River Bend Park, ARP

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 Sacramento Valley 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 Sacramento Valley Chapter Friday Walks applies only to our chapter’s Friday Walks and does not cover Sacramento Valley Chapter Field Trips or any events or field trips offered by other CNPS chapters. Once you have signed the Sacramento Valley 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.  Only four new participants to Friday Walks 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.


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


Friday, June 21, 8:15am-10:45am, River Bend Park, ARP

The June 21 walk will head up river along the bluff overlooking the river and return along another path that holds the most native plants in bloom or seed stage.  Among the native plants we will see in bloom or seed stage are Acmispon glaber, Asclepias fascicularis, Asclepias speciosa, Carex barbarae, Clarkia unguiculata, Croton setigerus, Fraxinus latifolia, Penstemon heterophyllus, Pseudognaphalium beneolens, Ptelea crenulata and Sambucus mexicana. There were no Eriogonum in bloom so we may skip buckwheat gulch.

Bring water, hat,  snacks, and seasonal layers especially.  Binoculars might help for viewing wildlife living in this urban refuge.

There are rest facilities at the meeting area and a few other spots within River Bend Park.

To sign up for the June 21 River Bend Walk and receive the link for the 2024 Friday Walks Electronic Liability Waiver if needed, email John Schmidt or call 916-500-8456 for more information.

Meet near the red teardrop on this map or use the directions below. If you haven’t been to River Bend Park before, check the linked map as newcomers often miss the last turn into the large picnic and parking area which is just upriver for the bike and pedestrian bridge between River Bend Park and William Pond recreation Area.

Directions to River Bend Park from downtown Sacramento:
– Travel East on Highway 50 to Exit #13
– Take Bradshaw Rd North
– Right at Folsom Blvd, just past the Light Rail tracks
– Left at Rod Beaudry Dr and continue into the park. There is a Papa John‘s Pizza on the NE corner of this intersection.
– Pass the entrance Kiosk if unmanned. There is an electronic payment station about 80 feet after the kiosk on your right.
– Continue on the road after the stop sign for the bike trail. The road curves right after the stop sign.
– Left at the large brown “River Rafting Exit and Main Picnic Areas” on your left.
– Follow this road around to the large parking lot close to the river where we will meet.

If you live on the north side of the American River, it might be quicker and easier to park at William Pond Recreation Area and walk over the bridge to River Bend Park.

There are temporary rest facilities at the meeting location (tree damage) and 2 other locations with the final one a little over half way through the walk.

Parking is $7 or purchase a yearly $70 Parks Passport pass which supports the Sacramento County Parks system.  There is also a new $35 Senior Pass (over 65) per year.  More Pass information is on-line.

If you are vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, masks are required. Also if you are more comfortable wearing a mask, please do.

Please try to be on time. We’ll try to start walking at 8:30am.




Jun 21 2024


8:15 am - 10:45 am


Friday Walks


John Schmidt
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