North Coast CNPS

Marvelous Mycoheterotrophs:
The Beauty and Science of Floral-Fungal Freeloaders

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  October 13, 2021 Wednesday


  Online Event via Zoom



How to Attend this Webinar

To watch this presentation via Zoom, you must register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the program. You do not need a Zoom account to register for or attend this presentation.

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If you've ever been fascinated by a waxy, alien looking plant without green parts in the woods that doesn't even seem like it should be real, you may have been enchanted by a marvelous mycoheterotroph! Mycologist and teacher Leah Bendlin of Oregon Mycological Society will discuss the biology and associations of these strange-looking plants that depend upon fungi for survival, as well as some of the scientific discoveries that lead to the current understanding of how they function. She will also help you get to know and recognize some local species and learn how they might help in successful mushroom hunting!

Evening Programs are free, public presentations on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. During covid restrictions and for non-local speakers programs will be held via Zoom, at 7:30 p.m. 

CNPS members may vote in our election of chapter officers using a Zoom poll during this evening's presentation.

Contact Us

Our Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1067, Arcata CA 95518

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Phone Numbers

You can find phone numbers for individual team members on the Team Members page. 

Our Nursery Location

5851 Myrtle Ave
Eureka, CA 95503

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to learn about gardening and native plants, while getting some fresh air and gentle exercise. It's a wonderful opportunity to connect with other volunteers with similar interests as we work together to restore and protect our precious local ecosystems. Come join us, everyone is welcome - whether you come weekly or occasionally! Together we can make a difference. 

Nursery Committee

Nursery Aug2021

Join the fun while helping to spread critically important native plants by volunteering in our nursery. Nursery work involves all aspects of growing the plants that we offer at our plant sales as well as maintaining our demonstration garden/living seed bank.

No prior experience necessary. All skill levels welcome. Training and tools will be provided.

Ready to get involved? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. New volunteers are always welcome!


Join us every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for a volunteer work party from 10a- 1p. We work rain or shine! 

What to Bring:

Wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty. Bring a water bottle and sun protection. 


Our nursery is located at Freshwater Farms Reserve. 5851 Myrtle Ave, Eureka, CA

Covid Update (Aug 2021):

Our nursery is primarily outdoors and offers an abundance of fresh air and elbow room for volunteers to work in a covid-safe environment. Our nursery leaders are fully vaccinated. Let us know if you have any questions! Your safety and peace of mind are our priority.


Nursery Volunteers Needed!

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Every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday 10a - 1p

Fall is a busy time at our volunteeer-run nursery as we prepare for the new growing season. We are seeking individuals to help with basic nursery work as well as other project-related tasks. This is also a great opportunity to advance your gardening skills and native plant know-how. See our Volunteers page for more details on how you can help.

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