Spring is here and we are putting together trips. Here you will
find all the latest information including contacts, driving directions, plants lists, photos and any
change-of-date information. If you are going to attend a trip, please let the trip contact know so they
can get hold of you if plans change. This will let us know how many people to expect in order to call on additional leaders, if necessary, to make your trip enjoyable.
We look forward to seeing you!
Table Mountain Ecological Reserve Field Trip Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Note: Meeting time is now 9:30AM!!
The springtime floral display at Table Mountain is a California highlight that should not be missed. Shellie Sullo will lead this trip and other volunteers will be assisting. A plant list updated for Jepson 2012 will be available for download. In the meantime, there is the plant list for Table Mountain from April 2003 Under the Home/Resources tab on this site.
Bring water and lunch, suntan cream, hat, walking stick. Sturdy shoes are required. This is an “all day” trip.
Join us to explore native plants and waterfalls on this popular volcanic table-top near Oroville. The table is famous for its variety of habitats that put on a show of spectacular color from wildflowers that include bright yellow Douglas' violets in the grasslands and Blenosperma nanum, and white meadowfoam in the moister soils. The plateau is covered by acres of small blue lupines with smaller patches of two kinds of orange poppies, blue dicks, blue-and-white bird's eye gilia, magenta Kellogg’s monkey flower, yellow butter-and-eggs, white popcorn flower, and purple owl's clover. Each outcrop of dark volcanic basalt is ringed by goldfields and the outcroppings themselves support pink-flowered wild onions, deep pink Lewis' bitterroot, and masses of greenish-yellow stonecrop. Deep blue delphiniums bloom in full sun; scarlet delphiniums cling to lightly shaded canyon rims.
Directions: We encourage carpooling to this event with like-minded friends, otherwise meet us at the Table Mountain main parking lot at 10 am. From Sacramento: take Hwy 5 north to exit 525B – merge right onto highway 70. Drive 33.8 miles to Marysville – follow the signs to Oroville. Drive ~ 26.6 miles. Take exit 48 Grand Ave. Turn right on Grand, left on Table Mtn Blvd. Take second right onto Cherokee Rd. (Cherokee Rd sign is a little hard to see). Travel up Cherokee Rd until you reach the top of the table (caution – this road is narrow and winding). Travel north until you see the parking lot on your left.
The Table Mountain meeting area is indicated on this map.
Deer Creek Hills Hike Saturday April 4, 2015, 9 am – 1 pm
Join us with a docent from the Sacramento Valley Conservancy, to explore Deer Creek Hills and enjoy spring wildflowers. You will wander through shallow canyons, climb to the tops of ridges, and ford small streams on rock stepping stones at high use crossings. Open land and ponds form habitat for over 300 species of plants, 125 species of birds and 40 wildlife species. The area is also rich in history and prehistory. Native American grinding holes are found in the bedrock along Crevis Creek. There are remains from the Gold Rush and a few old homestead sites.
Bring sturdy shoes, sun protection, water and lunch.
SVC is limiting the group size to 30 people.
We encourage carpooling to this event with like-minded friends.
Directions: Meet at the Preserve parking lot on Latrobe Rd.
From Sacramento – Take Hwy 50 to Bradshaw Exit, turn right (South) onto Bradshaw, turn left (East) onto Jackson Rd (Hwy 16), continue East, past Slough House, turn left (North) onto Latrobe Rd. Note: Latrobe Road has a creek crossing, dirt/gravel. Rain elevates the creek.