Spring Wildflower Show and Plant Sale

April, 2017

Beginners and experts, non-members and members are all welcome at our programs and on our outings.  Almost all of our events are free.  All of our events are made possible by volunteer effort.

Evening Programs

Evening Programs are held at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., near 7th and Union, Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.

April 12, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.  “All in the Family—Ericaceae” with Bruce Palmer. What does being a Ericaceae family member mean? Biologist and professor  Bruce Palmer will speak about the heath family. Besides rhododendrons, azaleas, and heathers, this family includes berries, manzanitas, and some non-green herbaceous species. 

May 10, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. “The Marble Mountains: Butterflies and Botany.” Dr. Rob Fernau has conducted ecological research in the Marble Mountain Wilderness for 32 years, including work on butterflies and their plant communities, climate change, and geoecology. In this photo-filled presentation, he will share knowledge and enthusiasm for his favorite place in the world.  

Field Trips

April 15, Saturday. Humboldt Redwoods Day Hike. Dry Creek Trail (two miles) and Hidden Springs Beach Trail (about a mile) feature plant diversity. Dress for the weather, bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) or 9:30 a.m. at the south end of the Bayshore Mall parking lot. Carol: 707-822-2015.

April 22, Saturday. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Native Plants in Gardens and Forest. A three-mile walk from the Arcata Community Center to Arcata Community Forest and back will reveal native plants in public, private, and redwood forest spaces. Call 707-826-7050 to register for this free trip sponsored by California Native Plant Society at Godwit Days, or register for Godwit Days at www.godwitdays.org

April 29, Saturday.  10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ferns by the Dunes. Naturalist Carol Ralph will introduce eight species of ferns in the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at 10 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata) and carpool to the protected site. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Dunes.  Please reserve your space by contacting Friends of the Dunes at 707-444-1397 or [email protected].

May 6, Sunday. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wildflowers on Hikshari’ Trail. Hikshari’ Volunteer Trail Steward Coordinator Wanda Naylor will point out native and non-native wildflowers along a 3/4-mile section of the Hikshari’ Trail. Meet at the Elk River Slough Parking area at the end of Hilfiker St., Eureka, just south of Bayshore Mall.  For information call 707-502-5793.

May 20, Saturday.  South Fork Trinity River Day Hike. The South Fork Trinity Trail in Six Rivers National Forest is a favorite of botanizers. The trail is well-graded, four miles each way to the river, but all of us won’t go all the way.  Bring lunch and two quarts of water; dress for the weather. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Pacific Union School (3001 Janes Rd., Arcata).  Tell Carol you are coming: 707-822-2015.

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