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Karen Callahan


Placer and Nevada Counties are located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Although these two counties represent only 1.5% of the land mass of California, 35% of its vascular plants are found here. Our native plants grace the landscape in habitats from the Sacramento valley grasslands, through the foothills, and into the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This land area represents a large variation in elevation, rainfall, and temperature. The snowmelt from the rugged peaks feeds into the Yuba, Bear, American and Rubicon Rivers with water to support the more populous areas of the state. 


Upcoming Chapter Presentations and Events

Wildflower Identification Workshop
“Name that Wildflower!”

Sponsored by Redbud Chapter, CNPS.
Teachers: Botanists Linnea Hanson and Jenny Marr
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Near Auburn at the Placer Nature Center, 3700 Christian Valley Road.
The Center’s website,, has directions and more information.

Workshop Fee: $25.00 for members of California Native Plant Society and $35.00 for nonmembers. Fee includes workshop handouts, beverages and food in the morning.
Pre-registration is required. Class limited to 25 people and rain will not cancel.

Contact: Janelle Bloomdale,

Immerse yourself in wildflowers for the day. Learn how to identify major plant families found in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Spend the morning with freshly gathered plant specimens observing special features--hairy nectar runs, freckles, colored anthers, banner petals or seed pods. In the afternoon, we’ll use our knowledge on a walk along the Placer Nature Center’s trail led by Linnea and Jenny.

Back by popular demand, we’ll have professional botanists Linnea Hanson and Jenny Marr to teach this workshop. Linnea is a retired forest botanist for Plumas National Forest and Jenny works for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Both are experienced field botanists and leaders in the northern California botany community. They will be using the family approach to identification, believing that the easiest way to learn about flowers and to expand your “plant repertoire” is to study family characteristics, allowing you to recognize attributes of the pea family, the sunflower family, the lily family and several more.

We’ll use the Peterson Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers by T. Niehaus and C. Ripper to learn how to key to the flower families. The Peterson Guide will also be available for purchase. Bring your hand lens, too. We’ll have a microscope set up to give us a unique view of the plant world!

The main reference guide for the workshop will be our Redbud Chapter’s beautiful book: Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California. The book is organized by plant families and will fit right into the workshop plan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the workshop in case you don’t already have one of your own.


Native Bees are Not Optional

by Julie Serences
Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Madeline Helling Library in Nevada City

Mark your calendars! CNPS Redbud Chapter presents Xerces Society's Julie Serences who will be speaking on the incredible variety of native bees that live all around us. Did you know that there are over 1600 species of native bees in California? Learn about observing native bees, their life cycles and how to conserve them in your own gardens. For additional information, contact Leslie Warren, CNPS Redbud Chapter Programs Chair, at 530-878-0738. Please share this email with your friends, members and affiliated organizations!


Spring Native Plant Sale


Vernal Pools of Northern California

Wednesday, June 25th at 7:00pm
Auburn Library in Auburn, CA

Dr. Robert Holland, probably the world preeminent scientist and advocate for vernal pools will share his extraordinary knowledge of the web of life found in these seasonal wetlands.

SNAMP Project

Wednesday, Aug 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Madeline Helling Library in Nevada City, CA

Kimberly Ingram, of the UC Cooperative Extension, will discuss an 8 year collaborative research effort among the US Forest Service, UC faculty scientists, UC Cooperative Extension staff and a cadre of community volunteers - to determine the effects of fuel reduction projects on forest health, fire behavior, water quality and wildlife.

Physics of Flora

Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm
Auburn Library in Auburn, CA

Dr. Paul Doherty, Director of Science and Teaching at San Francisco’s phenomenal Exploratorium will speak on the physics of floral color and whatever else he decides to pull out of his creative sleeve. The man is a wildly entertaining and interactive speaker so prepare to play and learn.


State CNPS 2014 Workshops are listed on the Field Trips page.

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We normally hold two Native Plant Sales a year. The spring sale is held at Sierra College in Rocklin, and the September sale is in Grass Valley.

  • Our Field Trips are held mostly in the spring--see newsletter for more information.
  • Chapter meetings are held six times a year, generally in February, March, May, July, October and November. Meetings alternate between Nevada and Placer counties. See the current newsletter for meeting information.

Our usual meeting places are:

  • Nevada County Library
    980 Helling Way, Nevada City
    At the intersection of Hwy 49 and Hwy 20 in Nevada City, turn west toward Downieville on Hwy 49. Drive approximately 1 mile, turning right at the Nevada County Government Office Buildings complex. Bear to the right to reach the library.
  • Auburn Civic Center
    1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA
    From Highway 49 in Auburn, just after 49 passes under I-80, there is a T intersection.  Continue straight ahead at the intersection to the Civic Center. The building looks like an old school (which it is).  Go to the large parking lot behind the building and look for the Rose Room sign.


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