Field Trips

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Nevada Native Plant Society (NNPS) field trips occur throughout spring, summer, and early fall to local and regional areas of botanical interest. Trips are on Saturdays unless otherwise noted, with occasional overnight or weekday events, and are at participants' sole risk (see policy below). Themes include plant identification, photography, wildflower displays, ecology, rare and endangered species conservation, and weed control.

Trips of interest to NNPS members and hosted by other organizations may also be listed below. For more in-depth field courses, we recommend you consider the Jepson Herbarium Weekend Workshop series. Contact the trip leaders for further details on meeting places and times. See the Meetings and Events page for a map of the usual carpool locations.

For general field trip information, or to schedule a field trip, please contact our field trip coordinator. Northern Nevada: John Weiser (johnpweiser@yahoo.com); (775-331-4485)

FIELD TRIP POLICY:

PARTICIPATION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. All NNPS activities are open to the public at no charge. Friends, newcomers, and visitors are welcome. Children and friendly dogs are also welcome, of course, but must be supervised by an adult.

Field trips take place in all kinds of weather, so appropriate clothing and footwear are always a must! Trips may be strenuous and/or hazardous. They may involve walking over uneven terrain, crossing streams, bending, stooping, climbing hills or steep slopes, walking long distances, and other strenuous activities. Participants may encounter rattlesnakes or other interesting creatures that could be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.

No digging of plants will be allowed.

Plan to bring your own drinking water, and food or snacks as appropriate. Smoking is only allowed during rest stops, and during extreme fire danger will be prohibited outside of vehicles.

If you are under a physician's care for a medical condition that would limit or restrict participation in field trip activities, you should not attend. Please contact trip leader(s) for information about difficulty, mileage, and terrain.

Usually the roads we will travel are suitable for an ordinary car, however, occasionally off-road vehicles will be required. Read trip announcements for any requirements.

You will be asked to sign-in at the beginning of each field trip, and to sign a Waiver & Release of Liability, acknowledging your awareness of the potential risks and your willingness to join the trip in a purely voluntary manner.

2017 Field Trips

April 8 – Caughlin Ranch area west side of Reno. We should have the opportunity to see Beckwith violets, and Ranunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus. Also found on this alluvial fan are Astragalus purshii var. tinctus, Lewisia rediviva var. minor, Erigeron bloomeri var. bloomer, Eriogonum douglasii var. meridionale, Allium parvum, Toxicoscordion venenosum, Lithophragma glabrum, Trifolium macrocephalum, and several Lomatiums. Add Delphinium andersonii and Fritillaria atropurpurea to the list if we climb to base of the hills that skirt the fan.

        We will not car pool for this trip since it is on the outskirts of Reno. We will start at 10:00 am and meet at the intersection of Sierra Pine Drive and Pinehaven Road in Reno. Map to location: https://goo.gl/maps/Gj8NSAyc45k Contact John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

April 23 – Hot Spring Mountain. The Carson Valley monkeyflower is blooming again! Join us for the second annual great monkeyflower hunt. This year we will be surveying the area on the east side of Hot Spring Mountain in northern Carson Valley.

      Meet at in the northeast corner of the Target parking lot (910 Jacks Valley Road) at 10:00 am. Contact Janel Johnson: jdjohnson@heritage.nv.gov, 775-684-2911.

 

May 6 – Deadman’s Creek Trail. The trail is located at the south east corner of Washoe State Park and winds its way up the drainage of Deadman’s Creek to a scenic lookout atop the bluff. Along the slopes we should find riparian and steppe vegetative communities. Plants of interest include Phlox diffusa, Ranunculus andersonii, Erigeron glacialis, Phacelia curvipes, Prunus andersonii, and Lupinus arbustus to name a few.

      There is a pull-off that can handle four or five vehicles at the trail head. Those who wish to carpool from Carson should meet at meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets in Carson City at 9:45 am. Those wishing to carpool from Reno meet at the Doughboy’s Donuts shop located in the South Town Shopping Center at 57 Damonte Ranch Parkway by 9:45 am. We should be on site by 10:00 am. Map to location: https://goo.gl/maps/HE6kq7jUdvA2. Contact John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

 

May 7 - Pine Nut Foothills and Mountains. Join us for an opportunity to visit a private residence on 5 acres in the foothills and follow Pine Nut Creek towards towards Sugar Loaf mountain. This region includes several soil and habitat types, so we are hoping to see a plethora of spring bloomers! To those who wish to carpool from Reno, meet at the Doughboy's Donuts shop located in the South Town shopping center at 57 Damonte Ranch Parkway by 8:30 am to meet at the residence at 9:30 am. Those interested in carpooling from Carson should meet at the Save Mart on the corner of College and Carson Street at 9:00 am to join us at 9:30 am on site. There will be parking at the residence (1266 Jo Lane, Gardnerville 89410) and for those who wish to travel further upwards can group in the high clearance vehicles. Contact John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485 orAlison Agneray: aagneray@gmail.com775-501-4159

 

May 11  Annual Garden Party. Join John Weiser at his dry land rock garden in Sparks, Nevada. The garden features many native species of desert, mountain, and steppe plants from across the west with extensive collections of Eriogonum, Penstemon, and cactus species. The party begins at 5:00 pm and goes until dark (in other words, until you can't see your hand in front of your face). Bring light snacks to share (utensils and beverages will be provided). Photos of the garden can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUYdCwW. John's address is 485 O'Brien Way Sparks, NV https://goo.gl/maps/r2sD8uUE7Rm. Contact John Weiser - johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485 - for any questions. 

 

May 13 – Red Hill. This unique location on the north edge of Reno supports populations of seven species of eriogonum along with Lewisia rediviva var. minor, Prunus andersonii, Minuartia nuttallii var. fragilis, and Allium parvum. We hope to see early spring flowers on the slopes of altered andesite. There is plenty of parking on site.

      Those who wish to carpool from Carson should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets in Carson City at 9:30 am. The destination is on the west end of Dandini Road in north Reno. Map to location: https://goo.gl/maps/veoyMSzMWx22. Contact John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

 

May 20 – East Walker River. Tour the East Walker River from Rosachi Ranch to the future Walker River State Recreation Area. We will stop to see rare plants, upland areas, and the riparian corridor. This will be a long day with a lot of driving on dirt roads and vehicles must be able to cross a creek about 8 inches deep at Nine Mile Ranch.

     Meet at the Carson City Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets at 9:00 am. Bring food and water for a full day, we should be back to Carson City by 5pm. Contact Janel Johnson: jdjohnson@heritage.nv.gov, 775-684-2911.

 

May 29 – Annual Memorial Day Foray with Bill and Nancy Harnach along the Feather River in Plumas County, CA . Bill and Nancy conduct this event for the local public so this will not be a typical NNPS field trip. The plan is to explore the newly designated Sierra Valley Preserve. The preserve’s 2,500 acres includes channels of the Feather River’s middle fork and offer a rich variety of habitats with wetland marshes, montane meadows, dune habitat, and upland areas with sagebrush and bitterbrush scrub. Spring wild flowers and native bunchgrasses abound.

      Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets in Carson City at 7:50 am to carpool. Drive to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00 am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:15 am traveling north on Hwy 395 to Hwy 70 (Quincy turnoff). We will then proceed west toward Beckwourth. Turn left on Co. Rd. A-23 (Calpine turnoff) and go 2.6 miles south to the gate on the left hand side of the road https://goo.gl/maps/SuEpvP7Cfqt. Contact Bill Harnach: billh@digitalpath.net, 530-944-3464 or John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

 

June 2 to June 5 – Penstemon Annual Meeting in Vernal, UT.

 

June 3 – May Arboretum Society annual plant sale. Join the Nevada Native Plant Society at the May Arboretum from 8:00 am to noon. The arboretum is located in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park at 1595 North Sierra Street in Reno. The sale benefits the May Arboretum.

 

June 10 – Churchill Narrows. Join us to see Eriogonum diatomaceum, a rare endemic restricted to the diatomaceous deposits of the Churchill Narrows area in Lyon County. There are many other interesting plants to see growing on these unique soils including Eriogonum lemmonii, Nama aretioides, Phacelia fremontii, Abronia turbinate, Eschscholzia minutiflora, Psorothamnus polydenius, Glyptopleura marginata, and Eriogonum heermannii var. humilius. Species List: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_EVm95nC4SoUHZPX19OYUVjMk0/view?usp=sharing

      Those leaving from Reno should meet at the Doughboy’s Donuts shop located in the South Town Shopping Center at 57 Damonte Ranch Parkway by 9:00 am. We will meet Carson City area members at the Save Mart at 3620 N. Carson St. located at the intersection of West College Parkway and North Carson Street and depart for Churchill Narrows at 9:30 am. Map to location: https://goo.gl/maps/m3ZWiRTpzAJ2. Contact Gary Monroe: g.monroe@att.net, 775-359-4863 or John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

June 10th 9:00 am – Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Larry Lodwick will lead a day trip to highlight our unique endemic species and other desert species expected to be flowering. Larry will meet folks, and potentially car pool from, the gas station / convenience store parking lot close to Ash Meadows. Directions: from Las Vegas, go north on Highway 160 through Pahrump, and approx. 2 miles north of town there is a sign pointing to Bell Vista Road heading toward Death Valley and Ash Meadows. Turn left off of Highway 160 and go to the second stop sign to the meeting location on the northwest corner. Any questions regarding the field trip can be directed to Larry (llodwick@lodwick.com). Please RSVP to Larry by Friday, June 9th so that he knows how many will be attending. Be prepared to cope with desert conditions (hat, water, lunch, sunblock, etc) and to have fun learning about the unique plants of the area!
 

June 11 – Anderson Ranch Preserve. Our leader for this trip will be Marco Sandi. At an elevation of 4800 ft, wedged between the Sierra Nevada, Diamond Mountains, and Cascades, the preserve features bountiful meadows. These meadows are surrounded by sagebrush steepe, and a forest of Black Oak, Jeffrey Pine, and Incense Cedar. Come celebrate our recent conservation agreement on this extremely wet year and compare to past NNPS visits to this private property. Many Astragalus including pulsiferae var. pulsiferae, Caulanthus major var. nevadensis, a number of Eriogonums, Phacelia’s, etc. The edible and medicinal plants should be super-abundant such as Cammasia quamash, and peonia brownii.

       Those traveling from Carson City should meet at the Save Mart Shopping Center at 3620 North Carson Street at 8:30 am. Those traveling from Reno should meet at the McDonalds at US 395 and Lemmon Drive at 9:00 am. After we carpool in Reno we will meet our leader at the Hallelujah Junction Chevron station by 9:45 am. It is a 6 mile drive to ranch headquarters. Bring lunch and water bottle. Bathrooms and spring water available. Contact Marco Sandi: mvsandi@gmail.com, 530-827-3328 or John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485. 

 

June 17 – Sand Mountain. This “singing” sand dune 20 miles (32 km) east of Fallon along U.S. Route 50 is the only home of the critically imperiled Sand Mountain blue butterfly. The ruins of the Pony Express, Sand Springs Station also located within the protected area. We will look for Penstemon acuminatus var. latebracteatus, Astragalus lentiginosus var. kennedyi, Castilleja angustifolia var. flavescens, Cymopterus corrugatus, Chylismia claviformis ssp. integrior, Oenothera deltoides ssp. piperi, and a pink flowered form of Castilleja chromosa.

      For this trip we will leave Carson and Reno as separate groups and meet in Fallon. Those traveling from Reno may meet at the parking lot on the north side of the Sparks Marina at located at 300 Howard Drive east side of the Sparks Marina near Lowes (off Sparks Blvd.) by 8:00 am. Those traveling from Carson meet at the Save Mart at 3620 N. Carson St. located at the intersection of West College Parkway and north Carson Street by 8:00 am. We will meet in Fallon at the Fox Peak Station on the east side of the city by 9:30 am. Map to the location: https://goo.gl/maps/2axqxrK86Un. Contact Gary Monroe: g.monroe@att.net, 775-359-4863 or John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

 

June 17 – Pollinator Day at University of Nevada, Reno.  Come celebrate pollinators and native plants at the UNR Biggest Little Pollinator Garden on June 17, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Located in the courtyard of the Fleischmann Agriculture building at the south end of the UNR campus. There will be garden tours, pollinator and native plants presentations from local experts, native bee and butterfly specimens, a bug petting zoo, kids crafts, and much more! 

 

June 24 and June 25 –  This trip has been postponed, new date TBD, check here for updates. Treasure Hill/Hamilton. Treasure Hill is a spur of the White Pine Range in White Pine County; the ghost town of Hamilton is located nearby. This area has terrain composed of limestone, so we should see a different group of plants than we normally see in western Nevada.

      This will be an overnight trip, the drive from Reno/Carson will take 4½ to 5 hours on Highway 50. Camping is available at the BLM’s Illipah Reservoir Campground, with 17 camp sites at an elevation of 6,840 feet. Reservations not required. The nearest cities are Eureka, 43 miles to the west, and Ely, 39 miles to the east. Both cities have hotels and motels. Contact Charlene Duncan: cirsium.down@gmail.com, 775-530-7458.

 

July 2 – Summit of Peavine Mountain. The last time we had substantial snow on Peavine, the summit was a virtual rock garden on July 4th. The wind blown scree at the peak had Phlox condensata, Boechera puberula, Lewisia rediviva var. minor, Phacelia linearis, Castilleja chromosa, Phacelia linearis, Erigeron aphanactis, and Astragalus purshii var. tinctus simultaneously in full bloom. Hopefully this year will be similar.

      Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets in Carson City at 9:00 am to carpool. Our final meeting place will be at the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot located at 120 Lemmon Drive in North Reno at 10:00 am. After meeting up, we will carpool to Peavine. The road to the summit is generally a good one and four-wheel drive vehicles should not be required. Contact John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

 

July 15 – Pinenut Mountains. Details TBA.

 

July 21 to July 24 – Eriogonum Society meeting in the Siskiyou Mountains.

 

July 29 – Paige Meadows.  Trip cancelled, looking for a new trip leader. Contact John Weiser if you would like to volunteer  This interconnected series of five meadows ranging in elevation of 6,500 to 6,800 feet is above Tahoe City near the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Fields of camas lilies, buttercups, and bistort form massive carpets over most of the meadows.

      Drive south on Highway 89 and turn right on Pine Avenue (approx. two miles south of Tahoe City). Go to Tahoe Park Heights Drive, turn right and continue all the way to the top to Big Pine Drive (the middle of three roads at the top). Continue on Big Pine Drive, turning left onto Silvertip Drive and proceeding to the end of the road and park. The trail is half a mile straight ahead. The trail to the first meadow goes off to the right. Map to location: https://goo.gl/maps/8H4o17Yp6dP2. Contact Gary Monroe: g.monroe@att.net, 775-359-4863 or John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

 

August 6 – Buckaroo Chocolates and Ice Cream Parlor in Graeagle. As summer’s heat bears down upon us, our priorities shift and we visit this excellent ice cream shop. We’ll also take a side trip to Madora Lake in Plumas County, CA to see Chimaphila umbellata, Lilium washingtonianum, Pterospora andromedea, Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys, Lilium pardalinum, and other forest gems.

      Those travelling from Carson City should meet at the Save Mart Shopping Center at 3620 North Carson Street at 8:00 am. Those travelling from Reno should meet at the McDonalds at US 395 and Lemmon Drive at 8:45 am. The third meeting place is in the parking lot on the north side of the Junction of CA 70 and CA 89 just north of Graeagle at 10:00 am. This will be an easy 1.9 mile walk on nearly level ground. After the hike, join us for ice cream. Contact Gary Monroe: g.monroe@att.net, 775-359-4863 or John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com, 775-331-4485.

2016 Field Trips

April 15th 5:30 pm - Red Hill, Reno.  A short mid- week trip to Red Hills to see early spring flowers on the slopes of altered andesite. Our Leaders for this trip will be Rose Strickland and Dennis Ghiglieri. The destination is on the west end of Dandini Road in north Reno directions are in the following link https://goo.gl/maps/veoyMSzMWx22 We will meet in the gravel parking lot just northeast of the roundabout. Contact rosenreno@sbcglobal.net  (775) 329-6118 dnnevada@sbcglobal.net. Delayed due to muddy conditions.

 April 16th 10:00 am  Jacks Valley Wildlife Management Area, Carson City. Celebrate national Citizen Science day with the second annual Great Monkey Flower Hunt. It’s been a good year for monkey-flowers and they are already starting to bloom in late March. This year’s monkey-flower search will be at Jack’s Valley at 10 am in the area south of the elementary school. Park in the dirt lot on the west side of the Jack’s Valley Elementary School on Jack’s Valley Road (south end of Carson City). We will walk east and south from the parking area toward the city wells (large concrete boxes.)

April 23rd - Peavine Mountain, Reno. Trip to summit of Peavine Mountain to see Claytonia umbellatum. This tiny succulent grows in the sharp broken basalt scree veins near the summit blooming just as the snow leaves. Our leader for this trip will be John Weiser.

Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 9:00 a.m. to carpool.  Our final meeting place will be at the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot located at 120 Lemmon Drive in North Reno at 10:00 a.m.  After meeting up, we will carpool to Peavine.  The road to the summit is generally a good one and four-wheel drive vehicles should not be required. Contact johnpweiser@yahoo.com  (775) 331-4485

April 24thth 10:00am – 6:00pm Idlewild Park, Reno.  Earth Day If you would like to help out, please email Sarah Kulpa at vicepresident@nvnps.org.

April 30th-May 1st open

May 5th 5:30 pm - UNR, Reno.  Pot Luck Picnic at Pollinator Garden, located north of the Max Fleischmann Agricultural Building on the UNR campus. Due to the forecast for bad weather and construction in the garden, we will be meeting in the usual classroom upstairs. Contact John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com  775-331-4485 or Sarah Kulpa vicepresident@nvnps.org 775-861-6340.

 May 5th - 7:00 pm - Moana Nursery, Reno. We have been invited to attend a presentation sponsored by the Orchid Society of Northern Nevada at Moana Nursery Landscape and Design Center located at 1100 W Moana Ln, Reno, NV (NW corner of parking lot). The talk will be an overview of orchid species native to the Sierra Nevada Range.

May 7th open

May 8th Mother’s Day

May 12th - 6:30 pm Wilbur D. May Museum, Reno, NV.  Nevada Bugs and Butterflies and the UNR Museum of Natural History are sponsoring a talk entitled "Getting to Know the Bees in your Backyard" by Dr. Joseph Wilson.  Dr. Wilson is an assistant professor of biology at Utah State University and author of the newly published (and beautiful) book The bees in your backyard: A guide to North America's bees. Copies of the book will be for sale and Dr. Wilson will be signing books following the talk.  Located at the Wilbur D. May Museum which is inside Rancho San Rafael Park at 1596 North Sierra St., Reno.  Please visit http://nevadabugs.org/ for more informaton.  

May 14th - Schurz, NV.  Search for Grusonia pulchella south of Fallon near the little town of Schurz, NV. 
The majority of this cactus’s range is through central Nevada. Grusonia pulchella differs from other North American opuntioid cacti in having a geophytic habit, where above-ground growth dies back to the crown in adverse conditions, and resprouts under more favorable conditions. Authors have described the underground storage structure as a "tuberous root". These tubers can be rather large, twice the size of a soft ball with thick tap roots running off in different directions  The flowers are bright magenta/pink with a single layer of petals with a crepe like texture.
For those leaving from Reno meet at the Doughboy’s Donuts shop located in the South Town Shopping Center at 57 Damonte Ranch Parkway by 8:00 am. 
We will meet Carson City area members at the Save Mart at 3620 N. Carson St. located at the intersection of West College Parkway and north Carson Street, departing for Schurz at 9:00 am. https://goo.gl/maps/Z6tndvKjUk52
Bring water, lunch and be prepared for any kind of weather.
Our leader will be Charlene Duncan contact cirsium.down@gmail.com  (775) 530-7458 or John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com (775) 331-4485.
 
May 21st  – Fallon Area Field trip to see Penstemon arenarius (Nevada sanddune beardtongue)
Penstemon arenarius an endemic found only in Nevada. We will be traveling to the sagebrush steppe northeast of Fallon and travel on backroads toward the south. With the moisture we have had, this should be a great year for steppe flowers. Our leader will be Gary Monroe.
Bring water, lunch and be prepared for any kind of weather.
Those coming from Carson City should meet at the Save Mart at 3620 N. Carson St. Located at the intersection of West College Parkway and north Carson Street. At 8:00 am. https://goo.gl/maps/4dwgA6GbEcK2
If coming from Reno, leave from the west parking lot at the Sparks Marina located at 300 Howard Drive, at 9:00 am.
The two groups will meet at the Fallon Rest Area located north of Fallon at the Junction of U.S. 95 and   I-80 by 10:15am. 
The trip will end at Brady’s Hot Springs. Those from Fallon might want to retrace their steps back to US 95. The road from US 95 is dirt and gravel, but it should be usable by sedans. A high clearance vehicle might be advisable as there may be places where water is across the road with the rain we have been having this year
Gary Monroe Call (775) 359-4863 or email g.monroe@att.net or John Weiser (775) 331-4485 email johnpweiser@yahoo.com

May 22nd 10 am-3:00 pm - Sparks. Open house at the John Weiser’s dry land native garden. Located at 485 O’Brien Way, Sparks NV. Contact johnpweiser@yahoo.com (775) 331-4485

May 26th  5:30pm - Red Hill, Reno. A short mid- week trip to Red Hills to see six species of Eriogonum in bloom on the slopes of altered andesite. Our Leaders for this trip will be Rose Strickland and Dennis Ghiglieri. The destination is on the west end of Dandini Road in north Reno directions are in the following link https://goo.gl/maps/veoyMSzMWx22 We will meet in the gravel parking lot just northeast of the roundabout. Steep rocky slopes and narrow trails.  Please wear sturdy shoes.  Contact rosenreno@sbcglobal.net  (775) 329-6118 dnnevada@sbcglobal.net.

May 28th open

May 29th - Silver Springs, NV. Trip to Churchill Narrows to see Eriogonum diatomaceum our leaders for this trip will be John Weiser and Gary Monroe. This Eriogonum is a rare endemic restricted to the diatomaceous deposits of the Churchill Narrows area in Lyon County, NV. There are many other interesting plants to see growing on these unique soils.
For those leaving from Reno meet at the Doughboy’s Donuts shop located in the South Town Shopping Center at 57 Damonte Ranch Parkway by 8:00 am. We will meet Carson City area members at the Save Mart at 3620 N. Carson St. located at the intersection of West College Parkway and north Carson Street, departing for Chuchill Narrows at 9:00 am
Contact  Gary Monroe g.monroe@att.net (775) 359-4863 or John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com (775) 331-4485.

May 30th - Beckwourth, CA. Annual Memorial Day Foray with Bill and Nancy Harnach along the Feather River in Plumas County, CA .  They conduct this event for the local public so this will not be a typical NNPS field trip. The plan is to explore the edges of the Feather River as it passes through Sierra Valley. We will meet the group under the bridge at the intersection of Hwy 70 and Co. Rd. A23; our goal is to be on site by 10:00 am. Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 7:50 am to carpool. Plan on heading to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 8:00 am. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00 am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:15 am traveling north on Hwy 395 to Hwy 70 (Quincy turnoff). Just past the town of Beckwourth is the Calpine turnoff (Co. Rd. A23). Turn left, cross over the Bridge and promptly turn left at the end of the bridge, traveling downhill into the parking lot. Contact billh@digitalpath.net (530) 944 3464 or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com 775-331-4485

June 4th 8am to noon - Reno. May Arboretum Society annual plant sale.

June 5th - Plumas County, CA.  Trip to see the vernal pool areas of Sierra Valley. This will be a joint field trip in conjunction with the CNPS Council meeting. The Leader for this trip will be Bill Harnach.  Our goal is to be on site by 10:00 am. Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 7:50 am to carpool to Reno, meeting Reno members at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 9:00 am. We will leave at 9:15 am traveling north on Hwy 395 to Hwy 70 (Quincy turnoff). Just past the town of Beckwourth is the Calpine turnoff (Co. Rd. A23). Turn left, heading south 9.8 miles to Calpine Rd., turn right  travel 1.3 miles to Calpine--turn right onto Hwy 89--left onto Main Street--right on to County Road the Post Office Park will be .2 miles ahead on the left.

Contact Bill Harnach billh@digitalpath.net (530) 944 3464 or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com 775-331-4485

 

June 10th-12th Sunflower Flat, Wild Horse, NV.  Canceled due to injury. Contact Janel for more info.

Sunflower Flat is located in Elko County on the Mountain City Ranger District north of Wild Horse Reservoir. There are several rare plants species found in this area including meadow pussytoes, Owyhee sagebrush, least Phacelia, and Sunflower Flat buckwheat.

There are three camping options and one lodging option.

-Dispersed camping is allowed up to 16 days per site on Forest Service land.  No amenities, no fees, please use pre-existing campsites within 100 feet of a road and more than 100 feet from water.

-The nearest campground is at Big Bend campground, which can accommodate tents and small trailers/campers.  There are pit toilets and picnic tables, no water available, $8 per night. This campground will be our meeting spot and we will leave announcements about our planned activities here.

-Wild Horse State Park is about 35 minutes south at Wild Horse Reservoir. It can accommodate large RVs, offers toilets and showers, and is $14 per night.

-Dunn’s Wild Horse Ranch and Resort is about 45 minutes south and offers rooms, an RV park, restaurant, convenience store, and gas.  Call 775-758-6472 for reservations. More lodging and dining options are available in Mountain City, about an hour west of Big Bend.

The main roads in the area of Sunflower Flat are dirt and gravel, easily navigated by Subarus and mid-clearance vehicles. Some of the side trips may require higher clearance vehicles. A Forest Service District map is highly recommended to reference road numbers for navigation.

Janel will be working in the area from the afternoon of June 9th until the morning of June 12th, check at Big Bend campground for daily activities. Meet at Big Bend Campground at 8 am each morning to discuss sites to visit during the day.

Map Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-f34WXvgPG2Oehnz7o9B4WC14Wg&usp=sharing

Contact Janel Johnson if you have questions: jdjohnson@heritage.nv.gov, 775-684-2911.

June 18th open

June 19th - Peavine Mountain, Reno. Base of Peavine Mountain to see the only known population of Lilium kelleyanumin in NV. Meet at the McDonalds on Lemmon Valley Drive at 10:00. Bring water and lunch. The road is too rough for sedans. Need something with a high clearance. No sedans. Our leader will be Gary Monroe. Contact g.monroe@att.net (775) 359-4863

June 25th open

June 26th open

June 23rd-27th Penstemon Society meeting in Fairmont, MT

July 2nd - Peavine Mountain, Reno.  Trip to summit of Peavine Mountain to see Phlox condensata and numerous other flowers in bloom. With the extra moisture we had this winter we should have a great show on Peavine this season Our leader will be John Weiser. Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 9:00 a.m. to carpool.  Our final meeting place will be at the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot located at 120 Lemmon Drive in North Reno at 10:00 a.m.  After meeting up, we will carpool to Peavine.  The road to the summit is generally a good one and four-wheel drive vehicles should not be required. Contact johnpweiser@yahoo.com  (775) 331 4485

July 3rd-4th Independence Day weekend

July 9th-10th open

July 16th-17th open

July 23rd open

July 24th - Reno. Bioblitz Idelwild Park,  organized by the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

July 30th - Squaw Valley, California 10:40am-2pm/6pm. WILDFLOWER HIKE AT SQUAW VALLEY HIGH CAMP AND OPTIONAL SHIRLEY CANYON TRAIL Joint venture of Tahoe Institute of Natural Science and Nevada Native Plant Society – Public attendance welcome

Trip leader: Tom Schuster (Dipl.-Ing.)

This trip will focus primarily on wildflowers but may also include some observations of birds, insects and mammals. Hopefully we will encounter the following in bloom: Buckwheats, Beardtongues, Jewelflowers, Monkeyflowers, Columbines, Orchids, Monkshoods, Lilies, Lupines, Paintbrushes, Larkspurs, Ferns and many more. This shall be a magnificent day!

Meet at the tram lobby at 10.15am to catch the first tram at 10:40am (Park at the main parking lot of the Village at Squaw Valley). Tram cost: $44; $10 discount for anyone purchasing their ticket at a minimum of 24 hours in advance online directly through the following Squaw’s website:

https://store.squawalpine.com/eStore/Content/Commerce/Products/DisplayProducts.aspx?ProductGroupCode=8&ProductCategoryCode=579

(Please make sure to obtain tickets in time to not jeopardize your ride of the first tram.)

Those traveling from the Reno/Carson area should meet in North West Reno at
the IHOP parking lot at the corner of I-80 and West McCarran at 9:15 a.m. sharp to
carpool – carpool with people with the same interest in trip choice!

Hike details:

First part: Our starting point will be High Camp (Elev.: 8,200’) from where we will hike and explore the gentle trail of the High Camp Loop. Approximately 1.3miles round trip. This part of the hike will be easy to moderate and probably will last 2 hours. This should be lots of fun seeing many flowers without a great effort to get to a high elevation and great views.

Subsequent lunch around High Camp (starting point). Attendees who do not want to / cannot hike down the Shirley Canyon Trail can opt to end their trip at this time, sign out and descend via tram.

Second part: From High Camp we will descend (via a short section of Solitude Trail) the Shirley Canyon Trail. Elev. loss 2,100‘; length 3.6miles. This part of the trip is very well-known for its abundance and diversity of habitats and wildflowers, spectacular granite boulders and waterfalls. However, we will traverse some technical steep granite boulder and rock areas (see below hiking equipment). Assumed duration for this part approximately 4 hours. Since descending is faster/easier than ascending I believe we have more time to focus on wildflowers than breathing. J

Bring sufficient water and food (depending on your choice of parts of trip), sunscreen, good hiking boots (and maybe walking sticks) and your favorite wildflower guide, hand lenses, binoculars and dress appropriately for alpine hiking in general.

I would be thrilled to have you join me on this trip.

Further general information: http://squawalpine.com/

Check our websites before trip date in case of cancellations due to inclement mountain weather!

Trip leader: Tom Schuster (Dipl.-Ing), tom-mail@sbcglobal.net / (775) 247-9312.
Additional contacts: John Weiser, johnpweiser@yahoo.com(775)-331-4485 and T. Will Richardson, Ph.D., will@tinsweb.org, (530)-587-6895.

Aug 6th-7th open

Aug 13th-14th or Aug 20th -21st - Truckee, CA. Trip to Castle Peak to find Lewisia longipetala. Canceled. If you would like to volunteer to lead this trip in Gary's place, please contact John Weiser, johnpweiser@yahoo.com, (775) 331 4485.

Aug 27th - Tahoe City, CA. Barker Pass southwest of Tahoe City. We hope to see Primula suffrutescens, Epilobium canum ssp. Latifolium and Gentiana calycosa.  We will have great vistas of the Desolation  Wilderness to the west and Lake Tahoe to the east. This is a moderate hike on established trails and ridge tops.

Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at7:45 a.m. to carpool.  Our final meeting place will be at the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot located at  5148 Mae Anne Ave, Reno NV.  at 8:30 a.m.   Exit I 80 at the intersection with West Macarran Blvd. turning right.  You will be traveling north toward Mae Anne Ave. You will see the golden arches on the left before you reach the intersection with Mae Anne.  https://goo.gl/maps/88T3foe2sQM2
 The road to the summit of Barker Pass is a good one and four-wheel drive vehicles should not be required. John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com  (775) 331 4485  or Gary Monroe.  g.monroe@att.net (775) 359-4863

Sep. 3rd - 4th open

Sep.9th - 10th open

Sep 17th -18th open

Sep 15th-19th Eriogonum Society Annual Meeting in Baker, CA

 



 

2015 Field Trips

This is a tentative listing of scheduled field trips for the 2015 season. It will be updated as field trip details are finalized or new trips added.

It is suggested that you check this page before the dates of scheduled field trips to see if changes and updates have been posted. We have several dates open if a member wishes to schedule additional field trips feel free to contact John Weiser at to=johnpweiser@yahoo.com" target="_blank">johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485.  

Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, appropriate clothing, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Don’t forget your cameras.

 

 April 18th - Eagle Canyon  Our leaders for this trip will be Gary Monroe and Ray Fletcher We will be exploring sagebrush steppe habitat along Eagle Canyon Road, located to the north west of Spanish Springs. We should see various wildflowers typical of the sagebrush steppe habitat. Calochortus bruneaunis, Balsamorhiza hookeri, various  Lomatiums and spring annuals.  We are especially hoping to see Ivesia webberi (a rare endemic).   

  We will meet at the parking lot of the Albertsons store located at 9750 Pyramid Way at 10:00 a.m. For those traveling up from Carson, meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00am. Head north to Reno, take exit 70A from US-395 on to N McCarran Blvd. Travel east to NV-445 N/Pyramid Way and hang a left turn at the intersection, proceeding north to the rendezvous site. 

Ray Fletcher at plant_man@sbcglobal.net or 775-852-4296 – Gary Monroe at g.monroe@att.net or 775-359-4863

 

 April 24th- 26th – Summit Lake   The Summit Lake Paiute Tribe has asked for our assistance in conducting a sensitive plant survey on seven acres of BLM land just to the south of the reservation, on the lowers entrance to Tollhouse Canyon. We will if surveying the future site of a gravel pit, to be used when Humboldt County and the Tribe reroute a section of Soldier Meadows Rode in order to bypass a degraded section of the existing roadway.

  The Summit Lake Reservation is one of the most remote, pristine areas of Nevada and a hotspot for biodiversity in Nevada. It supports one of only two naturally breeding populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout and prime Greater Sage-grouse habitat.  The Reservation is located about 140 miles north of Fernley on the northwest arm of the Black Rock Desert, a 4.5 hour drive. The Main road from the south into the Summit Lake Reservation is Soldier Meadows Road which passes through Gerlach on its way north.

  This trip will involve a two night stay. We will be staying overnight on the Summit Lake Reservation in a primitive bunk house.  Volunteers will need to bring a sleeping bag, sleeping pad and sheet. The bunk house is heated, and has a place to store food and cook on a small propane stove, plus a microwave. There is no running water however we will have access to additional tribal facilities for water, bathroom etc.  Bring your own food and water for a two day stay. Transportation provided by the Summit Lake Tribe, may also be possible but not confirmed at this time it all depends upon available vehicles and number of participants.

  We will be provided with a list and photos of the sensitive plants we are looking for ahead of the trip.

I will need to provide Emily Gibson the Natural Resources Environmental Specialist in charge of the survey with a list of volunteers so she is can to be sure there is room for everyone. Be sure and contact me by Monday the 20th so I can confirm the number of participants.

  This will be a great chance to build organizational relationships while doing conservation work and best of all,  we will be viewing habitats that few people are invited to visit. Emily will also attempt to take us on a short tour of the reservation Sunday.

  For further information on the Summit Lake Reservation follow this link http://www.summitlaketribe.org/About_Us.html  Contact John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com

 April 26th - Earth Day – NNPS will have a booth at the Reno Earth Day celebration at Idlewild Park.  If you would like to help out, please email Sarah Kulpa at vicepresident@nvnps.org.

 May 2th - open at this time

 May 9th - Peavine Mountain, Our leader for this trip will be Ray Fletcher. We will travel from the base of the east side of Peavine Mountain to the summit. We will pay special attention to species and habitat variation as we travel uphill toward the summit.  Peavine is a special place where Great Basin plant species mingle with those of the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada.  Even after four years of drought, we are sure to find species and habitat of interest and should not be disappointed.

Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 9:00 a.m. to carpool.  Our final meeting place will be at the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot located at 120 Lemmon Drive in North Reno at 10:00 a.m.  Take exit 74 from HWY 395 to Lemmon Drive and take a right into the first shopping center and park in front of the McDonalds.  After meeting up, we will carpool to Peavine.  The road to the summit is generally a good one and four-wheel drive vehicles should not be required. However, there are a few rocks, pot holes and ruts to negotiate en route to the summit.

Contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485  johnpweiser@yahoo.com or Ray Fletcher at 775-852-4296  plant_man@sbcglobal.net , before the trip, if you have any questions.  The day of the trip, I can be reached by cell phone at 775-230-2750.  Hope to see you there!

 May 16th - open at this time

 May23rd - open at this time

 Memorial Day May 25th - Feather River Sierra County - Our Leaders will be Bill and Nancy Harnach we are invited to join in their Annual Memorial Day Plant Foray. They conduct this event for the local public so this will not be a typical NNPS field trip. The plan is to explore the edges of the Feather River as it passes through Sierra Valley. We will meet the group under the bridge at the intersection of Hwy 70 and Co. Rd. A23; our goal is to be on site by 10:00 am.Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 7:50 am to carpool. Plan on heading to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 8:00 am. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00 am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:15 am traveling north on Hwy 395 to Hwy  70 (Quincy turnoff). Just past the town of Beckwourth is the Calpine turnoff (Co. Rd. A23). Turn left, cross over the Bridge and promptly turn left at the end of the bridge, traveling down hill into the parking lot

For further information contact Bill Harnach at 530-944-3464 or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com 775-331-4485 

 May 30th - May Arboretum Plant Sale - will be held from 8am-noon. Additional sale days will be June 1-5, 9am-2:30pm, or until sold out. If you would like to help at the NNPS membership table on Saturday, please email Janel at president@nvnps.org.

 June 6th - Slaughter House Canyon Trail to Prey Meadows - Our leaders will be Charlene Duncan and Gary Monroe.  We will be hiking through a classic Sierra meadow off the east shore of Lake Tahoe.  We will look for Penstemon sp. (beardtongue), Diplacus sp. (formerly Mimulus; monkeyflower), Ceanothus sp. (California lilac or soap bush), and Sidalcea oregana (Oregon checkermallow).  There may still be Sarcodes sanguinea (snow plant) in bloom.  Hiking will be easy and suitable for all age and experience levels. 

We will arrive at Prey Meadows by 10:30 am.  Parking is limited at the trail head, so carpooling is recommended. Those traveling from Reno should meet at the Southwest Pavilion Shopping Center near the pink Scolari's located at 8165 South Virginia Street at 8:45 am. Those traveling from Carson City can meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office on south Carson Street at 9:30 am.  From there, we will drive up Hwy 50 towards Lake Tahoe.  At the intersection with Hwy 28, we will turn right and proceed north about 2.25 miles to an access gate for Skunk Harbor/Prey Meadows.  Make sure to bring lunch, water, and insect repellent.  

For further information contact Charlene Duncan at 775-530-7458 (cell), cirsium.down@gmail.com or Gary Monroe at 775-359-4863 (home), g.monroe@att.net

June 13th - Lemmon Canyon Ranch, Sierra Valley. Our leaders for this trip will be Nancy and Bill Harnach.  The property is a botanically historic spot. We will be meeting the Harnach's at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Lemon Canyon Road on the east edge of Sierraville (Sierra Hot Springs turnoff)Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 7:50 am to carpool. Plan on heading to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 8:00 am. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00 am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:10 traveling north on Hwy 395 to Hwy 70 (Quincy turnoff). Turn right on to Hwy 49  and drive south 23 miles toward Sierraville. 

For further information contact Bill Harnach at 530-944-3464 or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com 775-331-4485 

 June 21st - Madora Lake – Madora Lake, Plumas Co., CA. Those travelling from Carson City should meet at the Save Mart Shopping Center at 3620 North Carson Street at 8:00 am. Those travelling from Reno should meet at the McDonalds at US 395 and Lemmon Drive at 8:45. The third meeting place is in the parking lot on the north side of the Junction of CA 70 and CA 89 just north of Graeagle at 10:00. This will be an easy 1.9 mile walk on nearly level ground. Bring water, lunch and insect repellent. The roads are suitable for standard sedans. After the hike, join us for ice cream in Graeagle at Buckaroo Chocolates.

Leader: Gary Monroe Call (775) 359-4863 (home),  (775) 276-3441 (cell) or email g.monroe@att.net

 June 27th - Carson Pass Trail - Canceled due to smoke from the Washington Fire – Our leaders will be John Weiser and Ray Fletcher. The purpose of this trip is to scout for populations of high elevation Eriogonum species along the trail for the co-hosted Eriogonum Society- Nevada Native Plant Society convention in Reno from July 24-July 27th. 
 
There will be much much more to see since this trail is considered to be one of the premiere wildflower hikes in the Northern Sierra. The trail from Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake is approximately 4.5 miles round trip and gains 500 feet of elevation. There is a $5 day use fee for each vehicle at Carson Pass parking lot. Fee waived for Inter-agency Pass and El Dorado NF Annual Pass holders.
For those leaving from Reno meet at the Doughboy’s Donuts shop located in the South Town Shopping Center at 57 Damonte Ranch Parkway by 7:50 am. We will depart at 8:00 am and to link up with the Carson area members at the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street by 8:45 am. Our goal is to be at the Carson Pass Visitors Center by 10:00 am. (Car pooling is recommended since parking is at a premium)
We will see E. umbellatum var. nevadense and E. incanum along the trail. At the scree beds on the north shore Frog Lake you will come across nice mats of E. ovalifolium var. nivale. Other plants in the area include Cassiope mertensiana, Kalmia polifolia, Phyllodoce breweri, Lupinus polyphyllus ssp.superbus, Frasera speciosa, Castilleja linariifolia, Castilleja nana, Veratrum californicum,  Erythranthe guttatus, Mertensia ciliata, Micranthes bryophora, Dodecatheon alpinum, Caltha leptosepala, Salix arctica, Micranthes aprica, Ranunculus eschscholtzii,  Primula suffrutescens, Lupinus breweri, Delphinium depaupertum, Epilobium obcordatumo, Aquilegia formosa, Lewisia nevadensis, Ipomopsis aggregata, Ipomopsis tenuituba and many others not listed.
Contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485 johnpweiser@yahoo.com or Ray Fletcher at 775-852-4296 plant_man@sbcglobal.net , before the trip, if you have any questions.  The day of the trip, Ray can be reached by cell phone at 775-230-2750.  Hope to see you there!

  (For information about the convention mentioned above go to www.eriogonum.org  or see July 24th - 27th.

 July 4th – No trip this weekend

 July 10th - July13th - Penstemon Society Annual Meeting in Chico CA. (We can still schedule a trip for those who are not involved with this organization.)

 July 18th - open at this time

 July 24th - July27th  - Eriogonum Society Annual Meeting co hosted by the Nevada Native Plant Society. This will be a series of field trips and social activities conducted in the Reno area in conjunction with the Eriogonum Society.  The event is open to Eriogonum Society and Nevada Native Plant Society members only. This is a unique opportunity to meet plant enthusiasts from around the country and learn about the many Eriogonum species inhabiting the region.

Visit the following link to learn more about the agenda, fieldtrips and registration. http://www.eriogonum.org/ and click on the Annual Meeting tab. You can register as an active member of the Nevada Native Plant Society.

We highly encourage you to consider attending; it will be educational as well as fun. (You will see many familiar faces involved in the planning and execution of this function. We currently have about thirteen members of NNPS who also belong to the Eriogonum Society)

 August 1st - open at this time

 August 8th open at this time

 August 15th open at this time

 August 22nd open at this time

 August 29th open at this time

2014 Field Trips

Please contact John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485 if you should have any questions.

 

Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, appropriate clothing, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

 

April 12th    Washoe Lake and surrounding area. Leader will be Charlene Duncan.  We will be exploring a BLM allotment on the north west  side of Lake Washoe that at one time was known as Winter’s Ranch. Winter’s is the BLM rangeland between Washoe City and Little Washoe Lake. Parking is along the side of a residential road, thus at a premium. We will plan to start our field trip by 10:00 am.

For those traveling from the Reno area Take 395/580 South to Damonte Ranch exit and meet at Doughboys (super doughnuts) in Spring Creek Shopping Center to carpool by 9:45am. Proceed south on Old 395/South Virginia past Eastlake to bottom of Washoe Hill (approx.. 6 miles). Turn east on North Washoe Drive just past the old gas station, turn right at T and follow around to right. For those traveling from Carson city meet at U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City) by 9:45 am. Proceed North on 580 to Winter’s exit ( #50), continue north turn right onto Old Ophir just past Winter’s Ranch house. Bear to left along fence to north access gate.

Brown’s Creek is running high with some inundation, so boots are a good idea. If things are not as far along as this time last year, we can find some other areas near by that should be  interesting after the Washoe Fire.

  Call or Email Charlene Duncan  PH# 530-7458. Email cirsium.down@gmail.com.  John Weiser PH# 331 4485 Email johnpweiser@yahoo.com   

   

May 2nd-4th   Overnight trip to Big Smoky Valley.

The leader for this trip will be John Dyer. Big Smoky Valley is located in central Nevada. The valley is about one hundred miles long and stretches through Esmeralda, Nye, and Lander counties. Our destination is toward the southern end of the valley about a 4.5 hour drive from the Carson City/Reno area, a distance of 240 miles. 

We will be traveling on Friday morning then have a short field trip Friday afternoon, when we arrive. Later in the afternoon we will get settled in our arranged accommodations. Saturday and Sunday, we will resume our field trips finishing around 1:00pm, returning home. 

Members should plan to meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office either in Carson City (1536 South Carson Street) or the Sparks Marina Park (300 Howard Drive, in the parking lot on the west side of the park, next to the offices and playground) by 8:00 am on Friday the 4th. We will join up at Fox Peak Station 615 East Williams Ave. Fallon at 9:00am. We will travel east from Fallon on Highway 50 to Austin meeting John at the Toiyabe Cafe around noon. Travel time: 3.5 hours to Austin. After our lunch break and afternoon field trip we will travel south on Highway 376 to the Hadley/Carvers area.  
Housing: John has 1 extra furnished rooms and a fold out couch (3 to 4 people) plus a lot of floor space. Call or Email John at John.Dyer@Kinross.com  or moondog@gbis.com, Ph# office 775-377-3250, cell 775-313-4061, cell 775-420-2197 to reserve space.

Alternate accommodations can be arranged at the Jumping Jack Motel in Carvers(775-377-2566) There are also motels in Austin, 60 miles to the north west and 55 miles south in Tonopah. 
If you prefer to camp there are several camping sites in the area. Pine Creek on the east side of Jefferson Peak, Monitor Valley (est. 40 miles); Kingston (est. 30 miles); Peavine campground (est. 25 miles). If you wish to camp, let John know and he may be able to find out information on cost and facilities. 
Services: In the Hadley/Carvers area are two gas/diesel stations with small mini marts and sandwich counters; one bar that serves pizza; one BBQ restaurant: and a decent grocery store. 
The dominant features of the area include, the Arc Dome Wilderness in the southern Toiyabe Range, Jefferson Peak in the southern Toquima Range, the Round Mountain Gold Mine, and several hot springs.  Destinations will depend on what is in flower and may be adjusted accordingly. (High clearance vehicles suggested). 
For further information contact John Dyer at John.Dyer@Kinross.com or 
moondg@gbis.com or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com.

 May 9th – 11th  Cactus and Succulent Expedition to the Tonopah and Silver Springs areas. We hope to see Cylindropuntia echinocarpa, Cylindropuntia ramosissima, Echinocereus coccineus, Echinocereus engelmannii, Escobaria vivipara, Opuntia basilaris, Opuntia erinacea, Grusonia pulchella, and Yucca brevifolia in bloom.

Meet at the Forest Service office (next to Scolaris) at 8am on Saturday morning.  We will drive to Silver Peak, then Goldfield, then back to Tonopah, making several stops along the way to look for cacti.  Sunday we will drive up Big Smoky Valley to visit a couple more sites on our way home.

Early May weather in Tonopah can vary from hot and windy to cold and windy with a possibility of thunderstorms.  Watch the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing and gear.

Janel Johnson and Sarah Kulpa will be our leaders for this trip. Email Janel at president@nvnps.org or Sarah at smkulpa@gmail.com.

May 16th-18th  American Penstemon Society Meeting in Zion, UT. It is still possible to schedule a trip during this week end.  

May 24th Geiger Grade /Six Mile Canyon Our leader will be Gary Monroe Call or Email 775-359-4863 g.monroe@att.net.  Carson City residents meet at the Forest Service office at 8:15 am.  Reno residents meet at the Pink Scolaris on South Virginia at 9:00 am.  Second meeting place is at Nik-N-Willies Deli on the Geiger Grade Road at 9:15 am.  Roads are suitable for regular automobiles.  We will be making stops on Geiger Grade to look at Eriogonum robustum and whatever else we can find.  I have seen Mimulus ovatus (Diplacus ovatus) on the hill. There is both Pinus ponderosa and Pinus jefferyi here.  We will drive to Virginia City and turn on the Six Mile Canyon Road. The road ends at Dayton.

May 31st Open at this time.

June 7th May Arboretum Plant Sale, 8am to noon.  Please consider volunteering to staff the NNPS table for a hour or two.

June 7th Long Valley Treasure Hunt.  Our leaders are Nancy and Bill Harnach.  This field trip will be a treasure hunt of sorts. We will be visiting a site with a historical survey of plants on record. Our goal will be to see how many species still inhabit this site. It will be interesting to see how the plant community has changed with the passage of time. Those traveling from the Carson Area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00 am. Meet the Reno members at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 9:45 am. We will continue on to meet our leaders Nancy and Bill Harnach at Hallelujah Junction by 10:00 am. Call or Email 530-994-3464 billh@psln.com.

June 14th SAGEHEN CREEK – MASON FEN

When: Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 8:00AM
Where: Locked gate leading to Sagehen Creek Field Station
Trip duration: Four hours with the option for additional exploration until 4:00PM
Leader: Tom Schuster
Bring: Lunch, water, sun screen, hat, insect repellent. Expect muddy conditions.

On this trip we will voyage to the Mason Fen along Sagehen Creek, about 8 miles north of Truckee. Be sure to wear footgear appropriate for the boggy ground and bring sun screen, a hat, water, hand lenses, photo equipment, field guides, and, most importantly, insect repellant!

The moist environment of Mason Fen is host to Drosera, Mimulus, Gentianaceae, and Orchidaceae, to name just a few. To avoid trampling the fen’s gems, we will proceed in a careful, organized fashion. Many thanks to Jeff Brown of the research station who has graciously agreed to provide one of his staff members as an interpretive guide.

We will have lunch during the trip. The field station offers public restrooms.

For more information on Mason Fen and preview of what to expect, visit sagehen.ucnrs.org.

CARPOOLING
When: 7:00AM
Where: Meet in the Walmart parking lot near Doughboy Donuts at Damonte Ranch Parkway  and South Virginia Street in Reno

DIRECTIONS

The Field Station is located 8 miles due North of Truckee, California at 6,400 feet in elevation. A map is available here.

·         From I-80 take the Highway 89 north exit towards Sierraville (east of Truckee).
·         Travel about 8.4 miles. Turn left onto dirt Forest Service road (unmarked, there is a brown, two car garage on the west side of the highway just north of the dirt road).
·         The dirt road splits after 150 yards. Go straight ahead (you will see a yellow sign that says “Road Closed 500 feet” - this is the correct road).
·         Travel approximately 500 feet to the locked access gate (this is the last place you’ll have cell service!).
·         Once the group assembles, we’ll unlock the gate and drive about 1.8 miles to the Field Station and part in the lot on the left. 

No reservations required, just come and enjoy!

QUESTIONS

Tom Schuster: tom-mail@sbcglobal.net  775-690-2953
John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com  775-331-4485

 

June 20th-22nd Eriogonum Society Meeting, Twin Falls, ID It is still possible to schedule a trip during this week end.  

June 28th Madora Lake, Plumas Co., CA.
Those travelling from Carson City should meet at the Forest Service Office at 8:00. Those travelling from Reno should meet at the McDonalds at US 395 and Lemmon Drive at 8:45. The third meeting place is in the parking lot on the north side of the Junction of CA 70 and CA 89 just north of Graeagle at 10:00. This will be an easy 1.9 mile walk on nearly level ground. Bring water, lunch and insect repellent. The roads are suitable for standard sedans. (Please note: whenever I lead a trip in this area, we always have thunderstorms, so be warned.) Leader: Gary Monroe Call (775) 359-4863 or email g.monroe@att.net

July 5th  Open at this time.

July 12th Grass Lake Meadow, El Dorado County, Ca.  Our leader will be Tom Schuster. Call or Email 690-2953 tom-mail@sbcglobal.net

      Grass Lake Flora and Fauna Trip      When: Saturday, July 12th, 2014, 8:00AM
Where: Grass Lake (Luther Pass)
Trip duration: 4 hours with the option for additional exploration until 3:00pm upon interest
Leader: Tom Schuster (Dipl.Ing.) / T. Will Richardson, Ph.D.
Bring: Lunch, water, sun screen, hat, insect repellent; field guides, hand lenses, photo equipment, binoculars, butterfly net, etc. Expect wet/muddy conditions (up to knees!)– need flip-flops/sandals/sneakers (wet feet) or waders (dry feet).

For this outstanding trip we will voyage to Grass Lake (at Luther Pass), about 7-8 miles south of Lake Tahoe (Ca). Similar to my trip to Osgood Swamp in 2012 I have again invited T. Will Richardson, Ph.D., co-founder of TINS, to partner up with us to enjoy a more complete understanding of the entire ecosystem. Consequently, our targets are not only wildflowers but also butterflies and dragonflies, maybe even amphibians, reptiles and birds.
This Sphagnum bog-montane meadow complex is dominated by sedge (carex limosa) and buckbean (menyanthes trifoliata) supporting a myriad of wildlife. Some especially interesting floristic families we will be searching for: Sphagnaceae, Rosaceae, Gentianaceae, Lentibulariaceae, Droseraceae, Orchidaceae.
 We will have lunch during the trip. Nearest restroom facilities in Hope Valley.
For more information google/download the “Establishment Record for Grass Lake Research Natural Area” of the United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service.
 
CARPOOLING
Reno:
When: 6.30am
Where: Meet in the Walmart parking lot near Doughboy Donuts at Damonte Ranch Parkway  and South Virginia Street in Reno.
Carson City:
When: 7.15am
Where: Meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City).
 
DIRECTIONS
From Reno:
Drive Hwy US-395 south; at the beginning of Minden turn right at NV-88; in Hope Valley turn right on CA-89; drive 4.5 miles and park at large gravel pull out on left (west end of Grass Lake), do not block the gate.
From Lake Tahoe:
From the intersection of Hwy 50 and 89 in South Lake Tahoe go south on 89 for 4.8 miles, turn left to stay on CA-89 (signs for Markleville/Jackson/Ca 88) for 6.6 miles; park at large gravel pull out on right (west end of Grass Lake), do not block gate.
No reservations required, just come and enjoy!
QUESTIONS
Tom Schuster(Dipl.Ing.): tom-mail@sbcglobal.net  775-690-2953
John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com  775-331-4485
T. Will Richardson, Ph.D.: will@tinsweb.org 530-587-6895
 

July 19th Castle Peak Flora and Fauna Trip, Nevada County, Ca

When: Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 6:00AM
Where: Castle Peak (west of Donner Summit)
Trip duration/difficulty: 12 hours; difficult, 10miles; elevation change 2,200ft (start at 7,200ft, peak 9,100ft).
Leader: Tom Schuster (Dipl.Ing.)
Bring: Lunch, snacks, water (I suggest minimum 1gallon), sun screen, hat, insect repellent; field guides, hand lenses, photo equipment, binoculars, butterfly net, etc. Expect occasionally gravelly/sandy/loose path conditions! Appropriate footwear! Clothing for any weather!

For this outstanding trip to one of north Tahoe’s highest summits in a mostly volcanic rock surrounding we will have expansive views (weather permitting) and try to capture the life on the summit: subalpine and alpine plant communities with side focus on butterflies, reptiles and birds. Due to the nature of this trip’s circumstances hike shall be fairly direct to summit without much botanizing, maximize time as much as possible at summit and return down. If time allows on way back/down frequent stops for certain species are welcome. Upon reaching the summit I will present one of my poems dedicated to the plants at the summit.
We will have lunch on the summit. Snacks and breaks throughout trip upon demand.
Option: Participants who would like to join but cannot/do not desire to hike up to the summit are welcome, too. Just notify me you are leaving and sign off.   
CARPOOLING
South Reno:
When: 5.10am sharp
Where: Meet in the Walmart parking lot near Doughboy Donuts at Damonte Ranch Parkway and South Virginia Street in Reno.
North Reno:
When: 5.30am sharp
Where: Meet at the Starbucks Coffee Shop on Sierra Highlands Drive (north-east corner McCarran/I-80).
 
DIRECTIONS
From Reno:
Drive Hwy US-395 north; take I-80 west; exit Castle Peak / Boreal Ridge; from the north side of the highway, drive 0.2 miles northeast up a paved road, then briefly north on a dirt tread to a turnaround spot. That is the meeting place.
Reservations required, please contact Tom. Then just come and enjoy!
QUESTIONS
Tom Schuster(Dipl.Ing.): tom-mail@sbcglobal.net  775-690-2953
John Weiser: johnpweiser@yahoo.com
775-331-4485

July 26th Open at this time.

Aug 2nd Open at this time.

Aug 9th Slide Mountain-  Come visit the high elevation scree beds of Slide Mountain. We will see four species of penstemon, four species of eriogonum,  two draba species, and a host of other very choice high elevation plants. To view photos of some of the plants we will encounter follow this link.

The hike will follow the service road just east of the Mount Rose Pass parking area. We will be taking a leisurely hike, of 1.5 miles, with stops as needed along the way. Our gain in elevation will be 790' with a final elevation of about 9,650'. Bring your lunch and we will picnic at the top. There are outstanding views of Lake Tahoe, the Virginia Range, Mount Rose, the Carson Range, and to the south the Northern Sierras. Get bird's eye views of Washoe Valley, Pleasant Valley, Truckee Meadows, Tahoe Meadows, and the Steamboat Hot springs. 
We will meet at the Galena Creek Visitor Center at 9:00 am to carpool up to the pass. (From the intersection of I 395 and Mount Rose Hwy. travel west approximately 5.5 miles. The visiter Center will be on the right.)Those who wish to meet us at the Mount Rose Pass parking lot should plan on our arriving by 9:30 am
For further information contact John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com or call 775-331-4485
 

Aug 16th Little Washoe Lake mud flats. Come explore the unique riparian flora that finds a foothold along the receding shorelines of Little Washoe Lake.

Last year we explored the flats along the western shore of Washoe Lake.  We continue this endeavor toward the north, at Little Washoe Lake. In late summer these rich exposed mud flats support large populations of moisture dependant plants communities. We do not often have the opportunity to visit these environments. I encourage you to join our leader Charlene Duncan

 Reno members should meet at Doughboys in the Spring Creek Shopping Center on Damonte Ranch Parkway by 8:00am. We’ll go to Little Washoe State Park  by way of Old 395 to Eastlake at top of Washoe Hill (north end of the valley) and meet in the parking lot by Little Washoe Lake. For those traveling from Carson City meet at U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City) by 8:00am. Proceed North on 580 to Winter’s exit ( #50), continue north on Old 395  to Eastlake, turn right into in the parking lot by Little Washoe Lake. We’ll go from there to the wetlands.   Bug spray is highly suggested! Don't forget water and lunch.

 Call or Email Charlene Duncan  PH# 530-7458. Email cirsium.down@gmail.com.

2013 Field Trips

It is suggested that you check this page before the dates of scheduled field trips to see if changes and updates have been posted. We have several dates open if a member wishes to schedule additional field trips. Please contact John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485.  

Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, appropriate clothing, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. 

    
May 4th - 5th ♦ Overnight trip to Big Smoky Valley. 
The leader for this trip will be John Dyer. Big Smoky Valley is located in central Nevada. The valley is about one hundred miles long and stretches through Esmeralda, Nye, and Lander counties. Our destination is toward the southern end of the valley about a 4.5 hour drive from the Carson City/Reno area, a distance of 240 miles. 

We will be traveling on Saturday morning then have a short field trip Saturday afternoon, when we arrive. Later in the afternoon we will get settled in our arranged accommodations and Sunday morning resume our field trips finishing around 2:00pm or 3:00pm, returning home. 
Members should plan to meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office either in Carson City (1536 South Carson Street) or the Sparks Marina Park (300 Howard Drive, in the parking lot on the west side of the park, next to the offices and playground) by 8:00 am on Saturday the 4th. We will meet at the Raley’s parking lot on West Williams Ave (Highway 50) in Fallon at 9:00. We will travel east from Fallon on Highway 50 through Austin, then south on Highway 376 to the Hadley/Carvers area. We will meet our group leader at the intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwy 376. 
Travel time: 4.5 hours. 
Housing: John has 2 extra furnished rooms and a fold out couch (3 to 6 people) plus floor space. Call or Email John at John.Dyer@Kinross.com or moondog@gbis.com, Ph# office 775-377-3250, cell 775-313-4061, cell 775-420-2197 to reserve space. Alternate accommodations can be arranged at the Jumping Jack Motel in Carvers (775-377-2566
There are also motels in Austin, 60 miles to the north west and 55 miles south in Tonopah. 
If you prefer to camp there are several camping sites in the area. Pine Creek on the east side of Jefferson Peak, Monitor Valley (est. 40 miles); Kingston (est. 30 miles); Peavine campground (est. 25 miles). If you wish to camp, let John know and he may be able to find out information on cost and facilities. 
Services: In the Hadley/Carvers area are two gas/diesel stations with small mini marts and sandwich counters; one bar that serves pizza; one BBQ restaurant: and a decent grocery store. 
The dominant features of the area include, the Arc Dome Wilderness in the southern Toiyabe Range, Jefferson Peak in the southern Toquima Range, the Round Mountain Gold Mine, and several hot springs. 
We will be exploring habitats near the southern portion of the valley near the towns of Hadley and Carvers. Destinations will depend on what is in flower and may be adjusted accordingly. It is possible that we may explore areas in the north portion of the valley Saturday afternoon when we arrive. (High clearance vehicles suggested). 
 
For further information contact John Dyer at John.Dyer@Kinross.com or moondg@gbis.com or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com.
  
May 11th ♦ Timberline Drive 
Our leader for this field trip will be Ray Fletcher. We will be exploring sagebrush steppe habitat along the eastern foothills of the Carson Range. We should see various wildflowers typical of the habitat in bloom.  We are especially hoping to see the Eriogonum caespitosum in bloom.  There are several very large plants in this population. 

For those traveling up from Carson, meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00am. Head north to Reno, exit at the Mount Rose Highway heading west to Timberline Dr.  Turn right onto Timberline Dr. heading north. (Note Timberline Drive is at the base of the long slope just before you get to the wooded areas around the Galena Creek neighborhood where the highway narrows to two way traffic.) Go past Whites Creek which is about halfway down Timberline Dr. and follow Timberline to the bridge that crosses Thomas Creek.  Cross the bridge and take the right fork of the dirt road approximately 0.1 mile to the paved parking lot at the Thomas Creek Trailhead.  That is where we will meet at 10:00am(Note the left fork in the road after the Thomas Creek Bridge is a National Forest Service Road so be sure and take the right fork) 
For further information contact Ray Fletcher at plant_man@sbcglobal.net or 775-852-4296 
John Weiser  johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485 
 
 
May 18th  Open at this time 
 
 
May 25th  Carson River – Hope Valley – National Wildflower Week
Our leader for this trip will be Janel Johnson.  Meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City) by 10:00 am.  We will drive up to Hope Valley, stopping along the way in the Carson River canyon above Woodford’s Station on the way. Early wet meadow plants including shooting stars and buttercups should be blooming by late May. 

  
June 1st ♦ Plant sale at the Wilbur D May Arboretum  NNPS will have a table at the sale.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Pat Neyman at pf41n@yahoo.com
 
June 8th  Dog Valley 
Our leader for this field trip will be John Weiser. Located at the western base of Peavine Mountain, Dog Valley supports an interesting blend of three environments: Wet meadow, sagebrush steppe and Jeffery Pine forest. The valley supports one of the last stands of the rare Ivesia aperta var. canina and Ivesia webberi. We will be exploring the interface were the three environments meet and should find many and varied species in a reasonably small area. Those traveling from the Carson Area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street, Carson City) by 9:00 am. Meet at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by10:00am. We will drive north to Bordertown and take Exit 83 to Long Valley Road that links up with Forest Service road# 002 southwest to Dog Valley.

Here is a web link with a general map of the route we will be taking we will be traveling on Forest Service road #002.  http://www.oiccam.com/reno/gps/peavine/pv_overview.html (No high clearance vehicles required but it is suggested). Be sure to wear footgear appropriate for wet conditions since we will be walking across riparian areas. 
For further information contact John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com o775-331-4485.  

 

June 9th  Native Species Day at Taylor Creek Visitor Center, South Lake Tahoe.  NNPS will have booth at this event.  If you would like to volunteer to help at the booth, please contact Cheryl Beyer at ltbmu.botanist.cherylbeyer@gmail.com.

  
June 22nd  Long Valley, Lassen County 
Our leader for this trip will be Marco Sandi. On this field trip we will be exploring meadows at the boundary of sagebrush steppe and conifer forest mixed with groves black oak.
The meadows are located on the Anderson Ranch which borders the Plumas National Forest. We will be parking in ranch house driveway and exploring the meadows on foot. The trail is an easy loop with minor incline. High clearance and four wheel drive vehicles are not required for this trip. The road to the ranch is a five mile drive on a level gravel road.
Those traveling from the Carson Area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00 am. Meet at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 9:45 am. We will continue on to meet our leader Marco at Hallelujah Junction by 10:00 am.
For further information contact Marco Sandi at mvsandi@gmail.com or 530-827-3328  John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485

 

June 29th ♦ Summit of Peavine Mountain 
Our leader for this trip will be John Weiser. We will be exploring the scree and talus slopes that cap the summit of this high desert mountain. It is hoped that we will see the mats of Phlox covillei blooming with Astragalus purshii, Astragalus whitneyi var. lenophyllus, Phacelia linearis, Lewisia rediviva var. minor and Castilleja chromosa to name but a handful. 

Those traveling from the Carson Area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City by 9:00 am. Meet at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 10:00am.

The road up to the top of Peavine is in fair shape. The first mile or so is rather bumpy due to exposed basalt rubble in the road bed. Once we are past this section the road is good all the way to the top. (High clearance vehicles are not required but be aware of the bumpy conditions on the first leg of the drive.) We may make a few stops along the way to the top depending upon what is in bloom.

For further information contact John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com or 775-331-4485

 

July 6th  Open at this time

July 13th  Open at this time 

July 20th ♦ Granite Chief Trail in Shirley Canyon 
Our leader with be Gary Monroe. The Granite Chief Trail meanders uphill through Shirley Canyon in Tahoe National Forest. The trail treats hikers to waterfalls, creeks, wildflower fields and mountain lakes. Details on this trip will be posted as they become available.  

July 20th ♦ Moth Night at Washoe Lake State Park
Janel will give a short presentation on moths and then we will observe some of our native nocturnal pollinators at lure stations. Entrance fee will be charged so carpooling is recommended. We will start at 8:30pm in the hang glider landing area near the Main Entrance, check the state parks website (parks.nv.gov) for more details.

July 20th - 28th ♦ GLORIA project in the White Mountains by the California GLORIA Project.  Click here for flyer. 

July 27th  Lacey Valley, Webber Lake Area 
We will be exploring a variety of habitats around Webber Lake located in south central Sierra County. One plant we will endeavor to see is Eriogonum umbellatum var. torreyanum, the Donner Pass Sulphur Buckwheat. Those leaving from Carson City should meet at The U.S. Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street) by 8:00 and head to Truckee. Those coming from Reno should meet at the Lab at 920 Valley Rd by 8:15 and head for Truckee. We will meet up at the Truckee Community Recreation Center at about 9:00 and continue on to the intersection of  Hwy 89 and Jackson Meadows Road. We will meet The Harnachs at about 9:30 in the parking lot for the turnoff to Webber Lake -Jackson Lake on Hwy 89 (Little Truckee Summit) approx 14 miles north of the Sierraville turnoff on I80. Standard vehicles will be fine for this trip. Here are several Google Maps to help with navigation.

http://goo.gl/maps/zJnGb
http://goo.gl/maps/rMrKc
http://goo.gl/maps/1AcCn
For further information you may contact Nancy and Bill Harnach at 530-994-3464 or John Weiser 775-331-4485

August 3rd  Donner Pass Road south 
Our leader for this trip will be Gary Monroe. 
Bring water, lunch, suntan lotion and insect repellent. There is always the possibility of thunderstorms.

Carson City residents should meet at the Forest Service office at 8:30 am (take Highway 28 around the lake). Reno residents meet at the McDonalds at Mae Ann and West McCarran at 9:00am. We will meet at the Pacific Crest Trailhead at 10:00 am. To reach the trailhead, you can take the Donner Lake exit and drive along the North side of the lake. At the top of the grade is the Alpine Skills Institute. Turn left and drive about ¼ mile to the trailhead. You can also drive the Interstate to exit 174 and turn left. Drive through Norden and pass the ski areas. If you see Donner Lake you have gone too far. Turn right just before the Alpine Skills Institute and go about ¼ mile to the trailhead.
 
The hike is fairly steep after the first part through the trees but there will be switchbacks. We will find moist area plants among the trees. After we leave the trees, we should find five species of Penstemon. Hopefully, we will find Keckelia lemmonii. We will start at an elevation of about 7,000 feet . Elevation gain is about 600 feet in about 1 ½ mile.  My plan is to hike until about noon, eat lunch and take our time coming down. 
 

August 9th - 12th ♦ Overnight trip to Great Basin National Park

Contact person for this trip is Janel Johnson. This trip is planned to coincide with the GLORIA (GLobal Observation Research Initiative in Alpine environments) plot monitoring in the park.  Great Basin NP is home to the endemic alpine plants Eriogonum holmgrenii and Arenaria congesta var. wheelerensis as well as Great Basin bristlecone pine and several rare plants that are endemic to the Great Basin region. Planned activities are to visit some of the trails at various elevations in the park and some rare plant sites.  Tours of Lehman cave are also available.  Please visit the park’s website for more information. www.nps.gov/grba

We currently do not have enough participants to reserve the group campground or hire a camp cook, so camping will be on your own. We need 5 more people to be able to reserve the group camp area. There are also motels, rental cabins, and restaurants in Baker. If you are interested in joining the trip, please email Janel and specify whether you plan to camp or stay elsewhere. 

August 17th  open at this time 

August 24th  Washoe Lake. Meet at 8:30 at the paved parking lot on the east side of the Bellvue exit on highway 395 in Washoe Valley. We will be examining the mud flats that are exposed as the lake level recedes. We hope to see, among others, Crypsis alopecuroides, Bergia texana, Cyperus squarrosus, and of course the plant that turns the mudflats yellow, Camissonia tanacetifolia. Leader Arnold Tiehm, 775-329-1645.

August 31st  open at this time

 

2013 Southern Nevada Field Trips
 
Field trips organized by the Southern Nevada group will be held the third Saturday of every month, beginning March 16, 2013.
 
March 16, 2013 - Nelson's Landing - for meeting location and time, contact Jim Boone.

 

2012 Field Trips

May 12 Silver Saddle Ranch/Prison Hill on the eastern outskirts of Carson City.

     Take 5th street east from downtown to Carson River Road (the first right after the roundabout at Fairview) and follow that down to Silver Saddle Ranch (marked by a large brown sign on the right hand side.) Follow the one-way drive around to the group of barns and park in the designated areas. Meet at 10am. We will follow trails through some washes and sandy areas and then climb up the east side of Prison Hill. Expect to see a variety of annuals and blooming shrubs; herbaceous perennials will probably not be blooming this early. Leader Janel Johnson (775) 684-2911.

May 19 Mormon Station State Park Located in Genoa,NV. - Leader janel Johnson

    This will be a work day to help the staff of two get the grounds spruced up for the summer season. The park is in the middle of Genoa at the NE corner of the main intersection. It can be accessed from 395 either from Jack's Valley Road or Genoa Lane. Meet near the entrance to the stockade in front of the museum at 10am. Snacks will be provided but you may want to pack a more substantial lunch. Please wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen, gloves and knee pads are also recommended. We will be transplanting some flowers, pruning shrubs, and sprucing up the garden in the stockade where events are held.
    We will have a plant swap in the parking area during lunch, please label plants and seeds. Janel will also take plant donations for the May Arboretum Plant Sale.
    Leader Janel Johnson(775) 684-2911.

May 26 The Red Rock area located north of Cold Springs and Hallelujah Junction on the Hwy 395 corridor. - Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach

    On this trip we will be botanizing the area around the colorful rock and soil formations found in this area. We will be staying in the immediate area and may have to do a short hike to the formations since the fenced access gate to the area was closed as of a month ago. Bring a lunch, water, warm jacket, gloves and head gear, due to our ever changing spring weather. For the adventurous hikers that may wish to climb up the formations I would suggest appropriate hiking gear such as walking sticks and good boots etc.
    Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, in Carson City at 7:50am to car pool. Plan on heading to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 8:00am. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:15 hooking up with our leaders at Hallelujah Junction.
    For further information you can contact Nancy or Bill Harnach at 530-994-3464 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485, any time after 5:00pm.

June 2 no trip planned as this is the date for the plant sale at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Reno.

June 9 Trip to the Lake Basin area of Sierra County, CA - Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach

    We will be stopping at several locations in the hope of finding, Erythronium, Claytonia and Penstemon in bloom. Two sights on our list are Fern Falls and Frazer Falls. The hikes should be easy and the roads paved for all but a short well maintained gravel section on the way to Frazer Falls. No requirement for high clearance vehicles.
    Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the U.S. Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street, in Carson City at 7:50am to car pool. Plan on heading to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 8:00am. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:15am going north on Hwy 395 to Hallelujah Junction then turn West on CA Hwy 70 for about thirty miles to the intersection of CA Hwy 70 and CA Hwy 89. The signs should read Blairsden-Graeagle. We will meet the Harnachs at the Park and Ride lot located just North of the intersection. Our hope is to be at the final meeting site at 10:00am.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact Nancy or Bill at 530-994-3464 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm.

June 16 Ivesia survey in the Pinenut Mountains Polyctenium Survey in the Virgina Range

DUE TO RECENT FIRES THIS TRIP LOCATION HAS CHANGED.

    For this trip we will be working as volunteers for BLM,Carson District botanist Dean Tonenna helping him with a field survey of Polyctenium. Dean will not be present due to a prior commitment but he will have his interns give us guidance. We will meet at the parking lot for Little Washoe Lake (on Eastlake Blvd. near the northern junction with 395) at 9:00 am.  The road requires 4WD vehicles and there will be extra seats available in BLM vehicles.
    We will be looking for Polyctenium williamsii in small playas in the Virginia Range.  There will be some hiking to access the playas that are not near the road.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm.

June 23 Trip to Wilson Canyon to look at Eriogonum alexanderae - Leader John Weiser

    Wilson Canyon is a gorge cut by the west fork of the Walker River through a series of volcanic cliffs. The canyon is located 13 miles west of Yerington, along NV Route 208 in Lyon County. It is managed by the BLM. The main purpose of this trip is to find Eriogonum alexanderae habitat on the volcanic ash deposits of the area. We will also explore the riparian habitat along the river.
    The hikes will be short but rather steep on lose soils to see the Eriogonum. Roads are paved so there is no requirement for high clearance or four wheel drive vehicles.
    Since this is a long drive we will be leaving early. Reno members will meet at the Pink Scholar's at 8165 South Virginia Street at 7:00am, we will leave by 7:10am and meet the Carson City contingent at the Forest Service Offices located at 1536 South Carson Street at 8:00am. We will leave the Forest Service offices at 8:10am heading south on Hwy 395 for 30miles to Holbrook Junction. Then head east on 208 for about 23 miles to Wilson Canyon.
    There is a rest area with picnic tables and restrooms located on the river, very near or destination. We will be heading home no later than 2:00pm .
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent. I highly suggest you bring walking sticks for the short hike up the slopes.
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

June 30 Trip cancelled  A tentative trip to Washoe Lake has been discussed with the purpose of seeking out Sand lily-Leucocrinum montanum. This trip hinges upon how fast the spring runoff recedes from their habitat. There could be changes to this schedule. We will post any new information to the NVNPS web site as it becomes available.
    Leader Charlene Duncan
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

Please note the change of date for the trip to Paige Meadows

July 1 Paige Meadows field trip - Leader Cheryl Beyer

    Paige Meadows is a popular hiking destination located a short distance to the west of Lake Tahoe.The sight we will be exploring is made up of a series of wet meadows considered to be an easy hike. To learn more about these meadows visit http://wildflowerhikes.com/ and look at the recommended hikes section.
    No high clearance or four wheel drive vehicles required. We will be on paved roads for the whole trip.
    Due to the site's location on the west side of the lake we will be traveling as two separate groups.
    For those traveling from Reno our first meeting site will be the Boomtown Casino parking lot at 8:00am departing at 8:10am. We will travel west on I-80 to Truckee then South on CA route 89 to West Lake Blvd.
    For those traveling from Carson our first meeting sight will be the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street. Be there at 7:50am and depart at 8:00am travel west on US-50 to East Lake Blvd. Turn right and follow Lake Blvd around the lake to West Lake Blvd.
    Our final meeting place for both groups will be Tahoe House Bakery and Gourmet located at 625 West Lake Blvd. Cheryl will meet us there by 9:15am. We will depart by 9:30am taking a short drive to the meadows. Our plan is to be on site by 10:00am.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

July 28 Trip to Carson Pass and Lake Winnemucca - Leader Elizabeth Bergstrom  This trip has  been moved up to July to catch the primrose in bloom.

    The purpose of this trip is to seek out the Sierra Primrose-Primula suffrutescens for those who missed it on last year’s excursion.   The trail from Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake is approximately 4.5 miles round trip and gains 500 feet of elevation. There is a $5 day use fee for each vehicle at Carson Pass parking lot. Fee waived for Inter-agency Pass and El Dorado NF Annual Pass holders.

    From Reno meet at the Pink Scolari's at 8165 South Virginia Street at 7:50am. We will depart at 8:00am and to link up with the Carson area members at the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street by 8:45am. Our goal is to be at the Carson Pass Visitors Center by 10:00am.
    For further information you can contact Elizabeth Bergstrom at 775-884-8154 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm.

The Sonora Pass Trip has been postponed until next year.  A tentative over night trip to Sonora Pass. Several members are researching the possibility of a over night trip to Sonora Pass. There is no further information available at this time. An alternate day trip destination of Carson Pass / Winnemucca Lake may be inserted on this weekend should the preferred Sonora Pass trip not take place. Check the NVNPS web site as the date gets closer to see if this trip is finalized.
    For further information you can contact John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

August 4 Osgood Swamp trip - Leader Tom Schuster

    Osgood swamp is located near Echo Peak in Eldorado County, CA. This is a unique sphagnum bog habitat and contains an interesting assemblage of species. For further information check the web site listed below. http://biohere.com/natural_areas/california/El_Dorado_County/osgood_swamp.php
    From Reno – 395 south to Carson City, turn right onto Hwy 50 (over Spooner Summit) and head south toward South Lake Tahoe, in South Lake Tahoe turn left onto Hwy 50/Emerald Bay Road, go through Meyers and 0.5 miles later on the right is the very small trail head parking area for Osgood swamp. Travel time 1hr 45 min.
The trail is an easy  2-3 miles loop around a small lake on and fairly level ground partially shaded by forest. Waterproof boots are recommended for riparian plant identification close to the water’s edge.
    We will be getting an early start for this trip. Reno area people should plan on meeting at the Pink Scolari's at 8165 South Virginia Street by 6:30am. We will leave by 6:35am and meet the Carson City group at 7:15am at the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street. We plan on leaving this final meeting spot by 7:20am. Tom our leader will meet us at this site.
    Parking at the Osgood Swamp site is limited so we will meet a group led by Will Richardson from the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science on the southern outskirts of Meyers at Chiapa Drive.  They will be accompanying us on this trip. The main purpose of this stop is to consolidate our transportation down to as few vehicles as possible. Chiapa Drive has wide shoulders and is close to our destination.  Look for Chiapa Drive on the north side of US Highway 50 opposite the Lake Tahoe KOA campground. A google map of the area. Due to the parking situation, please RSVP with Tom Schuster at tom-mail@sbcglobal.net or 690-2953. 

    Further information concerning this trip will be posted to the NVNPS web site prior to the trip date.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact Tom Schuster at 690-2953 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

Aug 11 Trip to the meadows on the upper slopes of Mount Rose - Leader Elizabeth Bergstrom

    This trip will explore some of the upper elevation meadow habitats on Mount Rose. We will access these meadows via the US Forest Service access road to Relay Peak. We plan to meet at the large Mount Rose trailhead, parking lot. This lot is on the west side of the Mount Rose Hwy summit. Be at the staging area by 9:00am at the latest, we will be leave shortly afterward. It is a short drive to the meadows through locked gates so be on time. Meet at the Starbucks in the Raley's parking lot on Mt. Rose Highway at 8:30 to carpool (1/4 mile west of the freeway.)  It is suggested that you carpool as much as possible before heading up to the pass, since the parking lot gets very congested on the weekends. High clearance vehicles preferred for the drive up the access road.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact Elizabeth Bergstrom at 775-884-8154 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm.

Aug 18th Carson Pass trip has been moved to July 28th.

Aug 25th Trip to Big Meadows - Leader Janel Johnson

    Meet at 9:30am at the Big Meadows trail-head on Highway 89 about half way between Meyers and the junction with Hwy 88. Carpool from the Forest Service offices at 1536 Carson Street in Carson City at 8:30am or the Pink Scolari's at 8165 South Virginia Street in Reno at 8am.
    The first quarter mile of trail climbs about 300 feet with many big steps made of boulders. After that the trail levels out in the meadow and those who want a longer hike can continue up to Scott, Round, or Dardanelles Lakes.
    Bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
    For further information you can contact Janel Johnson at 775-684-2911 or John Weiser at 775-331-4485. Any time after 5:00pm

It is suggested that you check the web site before the dates of the trips to see if changes or updates have been posted.

 

Southern Nevada Field Trip - February 18, 2012

On Saturday February 18, 2012, we are doing the kickoff field trip of the year, a visit to the greenhouse at Lake Mead!  Janis Lee, nursery manager, has kindly agreed to show us around.

The greenhouse is not far from the water safety building, but not signed, so we'll plan to meet at the water building at 10am.  It's about 1.5-2 miles from the Boulder City fee station and about 8-9 miles from the Henderson (Lake Mead Pkwy) fee station; if you don't have the all-access pass, you can tell the fee station folks that you are going to the nursery.

After the tour, we can nose around the area to see if anything is coming up, and will likely be done by lunchtime.

If anybody wants to carpool, RSVP to stanshebs@earthlink.net and I'll organize.

Stan Shebs
stanshebs@earthlink.net

May 2011 Field Trips

May 14th. A volunteer planting event will be held at the Galena Creek Visitor Center on the Mt. Rose Highway.  This is a Forest Service sponsored event.  We will be putting out native perennials and shrubs grown by Washoe Nursery to provide landscaping.  Please call the Visitor Center at 775-849-4948 for further information and registration.  This will be a first part of the native plant landscaping planned for this area. 

 

May 15. Jack's Valley Wildlife Management Area.  Trip Leader: Elizabeth Bergstrom, 884-8154.

From Carson area: meet at IHOP (3883 S. Carson St.) for breakfast at 8:15, otherwise at 9:30. 

From Reno: for car-pool meet at pink Scolari's (S. Virginia St., Reno), for Carson IHOP breakfast, at 7:30, otherwise at 8:30. 

Final Meeting place: parking lot of the Jacks Valley Elementary School at 10:00. From Highway 395 south of Carson City turn west onto Jacks Valley Road (Target and Home Depot Shopping Center intersection) and proceed several miles to the elementary school. 

We will be looking for the Carson Valley monkeyflower, a minute yellow flowered annual which is currently being described.   This plant was formerly described as Mimulus montiodes and is limited to the foothills of Carson and Eagle Valleys with a disjunct occurrence in the Red Rock area outside of Reno.  Much of the habitat for this plant has been developed.  

In addition to the monkeyflower we will have a chance to see many more spring annuals. The fieldtrip will run until around noon so you will have some gardening time at home in the afternoon!

 

May 21. Sand Mountain.  Bring food, water, insect repellent, suntan lotion. Be prepared for any type of weather.   High clearance vehicles recommended.

First meeting place: 8:00 am, at the west side of the parking lot at the Legends Shopping Center, southwest of Scheels, nearest the Sparks Marina. Take the Sparks Blvd. exit from I-80, go north about ½ mile to East Lincoln Way and turn west, go around the first roundabout and follow the road to Scheels.

Second meeting place: 9:15 am at the McDonalds on the west side of Fallon.

From Carson vicinity: meet at Forest Service office, 1536 S.Carson St. (US 395) Carson City, to leave at 8:00.  Rendezvous with Reno group at 9:15 at Fallon McDonald's on US 50.

While there we will look for Penstemon acuminatus var. latebracteatus, Astragalus lentiginosus var. kennedyi and Castilleja angustifolia var. flavescens. This area was a stop on the Pony Express.

Trip Leader: Gary Monroe 775-359-4863 or Email g.monroe@att.net

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