- Jun 22-24 Santa Rosa Island Map & Compass Course and Geo-hikes
Santa Rosa Island Map & Compass Course and Geo-hikes June 22-24, 2018, stay at Research Station. Please do not RSVP here. YOU MUST RSVP HERE - https://www.meetup.com/Geo-hiking-trips-courses-Geologic-Maps-Foundation/events/248543957/
- May 27 Griffith Park Wildflowers, Plants, and Lichens
Learn about the plants and wildflowers, lichens, and natural history of Griffith Park's Bird Sanctuary trail. We will start with a brief introduction to plant identification, and local cultural and natural history. We will then hike 1.5 miles at a leisurely pace, stopping frequently to identify plants and to look at the geology, soils, hydrology, and topographic features. We will end at the top of Mt. Hollywood. At the top we will see a 360 degree view of the Los Angeles basin, San Fernando Valley, entire course of the Los Angeles River, and surrounding ocean and mountains. We will rest at the top and learn about and look at lichens, watersheds, geology, formation of topographic features, and ecosystems. Total elevation gain will be 750 ft. Expect to see numerous late-blooming native plants and fantastic views. Bring plenty of water, a hat, sunscreen, a snack or lunch, sturdy hiking shoes, and a hand-lens if you have one. Loaner hand lenses will be available if you don't have one. The Bird Sanctuary trail head is at the end of Vermont, past the Greek Theater, just before the road makes a sharp bend to the left going up to the Observatory. Parking is available in the lot just above the Greek Theater.
- Apr 1-7 Death Valley - Plants of rarely visited locations in the Panamint Range
Gregg Weber of CNPS East Bay Chapter leads this series of hikes. • What we'll do These walks are timed for spring Annual flowers at mid elevations in Death Valley National Park. Although this year may not produce very many annuals. There has been enough rain for perennials to have a normal year I think. These spots are not on the maps, are inaccesable without careful planning, and have diverse and rare plant species. We will definitely not see any other humans on these walks. There is lodging and camp sites at Panamint Springs, and Stovepipe Wells. Make reservations now, these fill up quickly in the spring. Participants should have a high tolerance for beauty, or the walks could be painful. You may attend one or more walks. Let us know on which ones to expect you, using the comments section at the bottom of this description. We need at least one more car to do the shuttle on April 3. Note: google maps has most of the backroads in Death Valley National Park misnamed. For example, the meeting spot on Big Four Mine road is called "Nadeau Trail, since that is the nearest named road. Nadeau Trail is actually rt 190. Jail Canyon Road is called "Trail Canyon Road" on google maps. They have taken many directional signs such as "Big Pine -->", and take that as the name of the road. Get a good trail map for Death Valley, do not use google maps. April 2 - Meet at Aguereberry Point Parking lot at 9am. see https://goo.gl/maps/2UNifFVtz2F2 You should be ok with some scrambling up and down rock blocks and steep scree. Plan on walking 3 miles, with 4400 ft elevation change round trip. We will see several species of rare plants, and amazing views. April 3 - Meet at Big Four Mine road and Rt 190 at 9am. see https://goo.gl/maps/GhmyumyFzAk We will leave a car on Big Four Mine Road, and shuttle up to Towne Pass, then walk down Dolomite Canyon. 7 miles, elevation 850 feet up, 4100 feet down. April 4 - Meet at Indian Ranch Rd and Trona-Wildrose road at 9 am. see https://goo.gl/maps/GRVucNbJbeq We will walk between Jail Canyon and Hall Canyon. 2 miles round trip, elevation change 1800 ft. April 5 - Meet at Wildrose Campground at 9am. Explore Wildrose canyon. April 6 - Meet at the Restroom near corner of 190 and Emigrant Canyon Road at 9am. We will go to Telephone Canyon, drive up Tucki Mine Road. Interesting Limestone associated plants like Glossopetalon. • What to bring Sunscreen, lip balm, skin moisturizer, water.
- Jan 14 Bryophytes of the San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest
Neil Uelman and Dr. Paul Wilson will lead this walk to learn about bryophytes, plants without a vascular system such as mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Sunday 14 January, 2018, starting at 9:00 at the San Juan Trailhead off of Ortega Highway. Sponsored by California Native Plant Society Bryophyte Chapter. Check http://bryophyte.cnps.org for updates.
- Dec 8 Intro to Field Geology of Eastern Mojave Desert and Mitchell Caverns
Introductory field geology of the Eastern Mojave Desert and Mitchell Caverns 3:00 PM, Friday, December 8, 2017 to 11:00 PM, Sunday, December 10, 2017. No prior geologic knowledge is required A fund raiser for the Geologic Maps Foundation, Inc. More information on the GMF's objectives and results are available at: www.geologicmapsfoundation.org Focus will be on visiting and explaining geologic features and concepts best learned in the field (especially the desert), and showcasing the fascinating and complex geologic history of the southwestern US. Van transportation included with meeting points in Thousand Oaks, Porter Ranch, and Barstow (a limited number of personal vehicles allowed, pending approval). We will stay Friday and Saturday nights at the Desert Research Center (DRC) near Baker, CA with meals provided. Trip is $350/participant and payment is tax deductible (The Geologic Maps Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) organization). If interested in trip, please contact Thom Davis at [masked].
- Dec 6 Streamside Winter Plants of the San Gabriel River West Fork
Mickey Long leads this easy grade, 4 miles round trip to explore mountain streamside winter plants, especially trees and shrubs. We will walk the paved road along the river to discuss the woody plants and their ecosystem as a whole. Interesting annuals will not be overlooked. We will hike in along the nearly level road about 1.5 to 2 miles and return. Directions: The West Fork trailhead is approximately 25 miles northeast of Pasadena. Take the 210 Fwy (Foothill Fwy) east to exit at Hwy 39 north in Azusa. Travel north into the mountains (past both the Morris and San Gabriel Reservoirs) to the junction with the West Fork San Gabriel River road, which branches to the left immediately before the river (it has a locked gate). Meet 8:30 a.m. at the paved parking area on the left (west side) just past the bridge over West Fork. Toilets are located near the parking area. Wear good sturdy shoes or boots and a hat, bring water and snacks. A Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking. Heavy rain cancels the trip. Sponsored by California Native Plant Society San Gabriel Mountains Chapter.
- Nov 19 Botany of Arroyo Trabuco from O/Neill Park
O’Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon has grown to nearly 4,000 acres in the last few years. This is a fun, family-oriented, casual field trip; the time of year to enjoy fall color, nature, plant seeds, and camaraderie of great people enjoying the outdoors. We will be walking out and back about 1.2 miles each way along the relatively flat Arroyo Trabuco Trail. Many birds and other creatures can be spotted in the Sycamores, Oaks and other plants along the way. Possibility for the group to explore a little farther. Meet 8:00 AM at Oak Grove parking lot by the Interpretive Center. There are restrooms at the west end of the parking lot. OC Parks Annual Pass or $5 Entry Fee required. Field trip free and open to all. Bring trail shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, binoculars, water and lunch if desired (many picnic tables available.) Water and restrooms at Oak Grove parking lot. Leader: Rachel Whitt. Free and open to all. This trip does require payment of an entrance fee to O'Neill Park or an OC Parks Pass. (more info.) Physical Difficulty: Easy plus. Plant Intensity: Low to moderate. Time: Approx. 3 hours. Sponsored by CNPS Orange Chapter. More details here - https://www.occnps.org/field-trips/current-field-trips.html
- Nov 12 Eaton Canyon Plant Walk
Please join a naturalist from California Native Plant Society (CNPS) on this leisurely walk, about 2 hours, through the native plant garden that surrounds the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The walk is different each time — what's leafing out, flowering, in seed, etc., determines what the hike leader will talk about — and different leaders bring different points of view every season. We will meet under the flag pole in front of the Eaton Canyon Nature Center at 9:00 a.m. Note: If you are looking for a hike to Eaton Canyon Falls, feel free to trek out on your own. We will be walking the trails around the Nature Center and through the Eaton Canyon Wash area, pointing out the various California native plants and any animals we may encounter, while on the walk.
- Oct 21 Goldenwest College Native Plant Garden Tour
Dan Songster leads this fall tour and discussion of the extensive native garden at Golden West College. Dan is president of California Native Plant Society Orange County Chapter, and a founder of the Golden West College Native Garden Dan will be our host and guide showing both the Garden’s successes and failures. Conceived in the mid 1970’s, the garden really became established in the early 1990’s. The collection is one of Orange County’s best examples of the use of native plants in both ornamental and habitat style landscapes. The garden features over an acre of native plants and is divided into plant communities based upon soil and water requirements, and despite the predominance of heavy clay soils, thrives. Examples of juvenile and mature plants are seen side by side (most fairly common and some rare), arranged in eight different habitats from throughout the state. The space also includes a greenhouse, a 30-seat amphitheater, and a water settling area. For more information about the garden including directions, check out http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/garden/visiting/. Leader: Dan Songster. Due to the weekend swap meet in the parking lot nearest the garden, we will be parking at the north end of the Gothard Street Parking lot. Volunteers will walk you across the campus to the Garden itself. Free and open to all. Physical difficulty: Easy. Plant Intensity: Moderate. Time: Approx. 2-3 hours. Sponsored by California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Orange County Chapter. For more details and last minute change information, please click here - http://www.occnps.org/field-trips/current-field-trips.html. Please consider supporting California Native Plant Society (CNPS) by joining your local chapter. Memberships start at $25 here - https://support.cnps.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=360. (Membership is not required to attend hikes posted at Meetup.)