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The Redbud Chapter of CNPS

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The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society welcomes all native-plant lovers in Nevada and Placer counties. We are dedicated to exploring, educating, researching, and writing about the diversity and beauty of our native flora.  We:
  • Lead field trips to stunning foothill and mountain wildflower displays.
  • Offer 100s of locally adapted, hand-picked native plants at our fall sale.
  • Advocate for native flora and organize conservation projects.
  • Meet up to propagate plants and learn ethnobotany first-hand.
  • Publish two books on over 700 local wildflowers, trees and shrubs.
Together, we explore and restore nature, and find new friends!

Announcing Upcoming Redbud Chapter Events!

See Upcoming Redbud Events for more information.
For field trips, see Upcoming Redbud Field Trips.

The Redbud Chapter “Passionate about (Native) Plants”
June, 2017 Lecture:

Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Guest speaker: Bob Case
When: Wednesday, June 28
7:00 to 8:30 p.m

Where: Auburn/Placer County Library
 Beecher Room
 350 Nevada Street, Auburn CA 95603

When Thomas Jefferson, in a visionary decision, purchased the Missouri watershed in 1803, he chose Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead the expedition. Over their journey of three years and 8,000 miles, they made notes, illustrations, and collections of plants, as well as other observations including geology and wildlife.

Today, the legacy of that journey includes 176 plant species new to science, many native to California. Bob Case will share with us this rich botanical treasure trove in photos and stories that make this “Greatest American Adventure” come alive.

 Bob will also participate in two Redbud field trips that will include species discovered by Lewis and Clark. On Wednesday, June 28, we will visit Sagehen Creek off Hwy 89, North of Truckee, and on Thursday, June 29, we will explore a portion of Page Meadows near Tahoe City.  Our CNPS Redbud website and our Facebook Events page will soon have info on these special outings.

Bob Case holds an MS degree from CSU San Francisco in Ecology and Systematics. He taught biology and environmental science in Bay Area community colleges for 25 years, and recently retired as Deputy Commissioner from the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture.  His photographs have appeared in many books and other publications. A CNPS member since 1972, Bob is Co-Chair of the CNPS Exotic Invasives Committee. Bob is a member of the California State Parks foundation, The Lewis and Clark Trail Foundation and the National Parks Foundation.

Rock Creek Field Trip (Family-friendly)
Saturday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Description from the new Redbud Wildflowers book, 2nd edition:

"Rock Creek Nature Trail meanders along Rock Creek among diverse riparian and forest plant life. Just under 1 mile in length, the trail is unique for the number of orchid species to be found there. Look for Phantom Orchid, Spotted Coralroot Orchid, Striped Coralroot Orchid, and Rattlesnake Plantain, Twinflower, Lady Fern, Creeping Snowberry, Pine Rose, Sweet Trillium, Brookfoam, Elk Clover, Fringe Cups, Brewer’s Bishop’s Cap, and Hooker’s Fairybell. The mostly level path is shaded by large Pacific Yew, Douglas-fir, [Big-Leaf Maple], and Madrone, along with California Hazelnut and three species of dogwood.” Restrooms and picnic tables at trailhead.

This hike is suitable for children; we encourage families to attend. Trip leader:  Jeanne Wilson

   Take Highway 20 east from Nevada City for 6 miles. Turn left at the “Forestry Conservation Camp” sign and follow the paved road for about a mile. You will see a “Rock Creek Nature Trail” sign with an arrow pointing left to an unpaved road. Turn left and drive about 1.5 miles to trailhead parking (you will see a sign for Rock Creek, picnic tables and a restroom).

Please RSVP in one of two ways:
• Google: Go to and fill out the on-line RSVP form.
• Email  Include name, email address, cell phone number, number of adults in your group, and number of children. If you can give someone a ride or need a ride, please provide details, and we'll try to coordinate carpooling.

When you RSVP by either means, you will receive a confirmation email. You should receive another email the evening before the hike, confirming the trailhead meeting time and any carpool arrangements.

Bring:   Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, good mosquito repellent, rain gear/windbreaker (depending on weather), and lunch; we can eat at the picnic tables after the walk and continue native-plant conversations.


Other Spring Events of Interest


Nevada County  Celebration of Trails Saturday, June 3, 2017

New! Wildflowers of
Nevada and Placer Counties, California
Second Edition


Trees and Shrubs of
Nevada and Placer Counties, California