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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!

Redbud Chapter Field Trip
to Lower Carpenter Valley

This trip is FULL!
Those not registered in advance cannot join the group.

Saturday, June 23rd, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Carpenter Valley Road off Hwy 89
Join us on a hike of Truckee Donner Land Trust’s recently acquired Lower Carpenter Valley! This preserve includes wet meadow, freshwater emergent wetland, riverine, and fen habitat types, as well as red fir, lodgepole pine, and mixed-conifer forest. 
Children and adults alike are invited on this accessible hike. Docents will provide information about the history and natural features of the valley. Wildflowers should be in full bloom if Mother Nature cooperates!
Difficulty: Expect to travel five miles on a level fire road.
Duration: 3 hours
Bring: Water, snacks, hat for sun protection and other hiking essentials.
Please note: Because of the sensitive nature of the environment, dogs are not allowed in Carpenter Valley, but are welcomed on every other Land Trust property.
This trip will be limited to 25 participants.
Directions: provided to those registered.
Questions?  Email Jeanne at nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.

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




Redbud Member Discounts

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)