Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 pm, Chico Public Library
Botanist, ecologist, and conservationist Glen Holstein will talk about wildflower and grassland ecology of California prairies. Some important topics he'll address are: What makes a grassland a prairie? How important are prairies as ecosystems? What is being done to enhance our native prairies?
Native Plant Gardens Clean Up
Sunday, April 6, 10am-1pm
Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center on E. 8th Street wearing gardening clothes and with your gloves and favorite tools. We'll get the gardens in shape for spring and summer.
Peace Valley and Vicinity in Sutter Buttes State Park
Saturday, April 13, 8:30am
Meet at Chico Park & Ride West lot with lunch, water, hat, hiking shoes, money for ride sharing and $2/person state park fee. Woody Elliott will lead a wildflower search along the easy trails in Peace Valley while Jim Dempsey will lead a more strenuous route over the surrounding ridges. Limited to 30; reservations required. Contact Woody at email@example.com to sign up and for alternate meeting place.
Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale
Sunday, April 21 noon-5 pm, CARD Center, 545 Vallombrosa, Chico
Celebrate Native Plant Week (April 14-April 21) with a visit to our biennial Wildflower Show. There will be over 200 species of plants from a variety of habitats in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Plumas Counties. There will be also be sales of t-shirts, posters, books and native plants. Some of the natives that will be available are toyon, deer grass, buckeye, mugwort, spreading daisy, buckwheat, columbine, pipevine, Fremont's zigadene and Jepson's allium. Nature walks and special activities for children are also planned. Suggested donation $4; children 17 and under free.
Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
Saturday, April 27, 9am
We'll begin our new season of hunts at Thomes Creek Ecological Reserve, a vernal pool area in the grasslands and rolling footihills of Tehama County northwest of Corning. We'll search for Ahart's nailwort, dwarf downingia and four others that may be in bloom. Meet at Chico Park & Ride West lot. Reservations are required. Contact Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and for alternate meeting site.
Opening the World through Nature Journaling Workshop
Saturday, April 27, 10am-5pm, Selvester's Cafe at CSU, Chico
Come and learn how to make nature sketching and writing part of your classroom or family experience at this hands-on workshop led by John Muir Laws, well-known artist and naturalist. Bring your own drawing supplies and sketchbook. This workshop is cosponsored with Friends of the Chico State Herbarium. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact CSU Chico Biology office at 530-898-5356 or email@example.com or see the Chico State Herbarium website csuchico.edu/biol/Herb/Events.html
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Lecture on Subtle but Essential Relationships Between Species in the Sierra Nevada
Saturday, April 27, 7pm, Holt Hall 170, CSU Chico
Join us for an exciting evening with John Muir Laws, author of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. He will illustrate some amazing relationships between plants and animals in the Sierra Nevada and some conservation challenges. Suggested donation $3-$5. Cosponsored with Friends of the Chico State Herbarium.
Pulga to Mayaro, Feather River Canyon, Plumas National Forest
Sunday, April 28, 9am
Mett at Chico Park & Ride west lot with water, lunch, sun/insect protection, cameras and money for ride sharing. We'll drive along the pole-line road above the Feather River with stops to see a variety of wild flowers, a waterfall, and view scenic vistas. The road is rought in a few places and high-centered vehicles are recommended. We'll finish near the ruins of Mayaro, a resort dating back to the 1940's. Phone leader for secondary meeting place. Gerry, 530-893-5123.