Beginners and experts, non-members and members are all welcome at our programs and on our outings. Almost all of our events are free. All of our events are made possible by volunteer effort.
Second Wednesday evening, September through May. Refreshments at 7 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, near 7th and Union, Arcata.
Botanical FAQ’s: At 7:15 p.m. Pete Haggard or another presenter will share a brief, hands-on demonstration and discussion of some botanical topic.
April 8, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. “Northern California Botanical Rarities: what to look for, how to find them.” CNPS Rare Plant Botanist and veteran botanical explorer Aaron Sims discusses rare plants that live around here and points out what we need to learn. He will introduce recently described rare species and rare species that have not been seen for decades.
May 13, Wed. 7:30 p.m. “The Bigfoot Trail: A Celebration of Klamath Mountain Flora.” Michael Kauffmann, originator of this trail, will lead a photographic journey along its 360 miles from the Yolla Bollys to Crescent City, passing 32 species of conifers and countless mountain floral treasures. Map and notes will be for sale. www.bigfoottrail.org
Special program for Native Plant Week:
April 15, Wednesday. 7-9 p.m. “Ocean Friendly Gardening and Native Plant Landscaping.” Experienced designers, landscapers, and gardeners Lia Webb, Erik Johnson, and Josh Koepke will start with basic landscape design principals and move through Slow-the-Flow principals, to ecological design, Low Impact Development, and the Ocean Friendly Gardening program, all with native plants in mind and will share examples. 443-8326.
Field Trips and Plant Walks
Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m.-12 noon. “Letting the Bay Back in: Experience a Salt Marsh Restoration,” a walk at Freshwater Farms Reserve of the Northcoast Regional Land Trust with Michael Cipra and Carol Ralph of CNPS Meet 10 a.m. 5851 Myrtle Ave. 822-2242.
Sunday, April 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m.. “Native vs Non-native Plants at the Edge of the Bay,” a walk on Eureka’s Hikshari Trail, presented by Humboldt Baykeeper and Hikshari Trail Stewards. Susan Penn will share plants, ecology, and local history along a 3/4-mile section of this level trail. Se habla espanol. Meet at 10 a.m. at the vista point at the end of Truesdale St., Eureka. 825-1020.
Sunday, April 12. Horse Mountain or Prairie Creek Day Trip. What are mountain plants doing in April when snow is lacking? If winter continues dry, we will find out! If the weather becomes wintry, we will go someplace lower elevation. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata). Bring lunch and water. 822-2015.
Saturday April 18, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Native Plants in Yards and Forest. Join Carol Ralph for a walk from the Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back to see native plants in private landscapes and in a redwood forest. Free Godwit Days trip. Call 826-7050 to register.
Saturday April 18, 10 a.m. Salmon River Trail Wildflower Day Hike. About 3 miles round trip to Hippo Rock, along the river. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Panamnik Building, 38150 Hwy 96, Orleans. Bring lunch water. Contact Tanya Chapple at 530-627-3202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by Mid-Klamath Watershed Council.
Saturday April 25,. 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ferns of the Dunes. Carol Ralph will introduce eight species of our common ferns at the riparian edge of the Lanphere Dunes. Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Road, Arcata, and carpool to the reserve. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Dunes. Please register at 444-1397.
Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dune Walks at the Manila Community Center, part of the Spring Wildflower Show (see below).
Thursday May 14,. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Garden Visit: Lost Coast Brewery Native Plant Garden at the Humboldt Botanical Garden, with volunteer curator Mark Moore. Bring a sack lunch. Admission charged.
Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17. Shelter Cove and King Range Day Trip or Overnight. A native plant workshop by the Lost Coast Interpretive Association, a guided walk on the Shelter Cove Nature Trail, hiking the Hidden Valley Trail (2.7 miles), camping at Wailaki Campground, and hiking the Chemise Mountain Trail. RSVP to 822-2015.
Saturday, May 23. Two Azalea Reserves, Two Short Walks. Visit two natural stands of this beautiful, fragrant, native shrub. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School; 10:15 a.m. at Azalea State Natural Reserve; 12 noon-1 p.m. at Trinidad Museum (BYO picnic lunch); or about 1:30 p.m. at Stagecoach Hill Azalea Reserve. 822-2015.