Future Field Trips

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.

      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 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 – 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. 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

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