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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

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The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society welcomes all native-plant lovers in Nevada and Placer counties. We are dedicated to exploring, educating, researching, and writing about the diversity and beauty of our native flora.  We:

  • Lead field trips to stunning foothill & mountain wildflower displays.
  • Offer 100s of locally adapted, hand-picked native plants at our fall sale.
  • Advocate for native flora and organize conservation projects.
  • Meet up to propagate plants and learn ethnobotany first-hand.
  • Publish two books on over 700 local wildflowers, trees and shrubs.

Together, we explore and restore nature, and find new friends!


Announcing Upcoming Redbud Chapter Events!

Bear River Field Trip
Rare Plant Treasure Hunt and Bio-Blitz Botanical Survey of Site of
Proposed Centennial Reservoir on the Bear River.

Date and Time:
Sunday, April 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Placer County Bear River Park and Campground,
2500 Campground Road, Colfax, CA 95713

Meet at the Day Use area, which is the first parking
lot after you enter the Park.

Learn the plants, vegetation communities, wildlife and their habitats, and riparian ecology at a site along the Bear River that is within the proposed Centennial Reservoir inundation zone.

At the Park’s average elevation of 1,800 feet exists a diversity of plant life, from willows and alders at the river’s edge, to towering ponderosa pines and Douglas firs along the hiking trails. 

It’s a bit early in the season to confirm the rare Brandegee’s clarkia or Humboldt’s lily in flower, but we will visit their potential habitat, and may see their leaves. We will search for Cantelow’s lewesia leaves on rock crevasses. 

We will definitely see flowering bleeding hearts, hound’s tongue and trillium, as well as sedum, giant chain fern, and blue elderberry large enough to host the federally threatened valley elderberry beetle. 

Drinking water is not available at the Park, so bring your own water.

For questions, email Denise at clearcreeknatives [at]


From Grass Valley/Nevada City, take 174 South to Hwy 80 West.

From Hwy 80, take the West Weimar Crossroads exit. Go North 1.5 miles. Turn right on Placer Hills Road to Plum Tree Road (2.5 mi.). Turn left on Plum Tree Road to Park/Campground. 



Brandegee’s Clarkia, Clarkia biloba ssp. brandegeeae.  Photo by Dean Wm. Taylor, 2005.

See Upcoming Redbud Events for more information.
For field trips, see Upcoming Redbud Field Trips.

Come to Redbud’s 1st Spring Meet-up!

Saturday, April 15
Native Plant Communities
Celebrating California Native Plant Week

Spring Is Here!

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Madelyn Helling Library

980 Helling Way, Nevada City

All are welcome, whatever your level of experience. Bring your questions and observations, and explore solutions and suggestions with Redbud CNPS experienced gardeners and fellow members. We’ll provide handouts, free seeds, and light refreshments.

RSVP to Interested in other topics? Should we schedule additional Meet-ups for Spring? Please let us know when you email your RSVP.

Other Spring Events of Interest


Become a certified California Naturalist!

Spring 2017 California Naturalist Course, March 8 – May 17.

Sierra Streams Institute is offering a course that enables you to become a certified California Naturalist. The course starts March 8, 2017. For more information, see Naturalist Class, email, or call 530-265-6090 ext. 207.




Spring Native Plant Sale! 

Sacramento Valley Chapter -- California Native Plant Society

When: Saturday, MARCH 25th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery
2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(On the American River Parkway at Soil Born Farms)



Introduction to Plant Identification, Part II – Northern California

(A Beginner Look at 9 Plant Families)

April 4-6 at the Placer Nature Center in Auburn, with additional field sites at the Auburn  State Recreation Area

Description: This easily accessible workshop will be taught at a beginner level, and can be taken in conjunction with or separately from Part I (which will cover 8 different California plant families). Learn the terminology and characteristics of 9 of the more common California plant families, reducing the amount of time required to key most plants to genus and species. This workshop will include classroom presentations and exercises, and we will spend at least half the time outdoors in the field identifying plants.

Taught by Redbud’s own Josie Crawford, Botanist, this is a great excuse to get out and explore what’s sure to be a beautiful spring in the foothills while learning how to identify some of the major California plant families.

More info and registration: and


Spring 2017 California Naturalist Course

Sierra Streams Institute is offering a course that allows you to become a certified California Naturalist. The course starts March 8, 2017. Earlybird registration fee if you sign up before February 1. For more information see
Naturalist Class, email, or call 530-265-6090 ext. 207.

Trees and Shrubs of
Nevada and Placer Counties, California

Purchase information for Redbud books

Store owners or managers wishing to purchase books wholesale
should contact: Julie Becker - jbecker[at]"