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Upcoming Field Trips

You are welcome to join the Marin chapter of the California Native Plant Society on hikes to see seasonal native plants in the field. All hikes are free and open to the public, so please invite your friends. Beginning plant enthusiasts welcome on all hikes.

Come prepared for any type of weather or conditions, dress in layers, have non-slip footwear, and bring rain/wind protection just in case. Although it may be sunny and warm when you leave home, the weather could be cold and foggy when we reach our destination. Bring lunch and plenty of water, binoculars and/or hand lenses, and your favorite field guides. Please contact hike leaders with any questions about individual hikes.

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10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

In addition to searching through the forest looking for the fairy slipper orchid, Calypso bulbosa, we’ll explore the trails around the upper Rock Spring meadow, enjoy a picnic lunch, then head down the Cataract Trail as far as participants wish to hike, enjoying other early wildflowers and a diverse array of ferns.

Ranunculus lobbii Photograph by Doreen Smith

9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

This slow-paced walk will take us from the San Andreas trailhead up to the nearby volcanic-rock hill and the woodlands by the water tank. From there we’ll cross a marshy field which is usually rich with annual wildflowers. Then we’ll go uphill to the largest vernal pool in Marin County.

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us for a fun-filled educational walk and get more connected to nature by learning a little about wild foods and medicines that abound in Marin.

2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Join Doreen Smith on this walk across the old-dune sandy soils of Bull Point Bull Point near Drake's Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Marin Chapter of the CNPS will make its second annual trip to The Cedars. This is an all-day outing that involves hiking over uneven rocky terrain.