Healing the Land Field Trips Upcoming Events
 
 
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).
 
White Bog Orchid (Platanthera dilatata  
var. leucostachys
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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.
 


 
Family Nature Hike on the Sierra Discovery Trail
 
Saturday, August 10, 2019
 
This trail is a level 0.9 mile, semi-paved loop that winds along the Bear River and packs a lot of nature into a short hike. The area adjoins wet meadows and a creek with a small waterfall. It is perfect for people of all ages and accessible for strollers. Interpretive signs, a kiosk and restrooms are located at the trailhead. There is a picnic site with tables at the river. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
 
We are delighted to have Jessica Abbot return again this year with her butterfly program!
 
She will showcase some of the local butterfly diversity and talk a little bit about her research studying how climate change will impact butterfly populations throughout California and Oregon. Jessica is a Research Ecologist for the Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA and has over 14 years of research experience. Participants will get a close up look at a variety of butterfly species and hopefully get to see butterfly eggs and caterpillars.
 
This hike is sponsored by the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and organized by California Naturalist, Linda Conklin 209-840-0336.
 
The assistant leaders are Shane Hanofee and Diane Wetzel.
 
Directions to the Trailhead
From Nevada City
Travel approximately 20 miles east on Highway 20 to Bowman Lake Rd./Forest Rte 18).
Turn left and travel approximately one-half mile (north) up this road.
The parking lot is on the left.
 
From I-80 E,
Take Exit 161 to CA 20 Turn right on Bowman Lake Rd./Forest Rte 18.
Travel approximately one-half mile (north) up this road.
The parking lot is on the left.