Event Types: Field Trips

Lyons Creek Trail, El Dorado National Forest

Lyons Creek Trail, El Dorado National Forest

Beginning at the Lyons Creek trailhead at 6,750 feet, we aim to hike up Lyons Creek to about 7,200 feet, about 4 miles round trip. We will encounter open granite, mountain meadows, and fir-lodgepole conifer forest, all under the shadow of the beautiful Crystal Range. The wildflowers are gorgeous in the early summer. We may see […]

Washoe Meadows State Park, South Lake Tahoe

Washoe Meadows State Park, South Lake Tahoe

Washoe Meadows, a California State Park gem, is easily accessible from Highway 50 near South Lake Tahoe. There are lovely trails through the meadows, including boardwalks across more sensitive, wet portions and over streams. We’ll see bog-orchids (Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys), checkermallows (Sidalcea oregana ssp. spicata), cinquefoils, fleabanes, roses, currants, many pollinators, and much more! […]

Camp Creek and El Dorado Forest Lava Cap

Camp Creek and El Dorado Forest Lava Cap

Where the North-South Road in Eldorado National Forest crosses Camp Creek, there is a wonderful rock outcrop with seeps that in spring supports a plethora of wildflowers including monkeyflowers, meadowfoam, phacelias, onion, broomrape, and more. We will visit this gorgeous spot on our way to a lava cap in the Forest. Lava caps are late […]

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Pine Hill Plants – CNPS/PHP

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Pine Hill Plants – CNPS/PHP

What: Pine Hill Preserve Tours Where: Six field trips within 3 units of the Pine Hill Preserve, western El Dorado County What to see: These tours will bring you up close and personal with not only the 8+ rare plant species that the Preserve was established to protect with habitat conservation, but you’ll also see […]

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Pine Hill, Plants and Pollinators – CNPS/PHP

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Pine Hill, Plants and Pollinators – CNPS/PHP

What: Pine Hill Preserve Tours Where: Six field trips within 3 units of the Pine Hill Preserve, western El Dorado County What to see: These tours will bring you up close and personal with not only the 8+ rare plant species that the Preserve was established to protect with habitat conservation, but you’ll also see […]

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Cameron Park Unit Plant Hike – CNPS/PHP

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Cameron Park Unit Plant Hike – CNPS/PHP

What: Pine Hill Preserve Tours Where: Six field trips within 3 units of the Pine Hill Preserve, western El Dorado County What to see: These tours will bring you up close and personal with not only the 8+ rare plant species that the Preserve was established to protect with habitat conservation, but you’ll also see […]

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Kanaka Valley Birds and Plants – CNPS/PHP

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Kanaka Valley Birds and Plants – CNPS/PHP

What: Pine Hill Preserve Tours Where: Six field trips within 3 units of the Pine Hill Preserve, western El Dorado County What to see: These tours will bring you up close and personal with not only the 8+ rare plant species that the Preserve was established to protect with habitat conservation, but you’ll also see […]

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Kanaka Valley Bird Hike – Chris Conard/CNPS/PHP

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Kanaka Valley Bird Hike – Chris Conard/CNPS/PHP

What: Pine Hill Preserve Tours Where: Six field trips within 3 units of the Pine Hill Preserve, western El Dorado County What to see: These tours will bring you up close and personal with not only the 8+ rare plant species that the Preserve was established to protect with habitat conservation, but you’ll also see […]

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Cameron Park Unit Plant Hike, CNPS/PHP

Pine Hill Preserve tour – Cameron Park Unit Plant Hike, CNPS/PHP

What: Pine Hill Preserve Tours Where: Six field trips within 3 units of the Pine Hill Preserve, western El Dorado County What to see: These tours will bring you up close and personal with not only the 8+ rare plant species that the Preserve was established to protect with habitat conservation, but you’ll also see […]

Foothill spring wildflowers and more plant walk

Foothill spring wildflowers and more plant walk

Magnolia Ranch (formerly Straza Ranch, and adjacent to Cronan Ranch) is a local wonderful recreation area off Hwy 49 north of Coloma providing habitats ranging from riparian habitats (along the South Fork of the American River and between Greenwood and Hastings Creeks), grassland, and oak woodland. There are stands of conifers, including incense cedar, Douglas-fir, […]