Mather Vernal Pools April 26


Friday, April 26, Mather Vernal Pools, 9:15am – 11:45am

            Waiver and Sign-Up Required

After an 18-month hiatus from Friday Walks, we are happy to be able to offer them again. To gather safely, however, we need to follow some new rules.

  1. You must sign an Electronic Liability Waiver in advance of joining SacValley Chapter Friday Walks. Signing an Electronic Liability Waiver is a permanent change required statewide by the California Native Plant Society. Please note that signing the waiver for SacValley Chapter Friday Walks applies only to our chapter’s Friday Walks and does not cover SacValley Chapter Field Trips or any events or field trips offered by other CNPS chapters. Once you have signed the SacValley Chapter Friday Walks waiver, it is valid through the end of the current calendar year.
  2. For now, a limited number of participants can join each Friday Walk. The limit is currently 20 participants and one leader. At this time only four new participants can sign up for each walk. If you have signed up for a Friday Walk at any point after January 1, 2013, you are not considered a new participant.

To sign up for the April 26 Friday Walks and receive the link for the Electronic Liability Waiver, email John Schmidt or call 916-500-8456 for more information.

Walks are held unless heavy rain, extreme heat or very poor air quality are forecast.  Cancellation notices posted by 7PM Thursday.


The vernal pools at Mather Field are among the largest in our area. Last week there were patches of flowers including Downingia, Meadowfoam, Navarretia, Tidy-tips, Goldfields, Owl’s Clover, White-tipped Clover, Checkerbloom, Poppies and Lupines. Earlier visits this spring found substantial water in the pools and water is still remains in some large areas we cannot visit at this time. This has been a very wet winter and spring and colorful floral displays will be seen. This is a flat walk across a weedy field with neither trail nor shade. The walk is about 3.0 miles. For more information, email John Schmidt or phone 916-500-8456.


Bring water, sunscreen, snack and hat. Some might like to have an umbrella for shade. Rain is not forecast but check Thursday night if the forecast changes.

Parking is free, although parking is NOT FREE at Mather Lake Regional Park which has the closest rest facility. Bring you Sacramento County Park Pass if you wish to use the rest facilities there. The park entrance is about 150 yards south on Zinfandel Dr. after crossing Douglas Blvd.

There are no rest facilities. Closest are at Mather Lake Regional Park.

Use the directions below or the map. The meeting location is at the red teardrop.

Driving directions from Sacramento:
Note: If using Hwy 50 it is easier to take exit 17, Zinfandel Dr. and follow Zinfandel south all the way to the meeting location. But the directions below work for those coming from all directions.

-Take exit 17, Zinfandel Dr.
– Right unto Zinfandel
– South on Zinfandel crossing Douglas Rd. at 2.6 miles
– Continue on Zinfandel another 1.4 miles to where the pavement turns to dirt.
– Meet near the kiosk about 150 yards south along the dirt road on your right.

If using Sunrise Blvd instead of Hwy 50
– South on Sunrise Blvd across Hwy 50 for 4.7 miles
– Right on Douglas Rd. which has a traffic signal for 1 mile.
– Left at the light onto Zinfandel Dr. for 1.4 miles to where to pavement ends.
– Meet near the kiosk about 150 yards south along the dirt road on your right.


Once assembled we will head south along the road to a seasonal stream and then head west into the fields on a narrow path and make a wandering loop stopping at various pools and possibly a stream for about 2 hours.


Please try to arrive on time. The walk will start by 9:30am



Apr 26 2024


9:15 am - 11:45 am


Friday Walks


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