Happening Now Field Trips Upcoming Events

Redbud's Facebook Page

Plant Sale on Facebook

Click to join redbudchapter

Click to join the Redbud
*Yahoo Group

Sign up for email about
Redbud events:

[email address required]

The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

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 and 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!


Family Time – Take a Hungry, Hungry Hike
at the Placer Nature Center
Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn, CA 95602
Description: Join Docent Linda on a walk on the nature trail and discover how many ways common plants can help families live. The 1-mile Nature Trail winds through beautiful oak woodland. We will hike rain or shine. This program is a joint effort with the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the Placer Nature Center. 
The Placer Nature Center is a 5-acre preserve in the Sierra Foothills that is home to many species of wildlife and native plants. Placer Nature Center delivers community-based, volunteer supported environmental education programs to children, families, schools, and community groups.

For more information on the Placer Nature Center, please visit their website: http://placernaturecenter.org.
Length of Trip: approximately 1 hour, includes activities for children and families.
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Can be slippery on wet trails during the winter.
Warning! Watch out for ticks, poison oak, and rattlesnakes.
Bring: Water, snacks, insect repellant, hat for sun protection, windbreaker, and other hiking essentials.
Location: 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn, CA 95602.
To RSVP, please sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/zdhDBN06FO1BqhMt1.
Drop-ins are also welcome!
Questions? Email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org or call Placer Nature Center at 530-878-6053.
Redbud Chapter – CNPS
Plant Collection Workshop
A Workshop on Collecting and Preparing Herbarium Specimens
Leader: Steve Schoenig
Saturday, April 28, 2018  
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tahoe National Forest, near Washington, CA
Meet at 631 Coyote Street (Tahoe National Forest office) from where we will carpool.
This workshop will focus on the techniques and ethics of collecting plants for submission to an herbarium. Participants will begin the process of creating herbarium specimens in the field, learning how to collect different types of plants, which data and details to document, and how to best present and preserve these collections for archiving what grows here. Also, we get to learn the plants of our area and engage in the artistry of creating the plant specimen.
Please bring a lunch and water, and wear clothing and footwear appropriate for hiking short distances on and off trail. You will need a small note book and we will provide plant presses and digging implements (please bring your own equipment if you have it).
This workshop is appropriate for individuals with a working knowledge of botanical practices and principles.
Donation of $10-20 suggested.

Bear River Field Trip
Bear River Wildflower and Natural History Hike
Sunday, April 29th, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Placer County Bear River Park and Campground  
2500 Campground Road, Colfax, CA 95713.
Meet at Day Use area, which is the first parking lot after entering the Park.
Learn the plants and natural history of the Bear River, Native American cultural uses and ways, and the threats that would be posed by constructing the Centennial Dam. We will be hiking at a site along the Bear River that is within the proposed Centennial Reservoir inundation zone. The hike will be led by Richard Marks, natural historian, and Josie Crawford, botanist.
Brandegee’s Clarkia, Clarkia biloba ssp. brandegeeae. Photo by Dean Wm. Taylor, © 2005.
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 likely 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 likely 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 longhorn beetle.
Drinking water is not available at the Park, so bring your own water. We also recommend you bring a hat and snacks.
RSVP is optional but recommended. We can contact you in the event of changes if you sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8mtZhu1VpJNhoaELaVkkcVNjIdarCwGOcedmpMv_bMPYI5A/viewform.

Endangered Stebbins' Morning-glory Field Trip
Sunday, May 6th, 9:00 a.m.
Description: We will visit a population of Stebbins' Morning-glory (Calystegia stebbinsii), a federally-listed endangered plant species that grows only in Nevada and El Dorado Counties. Our tour of the Nevada County managed land will include areas of recent vegetation treatments using hand clearing and low intensity fire. These treatments are intended to establish new populations of Stebbins’ Morning-glory. The chaparral habitat surrounding the Stebbins' Morning-glory is also is home to six other rare species: Sanborn’s Onion, Sierra Brodiaea, Mother Lode Yampah, Chaparral Sedge, California Flannel Bush, and McNab Cypress.
Trip leaders Denise Della Santina and Karen Callahan were managers for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife grant to preserve the Stebbins’ Morning-glory and its habitat. Denise is the Restoration Ecologist for Sierra Streams Institute and Redbud Chapter’s Conservation Chairperson. Karen is the Rare Plant Chairperson for Redbud Chapter.
Difficulty: easy.
Duration: 3 hours.
Bring: Water, snacks, hat for sun protection and other hiking essentials.
Directions: Meet at the parking lot for Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter at 14647 McCourtney Road. From the Nevada County Fairgrounds drive about 4 miles south of Grass Valley on McCourtney Rd. The Animal Shelter driveway is a left turn just before the Nevada County Transfer Station. Parking space is limited and carpooling is advised.
Whitestem Frasera (Frasera albicaulus)
Meeting Time and Location for Carpooling: Meet at 8:45 am at Raley’s, Pine Creek Shopping Center, 692 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. Important: check the Redbud web pages for updates and details about the meeting place.
Registration is optional but recommended: https://goo.gl/forms/WZsFJiYoMTxMeQ8g2.
Contact info: Please contact Karen at 530.272.5532 if you have questions.

The Redbud Chapter
"Passionate about (Native) Plants”  
Lecture Series

Birds and Their Habitats of the Western Sierra
Guest Speaker: Ted Beedy
Wednesday, June 27th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Auburn Library
350 Nevada Street  
Auburn, CA 95603
Ted Beedy will take us on a virtual journey across the Sierra from the oak savanna in the west, up through conifer forests, into the majestic alpine regions. We'll see and hear the stunning diversity of birds that make the Sierra their home. We'll learn how they use the varied habitats, which species are in decline, and which are expanding and increasing.
Ted recently co-authored Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution.
Ted received his Ph.D. in Zoology from UC Davis. He taught ornithology and other biology classes at UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento before working as an environmental consultant at Jones & Stokes in Sacramento. In 2006, he started his own firm, Beedy Environmental Consulting, in Nevada City.

Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend
Redbud Members Only
Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1, 2018
Sierra Nevada Field Campus,
San Francisco State University
Join us for a wildflower-filled weekend trip to the Sierra Buttes area! We will drive up to the SF State Sierra Nevada Field Campus the afternoon of Friday, June 29th. Accommodations will be at the Field Campus either in provided platform tents or you can bring your own tent. Meals will occur at the Dining Hall. We will have field trips both Saturday and Sunday and will return home on Sunday, July 1st in the afternoon. This trip is intended for people who are interested in spending the weekend focused on exploring the plants of the area!
Accommodations/Meals: (Weekend totals):
  • Field Campus lodging and meals: $136.00.
  • With your tent or RV + shower access and meals: $112.00.
  • There is a $20.00 processing fee if you cancel.
To request registration forms and more detailed information about the schedule and activities, please email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org. You must register, pay fees, and sign waiver forms by May 20, 2018 to reserve your spot for the Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend Trip. This trip is limited to 20 participants and is first come, first served. The waivers will be emailed to you after you submit your registration. We will not hold a spot for partial enrollment.


Other Events of Interest


Books by Redbud Chapter – CNPS

Wildflowers, 2d Ed.

Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California 2nd Edition (2017)    $29.95

Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter

See article “Book on Placer and Nevada County Wildflowers Gets Update,” Auburn Journal, May 30, 2017.

Get more information about Wildflowers or Trees and Shrubs, or
a list of 
regional booksellers and other locations selling Wildflowers.


Trees and Shrubs


Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties, California (2014)   $34.95

Member discount if purchased directly from Redbud Chapter




Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties:  $25.50
Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties: $29.75

To purchase at the member price, contact:

Julie Becker 530-265-8197, jbecker@infostations .com
Chet Blackburn 530-885-0201, chetblackburn@yahoo.com or
Jeanne Wilson 530-570-8009, treasurer@redbud-cnps.org

Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails


See these

      Books by Redbud Members:

      (Julie Carville, Karen Weise, Alicia Funk, and Carolyn Singer)