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Upcoming Events

Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10-3 pm (open for CNPS members only at 9 am)

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.

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Chapter Fall 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

 


Past Events

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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