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Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, offered online via Zoom. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. Find the link to register for them on the home page of this website each month as the date approaches.

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.  We follow county covid advice regarding masks and group size.


icon 6Saturday & Sunday, Sept 25 & 26

Fall Native Plant Sale

See details on the Fall 2021 Plant Sale page.


icon 6Sun, Oct 3

Horse Mountain Day Hike.

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. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Vaccinated people only, please.  Everyone should bring a mask.  Contact Carol at 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


icon 6Wednesday, Oct 13, 7:30 p.m.

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

ghostpipes smallIf you've ever been fascinated by a waxy, alien looking plant, you may have been enchanted by a marvelous mycoheterotroph! Mycologist and teacher Leah Bendlin of Oregon Mycological Society will discuss how these strange-looking plants depend upon fungi  and how we know it.  She will also introduce some local species and tell how they might help in successful mushroom hunting! Register for this Zoom presentation on our website. See more details >> 


icon 6November 6, Saturday

Plan A: Monument Fire Field Trip.  Assuming this fire along Highway 299 is out and that I can find a place to visit where it has burned, we will drive and/or walk through freshly burned landscape, noting how it impacted the vegetation.  In future years we will return to see what happens next.  If you know a possible area for this trip, please tell Carol.  Check the website and watch our email announcements to learn if this plan develops.

Plan B: Patrick's Point Day Hike.  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.  Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata).  Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water.  Vaccinated people only, please.  Everyone should bring a mask.  Contact Carol at 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


icon 6Wednesday, Nov 10, 7:30 p.m.

Evening Program: "Our Treasured Coastal Prairies, Ecology and Maintenance"

Coastal prairies make up a thin sliver of existing grasslands in California but are important in supporting wildlife, pollinators, and carbon sequestration and in providing natural beauty for Californians. Despite their small size, they can host greater species diversity than interior areas due to summer fog influence. Justin Luong, a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz and a director of the California Native Grassland Association, has recently surveyed 36 coastal prairies to see what happened after restoration efforts. He will show examples of the prairies and their flora, enumerate the many threats to them, and report the results of management efforts. Climate change, drought, and local adaptations, all enter the story. Find more at justinluong.com or on Twitter at @JustinCLuong. Register for this Zoom presentation on our website.


icon 6Wednesday, Dec 8, 7:30 p.m.

Evening Program: Native Plant Show and Tell

A chance for anyone to share photos or stories from their plant adventures during the year. If you would like to share, contact Susan Thorsell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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