Volunteers needed for North Bay Science Discovery Day

North Bay Science Discovery Day logoThe Education and Outreach Committee would like your help with this year’s Milo Baker exhibit at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on March 9. We need four to six people to help us set up the exhibit space, greet guests, and pack up our exhibit at the end of the day. On Saturday, March 9, we will meet at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds starting at 8:30 am for set up. The gates open to the public at 10 am. If we have enough volunteers, we will be able to work 2-3 hour shifts between 10 am and the end of the exhibit at 4 pm. Packing up normally takes until 5 or 5:30 pm, so if a few people can stick around for that we will be grateful! Even if you can only come for a few hours during the day, that is still extremely helpful. Also, we can use two to four people to help us with the Friday set-up – we can enter the fairgrounds between 2 pm and 6 pm on Friday March 8 for preliminary set-up. We will know our exhibit location by late February. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Catherine Lipson at clipson@berkeley.edu or Virginia Hotz-Steenhoven at vbsteenhoven41@gmail.com. We would love to have you join us! It’s always fun to greet the families that attend this FREE event.

Native Plant Specimens needed for North Bay Science Discovery Day

This year, our exhibit theme centers on native plants that occur in riparian corridors. We would like to display representatives of wetland, creek side, or riparian forest species. We don’t know if many members will have these on their own property, but please do NOT harvest plants from parks or reserves. Perhaps you have a neighbor who will give you permission to pick a few specimens from their property? We’re not sure if many of these will have leaves by March 9, but sometimes the spring branches are interesting with their new leaf buds. If you can bring specimens to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on the morning of March 9, we can use branches, clippings, or other types of samples of native plants such as:

Arroyo willow, bigleaf maple, broadleaf cattail (Typha latifolia), blue elderberry, buckeye, ferns, field sedge (Carex praegracilis), gooseberry, horsetail, lupine, manroot (marah fabacea), milkweed, native mint, seep monkeyflower, mugwort, ninebark, Pacific bleeding heart, Pacific rush (Juncus effusus), pink honeysuckle, pipevine, purple Chinese houses (Collinsia heterophylla), salmon berry, snowberry, sneezeweed (helenium puberulum), spicebush, stachys, red alder, red willow, wild ginger, wild rose, willow herb.

You may be able to think of others as well! We already have sources for oaks and California bay. We will also have some representation of common invasive plants – we can let you know in February if we will need some additional help with samples of those (unfortunately those invasive plants are very, very easy to find in our yards!)

between 8:30 and 9:30 am on Saturday, March 9, 2024. We will know our exhibit location by late February. We can also arrange to have you drop off plants at someone else’s home the previous day, if that is easier for you. For more information, please contact Catherine Lipson at clipson@berkeley.edu or Virginia Hotz-Steenhoven at vbsteenhoven41@gmail.com.

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