Intertidal flora and fauna at Montaña de Oro St. Park

Sunday. Nov. 24th, 2:00 pm, Intertidal flora and fauna at Montaña de Oro St. Park. Join us for an afternoon, during a
super low tide, with Faylla Chapman, Central Coast Natural History Museum docent and intertidal expert. Faylla will point out and discuss the great diversity of kelp species that inhabit that zone, and talk about the fauna that co-exist among them. Meet at the Hazard Canyon parking among the eucalyptus trees, at the big curve. Wear waterproof shoes, dress in layers for changing weather. Contact Bill Waycott, 805-459-2103.

Rain or threat of rain cancels.

Fall Bike Outing on Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria

Saturday. Nov. 23rd, 10:00 am, Fall Bike Outing on Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria. Join us for a view of Fall colors along this beautiful coastal canyon. This will be an out and back ride of about 2 hours with a one-way distance of about 8-10 miles on a paved road. There are moderate hills along the way. Bring your bike, helmet, other appropriate gear, and water/snacks. Meet in the Coast Union High School parking lot, near the tennis courts, at 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria. Contact Bill Waycott, 805-459-2103.

Rain or threat of rain cancels.

Chapter Meeting “Can you be a Sprouting Pine Nut”

NikkiPlease join us on Thursday November 7 for a talk titled “Can you be a Sprouting Pine Nut?” about a plant community with some notoriety in our neck of the woods: Monterey Pine Forest. The story isn’t about the trees, which seem to grow everywhere in the California landscape and are found around the world in vast plantations – the story is about the natural Monterey Pine Forests of the Central Coast and the biological, economic and inspirational values these plant communities sustain. Nikki is a Central Coast native who will share the ecological story about Monterey Pine Forests and how a small group of pine enthusiasts in Carmel came together nearly 30 years ago to advocate for the conservation of native forest habitat.

Nikki Nedeff is a Monterey County native with an enduring love of wild places and open spaces. Her professional experience spans more than three decades with non-profit conservation organizations and public resource management agencies in land acquisition and stewardship positions. Nikki’s academic background includes degrees in Biogeography from UC Berkeley, where her graduate work focused on riparian plant ecology. She teaches plant community ecology each spring at California State University Monterey Bay and works with the Big Sur Land Trust as Associate Director of Conservation. Email: nikki@ventanaview.net

Plant Sale

Saturday, November 2, 9am-2pm

Pacific Beach High School, 11950 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo

Shop early for a great selection of native plants for your coastal, inland, and SLO garden + seeds, books, posters, and tons of free advice from our resident experts

Irish Hills – Froom Creek to Ocean View

Come explore the trails of the Irish Hills Reserve. Total distance of the hike is 6 miles, with a 900 ft. gain, taking about 3.hours. This trail passes through a wide-range of plant species growing on serpentinite-derived soils, unique to areas around San Luis Obispo. Meet at the trailhead located at the southern end of Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Bring water, snacks, and dress in layers for changing weather. A hat and sturdy shoes are advised. The plants, animals, and geology of the area will be discussed during the hike. Contact Bill, 805-459-2103. Rain Cancels.

Member’s Slideshow and Potluck

Member’s Slideshow and Potluck

The October meeting of the California Native Plant Society will take place on Thursday evening, October 3rd, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the SLO Vets’ Hall, 801 Grand Ave. in San Luis Obispo. The first third of the meeting will be devoted to a California native seed exchange. If you have an interest in planting native seeds and/or have native seeds to share with others, you are asked to come prepared to participate. During the meeting, seed traders will share their tips on how to plant the seeds and grow the plants they brought to share.

The second part of the meeting will feature presentations by local members, reporting on botanical places of interest they visited during the summer. Join us for refreshments (please bring a dessert to share) and some exciting photographs and stories of forays into the wild. If you would like to present some of your tales of discovery out in nature, bring your photos in a viewable format to the meeting, on a thumb drive, or you can e-mail your photos to David Chipping dchippin@calpoly.edu) 24 hours before the meeting. Show your pictures… plants. mountains, birds or anything you would like to share; 10-15 slides per person. Dave can also answer any questions about formatting your photos, noting that progressive title slide numbering or alphabetization works in preserving slide order.

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, Lopez Lake

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, Lopez Lake

Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16th to Aug. 18th

The California Native Plant Society is conducting a rare plant survey in the Lopez Lake area with a species focus on Malacothamnus gracilis, slender bush mallow, a 1B.1 listed plant. Members will help to assess this rare plant’s distribution and take part in the collection of seeds as part of the California Plant Rescue program, www.caplantrescue.org.

This Treasure Hunt is coordinated by Amy Patten and Keir Morse, CNPS staff, whose sole job is to seek out rare and, in many cases, endangered species. Participants must be in good physical condition, due to the steep terrain and chaparral vegetation, and have basic skills in plant identification. Afternoon temperatures in August can reach the mid 90s.  If interested in joining the team for a day or the entire weekend, participants need to sign up via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/malacothamnus-gracilis-rare-plant-treasure-hunt-registration-61706735507.  Contact Bill Waycott if you have questions, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16th to Aug. 18th, Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, Lopez Lake, SLO Co. The California Native Plant Society is conducting a rare plant survey in the Lopez Lake area with a species focus on Malacothamnus gracilis, slender bush mallow, a 1B.1 listed plant. Members will help to assess this rare plant’s distribution and take part in the collection of seeds as part of the California Plant Rescue program, www.caplantrescue.org. This Treasure Hunt is coordinated by Amy Patten and Keir Morse, CNPS staff, whose sole job is to seek out rare and, in many cases, endangered species. Participants must be in good physical condition, due to the steep terrain and chaparral vegetation, and have basic skills in plant identification. Afternoon temperatures in August can reach the mid 90s. If interested in joining the team for a day or the entire weekend, contact Bill Waycott, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

Mountain bike ride and hike to Cone Peak, Big Sur

Update 8/1:

The CNPS mountain bike ride is still on for Saturday, August 3rd, but the venue has been changed due to the Mill Fire to San Simeon Creek Road.

Carpooling is still available from Santa Rosa Park in SLO at 7:30am.
We will meet at the San Simeon State Park Day Use Area – park and ride – at 8:30am.

See you there!


Ride the Coast Ridge Road to the Cone Peak trailhead, then hike to the summit (5,155 ft.) and return. Along the way, take in the amazing views and see some rare plants – Santa Lucia fir and Sugar pine. Meet at the junction of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and Coast Ridge Road (36°00’35.7″N  121°27’08.3″W) at 10:30 am. For a carpool option, meet either at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo at 7:30 am or at the Washburn Day Use Area of San Simeon State Park, 1.5 miles north of Cambria (35°35’40.7″N 121°07’27.2″W), 8:20 am. The bike ride is 11 miles round trip to the Cone Peak trailhead and back. The hike is 5 miles round trip.  Bring a helmet, water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, as well as shoes/boots and a hat for the hike.  Also, bring a cable lock for your bike to use during the hike.  For those interested in carpooling, a pickup truck is preferable to transport others and their gear.  For more information, contact Bill Waycott (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com.