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2018 Redbud Field Trips

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.

2018 Spring Field Trip Schedule (There are more complete descriptions below this schedule.)
Saturday, June 23rd, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Redbud Chapter Field Trip to Lower Carpenter Valley. Join us on a hike of Truckee Donner Land Trust's recently acquired Lower Carpenter Valley.
Jun. 29 to Jul. 1 -- Sierra Field Campus. Redbud members only; this is a 2-day, 2-night trip, participants must register and pay costs for meals and lodging/tents.
Smarts' Crossing, Dutch Flat. (To be rescheduled to a date in June to be determined.) Hike down to the Bear River to see woodland and riparian native plants. Leaders: Jeanne and Pam.

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.

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.