Guest post: Wildflowers in Martinez with Nature Journal Club

John Muir Laws' Nature Journal Club is going after wildflowers on its 3rd fieldtrip. Here's what it says on his website:

Spring is here and it is time for the Bay Area Nature Journal Club to draw wildflowers! We will take a moderate hike through the Oak Woodlands and grasslands of the Fernandez Ranch and learn tricks and techniques to help you draw wildflowers in the field.

The hike will be a moderate 3 miles and the trail may be muddy if it has rained recently. To get driving directions and more information about the ranch, download the site map and brochure. Note that it is very easy to miss Christie Road, I drove right past it the first time I tried to visit the Ranch. If rain is likely, check this website in the morning before leaving to see if there is an alternate location for the field trip.

Purchased by the Muir Heritage Land Trust in 2005, Fernandez Ranch is protected open space providing habitat for a variety of native wildlife. Restoration of creek areas and the creation of trails and other visitor amenities were completed before this historic, 702- acre ranch was opened to the public in June 2010.

Find out more at Jack's website here.

Download the site map and brochure here.

I don't yet know if there is public transport there, but carpooling is always a good idea. If you can offer a ride, post a message in the Discussion section below, saying where you will be leaving from. People needing rides can email you through the meetup site, so you do not need to post your contact info there.

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  • Rebecca S.

    looking forward to a beautiful day!

    March 23, 2013

  • Priti

    I have an ongoing commitment now on Sunday mornings. Hope I can join again at some point in the future!

    March 22, 2013

  • Marilyn M.

    Going to try

    March 18, 2013

  • Laurie W.

    I will be driving from SF (Bernal Heights) leaving around 8:30 AM, and can take 3 passengers.

    March 17, 2013

  • Anne W.

    This is accessible via bicycle from the Walnut Creek BART station, Pleasant Hill and Concord BART. Your shortest ride will be from Concord.

    March 14, 2013

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