North Coast CNPS


CNPS,Northcoast Wildflower ArtShareApril Activities
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A community ‘TAKE ONE, LEAVE ONE’ Art Share event in celebration of spring Wildflowers.
Wildflower art, created by the community, will be shared and celebrated throughout April. Events include Friday Night Art Demos, Community Little Free Wildflower Art Galleries, Facebook & Instagram Wildflower Art Shares, Location list to visit Little Free Galleries, plus, Wildflower Art prompts for children and the young at heart!

You are invited to share your Wildflower Art!
• Our Wildflower 'Take one/Leave one’ Art Share is open to everyone. The Art Share Wildflower format is 3” x 3” max, any medium and display ready (stiff enough to lean upright - no hooks needed). *Practice Covid-safe distancing & always wear a mask when within 6 feet of others*

Little Free Library owners: Join the 'Little Free Wildflower Art Gallery' circuit! Convert your 'LittleFreeLibrary' to an Art Gallery for the month. Just temporarily remove the books, and contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for free colorful signage & to have your Little Free Wildflower Art Gallery added to the location list. More info here.
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Talks and demonstrations tempting enough that everyone
will want to make their own Wildflower Art.
No previous art experience necessary.
APRIL 2 at 7: 00PM ~ Welcome to Art Share April & Little Free Wildflower Galleries, plus, 'How to See a Wildflower' ~ Annie Reid will discuss Wildflowers, Art & demonstrate how she sketches using her iPad in the field. Her art can be seen at
APRIL 9 at 7: 00PM ~ Patricia Sennott presents 'Pen & Watercolor fun with Flowers'
APRIL 16 at 7: 00PM ~ Rick Tolley presents 'Walk in Beauty, Wildflowers'. Rick hosted Wildflower Art Nights for many years, sharing his love of wildflowers throughout our community. Tolley will share field sketches and demonstrate how his paintings evolve. 
APRIL 23 at 7:00PM ~ Amanita Mollier presents 'Silkscapes'. Mollier is the featured artist throughout 2021 at Coast Central Credit Union. Amanita will share her painting process as well as stories of how she finds her wildflower scenes.
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An online Community sharing of Wildflower Art!
 • Follow 'Wildflower Show Art Share April' Facebook page to see everyone's art!
 • Post your Wildflower Art to the 'Wildflower Show Art Share April' page on Facebook
 • Post to your own Facebook page & tag 'Wildflower Show Art Share April' on Facebook
Another way to share your Wildflower Art!
  Follow Art Share April on Instagram at #littlefreewildflowergallery
  Post Your Wildflower Art on your Instagram feed using #littlefreewildflowergallery 
 • Always use #littlefreewildflowergallery in your Instagram Art Share April posts!
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For children and the young at heart!
Map of locations
Updated April 3, 2021
Thank you to The Ink People Center for the Arts, The Space @ Art Center Frame, Miller Farms, Piersons Garden Shop, The Sanctuary Arcata, McKinleyville Middle School & others for hosting LFWGalleries. Location list will be updated as installations complete.
Plus, an invitation to Little Free Library owners
Join the Little Free Wildflower Art Gallery circuit! Convert your LittleFreeLibrary to an Art Gallery for the month. For free colorful signage & to be put your Little Free Wildflower Gallery on the location list, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info here.


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2021 Wildflower Show Announcement & Developing Schedules

OVERVIEW (schedule below)

The Northcoast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society invites the public to our second COVID-safe virtual Wildflower Show. This year we will have more opportunities for everyone to participate and safely share their wildflower experiences, both in the field via iNaturalist, and through our Art Share program, which already has its own web area.  If you are unfamiliar with iNaturalist, the online citizen-naturalist info-sharing platform, we'll help you get started - because the Wildflower Show will be using it in three important ways:

- photo platform for our specimens - This year our intrepid collectors will again be taking photos, instead of gathering the live specimens that historically have been part of the show.
- Wildflower "Bio-Blitz - Do you have some favorite wildflower species that you want to share?  Of course. That's why we are inviting everyone to participate virtually in a public wildflower photo frenzy.  (No meet-ups! And no trampling, please!)  Stay tuned for the dates and details of how to participate.
- Virtual Wildflower Walks - Starting Saturday April 17, photos of the flowers blooming right now on some popular trails will be posted in the "Spring Plant Walks in Northern California" iNaturalist project. Advice for navigating iNaturalist is available there also.


VISITING OUR iNATURALIST PROJECTS... iNaturalist web pages are laid out in a special way.  When our projects go online, we'll provide some tips about how to browse our photos.

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April thru May - Art Share activities:
      free galleries, online sharing, art ideas

 for the following 
Zoom art demo programs: 

  • April 2, 7 pm - "How to See a Wildflower" with Annie Reid 
  • April 9, 7 pm - "Pen and Watercolor Fun with Flowers" with Patricia Sesnnott
  • April16, 7 pm - (to be announced)
  • April 23, 7 pm - Amanita Mollier will share her silkpainting and storied of her subjects

April 17-24 - California Native Plant Week grow care 280w        
       the official state-wide celebration, since 2010
During this week the North Coast Chapter will debut on iNaturalist its "Spring Plant Walks in Northern California".

April 24-May 2 - Wildflower Show wildflower show 95038 cover 280w
        theme: "Serpentine Habitat"

Later in the month you will be able to register for the following Zoom programs: 

  • Saturday, April 24, 7 pm - Welcome, Guide to the Show, iNat coaching, and geologist Mark Bailey with "A Story of Rock in Green and Orange"
  • Sunday, April 25, 7 pm- "Serpentine Plant-Soil Relations: A World View" with Nishi Rajakaruna
  • Tuesday, April 27, 7 pm - "Serpentine Botanical Wonders" with Dana York
  • Wednesday, April 28, 7 pm - Robin Bencie on the Heath Family (Ericaceae)
  • Thursday, April 29, 7 pm - "HSU Herbarium and You: Using the database and getting involved" with Robin Bencie
  • Saturday, May 1, 7 pm -  Wildflower Fun of the Day, and botanist John McRae presenting "Serpentine Treasure in Six Rivers National Forest"
  • Sunday, May 2, 7 pm - WFS grand finale


Workshop: A Primer on Sedges: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Instructor: Gordon Leppig

Target Audience: Professional and student botanists, consultants, regulators, and ecologists. Participants should have knowledge of basic plant terminology and use of dichotomous keys.

Participants will gain proficiency in:

  • Basic sedge terminology, morphology, and ecology.
  • Keying terminology and techniques using The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition and other references.
  • Sight recognition of some ecologically dominant sedges based upon habitat.
  • Appreciation for the beauty, diversity, complexity, and ecological value of sedges.
  • A richer understanding of some of northern California’s most common and rare sedges.

Registration and Cost: $100 for CNPS members; $130 for non-members.

Register: Fill in the form below.

The last day to register is February 28.

If you are not a CNPS member, go to to join now and save!

Description: This is an intensive introductory/intermediate course on sedge identification and keying with an emphasis on species occurring in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The workshop starts with an introductory review of sedge taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, and essential sedge keying terminology and morphology.  The rest of the day will be guided dissection and keying of specimens in the laboratory using a microscope and the Jepson Manual 2nd Edition.  Keying will be punctuated with guidance and commentary on keying groups and species characteristics. Many specimens will be available for review, dissection, and comparison. This workshop is geared for beginner and intermediate caricologists, but familiarity with keying plants in the Jepson Manual is required.  The emphasis will be on learning some of the most common and rare sedges in northern California.

Venue:  Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.  Directions and additional information will be provided to registered participants about a week before the workshop.

Schedule: 9:00am to 5:00pm (1 Hr. lunch). Please arrive early to get setup.  

Materials Required: Please bring...

    • Quality dissecting equipment, including extra-fine forceps and a metric ruler
    • Hand lens
    • Notebook and writing implements
    • Lunch (or find lunch nearby in Arcata)
  • The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition
  • Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest 1st or 2nd Edition (recommended)

Materials Provided: CNPS will provide handouts, diverse material for keying and comparison, and dissecting scopes. Coffee, tea, fruit, and baked goods will be available during the morning session.

About the Instructor:

Gordon Leppig is a Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and was for 10 years the HSU Vascular Plant Herbarium collections manager.  He has been a student of sedges for over 20 years and has previously taught plant workshops for CNPS, The HSU Natural History Museum, and the Jepson Herbarium.

Spring Wildflower Show (pre-covid) 
the North Coast celebration of wild California plants
May 1-2-3, 2020                        

         Below is the plan for our "real" show, which is canceled this year due to COVID-19.  Don't give up!  A beautiful wildflower experience is being assembled on the Wildflower Show 2020 tab of this website!  Visit it now and in the future. 

Spring Wildflower Show 
            Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St., Eureka.
                        May 1, Friday, 2-8 p.m.
                        May 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
                                    Contact: Susan 707-672-3346

  • special lectures and displays on pollintation and pollinators
  • hundreds of fresh flowers, native and non-native
  • Wildflower art workshop Friday, 7 p.m. 707-677-0927
  • experts to identify your wild plant
  • invasive plant game
  • wildflower posters and postcards and plant books to buy
  • Admission free. Everyone welcome.  Handicap accessible.


Speakers at the Wildflower Show

 Friday, May 1
            7 p.m. Art Night. Artists Annie Reid, Joyce Jonte, and Patricia Sennott will provide a creative and congenial atmosphere for artists, from beginners to professionals, to sit down together and draw the flowers of their choice borrowed from the show.  Please tell us you are coming 677-0927.

Saturday, May 2
            12 noon. "Native Bees and Plants: a Vital Symbiosis"
with Brian Dykstra
              2 p.m.  "Local Butterflies to Know"with Clint Pogue

Sunday, May 3
            11 a.m. "Photographing Wildflowers" with Janet Stock.  Bring your photos
            12 noon. "Pollination Basics and Intricacies" with Jean-Paul Ponte
            1:30 p.m. Gardening for Pollinators: Restoring the Earth, One Garden at a Time" with Bill Rodstrom and Gary Falxa

Displays at the Wildflower Show

Pollination: What it is, how it happens, why it is essential

Native American Cultural Plants.  Edible, medicinal, and cultural-use plants of importance to the Wiyot Tribe.

Wild Edible Plants.  See favorite edible, native plants that you can grow outside your door for your consumption, while providing native habitat for native wildlife.

Invasive Plants.  Learn what common garden species are invading our wildlands. 

Plants of the Dunes.  Friends of the Dunes brings a sampling from the dunes to you.

Six Rivers National Forest.  Stunning photographs of a beautiful habitat and its flower inhabitants. 



Teachers' Resources - these are downloadable .pdf files

Flower parts (12 KB) Flower activities (5 KB)
Pollination (222 KB) Uses of native plants (4 KB)
Five flower types (508 KB) Is it OK to pick wildflowers? (5 KB)






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