Spring Blooms in Penn Valley

large almost maroon red flower, that looks almost tropical
Western spicebush (Calycanthus occidentalis), an outstanding locally native shrub with stunning blooms, will likely be in bloom near the creek at the park. (Photo by Darlene Ward)

Wednesday, June 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Come explore the spring wildflowers and blooming shrubs of Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. A short hike under the shade of the oaks of Western Gateway Park along the riparian corridor of Squirrel Creek. Hopefully we’ll see native spice bush (Calycanthus occidentalis), dogwood shrub (Cornus sericea), and common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) in full bloom!

Leader: Trip leader Brandon Lindsen was raised in the Penn Valley area from the age of seven and now owns New Life Landscapes and is part owner of New Life Nursery. He often hikes the various trails of the park with his children. New Life Nursery, also located in Penn Valley, sells many species of California natives and participates in the CNPS program Bloom! California.

Location: Western Gateway Park, 18560 Penn Valley Dr, Penn Valley. Rendezvous: Use the main entrance to the park and continue to the bathroom.

What to bring wear/bring: Layers to accommodate the weather, sturdy hiking boots or shoes, water, snacks, a sun hat, and/or sunscreen. Bring sandals or river shoes if you want to get feet wet.

Well-behaved dogs are permitted; leash laws apply.

Registration and waiver: Advance registration encouraged (so we know how many people to expect) but not required.

Participants must sign a waiver, either online in advance or at the beginning of the field trip.

 

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