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Field Trips


Fellow Explorers! There are only a few trips left this season!


Summer is here and we are putting together trips for the high country. 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.

You can call Pam Kirkbride at 916-687-8134 or get hold of her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you!





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Grass Lake

August 2nd

Ever wanted to walk "over" a lake?

Well here's you chance!

Join Carol Witham for a delightful outing to explore a rare sphagnum mat that grows atop

Grass Lake in the Tahoe area.

You are sure to find this a memorable experience!


Grass Lake is a unique floating sphagnum bog, one of only a few in northern California. The area is also home to several rare plants and insects. We will “trampoline” (actually “tremble and sway”) on the floating bog and also explore the unique plants and animals surrounding this lake. I know the dominant plant species and have a plant list. Plus Greg Kareofelas will join us and has expertise on the butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies of the area.

We will meet at 10:00 AM at a "pull off" along the west side of the Highway 89 just north of Luther Pass.
· From Highway 88, go north on Highway 89 for ~4.1 miles.  From Highway 50, go south on Highway 89 for ~7.1 miles.


The "pull off" parking area consists of a gravel area between a paved pull off passing lane and a series of wooden 6x6" posts. It is the only pull off with wooden posts.

Bring layered clothing for all kinds of weather. Wear shoes you won’t mind getting wet (wading out onto the bog will mean water higher than your normal hiking boot). Also bring water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks, lunch, etc.

We will probably end around 2:00-3:00 pm depending on what we find and the interests of the group. You can always depart according to your own schedule; we probably won’t travel more than ½ mile from the parking area.

If you are coming, please RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And If you have any questions or last minute issues you can call my cell at 916-761-7886 (but reception is iffy at Luther Pass).

Hope to see you Saturday, Carol.