North Coast CNPS



Evening programs are free, public programs on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. For information or to suggest a speaker or topic contact Michael Kauffmann at 407-7686 or michaelekauffmann

Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Address questions about physical requirements to the leader. It is wise to contact the leader before the trip, in case plans change.

January 10, Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 pm.  "Native Bees and Native Plants 101".  Have you ever wondered the difference between our native bees and introduced honey bees?  Or how important these native bees are to the pollination success of our native plants?  Brian Dykstra, local bee expert, will describe with pollination stories how California's bee and plant diversity support each other.  Brian will also share ways to create native plant gardens to enhance plant-pollinator relationships.

[February 1-3. CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles.  Pre-conference events Jan 30-31. See]

February 14, Wednesday, 7:30-9:00p.m.  "Journey to New Caledonia".  In late 2017, Marie Antoine and Steve Sillett traveled halfway around the world to one of the world's hotspots for plant diversity.  The island of New Caledonia is about the size of Vancouver Island and has the highest number of plants per square kilometer in the world.  The island is home to 44 conifer species, all endemic, including the only known parasitic gymnosperm.  Marie and Steve will share tales and images from their visit. 

February 25, Sunday. Rohner Park and Humboldt Botanical Gardens field trip.  Slinkpod, Foetid Adder's Tongue, and Scoliopus bigelovii are all names for the same early-blooming plant. The intricate flower and interesting aroma deserve creative names.  We will see it and other Redwood forest plants on an easy walk (about 1 mile) in a mature, second growth Redwood forest right in Fortuna.  Then we will drive north to Humboldt Botanical Gardens. Its Lost Coast Brewery Native Plant Garden has 120 species.  Something will be blooming!  (Bring your membership card or CR student card or pay $5 senior/$8 adult admission.)  We will walk some of the trails in the garden.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Kohls end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or 10:00 the Fireman's Pavilion in Rohner Park (Park St. off Main St. by 16th St.).  We will be outside!  Dress accordingly.  Bring lunch and water, hoping for a sunny picnic table at which to eat.  Please tell Carol (822-2015) you are coming.     

March 14, Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.  "Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps." Ken DeCamp, author of Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps, has been drawing and photographing wildflowers for over 40 years.  It is from this collection of images that this book became a reality.  Though he has traveled widely, he has always considered the mountains of northern California his home and has, for 60 years, explored their most hard-to-reach places.  Ken will share tales from the trails and images of some of his favorite flowers.  Books will be available for purchase.

March 17, Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. Workshop: A Primer on Sedges.  Spend a day in the lab at Humboldt State University keying sedges (genus Carex) with material and expertise provided by Gordon Leppig and assistants. $100 for CNPS members; $130 non-members.  Find information at

March  24, Saturday. East Fork Willow Creek Day Hike.  East over two ridges, at the bottom of the east slope of Horse Mountain, is a shady campground in Six Rivers National Forest.  Its gate is locked over wet winter months to protect an important Port Orford Cedar stand from POC root disease.  We will sanitize our boots and walk in, looking at the fawn lilies and assorted trees I know are there and looking for Giant Purple Trillium, which might be there in the riparian forest.  After exploring along the creek we can continue walking up the slope on a Forest Service road as far as we want.  It will be an up and back hike. Dress for being outside in whatever weather appears.  Bring lunch and water.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place, Tell Carol you are coming (822-2015), in case plans change.

April  7, Saturday.  Stony Creek Day Hike.  This famous and favorite botanical destination off Highway 199 in Gasquet offers diverse native vegetation. This early date should see Brook Wakerobin and a wonderful bed of California Fawn Lilies blooming. (We will check the identification.) It is a 1-mile roundtrip hike to the confluence of Stony Creek and North Fork Smith River.  The trail is narrow and uneven, with an optional extension over boulders. It is partly on Six Rivers National Forest and partly owned by Siskiyou Land Conservancy.  If we have been efficient and want to stretch the day, we will also stop at Myrtle Creek Trail, a 2-mile roundtrip trail in a botanically rich zone where coastal and interior species mix and serpentine and normal soils mix.  It is a Botanical Area in Six Rivers National Forest.  Brook Wakerobin and Oregon Goldthread should be blooming.  Dress for the weather and all its changes; bring lunch and water.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 10:30 a.m. at the Gasquet Ranger Station, or arrange another place,  Please tell Carol you are coming (822-2015).

April 11, Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Evening program presented by Calflora staff.

April 12, Thursday, Field workshop led by Calflora staff.

April 15, Sunday. 1:00-3:00 p.m. "Conifers on Campus," a plant walk with Dr. Dennis Walker, the man who brought conifers from all corners of the world to create a remarkable collection on Humboldt State University Campus. Not all conifers look like Christmas trees! Learn what makes a conifer and broaden your understanding of these trees and shrubs. Meet at the green front doors of the dome greenhouse, east of B St between Science D (where Botany labs are) and the Wildlife Building . Weekend parking is free in campus lots. 822-2015.

April 28, Saturday10 a.m. to 10 Noon. Ferns of the Dunes.  Ferns are distinctive and popular for the exotic texture they add to vegetation. At the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Carol Ralph will introduce eight species of common ferns during an easy walk of about 1/4 mile along the riparian edge of the dunes, while discussing some of the amazing aspects of fern life. Bring a hand lens if you have one and be prepared for mosquitoes. Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Road in Arcata and carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and Friends of the Dunes. Please reserve your space by contacting Friends of the Dunes at (707) 444-1397 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May 4-6, Fri.-Sun. Spring Wildflower Show at Jefferson Community Center

May 5-6, Sat.-Sun. Native Plant Sale at Jefferson Community Center

May 9, Wed. Evening program

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