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.

May 9, Wed. "Northern Sierra Wildflower Adventure." In June 2016 Donna Wildearth and Ann Burroughs set off on a wildflower expedition to the northern Sierra Nevada.  They will share pictures of some of the wildflowers they encountered and also provide information on good places to view wildflowers in the area.

May 12, Sat. South Fork Trinity River Day Hike--Photographer's Special.  By popular demand Ann Wallace will join this outing to coach photographers and share her enthusiasm for the region's beauty.  The South Fork Trinity River Trail (aka Hell's Half Acre) is a long-time favorite wildflower destination in Six Rivers National Forest east of Willow Creek.  The trail is well graded but sometimes weakly maintained, 4 miles each way to the river, but all of us won't go all the way.  Bring lunch and 2 quarts of water; dress for the weather. The trailhead is 2 hours from Arcata, including a bit of rough road.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or arrange another place. Return could be late. Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015

 May 20, Sunday 1-3 p.m..  Botanizing the Hammond Trail Loop.  Along this wonderful McKinleyville trail see remnants of the native vegetation.  Wildflower author and enthusiast Elaine Allison will lead this walk of about one mile along coastal bluffs and coastal prairie, through Beach Pine forest and streamside forest, where you will see many common plants and at least one officially rare species. Meet at the west end of Murray Rd. For information: 707-822-2015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 3, Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Wildflowers on Hikshari' Trail.  Join us on Eureka's Hikshari' Trail to see wildflowers, both native and non-native.  Blue-eyed Grass, Yarrow, Twinberry, Douglas Iris, and the rare Humboldt Bay Owl's-clover will be in bloom along this 3/4-mile section of the trail.  Experienced interpreter and gardener, and Hikshari' Volunteer Trail Steward Coordinator, Wanda Naylor will point out what is native and what is not and why we care.  Meet at the Elk River Slough Parking area at the end of Hilfiker St., Eureka, just south of Bayshore Mall.  Rain or shine.  Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.  For more information call 707-502-5793.

 June 10, Sunday. 1-3 p.m. Grass Appreciation Walk with Claire Brown someplace near Arcata.  Grass flowers are intricate and beautiful, especially when you learn where to look.  Get your grass in gear and join us for a slow walk to learn to recognize and appreciate our local grasses.  Grass anatomy, terminology, and ecology will be discussed and admired, and species encountered identified. Meet in Arcata Marsh in the big parking lot at the end of I Street.  For information write Claire: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

June 16, Saturday.  Humboldt Redwoods State Park Day Hike.  "So much in so short a distance" are the Rohde's words about the Sa-Bug-Gah-Nah Loop Trail, connected to the Hidden Springs Beach Trail.  (Best Short Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks. 2004) Its 1.1 miles include Redwood forest, riparian forest, river beach, river canyon, and "and oversized rock garden" on a rocky cliff.  We will probably have time for another short trail as well, to be decided on the spot.  Redwood Lilies might be blooming. Bring lunch and water; dress for the weather. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata), 9:30 a.m. at the Kohls end of Bayshore Mall parking lot, or arrange another place. Tell Carol you are coming and if you are interested in camping in the park Saturday night (707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

July 6-8, Friday-Sunday.  Scott Mountain Campout and Russian Wilderness Day Hike.  Saturday's feature hike will be to Duck Lake or Sugar Lake, both in a hotspot of conifer diversity in the Russian Wilderness (Duck Lakes Botanical Area in Klamath National Forest).  The early wildflowers will be fun also.  The trails are challenging, but they are rewarding even if you go only part way.  The trailheads are 4 miles south of Etna in the Scott Valley.  Friday and Saturday nights we will stay at the primitive, Forest Service campground at Scott Mountain Summit (a botanically wonderful place), or you may choose accommodations in Etna or Weaverville or anyplace in between.  Sunday we will find a shorter hike to do before we head home.  If you are thinking of coming, tell Carol, to learn the logistics (707-822-2015; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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