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

Check back frequently for updates!

  • Enjoy Local Kombucha and Native Plants!

    When: Sunday, July 2 2023 at 12 noon to 3 p.m.


    Social Gathering & Conversation about Native Plants, 12 noon to 2:30 at Gold Vibe Kombuchary, 12615 Charles Drive, Grass Valley.

    Native Plant Walk, 2:30 to 3 p.m., next door to Gold Vibe

    Come chat with Redbud members, ask questions, and come along for a tour of a
    native-plant-landscaped commercial property next door…

  • Rock Creek Nature Trail

    When: May 27, 2023 at 9 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m.


    Description: Rock Creek Nature Trail is a nice meander,3/4 mile, through the shade of a riparian corridor surrounded by ponderosa, douglas and white fir forest that has been actively managed with tree thinning and some prescribed fire. Some favorite plants are the dogwoods (Cornus spp.), twinflower (Linnaea borealis), western bleeding…

  • Bring Back Wildflowers with Firesafe Road

    Date and Time: Sunday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

    Location to rendezvous: Chicago Park area of Grass Valley. Address for rendezvous will be provided after registration.

    Join Chrissy Freeman and a volunteer trip botanist on a journey down her neighborhood’s gravel road. Learn about local wildflowers. See how they have been reappearing since residents started doing roadside firesafe maintenance. We’ll…

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