North Coast CNPS



Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. For information or to suggest a speaker or topic contact Michael Kauffmann at 407-7686 or michaelekauffmann

Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Address questions about physical requirements to the leader. It is wise to contact the leader before the trip, in case plans change.

March 29, Sunday. 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Meet the Willows at Arcata Marsh.  Willows are a diverse and important group of trees and shrubs famous for being difficult to identify.  Local biologist John Bair (aka Mr. Willow) will show you that you can identify the four species present at the Marsh. He will also relate some of their fascinating life histories.   Meet at the Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 South G St., Arcata, prepared to walk about a mile on easy, level paths.  Co-sponsored by CNPS and Friends of the Arcata Marsh.  707-826-2359 Canceled
>>>>>Look for a willow lesson soon to be posted somewhere on this web site 

April 8, Wednesday.  7:30 p.m. "Vascular Plants of Northwestern California: a Story of Plants and People."  Dr. James P. Smith, Botany Professor emeritus at Humboldt State University, leads us on an evening celebrating our plants, our local botanists, and our chapter's 50th anniversary.  His recently published book will be for sale.  Canceled

April 11, Saturday.  (day before Easter) Stony Creek Day Hike.  The traditional April destination of the North Coast Chapter in its early days, 50 years ago, was this famous botanical trail off Highway 199 in Gasquet. It offers diverse native vegetation. We probably will see blooming Brook Wakerobin and a wonderful bed of fawn lilies. It is a 1-mile roundtrip hike to the confluence of Stony Creek and North Fork Smith River.  The trail is narrow and uneven, with an optional extension over boulders. It is partly on Six Rivers National Forest and partly owned by Siskiyou Land Conservancy. Dress for the weather and all its changes; bring lunch and water.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10:30 a.m. at the Gasquet Ranger Station, or arrange another place. Please tell Carol you are coming (822-2015).  Canceled

April 18, Saturday. 12:30-3:30. Native Plants in Arcata's Gardens and Forest. Join Carol Ralph for a walk from the Arcata Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back to see native plants in public and private landscapes and in a redwood forest. They will identify a range of native plants and invasive plants, see wildlife in a native plant garden, and think about how to mimic wild habitats in the confines of gardens.  Hopefully, trillium will be blooming in the forest. The walk is about 3 miles on sidewalks and good paths, with about 250 ft. elevation gain.  Call 826-7050 to register for this free trip sponsored by California Native Plant Society at Godwit Days, or register for Godwit Days at  Canceled

April 25, Saturday. 10 a.m-12 noon.  Ferns in the Dunes, At the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Carol Ralph will introduce eight species of common ferns during an easy walk of about 1/4 mile along the riparian edge of the dunes, and discuss some of the amazing aspects of fern life. Bring a hand lens if you have one and be prepared for mosquitoes. Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Road in Arcata and carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and Friends of the Dunes. Please reserve your space by contacting Friends of the Dunes at (707) 444-1397 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  probably canceled

April 26, Sunday. 1-3:00 p.m.  Botanizing the Hammond Trail Loop.  Along this wonderful McKinleyville trail see remnants of the native vegetation.  Wildflower author and enthusiast Elaine Allison will lead this walk of about one mile along coastal bluffs and coastal prairie, through Beach Pine forest and streamside forest, where you will see many common plants and at least one officially rare species. Meet at the west end of Murray Rd. For information: 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   probably canceled

May 1,2,3, Fri., Sat., Sun.  Spring Wildflower Show.  Theme: Pollination and Pollinators.  Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St., Eureka.
            Friday 2-8
            Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.   re-inventing; check back

May 2,3. Saturday, Sunday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Native Plant Sale.  Freshwater Farms Reserve,  5851 Myrtle Ave.    re-inventing; check back
            Members Only Presale Saturday 9-10 a.m.

May 13, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.  "Botanizing the BLM Lands of the North Coast."  Jennifer Wheeler, botanist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Arcata, will take us on a virtual journey across BLM lands on the North Coast.  The BLM manages a diverse collection of habitats across Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties, including Red Mountain, South Fork Eel, and King Range.  Jennifer will introduce us to a variety of wonderful plants including the newly described Wailaki Lomatium (Lomatium kogholiini) from the Red Mountain Area of Critical Environmental Concern.  We will also visit the Douglas-fir forests of Butte Creek Management Area and the oak woodlands of Lacks Creek and Travis Ranch.  canceled

May 15-17, Friday-Sunday.  Weaverville Weekend.  The East Weaver Trail is a wildflower favorite of our neighbors in the Shasta Chapter of CNPS, who we hope will join us on this outing.  Camping at East Weaver Campground (group camp site is reserved) (or staying at motel or B&B in nearby Weaverville), we will be in oak woodland and at the trailhead for this day hike. We will gather there Friday afternoon or evening, day hike Saturday, have a campfire dinner together Saturday night, visit some other fun trail Sunday morning, head home after lunch.  Tell Carol if you are interested in all or part: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707-822-2015.  wait and see

June 27, Saturday.  Botanizing with Green Diamond botanists.  wait and see

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