Registration open until April 30
San Luis Obispo County Flora
May 1-4, 2017 (Monday - Thursday)
Instructor: Dr. David Keil, Professor Emeritus of Biology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Target Audience:This workshop is geared toward agency planners, professional and amateur botanists, local land use advocates, enthusiasts, and others seeking to gain or improve knowledge and experience identifying the beautifully diverse common and rare plants and habitats of SLO county.
Description: This workshop will begin with an introductory afternoon lecture, followed by 3 full days of excursions to diverse field sites in San Luis Obispo county. The first day in the field will be a survey of varied habitats along the coast from Morro Bay northward. The second will be a transect from San Luis Obispo eastward to the Carrizo Plain. The final day will focus on varied habitats around San Luis Obispo, with a focus on plant communities on varied substrates, including serpentine.
Participants will learn about:
Registration is now open! Last day to register is April 30, 2017.
Registration fees are discounted for CNPS members. If you are not a CNPS member, visit www.cnps.org/join to join now and save!
Please note: class size is limited to 25 participants.
Cancellation Policy: The last day to cancel your registration and receive any refund is Monday, April 17, 2017. Refunds may be subject to processing fees. Please send cancellation requests by e-mail to Becky Reilly, . Click here for more details on the cancellation policy for CNPS workshops.
Schedule (subject to change):
Monday, May 1: Afternoon classroom intros & orientation, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, May 2: Flora of the SLO county coast, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, May 3: Floristic and vegetational transect of inland/eastern SLO County, 8:00 am - around 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 4: Serpentine and non-serpentine areas around San Luis Obispo, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
For those who would like to stick around a little longer, on Thursday evening the local CNPS San Luis Obispo Chapter will be holding their monthly chapter meeting. The featured guest speaker for May 4, Stuart Wilson, will give an overview of the diversity of Lupinus (illustrated with great photos) and tips on identification. There will also be a pre-meeting workshop on Lupinus identification. This will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo. The pre-meeting workshop is from 6-7 pm, and the meeting begins at 7 pm. See cnpsslo.org for details.
Venue: The Monday afternoon classroom session will take place in the Oak Glen Pavilion at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, located at 3450 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. Field study portions of this workshop will take place at various sites in San Luis Obispo county. Maps and directions will be provided to registered participants about a week before the workshop. We have opted to use carpools to access field sites instead of renting busses or vans in the interest of keeping registration costs low. Wednesday, the floristic transect day, will be the longest distance travelled, up to 70 miles one-way (140 miles/ round trip) with stops, to access some of the most spectacular natural areas in the county. Coastal and serpentine exploration days will cover shorter distances.
Materials Required: Please bring...
Optional additional items include:
Materials Provided: CNPS will provide handouts and technical references, including a flora checklist that we will use in the field.
Physical Requirements: Participants should be physically able to hike over uneven moderate terrain and remain in the field for up to 9 hours at a time. This workshop will be held rain or shine.
About the Instructor
Dr. David Keil is Professor Emeritus of Biology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Dave has had a lifelong interest and enthusiasm for botany. He received his B.S. and M.S. in botany from Arizona State University and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He has taught courses in general botany, plant taxonomy, field botany, evolution, and biogeography. For many years Dave served as Curator of the Robert F. Hoover Herbarium at Cal Poly. He has authored scientific papers, textbooks, and study guides, and has been a major contributor to The Jepson Manual and the Flora of North America. His research interests include Asteraceae systematics and floristics of Western North America. He edited the Wildflowers of San Luis Obispo and is preparing the second edition of the Vascular Plants of San Luis Obispo County.
If you have questions about this or any other CNPS workshops, please contact Becky Reilly, CNPS Events Coordinator, at 916-447-2677 x207 or .