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2019 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).
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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.

North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
Trip leaders: Karen Loro and Art Clark
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Description: We will all walk together to Phantom Falls and will explore the wildflowers on the way.
Group 1 (easier walk): One group will decide when they are ready to head back but will likely be a half day trip.
Group 2 (moderate walk): The second group will continue walking north to the other 2 waterfalls. And might get to see newts! Group 2 will take lunch out at the reserve and will likely be out 6 to 8 hours.
Wildflowers we might see: bitter root, meadowfoam, bird’s eyes, yellow carpet, owl’s clover, goldfields, tidy tips, sky lupine, poppies, seep monkeyflower.
Difficulty: easy to moderate. Duration: 4 to 8 hours depending on which group you join.
Directions and Carpooling:
We will meet to carpool at 8:00 a.m. in Grass Valley. If you cannot carpool, we will meet you at the reserve at 10:00 a.m. Details on carpooling location and reserve directions will be emailed to registered participants.
Please RSVP if you are interested in attending: https://goo.gl/forms/6QForDVJXV8NppnD2
We will post when the trip is full, and you will not be able to complete the RSVP form.
(An individual lands pass is NOT required if you attend as part of our trip.)