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Embark on a journey to uncover the wonders of the North San Joaquin Valley’s wildlife with our chapter of CNPS! We invite you to be a part of our monthly field trips and connect with the natural world like never before. Join our expert guides on captivating nature walks, where you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the richness of our local ecosystems. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or just beginning your exploration, our events provide the perfect opportunity to learn, discover, and appreciate the diverse flora and fauna that call our region home.

Join us today and become a part of our mission to explore, protect, and cherish the natural treasures of the North San Joaquin Valley. Whether you’re out in the field or meeting us at a community event, there’s a world of discovery awaiting you!

March 30th - Knights Ferry Recreation Area/ Willms Road Field Trip

📅 Date: 3/30/24

🕙 Time: 10 AM

📍 Location: Knights Ferry Recreation Area meeting at the Visitor center (17968 Covered Bridge Rd)

🌼 Leader: CeCe Hurst-Hart

Embark on a journey through the countryside as we meet at the visitor center at Knights Ferry Recreation Area. Explore the beauty of spring, discovering the vibrant local wildflower blooms and encountering the diverse wildlife that marks the beginning of the season.

After our exploration, we’ll take a scenic drive along Willms Road to witness the endangered vernal pool blooms that the Central Valley is known for. Marvel at the breathtaking displays of white meadowfoam and popcorn flowers, adding an extra layer of wonder to our nature-filled adventure.

Please bring water, and binoculars if you have them!

April 13th - 4th Annual Pollinator Festival

4th Annual Pollinator Festival

🌸 Save the Date! Join us on April 13, 2024, for the 4th Annual Pollinator Festival hosted by the North San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the La Loma Neighborhood Association. 🦋 Location: Grassy area across from La Loma Native Garden, 2000 Encina Ave, Modesto. ⏰ Time: 10am-2pm. 🌿 Experience nature, face painting, delicious food, and family-friendly activities. 📧 Email for more information. Let’s celebrate pollinators and community joy! 🌼

April 14th - Native Plant Week Jumpstart Hike - Del Puerto Canyon

📅 Date: April 14, 2024

🕙 Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

📍 Location: Beginning of Del Puerto Canyon Road

Embark on a journey to explore the spring blooms that adorn the breathtaking Del Puerto Canyon. If you’ve never experienced the canyon’s immense beauty, get ready to be wowed and exclaim, “How is this Stanislaus County?”

To minimize our environmental impact, we encourage carpooling. Limited parking space is available along the sides of the road, so let’s share the adventure together. Our drive into the canyon will include stops along the way, with the turnaround point at the Santa Clara County sign.

Important Details:

– Bring water and lunch.

– Limited bathrooms within the canyon, so stop before the trip.

– Restrooms available at Frank Raines Park, and port-a-potties at the playground.

– No cell service once we enter the canyon.

This field trip is open to all ages, making it a perfect family-friendly adventure. Experience the wonders of nature, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and celebrate Native Plant Week in the heart of Del Puerto Canyon.

Mark your calendars and join us for a day filled with exploration, beauty, and appreciation for our native plants. Let’s make it a memorable kickstart to Native Plant Week! 🌳🚗 

April 20th - Earth Day Hike - Red Hill Recreation Management Area

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