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Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, offered in person (as Covid protocols allow) at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata, and online via Zoom. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program 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 6Wed, Feb 9 2022 at 7:30pm

Evening Program: Silvery Phacelia, Rare Coastal Dune Beauty of Del Norte County

Silvery Phacelia (Phacelia argentea) exists only in the dunes of Tolowa Dunes State Park and Lake Earl Wildlife Area near Crescent City.  Naturalist Sandra Jerabek, Director for the Tolowa Dunes Stewards, and Katrina Henderson, California State Parks, will share the secrets of this charismatic plant, and feature the heroic, ongoing efforts of volunteers to protect its scenic dune habitat and adjacent estuary.  Possibly in-person as well as Zoom.

icon 6Sun, Feb 27 2022

Field Trip: Dry Lagoon-Stone Lagoon Day Hike

Is Dry Lagoon Dry now? What is visible of the summer-colorful carpet of sand plants? Are Candyflower lighting up the alder forest? Is the trillium still there? We will answer these questions on a 4.6-mile, out-and-back hike on gentle terrain in Humboldt Lagoons State Park. Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 10 a.m. at Dry Lagoon. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Contact Carol at 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Vaccinated people only; bring a mask.

icon 6Wed, Mar 9 2022 at 7:30p

Evening Program

In this evening program, native bee-man and native plant agriculture experimenter Brian Dykstra will touch on Wailaki ethnobotany, local botany, wildflowers, and wildfire.  Possibly in-person as well as Zoom.

icon 6Sun, Mar 27 2022

Field Trip: South Fork Trail Day Hike

Last year in March Ken Burton reported "huge patches of Indian Warrior and Fawn Lily, plus monkeyflower, hounds-tongue, larkspur, baby blue-eyes, popcorn flower, and many more" along this well known trail and the road to it in Six Rivers National Forest east of Willow Creek.  The trail is well graded but weakly maintained, meaning fallen trees can be obstacles.  Poison Oak is common.  We will walk out and back, probably covering 4-5 miles, not the entire trail to the river (8 miles round trip). Bring lunch and 2 quarts of water; dress for the weather. The trailhead is 2 hours from Arcata, including a bit of rough road. Be prepared for a long day, maybe dinner in Willow Creek.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rs., Arcata) or arrange another place.  Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

icon 6Wed, April 13 2022

Evening Program:Three Serpentine Botanical Areas

John McCrea,  Three Serpentine Botanical Areas in Six Rivers National Forest.  Possibly in-person as well as Zoom.

icon 6Sun, April 10 2022

Field Trip: Destination TBD

icon 6Fri, April 29 - Sun May 1 2022

Spring Wildflower Show

icon 6Sat, APR 30 & Sun May 2022

Spring Native Plant Sale

icon 6Wed, May 11 2022 at 7:30p

Evening Program: TBD

icon 6Sun, May 22 2022

Field Trip: Van Eck Forest Day Trip

Van Eck Forest Day Trip with forester Jack from Pacific Forest Trust

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