Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
New Reservoir Canyon Trail Plant Walk
Join us for a plant ID walk in Reservoir Canyon and the new trail that leads to Bowden Ranch. The focus of this fieldtrip will be riparian and serpentine plant communities, plants one would regularly encounter throughout much of the greenbelt surrounding the city of San Luis Obispo. It is 4 miles up and back, ascending 800 ft. The ascent is gradual, along a winding trail towards the top of the ridge. Come and learn the easy to identify species. Pick out plants that attract you. Bring native plant samples with you to be identified.
Meet at Santa Rosa Park in SLO at 8:45 am (to car pool to the trailhead) or at the Reservoir Canyon trailhead at 9:00 am (parking can be limited). Make sure to bring water and snacks. Sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hats, and layered clothing are recommended. No RSVP needed and no dogs please. Also, bring paper and pencil to take notes, and a camera for a photo record. If you would like a preprinted copy of the plant list for this walk, let the hike leader know 24 hours in advance.
For more information, contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459 2103, email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 11th, 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Work Crew, Old Prospector Trail, Irish Hills
Meet in the Costco parking lot, adjacent to the Costco gas station, Los Osos Valley Road, SLO. From there, we will walk to the trail.
Join hikers who want to help keep trails in good shape. We will be using loppers to remove branches of Ceanothus and other chaparral plants out of the trail, then cache the cut pieces off the trail.
The upper half of the trail was completed in October, so work will focus on the lower half. Total distance will be 3 to 4 miles with a 500 ft. elevation gain. Use a small backpack to bring water, snacks, and sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves, a hat, and layered clothing, as needed. Contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 2:00-4:00 pm, iNaturalist Workshop, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
Have you ever thought about keeping track of your own nature observations in an organized way so you could refer back to them? What if you could easily do that, as well as share your observations and photographs taken in nature, with a group of like-minded people online? Would you like to make meaningful contributions to scientific research? “Citizen science” is ordinary people contributing to scientific research and iNaturalist is the place to get started with any or all of the above.
Join us to discuss how to use the iNaturalist website and mobile applications, what the options are, and how to customize your iNaturalist account for your personal interests. This workshop, led by Damon Tighe and Bill Waycott, will be a combination of hands-on classroom and field work.
In preparation for the workshop, please sign up for an iNaturalist account online and create your profile. If you plan to use your mobile device(s), download and install the mobile app(s) on Android and IOS, prior to the workshop. After the classroom component, we will visit the garden to use iNaturalist in real-time. The SLO Botanical Garden is located in Chorro Regional Park, off of Hwy 1, across from Cuesta College and adjacent to the Dairy Creek Golf Course.
Saturday, May 13, 9:00 am, Indian Knob on the Guidetti Ranch with ECOSLO
Hike with a docent from the SLO Stewards Program to Indian Knob at Guidetti Ranch in the hills just south of the city of San Luis Obispo. This is a hike is one that can only be done with a docent since it is a private ranch under a conservation easement, and we only do it three or four times a year. Hopefully during the hike, we will see the two endemic flowers which the ranch has on it – the Indian Knob Mountain Balm and the Pismo Clarkia.
We will meet at 9:00 A.M. to carpool to the ranch, since there is not very much parking at the entrance to the ranch. This is a moderately strenuous hike, is approximately eight miles with an approximate 600 feet gain in elevation. The last half mile or so to Indian Knob the trail is very overgrown, so be prepared for some bushwacking. Since all of the hikers are required to stay with the docent, you will not be able to turn back whenever you want, so you must be prepared to hike the full eight miles.
Bring water, sunscreen, and a lunch with you; wear sturdy shoes; and be prepared to get back to our cars about 2:00. Also, since this is on private property, no dogs are allowed.
Only 20 people are allowed on this hike, so you must email Carolyn Huddleston, who is a volunteer with ECOSLO (the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo) to reserve a spot; her email is email@example.com. If you are unable to go with us this time, you can email Carolyn and get your name put on the notification list for the next hike at the Guidetti Ranch, and she will email you the next time one is planned.
Sunday, May 14th, 9:00 am, Arroyo de la Cruz, North SLO County.
Join us for this Mother’s Day visit to one of the “hottest” spots for botanical diversity in San Luis Obispo county. Our leader D.R. “Doc” Miller will take us to see the unique species located on these coastal bluffs. The Arroyo de la Cruz area features a variety of plant communities and a number of endemic and rare plants found only in this relatively small area.
Meet at the Elephant Seal Overlook (ﬁrst entrance on the left going north) at 9:00 am. The ﬁeld trip will last roughly 3 hours. Be sure to bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing, as needed.
For those wanting to carpool from the south, meet in the parking lot of Spencer’s Market in Morro Bay (2650 Main Street) at 8:30 am.
For more information, please contact: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 16th, 1:00 p.m
Join us for a plant walk from the Madonna Road trailhead (southwestern terminus of Madonna Rd.) into the upper reaches of the Irish Hills Open Space.
The vast majority of soils in this area are derived from serpentine, which is a metamorphic rock, high in magnesium and iron, while low in calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. The excess magnesium in combination with low levels of calcium, phosphorus, and potassium create a stressful environment for plant growth, and therefore inhibit the growth of the vast majority of both native and introduced species. The unique assortment of plants that do grow in the Irish Hills and on other serpentine-based outcrops surrounding San Luis Obispo, make for an exceptional mixture, which we will see in bloom on this walk. A plant list will be provided.
The length is 5 miles, 700 ft. elevation gain, 3 hours. Be sure to bring water, food, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing, as needed.
Contact: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, email@example.com.
Sunday, March 19, 2107, 1:00 pm Reservoir Canyon Wildflower Hike
Meet Matt Ritter to explore the hills of Reservoir Canyon on this uphill climb to the summit and then, along the ridge, returning back to the trailhead via a second trail. Come with the desire to learn new things, and to see great views of the Morros, SLO, and the surrounding valleys.
Meet at the Reservoir Canyon Trailhead off Highway 101. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.
For more information contact: SLO City Dept. of Parks and Recreation; (805) 781-7302. Sponsored by the City of SLO Ranger Service.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 am, Pecho Ranch, (PG&E property) near Montaña de Oro State Park
We will walk to the top of the ridge road, located on the north ranch. As we ascend the road, you will see the habitats change from coastal sage scrub to chaparral and bishop pine forest. The top of the road offers a view of Morro Bay and the Coon Creek drainage. Total distance is 5 miles, elevation gain is 800 ft., three hours.
This is an RSVP only field trip open to 40 CNPS members. To place your name on the list and receive details about this field trip, contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bill will ask for some personal contact information to be forwarded to PG&E.
Deadline to sign up for this field trip is March 25th.
We will meet at the Point Buchon Trail check-in station. See map here: https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/in-your-community/local-environment/diablo-canyon-trails/point-buchon-trail.page
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 8:45 am, Coreopsis Hill (in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes)
This is a casual walk through the dunes to the top of Coreopsis Hill (one of the northern most populations of this amazing plant, Leptosyne gigantea). This is a moderate hike, about 3 hours round-trip. Dress in layers, bring water and snacks, and have your “Dune Mother’s Wildflower Guide” (copies will be for sale at the beginning of the walk). Long pants and closed shoes are recommended as the habitat is coastal dune scrub and there is the possibility of poison oak and ticks in the natural dune.
To reach the trailhead, turn west on Oso Flaco Lake Road, off of Hwy 1 and proceed west 2.5 miles to Beigle Road. Look for a 6’ tall wire mesh fence and steel gate for parking. Once you arrive, someone will direct you to parking.
For more information call Lauren Brown at (805) 570-7993. Heavy rain cancels this trip (light rain, bring appropriate clothing).
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8:00 am
Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Carrizo Plain
Join us to explore and appreciate the remarkable and unique display of annual and perennial spring wildﬂowers in eastern San Luis Obispo County. This could be the BIG YEAR in this giant swath of undisturbed California Prairie. Remember, this is a remote area, so make sure you have plenty of gas, water, as well as food.
Meet at the Santa Margarita park-and-ride (freeway exit, State Route 58 at Hwy 101) at 8:00 am. We will caravan from there with a brief stop at Shell Creek. You may be able to carpool with someone, so it is recommended to arrange your ride ahead of time, or jump in with others at the meeting place. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.
For more information contact: George Butterworth, (805) 438-3641, email@example.com or Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain cancels.