California Native Plant Society-Field Trips and Education Walks

Are you passionate about native plants or want to learn more or meet new amazing people?  Join or volunteer with CNPS, or just enjoy one of their lovely events!

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.   CNPS is a statewide, non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters, seeks to increase understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all. The members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening.

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The North Coast Chapter

The North Coast Chapter is one of the 33 local chapters of CNPS. The members are mostly in Humboldt, Del Norte, western Siskiyou, and western Trinity counties, and most of the field trips are in that area.  The monthly evening programs are in Arcata.  Most of the events are free and open to non-members.  They encourage membership, as it gives a louder voice for native plants.  Everything they do is totally volunteer-powered.  

North Coast  Calendar of Events

All events are open to the public; most are free; more will be added. Click on dates to get more info., or visit our complete calendar. You can also be notified of events by e-mail.

Evening programs are the second Wednesday of each month, Sept.-May, at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata. Refreshments at 7:00 pm.; program at 7:30 p.m.

Jul 6-8, Fr.i-Sun. Scott Mountain Campout and Russian Wilderness Day Hike

Aug. 4, Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Orchids in the Dunes plant walk

Aug. 5, Sun. Crogan Hole Day Hike

Sept. 12, Wed. 7:30 p.m. "Tree Mortality, Uncertainty, and Forest Conservation in the West"  with Phil van Mantgem

Sept. 22, Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Native Plant Sale at our nursery at Freshwater Farms

Sept. 23,  Sun. Dead Lake Day Hike or Paddle

Oct. 6, Sat. Day hike.  Destination to be announced.

Oct. 10, Wed. 7:30 p.m. Evening program--to be announced

Nov. 14, Wed. 7:30 p.m. Evening program--to be announced

Nov.  Day Hike to be announced

Dec. 12, Wed.  7:30 p.m. Evening program, probably "Native Plant Show and Tell"

Shasta County Chapter

These trips with the Shasta Chapter are currently posted as available

Shasta County Calendar of Events

CNPS Paradise Meadows Fieldtrip, Lassen National Park-Thursday, June 28

Join the California Native Plant Society to enjoy the wildflowers of this beautiful mountain meadow away from the weekend crowds. The hike to Paradise Meadows is of moderate difficulty, approximately 4 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of about 400 feet. Expect scarlet gilia, penstemon, corn lily, and more. Lassen Park pass required. Bring lunch and water. Dogs are not allowed on Park trails. Meet in the Mt. Shasta Mall parking lot near Chase Bank at 7:30 am for carpooling. Call John Springer at 530/917-0567 for more info. 

CNPS Lake Eleanore Trinity Alps-Sunday July 1

Join the California Native Plant Society on this fieldtrip designed to introduce people of all levels of physical fitness to the rare and common plants of the Trinity Alps with an easy one-mile walk, but the first ¼ mile is very uneven.  Following this excursion, for those with more energy, we will also hike three miles on a nearby trail.  Expect to see western azalea, Sadler oak, huckleberry oak, Darlingtonia, threadleaf beardtongue, mountain spirea (Spireaea splendens), California bog-ashpodel, bear grass, Rocky Mountain pond lily (Nuphar polysepala) and more.  Meet at Holiday Market parking lot near CVS on Placer St. at 8 am.  Limited to 16 people. To reserve a space or for more information, call David Ledger at 355-8542.

CNPS Overnight Fieldtrip: Warner Mountains.-July 13 to 15

Join the California Native Plant Society on this three-day weekend campout in the Warner Mountains, led by Paul Davis, Shasta Chapter member from Alturas, and David Ledger. We will leave Friday morning although some will be heading up after work.  Camping will be at Pepperdine Campground, a primitive campground at 6680’ elevation, 20 miles from Alturas.  We will have a short fieldtrip Friday, a long one on Saturday and a drive and short fieldtrip on Sunday in the desert near Surprise Valley.  You can expect mild weather and lots of wildflowers. For more information, e-mail  Limited to 16 participants.

CNPS Yolla Bolly Wilderness Field Trip-Saturday July 28

Join the California Native Plant Society to the southern extent of the Klamath Mountains near Wildwood off Highway 36.  This will be a 7 ½ difficult hike with a 2000 foot elevation climb to the top of Black Rock Mountain at 7755 feet where we should see foxtail pine(Pinus balfouriana) and many unique plants endemic to the Klamath Mountains.  This will be a 90 mile drive, all paved except the last two miles and will take about two hours.  There is primitive camping in the area for those wanting to make a two day stay.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, hat, sunscreen and long pants as the last 300 foot climb is rocky. There is an abandoned dilapidated forest fire lookout at the top.  We will leave Redding at 7:30 am to caravan to the trailhead and will return as late as 6 pm. For more information about meeting location and to reserve a space contact David Ledger at 355-8542 or Limited to 16 people.

CNPS Big Bear Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park-Thursday, August 16  

Join the California Native Plant Society on this seven-mile hike of moderate difficulty with a 1000-foot total elevation climb, up and back.  This trail partially traverses the 2012 natural lightning caused fire and provides an interesting study of the affect fire has on different species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants and the secondary succession, or stand dynamics as it is sometimes called.  Most of the trees that were killed were the thin bark lodgepole pines.  However, at Big Bear Lake almost every tree was burned and killed.  Despite the hysterical coverage of the fire by the Record Searchlight at the time, the forest is making a natural recovery although the lodgepole pines have had low germination rates.  I hiked this trail last year on a 110 degree smoky day in Redding and the afternoon temperature at my car at the trailhead was only 80 degrees.  We will leav

e from Redding at 8 am.  For meeting location and to reserve a space, call or email David Ledger at or 355-8542.