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

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  • Spring Blooms in Penn Valley

    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…


Past Field Trips

Explore these great places to see native plants and their habitats! If you’d like to coordinate a trip to one of these places, just let us know at We’ll help you out and recruit a volunteer with plant expertise.

  • 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…

  • Buttermilk Bend Trail

    Buttermilk Bend Trail, South Yuba River State Park

    When: Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    Buttermilk Bend Trail is a gorgeous hike along the South Yuba River where you can view beauties such as the canyon live-forever (Dudleya cymosa) and the globe lily (Calochortus albus). Abundant wildflowers are blooming here for all to see! Everyone is welcome.

    Directions: From Nevada City/Grass…

  • 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…

  • April 24, 2023

    Sterling Pointe, Granite Bay

    Date: Monday, April 24, 2023.  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Location to rendezvous: Follow GPS to Sterling Pointe Equestrian Staging area – park in upper lot. Parking is free.

    Oak Woodland along Edges of Folsom Lake. Many species of flowering shrubs, wildflowers, various species of oaks.

    Hike will be 2-3 miles, moderate difficulty.

    Bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen. Trip leader: Shawna…

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