CANCELED Santa Rita Creek Rd. Mountain Bike Ride

In the interest of public health, and to support local efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Chapter is cancelling this event

This will be an out and back ride of about 2 hours with a one-way distance of roughly 6.5 miles on a mostly unpaved road. Santa Rita Creek Road hugs Old Creek for several miles until it climbs out of the canyon for a spectacular view of North County. There is a steady elevation gain towards the end, leading up to the crest, where we plan to turn around. Bring your bike, helmet, other appropriate gear, and water/snacks.

  • Meet at the corner of Old Creek Road and Santa Rita Creek Road, 3.8 miles from Hwy 1 in Cayucos, on Old Creek Road (GPS: 35.47250N 120.8558W).
  • For carpooling from San Luis Obispo, meet at Santa Rosa Park at 8:30 am and RSVP if you plan to carpool. Contact Bill, (805) 459-2103.

Rain or threat of rain cancels.

CANCELED La Purisima Burton Mesa Wildflower Walk

In the interest of public health, and to support local efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Chapter is cancelling this event

CNPS and LVBHS, 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 9:30 AM for this annual California Native Plant Society and LVBHS spring tour of the beauties of the Burton Mesa Chaparral. Sturdy shoes, lunch & liquids, camera and binoculars advised.

For more information, call Charlie at (805) 733-3189

CANCELED Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip to Shell Creek

In the interest of public health, and to support local efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Chapter is cancelling this event

Saturday, April 4th, 2020, 8:30 am

Malcolm McLeod Annual Field Trip to Shell Creek

The destination for this year’s McLeod fieldtrip will be determined one week beforehand, based on spring flower availability.

Meet at the Santa Margarita Exit Park and Ride at 8:30 am. Bring plant guides or plan to purchase one during the trip. Also bring adequate water, food, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.

For more information contact Bill Waycott, (805) 459-2103, bill.waycott@gmail.com

CANCELED Figueroa Mountain

In the interest of public health, and to support local efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Chapter is cancelling this event

LPNF and CNPS “Drive and Stroll Tour” of Figueroa Mountain, at the Figueroa Fire Station

The Santa Lucia District, Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) will hold its fifteenth annual Wildflower Weekends on Figueroa Mountain in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Meet at 9 AM at the Fire Station on Figueroa Mtn. Rd. Turn at the SR 154-Figueroa Mtn. Rd intersection near Los Olivos and proceed to the Fire Station parking lot. In view of this year’s early rains and current dry spell, Helen Tarbet is guessing early peaking of blooming this year. Sturdy shoes, lunch and liquids, and camera and binoculars recommended.

Call Helen Tarbet at (805) 925-9538 ext. 246 or Charles Blair (805) 733-3189 for details.

Native Sons Nursery Demonstration Garden

Owner David Fross has invited CNPS members to visit this garden where over 100 different selections of Ceanothus have been planted. Meet in the parking area just west of Chamisal Lane on north side of El Campo Road in Arroyo Grande (GPS: 35.08361N 120.5650W).

9am. Contact Bill, (805) 459-2103.

Rain or the threat of serious rain cancels.

Annual Hike to Coreopsis Hill

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 9:00 am,  Coreopsis Hill (in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes) 

The Annual Hike to Coreopsis Hill (in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes), is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 9am to around noon. This hike is sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Chapter of CNPS and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It will be led by Jenny Langford, Lauren Brown, Dirk Walters, and other local botanists and volunteers. The hike will begin at 9:00 AM (please plan to arrive between 8:45 and 9:00), leaving from the south end of Beigle Road at the USFWS access road (fenced road). It will be a casual walk through the dunes to the top of Coreopsis Hill. 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” by Dr. Malcolm McLeod for the trip. 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 areas (we will watch for and point these out so they can be avoided).

For more information call Lauren Brown at 460-6329 or 570-7993. Heavy rain cancels this trip (light rain, bring appropriate clothing).

NOTE: Pets, smoking, or alcohol are not allowed on the Refuge, including the parking area, or other properties accessed during the hike (i.e., State Parks and Private Property). Pets may not be left in cars in the parking areas.

Directions from the north: Take Hwy 101 south from San Luis Obispo. Turn right (west) at the new Willow Road off ramp (Exit 180). Proceed west on Willow Road for about 4.3 miles, to Highway 1. Turn left (south) on Highway 1 and proceed for 2.7 miles, to Oso Flaco Lake Road. Turn right (west) on Oso Flaco Lake Road. Proceed west on Oso Flaco Lake Road for 2.5 miles to Beigle Road. Look for a 6’ tall wire mesh fence and steel gate.

Directions from the south: Take 101 north to Santa Maria and take the Main Street exit toward the town of Guadalupe. Turn right onto Highway 1 and head north to Oso Flaco Lake Road (about 3 miles north of Guadalupe), turn left onto Oso Flaco Lake Road and proceed 2.5 miles to Beigle Road (on left).

Parking: We will have people posted at the entrance of the USFWS fenced road to direct parking. The gate will be open around 8:30. Please do not park on Oso Flaco Lake Road near the gate as there is not much room and it could be hazardous. There should be plenty of room to park along the acccess at Beigle Rd. If you need to use a restroom before the hike (there are none along the hike route). the Oso Flaco Lake State Park lot is another ¾ miles west of Beigle Road

Additional Information: The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes-Point Sal Coastal Area contains the largest, relatively undisturbed coastal dune tract in California and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. Five major plant communities are represented including pioneer/foredunes; coastal dune scrub; riparian woodland; coastal dune freshwater marshes, ponds, and swales; and active interior dunes. The flora includes many endemic plant species and the dunes habitats support numerous rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals.

Audubon and CA Native Plant Walk, Santa Margarita Lake

Saturday, Feb. 22nd 9:00 am

Join us on a bird and plant walk. For those wanting to focus mainly on birds (freshwater fowl), you will walk along the south lakeshore for a distance of roughly two miles. The bird hike will be limited to 20 people; please email Chuck to reserve a spot at woodard@live.com. For those wanting to focus on both birds and plants, you will hike the Grey Pine Trail, returning along the lakeshore. The Grey Pine Trial hugs the north-facing hills on the lake’s south edge. This walk is roughly 3.5 miles with 300 feet elevation gain. Santa Margarita County Park is located off of West Pozo Rd., 10 miles southeast of Santa Margarita, CA. At mile-9 along Pozo Rd., bear left onto Santa Margarita Lake Rd. When you arrive at the park entrance, tell the ranger you are part of the bird and plant group, then proceed to the adjacent parking lot on the right, just inside the park. Bring water and snacks and binoculars, and dress in layers for changing weather. A hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes are recommended. No dogs please. Contact Bill, 805-459-2103.

Rain or the threat of rain cancels.

Rinconada, Big Falls, Little Falls loop

Saturday, Feb. 1st, 8:30 am

This is a strenuous hike of 16 miles and 2,500 ft. elevation gain and will likely take most of the day. Carpool in front of the Pacific Beverage Co. in Santa Margarita at 8:00 am or meet at the Rinconada trailhead at 8:30 am. The Rinconada trailhead is located on Pozo Road, 2.5 miles southeast of the Santa Margarita Lake Road intersection and is well marked with signage just ahead of a righthand turn. Be sure to bring adequate water and food, a hat, sturdy shoes, and dress in layers for the weather. There will be a couple of stream crossings, so please bring either waterproof shoes, or flipflops/sandals. Also, there will be poison oak. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Contact Bill, 805-459-2103.

Rain or the threat of rain cancels.

Mushroom Walk, Cambria

Saturday. Dec. 21st, 10:00 am, Mushroom Walk, Cambria

Led by Eric Brunschwiler, David Krause, and Dennis Sheridan

We will look for mushrooms growing in the Monterey pine forests of Cambria while enjoying the beauty of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Meet at the corner of Tipton Street and Warren Road in Cambria at 10:00 AM. How to get there: Travel north on Hwy 1 to Cambria. At the first stoplight, turn left onto Ardath Drive. Follow Ardath and turn right onto Tipton Street. Continue to the intersection with Warren Road (2 blocks) and find a parking place. Bring water, your field guides and a mushroom basket for you may want to collect some edible varieties. Dress appropriately for the weather. Be prepared for poison oak. The hike will be easy, about a 2-3 hour stroll through the woods. For additional information, email, text, or call Dave Krause: dkincmbria@aol.com, (805) 459-9007.

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.