John Sawyer showing springtime in Patagonia, our Rare Plant Chair Dave Imper showing the Owens Valley desert in the best bloom ever, Friends of the Dunes Executive Director Carol VanderMeer showing plans for their living roof of native dune plants, and Ron himself sharing some great flower shots from Mt. Lassen and elsewhere.
    Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

2009 ACTIVITIES

  • January 14, 2009 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "A Celebration of Northwest California's Conifers". Northwest California fosters one of the most diverse temperate coniferous forests on earth. As many as 38 species of conifers can be found here, depending on where one delineates the region's boundaries. Join Michael Kauffmann, a local science teacher and fellow plant nerd, for an evening of wilderness bliss--an exploration into the stunning conifer diversity fostered here. A visual journey will ensue--with photographs from hidden nooks in the Klamath Mountains and North Coast--we will take a peek at the isolated microclimates that hide conifers. Michael has also crated range maps for the are's conifers, which will add to the evenings discussion.
    Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
    program poster (PDF 1.05 MB)  | Michael's website  | photo gallery "Rare and Endemic Conifers of Northwest California"
  • February 11, 2009 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Celebrating and Saving the Siskiyous".
    Karen Phillips, development director of the Siskiyou Project, will share images of some of the many rare species, such as Waldo gentian, Howell's mariposa-lily, Hall's violet, phantom orchid, and California globemallow found in the most botanically diverse forest in the nation, and an Area of Global Botanic Significance.
    Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 22, 2009 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m. - "Seeing through the Redwood Blur in Arcata Community Forest".
    Do you know the 5 species of conifers in this popular forest? Meet them, the common shrubs, and many shade- loving perennials and ferns with botanist Adam Canter. What will be blooming already? Meet at Trail #9 parking lot in the 700 block of Fickle Hill Rd. Be prepared to walk on old road and uneven, dirt trails with moderate ups and downs. 972-0065.
  • February 28, 2009 (Saturday), - "Table Bluff County Park day hike".
    A level OHV track heading south from the parking lot at the very end of Table Bluff Road, Loleta, offers an easy way to explore the back edge of the dunes, where they meet the freshwater wetlands of the Eel River. Walking all the way to the mouth of the Eel River (4 miles) is possible, but unlikely at our botanical speed. Despite the winter date, we will see some blossoms, like footsteps of spring and various mustard family species, and some evergreen wetland species, like spikerush and sedges. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:00 a.m. at the MacDonald's end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or about 9:30 at the end of Table Bluff Rd. Dress for the weather, especially wind; bring lunch and water. Return by late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015.
  • March 1, 2009 (Sunday), 10-12 a.m. - "Plants on Trinidad Head".
    Wind-sculpted shrubs, including blooming silk tassel and red-flowering currant, and 5 species of evergreen fern clothe this scenic head. Meet them and other plants and watch the sea for whales and dolphins with naturalist Virginia Waters on this short trail. Meet at the base of the head, at the beach below the town. 822-2015.
  • March 8, 2009 (Sunday), 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Daylight Savings Time - "Lichens, Mosses, and Liverworts of the Dune Forest".
    Open your eyes to the diminutive, lush, beautiful, intriguing, and important world of bryophytes on a walk with botanist Sunny Loya. Meet reindeer and dog lichens and many others. No experience necessary; experience welcome! Modest walking on firm sand. Meet at Vance Ave. parking lot on the east side of Samoa Blvd. approximately 0.25 miles north of Samoa Bridge. Bring hand lens and raingear. Heavy rain cancels. 599-5712.
  • March 11, 2009 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - "Tiny Treasures in a Vast Landscape", with Brian Dykstra. A wide array of unique and wonderful plants, incuding the world's smallest willow and North America's smallest rhododendron, find a home in Denali National Park, yet they are threatened by global warming. Field botanist, interpreter, and current Humboldt State University graduate student Brian Dykstra will share many colorful photos of these special plants and their habitats. He will describe research on these plants and how global warming affects them, and by this example he will show us what humanity loses when wild habitats are lost. Brian worked three summers for the the National Park Service in Alaska and has worked elsewhere in in the Pacific Northwest. He has worked as a nature interpreter and even a canopy lichenologist. He is excited to share his wonderful photos and bring you into the wild of Alaska.
    Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 15, 2009 (Sunday), 1:00-3:00 p.m. - Plant walk on the Hammond Trail. Join naturalist Barbara Kelly on an easy walk up the newest section of the Hammond Trail, from Murray Rd. up Widow White Creek. See the diverse shrubs of the coastal scrub, five species of ferns in the spruce forest, and the early flowers of three species of native currants and gooseberries, and milkmaids. Meet at the west end of Murray Rd. in McKinleyville. 839-5356.
  • March 22, 2009 (Sunday), - "Redwood Creek day hike". Masses of Trillium kurabayashii should be waiting for us about 1.5 miles up the Redwood Creek Trail in Redwood National Park (Trailhead at the bottom of Bald Hills Rd.). The yellow variant of this deep red trillium occurs here, and the riparian and forest edge vegetation will provide ample amusement. Willows might be in good form. If we have time, we might also visit the skunk cabbage on Skunk Cabbage Trail or see what is happening on Lady Bird Johnson Trail. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015.
  • March 29, 2009 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m. - "Dennis Walker Introduces Elk Head, Trinidad".
    See four different plant communities, learn to read history from the vegetation, see the southernmost crowberry, and find early wildflowers with a knowledgable botany professor. About 2 miles level walk. Meet at the College Cove parking lot, 3/4 mile north of Trinidad on Stagecoach Road, on the left. 822-2015.
  • April 4, 2009 (Saturday), 1:00-3:00 p.m. - Plant walk in Arcata Community Forest. "Seeing through the Redwood Blur". Do you know the 5 species of conifers in this popular forest? Meet them, the common shrubs, and many shade-loving perennials and ferns with botanist Adam Canter. Some of the early bloomers will provide spots of color. Meet at Trail #9 parking lot in the 700 block of Fickle Hill Rd. Be prepared to walk on old road and uneven, dirt trails with moderate ups and downs. 972- 0065.
  • April 8, 2009 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. - program change: "Ginny and Jim Ginny Discover the Northwest Passage", with Jim and Virginia Waters... a liberally illustrated presentation of natural history and the history of exploration of a wild corner of the world.
    previously scheduled: "Blooming Beauties and Graceful Glaciers of the Swiss Alps" with Birgit Semstrott. The Swiss Alps are rich in botanical treasures and beautiful landscapes. Botanist Birgit Semsrott will share her pictures of Grindenwald, Switzerland. Located in the Bernese Oberland Region, Grindenwald is in the heart of a massive mountain range and surrounded by majestic ice-clad peaks. Come and enjoy an evening of blooming beauties and graceful glaciers. Many of Birgit's pictures were taken at Schynige Platte Alpine Garden - one of the few botanical gardens in the world that show plants in their natural habitat.
    Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 11, 2009 (Saturday), - "Burnt Ranch and Grays Falls day trip". The very early bloomers, like fawn lily, Indian warrior, and trillium, will be finishing, and some later bloomers will be opening, like iris, "spaghetti flower", dogwood, larkspur, lomatiums, pussy ears, mission bells, etc. We'll watch for Easter bunnies as we check the fawn lilies and the rare Howell's montia (A hand lens helps!) at Burnt Ranch Campground and then explore the varied habitats at Grays Falls Picnic Area, including the short trail down to the falls. Hopefully we'll have time for some short stops as we return along Highway 299. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School, 9;15 a.m. at the Buttercup Bakery in Willow Creek, or about 10:00 at Burnt Ranch Campground. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water and clippers (If the Himalaya blackberry is still bad, we can spend a few minutes reducing it.) Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015.
  • April 18, 2009 (Sunday), 10:00 a.m.- 12 noon. - Plant walk, Rohner Park in Fortuna. An easy walk through Fortuna's Rohner Park with Carol Ralph and Janelle Egger will look for early flowers and their pollinators. We will also identify trees, shrubs, ferns, and herbs in this remarkable, mature, second growth forest. Turn off Main St. onto Park St. (by 16th St.) and meet at the red Fireman's Pavilion. 822-2015.
  • April 26, 2009 (Sunday), 1 pm reinstated! - Plant walk near Hydesville, hosted by landowners Bill and Linda Shapeero. Primarily grand fir forest, this small property has more species than you'll find along the trails in most public preserves. From Eureka, take 101 south past Fortuna to a left at Drake Hill Road, then right at Rohnerville Road, 1.7 miles to Puddin Lane (bottom of gulch). Follow signs to Shapeero. The ground may be damp, so bring boots or old shoes. For information call 822-7190 or 768-3287
  • May 1-2-3, 2009 (Friday- Sunday). Spring Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale. Manila Community Center, our annual event. (Plant sale Saturday and Sunday only.)
  • May 2, 2009 (Saturday), 3-4:30 p.m. - "Amazing Adaptations of Dune Plants" plant walk.
    Join Dr. John Sawyer on a dune walk from the Manila Community Center, 1611 Peninsula Dr., when you go to the Spring Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale. Meet in front of the main hall. 822-2015.
  • May 3, 2009 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m. - Sequoia Park Plant Walk.
    Get to know the plants in our own remnant, second growth, redwood forest in Eureka. See trillium, candyflower, mitella, four species of fern, willows, and the invasive, non-native species that threaten them. Also see where weed warriors have rescued the natives from the invasive English ivy. Meet botanist Liz McGee at the fountain at the south end of T St., at T and Glatt Sts. 443-5139.
  • May 3, 2009 (Sunday), 1:30-3 p.m. - Dune Insects and Plants, plant walk.
    Join a Friends of the Dunes docent to look for pollinators, herbivores, and predators in action in the dunes by the Manila Community Center, 1611 Peninsula Dr., when you go to the Spring Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale. Meet in front of the main hall. 822-2015.
  • May 9, 2009 (Saturday), 2-4 p.m. - Cream Cups in the Eureka Dunes, plant walk.
    See the show of cream cups and other wildflowers in these protected dunes. Walk 1-2 miles on sand. Meet at the Samoa Boat Ramp near the south end of Route 255. 822- 2015.
  • May 13, 2009 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. "Hidden Treasure--navigating the Forest Service's Celebrating Wildflowers website". Forest Service botanists have poured their collective knowledge and passion for plants into the Celebrating Wildflowers website, yet the site still is undiscovered by most plant lovers. Whether you are a teacher, gardener, hiker, photographer, weed warrior, plant conservationist, or just want to know more about plants on your national forests and grasslands, there is something here for you: website. Julie Nelson, Forest Botanist for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, will take you on a journey through the website, focusing on the newly posted piece on serpentine plants and plant communities of the northwestern California and adjacent Oregon.
    Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • May 15-16, 2009 (Saturday, Sunday). - 2nd annual Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show.
    Crescent City, at Arts & Crafts Building, Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 101. Friday 11-3 pm, Saturday, 11-5 pm. Free. Numerous specimens of native and local wildflowers, habitat information, slide shows, workshops and exhibits. "The purpose of the project is to publish Ruby and Arthur Van Deventer's accomplishments and provide education on the unique ecosystem and diversity of plants in Del Norte County." (an independent effort that includes CNPS members among the volunteers). 707-457-3485
  • May 17, 2009 (Sunday). - Bald Hills Day Trip.
    The prairies and woodland on this ridge of Redwood National Park offer much more than great shows of lupine - but also iris, lomatiums, delphiniums, blue dicks, shooting stars, and more. We will walk short distances from various stops along the road, adjusting to the energy of the group. Dress for the weather, remembering it could be cooler up on that ridge. Bring lunch and water. Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) at 8:30 a.m. or arrange another place. Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming. Carol Ralph 822-2015.
  • May 24, 2009 (Sunday), 1:00-3:00 p.m. Plant walk, Azalea Reserve, with Pete Haggard. See many of our native plants that are recommended for gardens, both shrubs and herbs, including the native azalea, which should be blooming. Take North Bank Rd. off 101 just north of the Mad River; after a little more than one mile turn left on Azalea Dr., and shortly after that, left into the parking lot. Pete Haggard 839-0307.
  • May 30, 2009 (Saturday) - Mail Ridge Day Trip.
    Dyerville Loop Rd. along this ridge is the inland, scenic route from Myers Flat to Garberville. It offers panoramas to the east, oak woodland, grazed grasslands, and road cuts, all of which provide rich, roadside botanizing. From trilliums to goldfields, hounds tongue to meadowfoam, delphiniums to iris; shooting stars, false baby stars; wall flower, popcorn flower, firecracker flower; tomcat and bull clovers; sky, miniature, and silver lupines - it's all there. We will walk 1-2 miles along the road, a packed gravel road, respecting the private property. Dress for the weather, remembering the higher elevation there; bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9 a.m. at the Mervyns end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or about 10 a.m. in Myers Flat. Return late afternoon. Tell Carol 822-2015 you are coming.
  • June 5, 6, 7, 2009 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). - Illinois Valley-Deer Creek Center-Rough & Ready Botanical Area, day trips and overnights.
    The Deer Creek Center of the Sisikiyou Field Institute in Selma, Oregon, will be our headquarters for exploring this special corner of Oregon. (See Winter 2008 Darlingtonia.) It provides camping ($6/person), dormitory ($12/person), or private room ($50/couple) communal kitchen facilities. (www.thesfi.org> On Saturday starting at 9 a.m. we will walk across Deer Creek to explore an enormous Darlingtonia fen, and later drive up Eight Dollar Mountain for more botanizing fun. Sunday we will head south and spend some hours at Rough and Ready Botanical Area. We will be at Deer Creek Center Friday and Saturday nights. You may stay elsewhere and join us at any point. It is a bit less than 3 hours from Arcata. You must make your own reservations at the center: 541-597-8530x307, Mon-Thurs 9-4, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tell them you are with CNPS. Tell Carol 822-2015 you are coming.
  • June 13, 2009 (Saturday), 10 a.m.-12 noon. Plant walk, Elk River Trail Learn many of our common redwood forest and streamside plants, both native and non-native, with BLM botanist Jennifer Wheeler, on the trail to Headwaters Forest. She will also tell what BLM has done to rehabilitate this easily accessed, historic corner of a famous forest. The trail is paved and gentle, good for any weather. From 101 exit onto Elk River Rd. After 1.5 miles take right fork; after 4.5 more miles at the bridge fork right; go 1 mile more to the trailhead parking lot. 822-2015.
  • June 14, 2009 (Sunday), 1:00-3:00 p.m. - Blooms and Bugs at Mad River Beach, guided walk. Join Pete Haggard to see blooming beach buckwheat, seaside daisy, sand verbena, and others where the sand meets the firmer, damper soil of the willowy, rushy swale. Easy walking. Meet at the beach parking lot at the very end of Mad River Rd. 839-0208.
  • July 11, 2009 (Saturday). - Waterdog Lake: plant, butterfly, and bird day hike, a CNPS-Audubon joint event.
    Unfortunately the fire in the Trinity Alps is too close to Waterdog Lake. We are choosing an alternate destination for Saturday's outing. It will be within 2-hour drive of Arcata and in the mountains, where you can smell the pines or firs. Famous for its butterfly diversity, tiny Waterdog Lake is our destination on a two-mile trail through diverse mountain habitats: white fir and Sadler oak; regeneration from the 1999 Megram Fire; creekside mountain alder thicket; gravelly bald; wet, rocky hillside; red fir; and a small, sedgy meadow (with gentians) around the land-locked pond. The trail gains about 1,000 ft elevation, starting at 5,300 ft., but is not steep. Bring lunch, snack, at least 2 quarts water, and many layers of clothing. Meet at 7:30 a.m. sharp at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Two hour drive to the trailhead northeast of Hoopa. Return 6 p.m. or earlier. Call Carol 822-2015.
  • July 12, 2009 (Sunday), 1:00- 3:00 p.m. - "Buzzy Day in a Native Plant Garden". Native Bees, one of the important forms of wildlife encouraged in Pete and Judie Haggard's garden, should be busy at the flowers. Learn some bee basics and then explore the garden to see what is being pollinated by whom and where their nests are. For reservations and directions call 839-0307. Limit 12 guests. Suggested $5 donation to the chapter.
  • July 25-28, 2009 (Saturday-Tuesday). - Bear Basin Butte, day hikes and overnight.
    Great roadside botanizing, a great day hike trail, and a spectacular overnight spot at 5,300 ft. in Smith River National Recreation Area by the Bear Basin Butte Botanical Area. We have reserved the lookout and cabin for Sunday and Monday nights. The itinerary will develop around that. Tell Carol 822- 2015 soon if you are interested. The cabin is about 3 hours from Arcata, 45 min. from Gasquet. Non- campers could join us for the day activities.
  • August 1, 2009 (Saturday), 10-noon. - Dune walk - orchids.
    Explore the Lanphere Dunes with Denise Seeger and Carol Ralph. Find four species of orchids blooming. Bring a lens; the flowers are small! Meet at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) to carpool 2 miles to the refuge. Be prepared to walk on forest paths and sand. Bring windbreaker and water. Cosponsored by Friends of the Dunes and CNPS. 822-2015
  • August 9, 2009 (Sunday), 10-noon. - Introduction to Ivy Bashing, Patrick's Point State Park.
    If you have been alarmed at the quantity of English ivy in Patrick's Point State Park and Trinidad State Beach, take this opportunity to do something about it. State Parks is starting a project enabling volunteers to work removing ivy in these parks. This introductory day will introduce volunteers to the removal methods, the places to work, special park considerations, and the all-important paper work. Watch for details soon.
    Consider this project for yourself, your family, your youth group, your club, etc. This is a way to help the environment and see immediate results.
    For information contact Michelle Forys at 707-677-3109. If you are interested and can not attend the Aug. 9 introduction, please call her to arrange another time. Press release, PDF 428 KB
  • September 9, 2009 (Wednesday). - "A Practitioner's perspective on Native Plant Restoration from Infancy to Adulthood" - evening program, Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30 pm.
    Restoration ecologist and native plant nurseryman Eric Johnson will share lessons he has learned over 10 years of working to re-create functional, native ecosystems. He has learned to nurture the early stages and guide the later stages and to incorporate equally ecological, botanical, and engineering thinking. His topics are relevant to city lots and to quarter sections. They include: waterscapes, snags & boulders, seeding versus planting, timing, slope and aspect, nitrogen fixers, realistic project sizing, and management and monitoring plants.
  • September 12, 2009 (Saturday). - Groves Prairie Day Trip.
    At 4,000 ft. there could still be blooms in this mountain meadow in the Trinity Mountains northeast of Willow Creek in Six Rivers National Forest. We can certainly test our skill at identifying seed pods. We can see if the dry part of the meadow has responded to "rehabilitation," and if the fence is keeping the cattle out. Along the stream should be huge kneeling angelica and water hemlock; in the meadow should be two or three species of yampah and that patch of grape fern. The old growth Douglas-fir grove should have rattlesnake orchids and remains of coralroot and a different woodsorrel. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Bring lunch, water, and lots of layers of clothing, including rain gear. We will be at a Forest Service campground with a vault toilet. It's about 2 hours from Arcata. Call Carol Ralph 822-2015 to say you are coming.
  • September 19, 2009 (Saturday), 10-4 p.m. - Fall Native Plant Sale, Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot 569 South G St., Arcata (5 blocks south of Samoa Blvd.).
    Enjoy the North Country Fair on Arcata Plaza, and then come to the plant sale. What better way to know the charm of local natives than to have them right outside your door? Create some wildlife habitat in your yard. Experienced gardeners will be on hand to help you choose from a wide variety of plants, from ferns to trees. Bring your empty flower pots for re-use. Sunny Loya, 441-9545
  • October 4, 2009 (Sunday), noon-5 pm. - Chapter Picnic at Patrick's Point.
    Chapter Picnic at Patrick's Point. Bishop Pine Picnic Area is central to good walks in this beautiful and rich state park. Members, prospective members, their friends and relations are invited to share good food and good company. We have proven this is an enjoyable event even in damp weather. Fire ready for BBQ at 1; eat 1-2:30. Then walk to Wedding Rock to see 4 species of plantains, to Ceremonial Rock to see the grape fern, or to a beach. Bring your own item to BBQ, your own beverage and eating gear, and a dish to share. Information or suggestions: Carol 822-2015.
  • October 14, 2009 (Wednesday). - "The Rare and Beautiful flora of Death Valley National Park" - evening program, Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30 pm.
    Dana York will take the audience on a botanical exploration of the largest national park outside Alaska. The park's botanical diversity is attributed to the numerous plant communities found at elevations ranging from 282 feet below sea level to 11,049 feet, the extraordinary geology, and the climate. There will be photographs of park endemics and other special botanical gems that are sure to please. In his 5 years as park botanist, Dana found many new populations of CNPS listed species and a previously unknown plant in the Last Chance Range. You don't need a hat or sunscreen, but be prepared for a desert journey.
  • October 24, 2009 (Saturday), 1-3 p.m. - "The Diverse Trees and Shrubs of Azalea State Reserve". Come wander and wonder in the fresh, damp woods with HSU botany student Whitney Meier. Learn many native shrubs and trees, including native azalea, ninebark, California bay, Douglas fir, and Sitka spruce. Many of these shrubs are good candidates for gardens. Be prepared to walk on uneven dirt trails with moderate ups and downs. Take North Bank Rd. off 101 just north of the Mad River; after a little more than one mile turn left on Azalea Dr., and shortly after that left into the parking lot. Rain or shine! 760-484-7278.
  • November 7, 2009 (Saturday) - Ammon Ranch Day hike.
    We've enjoyed it in spring; let's see it in fall! Ammon Ranch is a prairie at 1,800 ft. elevation in Six Rivers National forest on the west side of South Fork Trinity River. We'll explore around the meadow, along the stream, beside the deep pond, in the ephemeral pond, and at the old home site. At this quiet time of year we'll be spotting fruits, berries, capsules, colored leaves, new silhouettes, and maybe green seedlings. If the weather is too wet or threatening for a mountain outing, we'll hike in Arcata Community Forest on some trail we've never been on , 2-4 miles, and look for false azalea or something new. In either case, meet at 9:00 a.m. sharp at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Bring lunch, water, and rain gear. Call Carol 822-2015 to learn the final plan.
  • November 11, 2009 (Wednesday). - "Just What is a Rare Plant Anyway?!" - evening program, Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30 pm.
    Department of Fish and Game botanist Tony LaBanca will provide the answer to this question and many more, as he discusses what's behind the mystique of rare plants, reviews some select rare plants of the North Coast, how they are listed and ranked, and the important conservation implications of their rankings.
  • December 9, 2009 (Wednesday). - "Native Plant Show and Tell" - evening program, Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road near 7th and Union. Refreshments at 7 pm with program starting at 7:30 pm.
    An informal evening for anyone to share photos, artifacts, reading, or food related to native plants and their habitat. Tell Ron Johnson (677-0147; bethreninet.com) what you want to share. Participants and their topics include chemist Bill Wood on banana slugs' relationship to plants, rare plant botanist Dave Imper on serpentine beauties of Ring Mountain (Tiburon), landscaper and poet Donna Wildearth on treats of Forest Highway 1, planner Stephanie Klein on some aspect of invasive weeds, and photographer, art historian Ron Johnson with some stunning plant images.
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