Healing the Land Field Trips Upcoming Events
 
 

2019 Redbud Field Trips
 
Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend (July 5 to 7)  
Registration deadline is May 24th  
Redbud Members Only

 
Redbud field trips are free and open to non-members as well as members. When we co-sponsor a trip and have docents from another organization, a small donation may be requested. Our trips are generally easy, as we walk slowly, pausing to view, identify, discuss, and enjoy the plant species.
 
Please RSVP in advance to participate in field trips. Ride sharing is recommended (parking at most trailheads is limited). We suggest riders share the cost of gas ($5 to the driver for < 40 miles round-trip, more if longer).
 
Bring water, lunch/snack, sun screen, hat, jacket, rain gear, and hand lens, as needed. Children are warmly welcomed, but please arm them with a whistle! No pets are allowed on Redbud field trips (service dogs are permitted).
 
We try to schedule trips when native plants are at their best, but wildflower displays vary depending upon weather patterns. A cold, long winter means later blooms, but if March is warm and dry, we’ll have early field trips. Predicted heavy rain (or snow) will cancel trip.
 
Field trips are posted on this website and the Redbud Facebook -- check often for updates. For advance email notice of trips, sign up for the Redbud Yahoo Listserv (see Redbud homepage).
 
White Bog Orchid (Platanthera dilatata  
var. leucostachys
)
 
If you would like to lead a field trip or know a good destination, email suggestions at least 2 weeks before the proposed date to volunteer@redbud-cnps.org. Write-ups should include: date, time, location, directions, what to bring, distance/length of time, difficulty, elevation, and what people may see.
 
 


 
Rock Creek Nature Trail (Family Hike)
Hosted by Redbud Chapter  -  California Native Plant Society
 
Saturday, June 8  
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Rock Creek Nature Study Area, Nevada City
 
Celebrate the approach of summer with your family on Rock Creek Nature Trail!
 
This outing is for youth, ages 3 to 12, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please arrive at 9:45 to sign release forms.
 
This loop trail, just under one mile, is cool, shady, and mostly level as it winds along Rock Creek. The first 500 feet of this trail is rated "moderate" for wheelchairs and strollers. (Beyond this point, the trail is considered non-accessible for wheels due to the narrow trail and uneven terrain.) Possible safety hazards are poison oak, ticks and rattlesnakes.
 
We will learn about the trees, other plants, and wildlife of this ecosystem, as well as the history of the area. Last June, we saw many Banana Slugs.
 
Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking. Bring: Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, snack and optional camera. Leave pets at home.
 
Picnic tables and restrooms are at the trailhead.
 
Directions:
 
Drive east 7 1/2 miles from Nevada City on Highway 20.
 
Two miles beyond the Five Mile House, look for the Washington Ridge Conservation Camp sign on the left. Turn left and follow the paved road for 1 mile. Turn left onto a gravel road. It will take you another mile down into the canyon and parking lot. On the way out, follow the one-way road down the canyon, which brings you back to Highway 20, 1/2 mile west of Five Mile House.
 
For questions, contact California Naturalist, Linda Conklin. Use secretary@redbud-cnps.org. Linda will lead the hike, and Shane Hanofee will be helping out.
 

 
Page Meadows
All day field trip
 
Trip Leader: Karen Loro
Tuesday June 11th
10:00 a.m. at Trailhead
 
Trip Leader Karen Loro will meet participants at 10:00 a.m. at the trailhead, about 3 miles South of Tahoe City. See directions to the Trailhead below. No RSVP required.
 
An opportunity to see meadows filled with wildflowers awaits you on this easy, mostly level hike (approx. 2 miles long).
 
Description: From Julie Carville's book Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails, page 142: "Page Meadows is a series of large, meandering sun-filled meadows between forests of conifers and aspens. … The unsigned trail begins in a forest of Jeffrey and Lodgepole Pines and White Firs, with an understory of Bittercherry, Whitethorn, and Pinemat Manzanita … In June, Plantain Buttercups, Quamash Camas Lilies, Elephant's Heads, and Alpine Shooting Stars bloom. … "
 
Other abundant wildflowers may include Parish's Yampah, Porterella and Torrey's Blue-eyed Mary.
 
Bring: Water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat for sun protection, insect repellant, and other hiking essentials. If you have allergies, please bring your antihistamine or other allergy remedy of choice - we want you to be able to enjoy this trip!
 
Directions: (also from Julie Carville's book): "From Tahoe City on Highway 89, drive south 1.9 miles and take a right onto Pine Avenue. Head uphill 0.1 mile and turn right onto Tahoe Park Heights for 0.6 mile to a three-way split. Take Big Pine 0.2 mile straight ahead and turn left onto Silver Tip Drive for 0.4 mile to the parking area where the road ends at the unsigned trailhead."
 
Questions? Email Nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org
 

 
Sagehen Creek
All day field trip
 
Trip Leader: Karen Loro
Thursday, June 13th
Carpool at 8:00 a.m.
Meet at Trailhead at 9:30 a.m.
 
Trip Leader Karen Loro will meet participants at 9:30 a.m. at the parking area near trailhead. See directions to the parking area below.
 
Description: This year's late snow and rain in the high country means vivid wildflower displays continuing through June and into July. This is a mostly level walk, 4.5 - 5 miles, thru riparian forest, meadows and ending at Stampede Reservoir (yes, you can swim !). We plan to be out all day. We hope to see Brown's Peony, Quamash Camas Lily, Western Polonium and a myriad of other flora.
 
Bring: Water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat for sun protection, insect repellant, and other hiking essentials. If you have allergies, please bring your antihistamine or other allergy remedy of choice - we want you to be able to enjoy this trip!
 
Directions: Location is about 7.4 miles North from Truckee. Take the Sierraville Exit from Hwy 80 and drive North on Hwy 89. At the first roundabout follow the sign for Donner Pass Rd. At the next 2 roundabouts, head toward Sierraville. The parking area is immediately after a cement bridge across Sagehen Creek, on the East side of the Hwy. Allow 90 min from Colfax or Nevada City to arrive a few min early.
 
If you are interested in carpooling from Nevada City, meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Rood Center near the solar panels (950 Maidu Way, Nevada City). If you want to carpool from Colfax, meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Mar Val Sierra Market, 575 S. Auburn St.
 
Questions? Email Nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org
 

 
Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend 2019
 
  July 5 to July 7, 2019
Sierra Nevada Field Campus  
Calpine, CA 96124
 
Join us for a wildflower-filled weekend trip to the Sierra Buttes area, one of the best spots for wildflowers in all of the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada Field Campus (SNFC) of CSU San Francisco is located on Hwy 49 along the north fork of the Yuba River, about 58 miles up Hwy 49 above Nevada City and 1 mile above Basset's Station.
 
We’ll spend the weekend exploring the plants of the area, focused on observing many wildflowers in a variety of different habitats.
 
Schedule: Arrive at Field Campus Friday afternoon, July 5th. Dinner is at 6:30 pm. Accommodations will be at the Field Campus either in platform tents or you can bring your own tent. Meals are served at the Dining Hall. We will have field trips both Saturday and Sunday and will return home on Sunday, July 7th in the afternoon. Pets are not allowed at the SNFC.
 
A map and directions are available at http://sierra.sfsu.edu/directions. Check the web site http://www.sfsu.edu/~sierra for more detailed information about the campus and species lists.
 
This trip is limited to 20 participants (must be Redbud members) and is first come first served.  
Registration deadline is May 24
.
 
The Registration packet is available HERE. Fill out and sign all three forms and mail the completed packet with your check to:
 
 
Pamela Brillante  
P. O. Box 140  
Dutch Flat, CA 95714
   
Questions? Email Bill Wilson at wilsonb@yosemite.edu or call 530-265-8040