Mount Lassen Chapter
Banana Belt Upper Bidwell Park Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 10:00 AM
Meet at 10 AM at Horsehoe Lake, parking lot E with lunch and drink. Wear hiking shoes for the scramble up to the north ridge where we will see the first of the new year's flowers and the last of the old ones. With two good early rains already, we have a good chance to see blue dicks, purple mouse ears, goldfields along with some paintbrush and gumweed. If the weather cooperates we will have lunch at a Maidu rock shelter that comes equipped with 30 bedrock mortars and running water. Common manzanita may be in bloom down by the park road. Leaders: Wes Dempsey (530) 342-2293 and Gerry Ingco (530) 893-5123.
Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Año Nuevo State Park Field Trip
Tuesday, January 1, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Join us as we celebrate a Chapter tradition of welcoming the New Year with a walk and picnic at Ano Nuevo State Park on the San Mateo County coast. The park is located south of Pescadero on Highway 1, just north of the Santa Cruz County line. Meet in the parking lot ($10 day use fee) at 10:00 am. Latecomers will find us on the trail in the coastal prairie. We’ll enjoy sea cliff vegetation, raptors, songbirds and maybe marine mammals. We will face a moderate high tide at noon, but should be able to picnic on the beach. As a day to have fun at the beach with fellow chapter members the ending time and depth of botanical discussion may be extended depending on participants. We will finish at the visitor center. Bring binoculars and layers for variable conditions including wind, sun and fog. Heavy rain cancels. For more information contact Carolyn Dorsch.
Napa Valley Chapter
Mushroom walk at Archer Taylor Preserve
Saturday, January 5, 9:00 AM
We'll carpool leaving from the parking lot between Target and Pharmaca in Bel Aire Plaza off Trancas Street in Napa near Highway 29. Remember to dress for cool weather and bring snacks, lunch, ample drinking water and sturdy hiking shoes. Steady rain cancels. Leader: Jake Ruygt (707) 253-1839.
Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Weed War at Cold Creek Valley Preserve
Sunday, January 13, 8:30 AM
Weed War is an unending engagement started by CNPS in the early 1980s. This month we revisit restoration sites so beautifully planted by volunteers earlier in the year. It's exciting to see the growth and speculate on what native critters now have a home, food, and shelter at the sites as a weed field becomes fully functional. Join us for a satisfying day of planting and weeding. Receive community service credit. Reservations required: call Jo at 818-591-1701 x203 or RVSP via email. Call or email for directions. 3.5hrs. Repeats on Saturday, January 26, at 8:45 AM.
Temescal Canyon Pacific Palisades Native Plant Garden Restoration
Saturday, January 26, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Help remove exotic invasive weeds, install new native plants, spread mulch, and/or prune the large surviving natives in this corner of an L.A. City Park originally dedicated to the beauty and sustainability of California flora in 1988. We're just a few steps east of ~700 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 (between the PCH and Sunset Blvd., below Bowdoin St.). Community Service Credit. Contact Barbara Marinacci or Michael G. Terry.
East Bay Chapter
Fetid Adder's Tongue Field Trip
Sunday, January 6, 2:00 PM
Location: Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside (San Mateo County) California. Meet in the parking lot just past the pay station. David Margolies (510-654-0283, 510-393-1858 cell, or email) will lead a hike on the Crystal Springs Trail where fetid adder’s tongue Scoliopus bigelovii (Liliaceae) blooms in early January. This is a gentle trail, losing about 200 feet over about 1/2 mile to the creek. We will walk to the creek and then return the same way. The area is second growth redwood and mixed evergreen forest. Note that you must pay the park's parking fee even if the station is not staffed (use the envelopes provided). It will probably be muddy and may be raining. but the walk will take place rain or shine. For directions or further information see: http://ebcnps.org/field-trips/
Monterey Bay Chapter
Point Lobos Fungi Field Trip
Friday, January 11, 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Chuck Bancroft, state park ranger retired, will accompany CNPS Leader Lynn Bomberger on a walk to explore the forest for fungal friends. Our approximately 2 mile walk will take us on several trails in the pine forest to search for and photograph both fungi and mushrooms and any other unique observations. Bring a point & shoot camera, water, a snack, and wear good walking shoes. Be prepared for any kind of weather. Let’s meet by 9:45 at the Rio Road Park and Ride. Call Lynn for a reservation at 375-7777.
Marin County Chapter
Lagunitas Creek, Samuel P Taylor State Park
Saturday, January 12, 10 AM - Noon
Watch, listen, and learn while endangered salmon spawn in Lagunitas Creek. Explore the botany of the watershed of California’s largest remaining coho salmon population while sharing discussions on the ecology of salmon and local streams, and their relationship to the health of our forests. We’ll meet at the parking lot of the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, located at 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. We’ll carpool to the Leo T. Cronin fish viewing area. Rain cancels; call Clint if in doubt. Leader: Clint Kellner, (510) 376-5702 (cell), or email. For additional information including directions, see: http://www.marin.edu/cnps/FieldTrips.html.
El Dorado Chapter
Program meeting: Gabbro and Serpentine Plants of the Pine Hill Preserve
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 PM
Debra Ayres, Ph.D. is an Associate Project Scientist in Evolution and Ecology at U.C. Davis. She will talk about the endemic plants which are found on the gabbro and serpentine soils of the Pine Hill Preserve in the west county. She will discuss which native plants can be used in home landscapes on these soils which are widespread around Cameron Park as well as a belt extending north and south. Dr. Ayres has also been a Master Gardener and landscape designer prior to her academic career, so she is well qualified to tie all of this information together. The meeting location is in the Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville. Chapter meetings are free and the public is always invited to attend. The first half hour is plant identification and socializing. Program will start at 7 PM. For a preview, see the El Dorado chapter page on Pine Hill Preserve.