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Native Plant Week with the Marin Chapter

April 14 - April 22

It’s that wonderful time of year when the California Native Plant Society celebrates California Native Plant Week. The Marin chapter of CNPS coordinates a series of free events from lectures to outdoor hikes and viewing of wildflowers and removing invasive weeds.

Marin CNPS Native Plant Week

April 14 – 22, 2018

For full details, including what to bring and where to meet, please see All events are free but the class on Monday April 16th does require preregistration.

Saturday April 14 — The Spring Native Plant Sale will kick-off our celebration of Native Plant Week. It’s held at Falkirk Cultural Center garden, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. Wildflowers for Native Pollinators is the theme we’ll be highlighting with a variety of perennials, annuals, bulbs and seeds. Charlotte Torgovitsky will talk at 10:30 am on Encouraging Diverse Pollinators in your garden. Come early for the best choice! 9 am – 1 pm

Sunday April 15 — Wildflowers of Mt. Burdell. A hike through a variety of habitats, volcanic outcrops, serpentine soils, freshwater springs, and oak woodlands. The 3-mile walk is for ages 18 and up. Bring lunch, water bottle, binoculars. Led by Shannon Burke, Marin County Parks Naturalist. For information contact 10 am – 2 pm

Monday April 16 — The Art of Pressing Botanicals. Cindy LaMar will demonstrate how to make artworks from pressed flowers, or use them to create a journal of your garden. Includes a walk through the gardens at Falkirk Center to discuss which plants work well for this technique. Space is limited so preregistration is required; see the Marin CNPS web site for details.

Wednesday April 18 — The Wildflowers of Chimney Rock. A hike on the coastal bluffs of Pt. Reyes Peninsula, home to a fantastic display of spring wildflowers and breathtaking views of the ocean. An easy walk of 1.5 miles for ages 15 and up. Led by Shannon Burke, Marin County Parks Naturalist. For information contact 10 am – 2 pm

Thursday April 19  — Saving Point Reyes Native Plant Habitats. If you hate to see beautiful native vegetation displaced by invasive exotic species, join the “Third Thursday Weeders.” Spend the day at beautiful Point Reyes while helping to protect important plant habitat at the National Seashore. Current efforts focus on the Lighthouse area and a dune restoration project near Abbott’s Lagoon. Ages 12 to 85. Preregistration required: Contact Carolyn Longstreth 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Friday April 20  — Bee Friends in your Garden. “If you build it, they will come.” When enhancing your garden with bee-friendly native plants, what will show up? Much more than just honey bees and bumble bees! In this talk and slideshow from presenter Erin Elsey, graduate student in Biology at SFSU, learn how to identify stunning native bees and what plants to grow to attract them. Marin County Civic Center Library, San Rafael. Some guidebooks on bees will be for sale following the talk. 12 –1 pm

Saturday April 21 — Celebrate Earth Day at Samuel P. Taylor Park for a morning of learning and helping. There will be several walks with naturalists to learn more about native flora and fauna along trails and the creek.  A catch-and-release activity with Paul da Silva to learn about useful bugs, a creek talk with Preston Brown from SPAWN, an invasive plant weeding project with Nancy Hanson, and children’s activities led by GreenPlay Camps will all wrap up around noon to let everyone socialize and partake of some special treats. Free but $8 parking fee. 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Sunday April 22 — Wildflowers of Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve. This special habitat is a gem that features wildflowers, including several serpentine endemics, a pygmy Sargent cypress forest, and great views as a reward for the sustained climb to the top. It is about 4 to 5 miles overall, moderately strenuous. Led by Shannon Burke, Marin County Parks Naturalist. Contact 10 am – 2 pm



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