Chapter Events

CHAPTER MEETINGS

Eight months per year, a special speaker or program is planned in keeping with the CNPS-SLO mission. Chapter meetings are generally held the first Thursday of the month at the San Luis Obispo Vets Hall on Grande Ave near the corner of Monterey Street. We do not schedule a meeting in July, August, September, and January. Come at 7:00 to socialize, enjoy refreshments, and browse the book table. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with some  brief announcements before the program begins.

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FIELD TRIPS

We have a very active chapter membership who love to get together to explore old special spots and discover new favorites. Generally, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! Many of our field trips are loosely organized – just show up at the noted time and location. There are a few field trips, however, that are by reservation only so please read each description carefully. All upcoming Field Trips are shown on our calendar.

Send Us Your Photos!

If you would like to share a photograph or two from a field trip you’ve attended with CNPS-SLO, please use this form

SOD BLITZ

Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a serious exotic disease, is threatening the survival of tanoak and several oak species in California. As of 2013, SOD is found in 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to Humboldt.

Researchers have discovered that Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes SOD, spreads most often on infected California bay laurel leaves. Some management options are available, but they are effective only if implemented before oaks and tanoaks are infected; hence, timely detection of the disease on bay laurel leaves is essential for a successful proactive attempt to slow down the SOD epidemic.

CNPS-SLO Annual SOD Blitz

The SOD Blitz informs and educates the community about the disease and its effects, gets locals involved in detecting the disease, and produces detailed local maps of disease distribution. The map can then be used to identify those areas where the infestation may be mild enough to justify proactive management.

  • A community meeting/training session held on a Friday evening in May, followed by collection of leaf samples by volunteers on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Samples and accompanying forms are then turned in at a central location Saturday and Sunday afternoon/evenings.
  • We provide a list of recommended areas for sampling at the meeting and divide into groups.

Results of 2013 SOD Blitz

COMMUNITY EVENTS

We participate in fairs, markets, and shows in the county that have an ecological, environmental or plant focus, including the Cambria Wildflower Show, events at the Botannical Garden, and the collaborative Morro Coast Audubon Society and CNPS picnic at Santa Margarita Lake to name a few. And we occasionally have a booth at the SLO Farmer’s Market thursday nights — look for us there! All upcoming Community Events are shown on our calendar.

HOOVER HERBARIUM VOLUNTEER SESSIONS

Please join Jenn Yost and Dave Keil on Mondays from 1 – 3 pm and Fridays from 9 – 11 am. Come and adopt your favorite group of plants while working on a vouchered collection for The Flora of SLO County. We will be processing new collections, mounting, annotating, and accessioning plant collections from around San Luis Obispo County. No experience is necessary. You will receive full instructions. By helping out, you will be preserving collections for future scientific research and learning about our flora and new names in the process. Questions and RSVP to Jenn at  jyost@calpoly.edu. Thanks all, Jenn

PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER

Fall is the best time to plant natives, and we hold our annual plant sale fundraiser the first Saturday in November. Plants are grown by members and special purchases are made to resell, and there are plenty of native plant experts on hand to offer advice and information about planting natives in your garden. If you would like to volunteer to work at our plant sale, please fill out this form.

ANNUAL BANQUET

Our annual Potluck Banquet is held the third Saturday in January with social hour beginning at 5:30 pm and a keynote speaker presenting a don’t-miss program following dinner.

We provide refreshments and table settings and we ask that you bring your own eating utensils (although plastic utensils are available).

Tickets at $10 per person are available for purchase on our website or if you prefer, you may send payment to D. Krause, 2706 Newton Drive, Cambria, CA, 93428.

Questions? Contact David Krause  at dkincmbria@aol.com or 805-927-5182 for information about our next banquet.

EVENT CALENDAR

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  • Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip Meeting at Carrizo Plain
    All day
    04-01-2017

    US-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA

    US-101 & El Camino Real & US-101, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USA

    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, gbutterworth8@gmail.com or Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com. Rain cancels.

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  • Spring La Purisima Burton Mesa Wildflower Walk
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    04-02-2017

    2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

    2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

    Sunday 2 April 2017 9 AM

    CNPS, LVBHS, and Sierra Club Spring La Purisima Burton Mesa Wildflower Walk

    Meet at the La Purisima Mission Parking Lot, corner of Purisima and Mission Gate Rds. (2295 Purisima Rd. Lompoc) at 9 AM for this annual California Native Plant Society and Sierra Club spring tour of the beauties of the Burton Mesa Chaparral. This should be a great year for wildflowers, annuals as well as shrubs; Optional afternoon tour.

    Sturdy shoes, lunch & liquids, camera and binoculars advised. For more information, call Charlie at 733-3189 Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 am, Pecho Ranch, (PG&E property) near Montaña de Oro State Park. This is an RSVP only field trip open to 40 CNPS members.

    Details will be available in the April Obispoensis and via e-mail announcements. To place your name on the list, contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

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  • Pecho Ranch CANCELLED
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    04-08-2017

    Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA 93402, USA

    Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA 93402, USA

    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, bill.waycott@gmail.com.  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.

    Rain cancels

     

    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

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  • Wind Wolves Preserve
    All day
    04-09-2017

    39611 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399, USA

    39611 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399, USA

    Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9:00 am

    Wind Wolves Preserve

    16019 Maricopa Highway (State Route 166), between Maricopa, CA and Interstate 5.
    Join us for a daylong visit to Wind Wolves Preserve, part of the Wildlands Conservancy, located on the north slope of the Transverse Ranges, east of Maricopa, CA.

    This area has spectacular open spaces with carpets of wildflowers that stretch up into pine forests.
    We will meet outside the administration building at 9:00 am.

    Be sure to bring water, food, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and layered clothing for warmth, as needed.
    Carpooling is available.

    RSVP if you plan to participate: Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com

    Rain cancels

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  • Irish Hills Exploration
    1:00 pm-4:00 pm
    04-16-2017

    1691 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA

    1691 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA

    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, bill.waycott@gmail.com.

    Rain cancels

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  • Growing Grounds Farm Plant Sale
    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    04-18-2017

    3740 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    3740 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

    Growing Grounds Farm is a non-profit wholesale nursery located in San Luis Obispo. Growing Grounds offers California natives, Mediterranean perennials, succulents, restoration and mitigation plants, a wide variety of grasses, and a selection of perennial herbs.

    Growing Grounds Farm is a wholesale nursery and does not sell directly to the public except on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

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  • Workshop: Identifying Invasive Oak Pests and Diseases in San Luis Obispo County
    1:00 pm-5:00 pm
    04-20-2017

    6901 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

    6901 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422, USA

    April 20, 2017 @ Atascadero Library 6555 Capistrano Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422
    **FREE Workshop & DPR CEU’s are applied for**
    Agenda:
    1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Check-In
    1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Welcome and Introductions Lauren Brown, California Native Plant Society, San Luis Obispo County
    1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Goldspotted Oak Borer: Life Cycle, Identification and Management Speaker: Kevin Turner and Kim Corella, Cal Fire
    2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Identification, Impact and Management of Shot Hole Borer Speaker: Akif Eskalen, University of California, Riverside
    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
    3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Sudden Oak Death: Identification and Management Speaker: Kerri Frangioso, University of California, Davis
    4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Questions for speakers
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  • Nipomo Native Garden Spring Garden Tour
    1:00 pm-4:00 pm
    04-23-2017

    927-999 Osage St, Nipomo, CA 93444, USA

    927-999 Osage St, Nipomo, CA 93444, USA

    Nipomo Native Garden Spring Garden Tour offers a delightful afternoon of garden tours, talks, and a children’s program

    Talks

    1:30 Controlling Gophers in the Garden – Gopher biology, habits, hearsay

    2:00 Using Drought Tolerant Native Plants in the Garden

    3:00 Controlling Gophers again – a popular subject

    Children’s Garden Program

    Puppet making: All the fixings available to make your own puppet

    Flower Pounding: Kids can make a lovely bookmark to take home

    Kids can also enjoy the regular activities available in the Children’s Garden:- the sandbox, the wishing tree, hopscotch, and looking for insects and other critters in the Bug House.

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  • 12th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show
    12:00 pm-5:00 pm
    04-29-2017

    1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

    1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

    Saturday April 29 12:00-5:00  and Sunday April 30 10:00-4:00

    • Hundreds of freshly picked Central Coast wildflowers and other flora will be presented and described
    • Edible, Medicinal, Rare, Invasive and Poisonous plants will be identified
    • Botanists will be on hand for your questions
    • Treats available from the Wildflower Café
    • T-shirts, books, and more for sale

    Admission is free for students, otherwise it’s a $3 donation to this worthy cause.

    Brought to you by the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve 805-927-2856

    Of special interest will be the “Fire-Following Flowers” the first to bloom out of the Chimney fire

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  • 12th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show
    10:00 am-4:00 pm
    04-30-2017

    1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

    1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428, USA

    Saturday April 29 12:00-5:00  and Sunday April 30 10:00-4:00

    • Hundreds of freshly picked Central Coast wildflowers and other flora will be presented and described
    • Edible, Medicinal, Rare, Invasive and Poisonous plants will be identified
    • Botanists will be on hand for your questions
    • Treats available from the Wildflower Café
    • T-shirts, books, and more for sale

    Admission is free for students, otherwise it’s a $3 donation to this worthy cause.

    Brought to you by the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve 805-927-2856

    Of special interest will be the “Fire-Following Flowers” the first to bloom out of the Chimney fire

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