Redbud field trips are free and open to non-members as well as members. Our trips are generally easy, as we walk slowly, pausing to view, identify, discuss, and enjoy the plant species. Please RSVP in advance to participate in a field trip. Bring water, lunch/snack, sun screen, hat; jacket and rain gear as appropriate; hand lens if you choose. We post field trips on this website and on our Redbud Facebook page. Check often for updates.

More About Redbud Field Trips

We have generally recommended ride sharing (and will do so again when it can be done safely in terms of COVID precautions), as parking at most trailheads is limited. If you do ride share, we suggest riders share the cost of gas ($5 to the driver for less than 40 miles round-trip, more if longer).

Though Redbud trips are free, when we co-sponsor a trip and have docents from another organization, a small donation may be requested.

Children are warmly welcomed, but please arm them with a whistle! No pets are allowed on Redbud field trips. (Service dogs are permitted.)

We try to schedule trips when native plants are at their best, though wildflower displays vary depending upon weather patterns. A long, cold winter means later blooms; if March is warm and dry, we’ll have early field trips. Predicted heavy rain (or snow) will cancel trip.

We’re looking for field trip leaders and co-leaders. If you would like to lead a field trip or know a good destination, email suggestions at least two weeks before the proposed date (longer is better, of course) to Write-ups should include: date, time, location, directions, what to bring, distance/length of time, difficulty, elevation, and what people may see. If you’d like someone else to provide botanical expertise, please mention that. If you’d be interested in serving as a botany co-leader (without organizing a trip), we’d love to hear from you!

Upcoming Field Trips

Saturday, March 26th, 10am

Folsom, Sterling Pointe – with Shawna Martinez and Susan Kotelnicki

We had a great trip out here last month, identifying 30 species. If we get another warm week it should look pretty nice out there.


Sunday, April 3rd, 10am

Placer County Vernal Pools – with Hannah Kang

Vernal pools are always exciting. With our subpar rain year there probably won’t be the hallowed bathtub rings of blooms, but we’re sure to see many delightful creatures with Hannah guiding.

Check back frequently for updates!

Our latest virtual hike!