Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Trip Leader Training

Join CNPS and Save Mt. Diablo for a 2-day Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH) training and campout. This training is geared toward botany enthusiasts who are interested in leading their own rare plant surveys as part of the RPTH program, but would like more guidance on how to conduct those surveys. It’s also a great way to connect with other botanically-minded folks and the participants of the Mt. Diablo bioblitz! Volunteers will work on developing a number of skills that are essential for the field botanist, including:

-Using GPS units, topographic maps, and compasses for navigation, mapping, and collecting other site data
-Use of online botanical resources to find and develop plant lists, field guides, and maps
-Techniques and guidelines for vouchering specimens of rare plants in herbaria
-Practice identifying, documenting, and vouchering rare plant populations in the field

The event begins on Friday, April 11th at 2pm, at 4390 Morgan Territory Rd, Clayton CA. The facility is on the west side of Morgan Territory Rd., just north of Curry Canyon Rd. On the first day we’ll spend a few hours indoors, learning about a lot of the important background research that goes into a rare plant survey. On April 12th we’ll take our learning out to the field, where volunteers will have the option of joining an easier hike, or a hike that covers more rugged terrain. We’ll conclude the event on Day 2 with a free barbecue for all the RPTH and bioblitz volunteers around 2 or 3pm. We invite all volunteers to camp on site overnight. While we can’t provide you with camping equipment, the site will have running water, restrooms, and spots to park your car and pitch a tent. Those who prefer the creature comforts of the great indoors can head home in the evenings, or stay at a hotel in nearby Clayton, Concord, or Walnut Creek. All of the meals on this trip will be provided by CNPS, so please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you sign up.

Requirements for participants:
-Some prior plant identification experience (don’t need to be an expert!)
-Prior outdoor experience (hiking, camping, etc.)
-Commitment complete at least one rare plant survey after the training

To RSVP or ask any questions, send an email to [masked], and state whether you plan to camp or not, whether you’d like to join the easy or strenuous hike, and if you have any dietary considerations. Space is limited to 15 participants.

Safety:  Outdoor activities are inherently risky.  On hiking trips, grave injury and death are not out of the realm of possibility.  By coming on this trip, you agree to be 100% responsible for your own health, safety and well being.  If you bring a guest(s), that guest(s) will be 100% responsible for his/her own health, safety and well being. 

Dogs:  Our apologies, but dogs not allowed at events of this group.


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  • Sara

    I am going back (cuz I am Crazy) if anyone wants to join. My friend may have space in his car for one to 2 people tho the the space may be filled by people who havent confirmed. http://www.meetup.com/ebcnps/events/175450482/?gj=rcs.h&a=co2.h_grp&rv=rcs.h

    April 16, 2014

    • Frances

      we love crazy!!!

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Lesley H.

    We had a group of people from around the region for this state-wide program. This was different from the meetups where we take a hike and enjoy the flowers. We had some serious work to do being sure we knew how to locate ourselves, read a compass, figure slope inclination, find info about rare plants, etc. For myself, I learned something about keying plants, a topic I've long had trouble with.

    April 12, 2014

  • Sara

    This sounds amazing.

    April 1, 2014

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