CNPS Happenings, Native Plant Week & Spring Wildflower Show

April, 2016


 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.

Evening Programs

At the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., near 7th and Union, Arcata.  Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.

April 13, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.  Continued Adventures Hiking and Botanizing in the Austrian and Italian Alps.  A local chemistry professor and aspiring botanist, Kjirsten Wayman spent the last year living in Austria and northern Italy, hiking the European Alps to explore the diversity of flora that lives there. This photographic botanical exploration will highlight a selection of the interesting flora and spectacular landscapes of the Austrian and Italian Alps.

May 11, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Plant Exploring in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Explorer, writer, and educator Michael Kauffmann will lead us on a journey into the Transverse Ranges of southern California to explore his discoveries, from one of the world’s largest oaks to the most isolated grove of Sierra junipers in the world. A photographic journey from mountain tops to river canyons across one of the nation’s newest national monuments.

Field Trips & Plant Walks

April 2, Saturday. Burnt Ranch and Grays Falls Day Trip. It’s fawn lily time at Burnt Ranch Campground! East along Highway 299 we also should find other spring blooms like Indian Warrior and Checker Lily. We’ll look for the minute, rare Howell’s Montia and explore the varied habitats at Grays Falls Picnic Area. Return late afternoon. For directions and info call Carol at 822-2015.

April 16, Saturday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Native Plants in Yards and Forest. Join Carol Ralph, Pete Haggard, and Anna Bernard for a round-trip walk from the Community Center to Arcata’s Community Forest to see native plants in private landscapes and redwood forest. Sponsored by CNPS and Godwit Days. Call 826-7050 or visit to register for this free trip.

April 17, Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Street-side Native Plant Garden. Visit a one-year-old and a recently planted “street-side” native garden at the corner of Alliance and Spear in Arcata. Learn with Anna Bernard how native plants are low maintenance, drought tolerant, and add beauty and variety to a city corner. 826-7247.

April 19, Tuesday. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Native Plants in an Urban Garden in Arcata. See native plants and the wildlife they harbor in the Arcata Community Center Native Plant & Wildlife Garden, a project of the North Coast Chapter of CNPS. Naturalist, gardener, and author Pete Haggard will be guiding. Call for info: 839-0307.

April 23, Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ferns by the Dunes. Learn fern facts and meet eight species of ferns with Carol Ralph in the riparian edge of the Lanphere Dunes. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Dunes. Please reserve your space by calling 444-1397.

April 23, Saturday 2 -4 p.m. Plants along the Bay: Hikshari Trail Plant Walk. Join us on the Hikshari Trail to learn about native and non-native plants. Blue-eyed Grass and the rare Humboldt Bay Owl’s-clover will hopefully be blooming. Hikshari Volunteer Trail Steward Coordinator, Wanda Naylor, will point out non-natives, natives and why we care. Children welcome with accompanying adult.
For info call 502-5793.

April 24, Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m. Wildflowers in a Hydesville Forest. A dappled, deciduous forest along a sparkling stream, sprinkled with springtime gems like trillium, fairybells, bleeding heart, and Solomon’s plume are only a few treats on show by hosts Bill and Linda Shapeero in Hydesville. Shady, grand fir forests and sunny, pasture edges offer other habitats alive with flowers and fresh, green herbaceous plants and shrubs, almost all native. Paths are gentle but slightly rough; the ground may be damp. For directions and info, call Bill 768-3287 or Carol 822-2015

May 7, Saturday. Rare Plant Treasure Hunt for Seaside Bittercress Cardamine Angulata in the Redwood Forests of  Redwood National and State Parks.  For details contact Greg O’Connell at or 599-4887.

May 14, Saturday, Patrick’s Point State Park Ivy Bash and Hike. 9 a.m.-12 noon we will pull English ivy with the State Park’s monthly work day, more info: Noon to about 3:00 we will eat our picnic lunches and hike some of the beautiful trails, more info: 822-2015, Dress for the weather; bring water, lunch, work gloves (optional), and clippers. Meet at 8:30 at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or at 9 a.m. at the park. Find directions at the entrance station. Free entrance for volunteers.

May 14, Saturday, Wildflower Walk out of Orleans. Exact destination to be decided. Meet at the Panamnik Building in Orleans at 10 a.m. Contact Tanya Chapple for details, Co-sponsored by Mid-Klamath Watershed Council. 

May 15, Sunday. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm Field Trip. This HSU facility near Maple Creek offers a chance to explore low elevation mountains between the coast and Six Rivers National Forest. We will walk with the resident caretaker along a three mile, out-and-back route where she has seen 40 species of flowers blooming (not all native). She will point out the forest management projects in progress. We will be in forest shade, woodland dapple, and meadow sun, including a creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School or arrange another place. Dress for the weather; wear sturdy walking shoes; bring lunch and water. Return late afternoon. It helps to know you are coming: Carol 822-2015.

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