North Coast CNPS

Past events

Workshop: A Primer on Sedges: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Instructor: Gordon Leppig

Target Audience: Professional and student botanists, consultants, regulators, and ecologists. Participants should have knowledge of basic plant terminology and use of dichotomous keys.

Participants will gain proficiency in:

  • Basic sedge terminology, morphology, and ecology.
  • Keying terminology and techniques using The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition and other references.
  • Sight recognition of some ecologically dominant sedges based upon habitat.
  • Appreciation for the beauty, diversity, complexity, and ecological value of sedges.
  • A richer understanding of some of northern California’s most common and rare sedges.

Registration and Cost: $120 for CNPS members; $150 for non-members.

Register: Fill in the form below.

 

The last day to register is March 1.

If you are not a CNPS member, go to www.cnps.org/join to join now and save!

Description: This is an intensive introductory/intermediate course on sedge identification and keying with an emphasis on species occurring in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The workshop starts with an introductory review of sedge taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, and essential sedge keying terminology and morphology.  The rest of the day will be guided dissection and keying of specimens in the laboratory using a microscope and the Jepson Manual 2nd Edition.  Keying will be punctuated with guidance and commentary on keying groups and species characteristics. Many specimens will be available for review, dissection, and comparison. This workshop is geared for beginner and intermediate caricologists, but familiarity with keying plants in the Jepson Manual is required.  The emphasis will be on learning some of the most common and rare sedges in northern California.

Venue:  Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.  Directions and additional information will be provided to registered participants about a week before the workshop.

Schedule: 9:00am to 5:00pm (1 Hr. lunch). Please arrive early to get setup.  

Materials Required: Please bring...

  • Quality dissecting equipment, including extra-fine forceps and a metric ruler
  • Hand lens
  • Notebook and writing implements
  • Lunch (or find lunch nearby in Arcata)
  • The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition
  • Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest 1st or 2nd Edition (recommended)

Materials Provided: CNPS will provide handouts, diverse material for keying and comparison, and dissecting scopes. Coffee, tea, fruit, and baked goods will be available during the morning session.

About the Instructor:

Gordon Leppig is a Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and has been a student of sedges for over 20 years.

Workshop: A Primer on Sedges: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Instructor: Gordon Leppig

Target Audience: Professional and student botanists, consultants, regulators, and ecologists. Participants should have knowledge of basic plant terminology and use of dichotomous keys.

Participants will gain proficiency in:

  • Basic sedge terminology, morphology, and ecology.
  • Keying terminology and techniques using The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition and other references.
  • Sight recognition of some ecologically dominant sedges based upon habitat.
  • Appreciation for the beauty, diversity, complexity, and ecological value of sedges.
  • A richer understanding of some of northern California’s most common and rare sedges.

Registration and Cost: $100 for CNPS members; $130 for non-members.

Register: Fill in the form below.

The last day to register is February 28.

If you are not a CNPS member, go to www.cnps.org/join to join now and save!

Description: This is an intensive introductory/intermediate course on sedge identification and keying with an emphasis on species occurring in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The workshop starts with an introductory review of sedge taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, and essential sedge keying terminology and morphology.  The rest of the day will be guided dissection and keying of specimens in the laboratory using a microscope and the Jepson Manual 2nd Edition.  Keying will be punctuated with guidance and commentary on keying groups and species characteristics. Many specimens will be available for review, dissection, and comparison. This workshop is geared for beginner and intermediate caricologists, but familiarity with keying plants in the Jepson Manual is required.  The emphasis will be on learning some of the most common and rare sedges in northern California.

Venue:  Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.  Directions and additional information will be provided to registered participants about a week before the workshop.

Schedule: 9:00am to 5:00pm (1 Hr. lunch). Please arrive early to get setup.  

Materials Required: Please bring...

    • Quality dissecting equipment, including extra-fine forceps and a metric ruler
    • Hand lens
    • Notebook and writing implements
    • Lunch (or find lunch nearby in Arcata)
  • The Jepson Manual, 2nd Edition
  • Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest 1st or 2nd Edition (recommended)

Materials Provided: CNPS will provide handouts, diverse material for keying and comparison, and dissecting scopes. Coffee, tea, fruit, and baked goods will be available during the morning session.

About the Instructor:

Gordon Leppig is a Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and was for 10 years the HSU Vascular Plant Herbarium collections manager.  He has been a student of sedges for over 20 years and has previously taught plant workshops for CNPS, The HSU Natural History Museum, and the Jepson Herbarium.

Wildflower Show & Native Plant Sale
the North Coast celebration of wild California plants

MAY 4-5-6, 2018 - Jefferson Community Center
1000 B St., Eureka
  

Friday 1-5 p.m.  Show only; no plant sale
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Show and sale
Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.     Show and sale

free admission- everyone welcome

Schedule

Friday, May 4. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. School classes visit
                       1-5 p.m. Show open to public; no plant sale
                       7-9 p.m. Art Night: free drawing and painting session, including iPad sketching

Saturday, May 5. 10 am-5 p.m.  Show open and Native Plant Sale
                         11 a.m. "Logical Lupines" with Dana York
                         12 noon.  Pete Haggard and his Bucket-o-Bugs

Sunday, May 6.  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Show open and Native Plant Sale
                         11 a.m. "Lovely Lupines" with Brian Dykstra
                         12 noon.  “ Ethnobotanical Legacies of  Wiyot Country” with Adam Canter

Find updates and details: www.northcoastcnps.org Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 707-822-2015

Features

Hundreds of fresh wildflower specimens, both native and non-native, from the fields, dunes, forests, and prairies of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, near and far. Where else can you see eight clover species side-by-side? three trilliums? four Ribes? eleven species in the carrot family? Let our collectors do the driving and leg work. You stroll in to see, smell, and enjoy.

Special feature: Lupines, a diverse, florific, and important group

        Plant ID: Bring your photos or samples of wild plants for us to identify.

Artists' session, Friday evening, 7-9 p.m. (also known as Art Night)  Artists Annie Reid, Joyce Jonte, and Patricia Sennott will provide creative and congenial atmosphere for artists from beginners to professional to sit down together and draw the flowers of their choice borrowed from the show.  Paper and tools will be provided, or bring your own.  Annie Reid will be available to offer instruction and encouragement to beginners.  Bring your iPad if you are interested in learning field sketching on your tablet.  Please tell us you are coming, 677-0927.

"Logical Lupines" Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. A presentation by Dana York, experienced field botanist, especially in the Sierra Nevada, deserts, and on mountain tops throughout the Klamath Ranges.

Bucket of Bugs. Saturday, May 5, 12 noon.   Local author and gardener Pete Haggard always finds some interesting, crawly creatures for us to examine up close. 

"Lovely Lupines" Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m.  Brian Dykstra, pollination biologist and educator, will answer all your questions about this diverse and exuberant group of flowers.  Where are the stamens?  How is it pollinated? Is it really poisonous?  How do you tell apart the different species? What's this about nitrogen fixing?  Are they easy to grow?  

"Ethnobotanical Legacies of Wiyot Country", Sunday May 6, 12 noon. Adam Canter, Botanist/Natural Resource Technician with the Wiyot Tribe, will highlight culturally important species and plant communities of the Wiyot Tribe’s ancestral territory, found around Humboldt Bay.  From the coastal dune mat and beach pine forest, to our Sitka spruce and grand fir terraces, breathtaking coastal prairie and hazelnut scrublands, and through endless, diverse, and delicious berry bramble thickets, the Wiyot have helped to steward and shape the cultural landscape that is the essence of the North Coast.  Come and learn some of the plant species that contribute to Wiyot culture, some of which in the absence of indigenous land management have become rare or sensitive, or today find themselves in state-listed rare natural communities.  Also, find out what the Tribe is doing to protect and restore its ethnobotanical legacy for the benefit of future generations.

Hands-on Phenology Table. All ages welcome.  Become part of the growing phenology network while observing the plants you love.  Learn to record observations of plant changest through the seasons.  See plants in a new way, through careful observation of what they are doing.  This table will be staffed during busiest hours.

Edible native plants.   See some of Monty Caid's favorite edible, native plants, species you can grow outside your door for your consumption, while providing native habitat for native wildlife.

Invasive plants.  Many people are surprised to learn that they harbor in their gardens something that may invade our wildlands. See some of the most troublesome wildland weeds of our area, gathered and presented by Laura Julian and the Humboldt-Del Norte Weed Management Area.

Plant books, posters, postcards, and t-shirts will be available for purchase. CNPS sells five different wildflower posters,19 different Dorothy Klein postcards, and a popular t-shirt depicting California Pitcher Plant (by local artist Gary Bloomfield). Northtown Books offers a remarkable selection of plant books--identification, edible or medicinal, exploration, botany, etc.

School visits. School classes can sign up to visit to the show on Friday. Contact Barbara: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707-267-0397.

Join the team! To volunteer to help contact Carol Ralph at 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We need people to collect flowers near and far, identify them, arrange them, set up tables, work shifts at tables, lead school groups, and clean up. Most tasks require no botanical knowledge.

Native Plant Sale  [A partial list of species at a previous sale is at www.northcoastcnps  >Gardening>Native Plant Sales ]

May 5 & 6 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

  • thousands of native plants for sale, more than 100 species
  • 14 species of cheerful annuals; also native bulbs
  • trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, grasses
  • experienced gardeners to help you
  • plants from our volunteer nursery and Samara Restoration Nursery, Lost Foods Nursery, Beresford Bulbs, and Mattole Restoration Council, and Chris Brant Landscaping.
  • cash, check, or credit card
  • bring a box to carry home your plants

You Can Help!

To volunteer, contact Chris Beresford at 826-0259 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We need people to transport potted plants, move plants, label plants, advise customers, tally purchases, take money, and clean up. Most tasks require no botanical knowledge.


Teachers' Resources - these are downloadable .pdf files

Flower parts (12 KB) Flower activities (5 KB)
Pollination (222 KB) Uses of native plants (4 KB)
Five flower types (508 KB) Is it OK to pick wildflowers? (5 KB)

 

 

 

 

 

The CNPS North Coast Chapter Research Grant

The North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is offering a research grant (2 awards per year) of up to $1,000 for studies of local, native plants. The grant is available to undergraduate and graduate students at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods. Its purpose is to encourage learning about native plants in Humboldt, Trinity, Siskiyou and Del Norte Counties and to support projects that will advance knowledge of them.

To apply for the grant submit the following by March 1, two pages please:

  • Title of the project, applicant’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the date submitted.
  • Estimated time frame for project.
  • Description of the project: Outline the purposes, objectives, hypotheses where appropriate, and methods of data collection and analysis. Highlight aspects of the work that you believe are particularly important and creative. How will it advance our knowledge of our local native plants?
  • Description of the final product.
  • Budget: Summarize intended use of funds. Our grant does not approve the outright purchase of capital equipment or high-end items such as computers and software.
  • Academic status (school, graduate student, undergrad)
  • Letter of support from a sponsor, such as an academic supervisor, major professor, professional associate or colleague should accompany your application.
  • Your signature, as the person performing the project and the one responsible for dispersing the funds. All of the information related to your application may be submitted electronically.

Application materials should be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to Dr. Erik Jules at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Michael Kauffmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grant recipients will be selected by a committee approved by the chapter’s steering committee and consisting of at least one HSU staff and one non-HSU chapter member.

The grant recipient will be expected to give a brief presentation of his/her project at a chapter meeting and in the chapter’s newsletter.

Recipients may reapply and receive a second grant, but no more.

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The North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is a group of enthusiastic people sharing their knowledge of California's native plants, studying native plants, and speaking up for native plants in conservation issues. The public is welcome at our events. We encourage membership in CNPS to make our voice for native plants stronger. The mission of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through science, education, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship.

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