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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!

Hike to Fairy Falls
Spenceville Wildlife Area
Sunday, March 18th, 2018, 10:00 a.m.


Fairy Falls tumble over a steep rock cliff into a large pool. With recent rains keeping the river high, the falls should be beautiful.

This easy hike is about 5 miles round trip with a gentle 150’ elevation change. The falls are about 2.5 miles from the trailhead. We will be in the low foothills, where spring comes early. We should see buttercups, blue dicks, buck brush, wild cucumber, violets, shooting stars, popcorn flowers, red maids, redbud, monkey flowers, tufted poppy, and manzanita.

Please RSVP by Thurs., March, 15 using this link: The hike is limited to 25 participants.

We will meet at the trailhead on Sunday, March 18th, at 10:00 a.m. If you are carpooling, meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Hwy 20/Rough & Ready Road Park and Ride. Detailed directions to the trailhead will be sent to those who RSVP. Note: There is no cell coverage in this area!
Please bring: water, snacks/lunch, sunscreen, rain gear (if needed), windbreaker, hat.

Questions? use the RSVP link (above), or email

Sierra College Nature Area Field Trip
Trip Leader: Shawna Martinez

Saturday, March 24th
10:00 a.m. (Duration: 2 – 3 hours)


Sierra College, Rocklin Campus
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677[City]
Note: Free parking on Saturday.
What We Will See: We will be hiking on the cross-country path in the nature area, traverse across Secret Ravine Creek to a unique geologic area and Native American site. Along the way we will (hopefully) see common foothill wildflowers including Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), Wally Basket and other Triteleia, California Saxifrage (Micranthes californica), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Woodland Star (Lithophragma affine) and a host of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Depending upon rain, we might see many species of fungi.

We will also discuss the development future of this area (and south Placer as a whole) and how we have a unique opportunity to preserve this 90 + acre area for future generations.

Level of difficulty: Easy. Trail is wide and gently sloping.

Bring: Water, snacks, and other hiking essentials. Hand lens and wildflower books are nice to bring along. Don’t forget the new Wildflowers book is now on sale!

Please RSVP if you are interested in attending: or email

Directions will be provided at time of registration.

THIS TRIP WILL BE LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. We will post when the trip is full, and you will not be able to complete the RSVP form.


Family Time – Take a Hungry, Hungry Hike
at the Placer Nature Center

Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Placer Nature Center
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. 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 home to various 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:

Suggested donation to Placer Nature Center: $10 per family.

Please RSVP -- but drop-ins are also welcome!

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

Questions? Email or call Placer Nature Center at 530-878-6053.

Mt. Howell Cal Fire Lookout Station Field Trip
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Description: We will visit an ongoing restoration project on a 38-acre site demonstrating how practices such as low intensity broadcast-burning promote forest resiliency and the health and diversity of native flora; enrich the soil; and reduce fuel load and invasive weeds, thus improving fire safety. Many native plants respond positively to periodic low-temperature burning, and some require fire to germinate.

The Mt. Howell site represents a sub-climax conifer forest-oak woodland representative of conditions during the Gold Rush era. This site showcases hundreds of gorgeous wildflowers, including Wild Ginger, Yellow Star Tulips, Fawn Lilies, Sierra Gooseberry, Brown Bells, Sierra Iris, Western Waterleaf, and many more. Most are new since the burning, possibly sprouting from seed-banks that may be as much as 4 decades old, so there may be surprises.

This hike will be limited to 20 participants.

Length of Trip: 2 hours; participants are welcome to stay longer if they have questions or would like to see more.

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Elevation change is 300 vertical feet over less than a mile.

Bring: Water, snacks, insect repellant, hat for sun protection, windbreaker, and other hiking essentials.

Meeting Time & Location for Carpooling: Meet at Marval's Sierra Market, 575 S. Auburn St., Colfax at 9:45 am.

To sign-up for this field trip, RSVP at:

Questions? Contact us through the RSVP site (above), or email

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

Plants, Pollen, Pollinators, and Climate Change
Guest Speaker: Randy Oliver

When: Wednesday, April 11
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City 95959

Randy Oliver has kept bees for over 50 years. He will share with us insights gained through his acute awareness of how bees and flowering plants interact.

The flowers and flowering time of most plants are the result of the coevolution of each species of plant with its pollinators. A honey bee colony is completely dependent on the pollen it collects as its source of protein, lipids, sterols, vitamins and minerals. Randy will talk about pollen and the coevolution of plants and their bee pollinators; how climate change and elevated CO2 levels are impacting this critical element of ecology; and our changing local ecosystem.


Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise near Grass Valley. With an M.S. in Biological Sciences, Randy sees beekeeping through the eyes of a biologist. He closely follows bee research, engages in some himself, and enjoys sharing what he's learned with others, through articles, speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website,


Birds and Their Habitats of the Western Sierra
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.

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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.

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, or
Jeanne Wilson 530-570-8009,

Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails


See these

      Books by Redbud Members:

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