2017 Redbud Field Trips
All Redbud field trips are free and open to non-members as well as members. Unless stated otherwise, Redbud trips are easy, as we usually walk slowly and stop to view, identify, talk about, and enjoy each plant species. Most of our trips are led by at least one botanist.
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).
Ride sharing is recommended, as parking at most trailheads is limited. We also suggest riders share the cost of gas, perhaps giving $5 to the driver for under 40 miles round-trip, more if longer. Field trips will be canceled if heavy rain (or snow) is predicted.
It is hard to predict when and where wildflowers bloom; wildflower displays may vary greatly depending upon weather patterns. A cold, long winter means later blooms, while natives blossom earlier if March is warm and dry. To see native plants at their best, field trip dates must be flexible. Trip dates, times, and locations are posted as soon as scheduled; check this website and the Redbud Facebook page for updates. For advance email notice of trips, sign up for the Redbud Yahoo Listserv (see Redbud homepage).
If you would like to lead a field trip or know a good destination, please email your write-up or suggestion at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see that it gets announced. The write-up should include: date and time, directions to meeting place, what to bring, distance and length of time the walk will take, difficulty and elevation change if known, and what people may see and experience there.