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2018 Events


Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10-3 pm
Annual Native Plant Sale

Three Rivers Arts Center
41673 North Fork Drive, Three Rivers CA

Directions: Going east on Highway 198, turn left on North Fork Drive (just before Anne Lang’s Emporium). The Arts Center is the first building on the left. Plant Sale is inside the building.

More info HERE.


Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7 pm
Chapter Fall Program

“Explore Calflora’s Native Plant Database”
presented by Cynthia Powell, Executive Director Calflora

St. Anthony Retreat, Mission Room 
43816 Sierra Dr (Hwy 198), Three Rivers

Learn about new Calflora tools for Calflora users. Calflora’s plant database hosts over two million plant occurrences, some of which have come directly from Alta Peak members. Powell will go over Calflora’s new plant photo project, planting guide, population monitoring tools, email alerts, and speak more generally about the uses of Calflora for CNPS chapters. She would also like to know how Calflora can better serve the Alta Peak Chapter and to answer any of your questions.

More info HERE.

Field Trip Saturday, October 20, 2018

Join Cynthia Powell for a hands-on plant data collecting field trip for Calflora.
Meet at 8:45 am at Three Rivers Veterans Memorial Building on Hwy 198.
Actual field trip location TBA, in the foothills. Field trip will go to around 2 pm.


Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9-2 pm
DIY Native Plant Landscape Design Clinic

College of the Sequoias in Visalia


presented by Melanie Keeley,
Native Plant Specialist, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks
and Cathy Capone, former owner of Cal Natives Nursery in Porterville,
Alta Peak Chapter Horticulture Chair

More details and registration info HERE.


Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10-4 pm
2nd Annual Foothills Festival

River Ridge Ranch, 37675 Balch Park Road, Springville

Once again, the Alta Peak Chapter and River Ridge Institute are teaming up to present a celebration of our local natural world in the Sierra foothills. The Foothills Festival combines music, arts, food, activities, and outdoor education. And this year, it’s free! Alta Peak Chapter will have a table at the event, and our President, Barbara Brydolf, will have locally sourced, native plants for sale.

For more info, visit riverridgeinstitute.org or call 559-539-0207.


♦ PAST EVENTS ♦

July 21, 2018 from 8 -3 pm
Giant Sequoia Nat Monument Field Trip

Lead by Barbara Brydolf, Alta Peak Chapter President

More information HERE


Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8:30 am – early afternoon
Big Meadow Wildflower Field Trip

Lead by Mary Merriman, Alta Peak Chapter Rare Plant Chair
and Denise Griego, Alta Peak Chapter Secretary

Meet on the Big Meadow road at 10:30 am at the first parking lot (map link here). There is only one way to turn at the Big Meadow Road but it has a fairly small sign. About 1/4 mile up the Big Meadow road, there is a gate (which will be open) and large parking lot on the right with an outhouse where we will start. We will mostly be driving or walking with no significant hiking but plenty of uneven ground so wear sturdy boots. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, layered clothing (mornings can be cool), field guides and a lawn chair for lunch.
More information HERE.


Saturday, May 5, from 8–5 pm
Field Trip: Bryophyte Chapter*

Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park

In cooperation with the CNPS Bryophyte Chapter, Dr. Paul Wilson, professor at Cal State Northridge, will lead this gentle, slow walk in Sequoia National Park, teaching the basics of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. Providing the snow has melted, we will be going up to the Giant Forest; if not, we will hike Salt Creek in Three Rivers. Heavy rain will postpone the event until May 12. Meet at 8 am behind the Village Market in Three Rivers for carpooling.

*On Sunday, May 9 from 9:30-1:30 pm, there will be follow-up bryophyte lab day at College of the Sequoias. Following a  lecture on bryophytes, participants will examine and learn to identify them through microscopes, with a focus on local species. Meet at Parking Lot 4 (northeast corner of campus) at College of the Sequoias, 915 S Mooney Boulevard, Visalia.

People are welcome to attend either or both of these bryophyte events. For additional or updated information closer to the event, please call Melanie Keeley at 559-799-7438 or email at mbaerkeeley@gmail.com.


Saturday, April 21 from 9:30 am to ?
Field Trip: Springville Clarkia

River Ridge Ranch in Springville

Led by Barbara Brydolf, this field trip will focus on the the rare Springville clarkia (Clarkia springvillensis). The genus Clarkia is represented by over 70 native species endemic to California, and is much celebrated by British horticulturalists, although sadly underutilized by Californians themselves. In addition to Springville clarkia, River Ridge Ranch also has elegant clarkia 
(Clarkia unguiculata), a close relative. Because of an accident of genetics the family that contains Clarkia, the Onagraceae or Evening Primrose Family, is especially prone to speciation. Small changes to the chromosomes during mitosis (egg and pollen formation) can cause reproductive isolation, instantly creating a new species. The elegant clarkia that co-occurs with Springville clarkia is very similar and may well be its parent.

For this field trip, there should also be a good display of other wildflowers, depending upon weather and rainfall this spring. The hike is moderate, approximately 3 miles, and up to 500’ elevation gain. Bring lunch and water and dress appropriately. Meet at 9:30 am in the lower parking lot of River Ridge Ranch. The Ranch is located at 37675 Balch Park Road, on the east side of the road 1.6 mi. north of the White Barn in Springville.


Sunday, March 25 from 9:30 am to ?
Field Trip: Fire Effects in Blue Oak Woodland

River Ridge Ranch in Springville

Gary Adest of River Ridge Institute, Barbara Brydolf, and various forest experts (TBD) will lead this field trip to look how the Pier Fire has changed blue oak (Quercus douglasii) woodland on the lower slopes of Lumreau Mountain. We will explore the effects of the fire on soil, vegetation, and wildlife, and discuss the function of fire in the landscape. Expect to see wildflowers on this walk, as well.

Meet at 9:30 am in the lower parking lot of River Ridge Ranch, located at 37675 Balch Park Rd, on the east side of the road, 1.6 mi. north of the White Barn in Springville. The walk will be moderately strenuous,approximately 5 miles, with a 1000’ elevation gain. Bring lunch and water and dress appropriately.


Saturday, February 24, at 7pm
Chapter Winter Program

“Adaptation of Plants, Animals and Humans to Wildfires:
What to Expect Following the Pier Fire”

with Dr. Jon Keeley, fire ecologist/research scientist for the United States Geological Survey
and adjunct professor UCLA
Springville Veterans’ Memorial Building

Wildfires are a necessary part of the ecology of many wild landscapes in mediterranean-type climates across the globe, promoting healthy wildlands and biodiversity. After an explosive fire year in California, many questions arise as humans more commonly move into areas that are subject to burning. Dr. Keeley will provide an overview of the fire history of Sierra Nevada forests and shrublands, describing interesting ways plants and animals have adapted to survive wildfires. This talk will touch on important issues related to the wildland-urban interface, as well as the future in an era of global change.


Saturday, February 24, from 1-4 pm
Field Trip: Pier Fire Area

before Winter Program in Springville

Led by Jon Keeley and Barbara Brydolf, this field will be mostly driving along Hwy 190 above Springville with stops at various overlooks, and a short hike on steep terrain (this could be skipped by people who want to go on the excursion, but are unable to do the hike).

Meet at the Springville Veteran’s Memorial Building at 1 pm to caravan and carpool. Carpooling is encouraged, as pull-outs along Hwy 190 are limited.

After the field trip and before the program, join Chapter members for dinner at Nuevo Mexicali III restaurant in Springville, located at: 35258 Hwy 190.


February 9-11, 2018
Springfest Home & Patio Show

Hours: Fri 11-6, Sat 10-7, Sun 10- 5
Visalia Convention Center

Join us at the Chapter booth to spread the word about native plant landscaping (selling books, posters, and some plants). Melanie Keeley will be one of the speakers at 1 pm Fri and 6 pm Sat. Volunteer to help at the booth and for setting up and taking down. Contact Barbara Brydolf at bbrydolf@gmail.com to sign up!

More information about the Springfest at visaliahomeshows.com/springfest-highlights.


Chapter Winter Program
A World Class Urban Restoration Project
The Flora, Fauna and Controversies of the Sepulveda Basin
Presented by Steve Hartman

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7 pm

Social time and doors open at 6:30 pm

College of the Sequoias – Ponderosa Lecture Hall
(Free Parking in Lot #4 on NE Corner of Campus)
915 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, California

photo © Steve Hartman

Author and dedicated conservationist, Steve Hartman is a dynamic speaker, who is a native of Van Nuys, and has spent more than three decades watching the native flora and fauna return to the Sepulveda Basin. He has served on the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area’s Steering Committee (sponsored by L.A. City Recreation and Parks) since its inception. He has also served on numerous conservation and restoration projects throughout the state. He is currently President of the Board of Directors for CNPS

DIY Native Landscaping Workshop
Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9-12 noon

College of the Sequoias
915 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia CA

NativeLandscape © Melanie Keeley

Instructors:
Melanie Keeley, Native Plant Specialist, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Cathy Capone, former owner of Cal Natives Nursery in Porterville

The traditional garden of expansive lawns, lolly-popped shrubs, and sporadic trees are a thing of the past.  With California’s unprecedented drought, it is time for a beautiful new model.   California native plants not only use a fraction of the water that typical gardens do, they are attractive and colorful as well.  In this class, designed for native plant novices, we will help you learn 1) how to ditch your lawn, 2) how to select tried and true native plants, 3) how to combine them for maximum effect and 4) how to design your own drought tolerant native garden.   With a plan in place, you can landscape your garden in manageable steps. This is a great opportunity to transition from a high care, water indulgent garden into a natural, sustainable low water use, beautiful garden.

Registration fee:  CNPS members – $40, Non-members – $50
Note: By joining the Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society at this time, you will also be eligible to pre-order native plants, at a 10% discount, prior to our October 1 Annual Fall Plant Sale.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited.
Call 559-799-7438 for registration, as well as questions.
*Directions to location will be given at time of registration.


High Meadow Field Trip in Sequoia National Park
June 25, 2016, at 12 Noon
All Chapter field trips are free and open to everyone.

Take a stroll with National Park Service Plant Ecologist, Erik Frenzel around Long Meadow (in the Wolverton area). Long Meadow is at 7,250 ft elevation, two miles north of the General Sherman tree in Giant Forest. This is one of the most gentle and botanically lovely walks in the front country of Sequoia National Park. The trail is flat to moderately sloping for less than two miles, looping around the open Long Meadow, with shaded portions that dip into the surrounding upper mixed conifer forest. Along the way, the group will catalogue the plants that are discovered and learn about the ecology of the meadow.

For directions, it’s best to follow the park map that is given at the Ash Mountain entrance station of Sequoia National  Park. Be prepared to pay $30 entrance fee if you do not have an annual pass. The Wolverton turn off is two miles north of the General Sherman Tree. The drive to Wolverton from then entrance station to Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park takes about 45-60 minutes.

Meet at 12 noon on the deck of the Wolverton snack shop (closed) that overlooks the meadow, where we will gather for lunch (bring your own). The guided walk will begin after lunch, around 12:30 pm.  This is a field trip for all ages and is open to everyone. Bring sack lunch, water, hat and sunscreen.

If possible, please RSVP to Ginger Bradshaw, by email at gingerbradshaw936@gmail.com
or by phone at 559-827-7604.


Field Trip and Rare Plant Treasure Hunt on Lewis Hill preserve
Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10 am – 1 pm
Enjoy the rare opportunity to visit this property which is mostly an annual grassland with many varieties of wildflowers that are blooming this time of year.
More information and directions HERE.

Lewis Hill Preserve © Sequoia Riverlands Trust

 

 

 

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Winter Program and Chapter Member Meeting
Saturday, February 6, 2016
at 7 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm for meet and greet time

“A Botanical Exploration of the Tule River Indian Reservation”
presented by Jessica Orozco, graduate student in botany at Claremont Graduate University
Springville Veterans Memorial Building on Highway 190 in Springville
More information HERE

Tule River Drainage © Jessica Orozco

***UPDATE: The landscape clinic has been cancelled for the May dates.
The new dates will be announced soon. ***

Native Plant Landscape Design Clinic
Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9-12 noon

College of the Sequoias in Visalia
915 S Mooney Blvd, Room # 13
CNPS members $30, non-members $45
Enrollment is limited and reservations are required.
To register or for more info, contact Melanie Keeley, 559-799-7438
(Details on location will be given with registration)

Winter Program and Chapter Member Meeting
Saturday, February 28, 2015
from 2-4:30 pm
“An Introduction to Phenology Workshop:
Tracking plants to Detect Responses to Climate Change
Three Rivers Arts Center on North Fork Drive

Chapter Board Meeting
Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9:30 am
At the home of Melanie Keeley in Three Rivers
Open to all Chapter members

Fall Program and Chapter Member Meeting
Friday, September 26, 2014 from 7-9 pm
“Making the Switch: Landscaping with California Natives
for Regional Beauty and Water Conservation”
presented by Melanie Keeley
Open to everyone. Held at College of the Sequoias in Visalia.
Meet at the statue of the Giant near the loop driveway at the entrance.
Room number to be announced.
MORE INFO

Photo © Cathy Capone

Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:30 am to 3 p
CNPS members only allowed in early at 9 am
Open to everyone. Held at the Three Rivers Arts Center.
MORE INFO

Photo © Cathy Capone

Chapter Board Meeting
Saturday, January 10, 2014 at 9:30 am
At the home of Melanie Keeley in Three Rivers
Open to all Chapter members

Native Plant Garden Design Clinic
Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 9 am to 12 pm
MORE INFO
facilitated by Melanie Keeley and Cathy Capone
pre-registration required, call 559-799-7438
CNPS members $10, non-members $25
Held at the Three Rivers Arts Center

Native Plant Garden Design Clinic
Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9 am to 12 pm
MORE INFO
facilitated by Melanie Keeley and Cathy Capone
pre-registration required, call 559-361-9164
CNPS members $10, non-members $25
Held at Cal Natives Nursery in Porterville

Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:30 am to 3 pm
MORE INFO
CNPS members allowed in early at 9 am
Open to everyone. Held at the Three Rivers Arts Center

Fall Program and Chapter Member Meeting
Friday, November 8, 2013 from 7-9 pm
“Introduction to Phenology – The Science of the Seasons”
presented by Ann Huber
Open to everyone. Held at the Three Rivers Arts Center

Chapter Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10 am
At the home of Joy Semple in Springville
Open to all Chapter members

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