Originally formed in 1965, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to everyone.
The following is a list of the locations, dates and leaders. Call leaders for current information. Unless otherwise stated, all field trips begin with a carpool/caravan leaving from the parking lot between Target and Pharmaca in BelAire Plaza off Trancas Street in Napa near Highway 29, at 9:00 AM. Bring snacks, lunch, ample drinking water and sturdy hiking shoes Steady rain cancels.
Saturday, January 10 Mushroom walk at Las Posadas. Leader: Jake Ruygt (707) 253-1839
Saturday, March 7 Rockville Hills Park. in FairfieldLeader: Linda Price (707) 257-7574
Saturday, March 14 Fritillary Trip: Knoxville, Aetna Springs and Snell Valley. Land Trust of Napa County Missimer Wildflower PreserveLeader: Jake Ruygt (707)253-1839
Saturday, March 21 Bothe Napa Valley State Park. Leader: Mike Parmeter (707) 255-6757 Margaret Barson (707) 257- 8389
Saturday, March 28 East Napa Hills private property. Leaders: Margaret Barson (707) 257- 8389 Mike Parmeter
Saturday, April 4 Moore Creek. Leaders: Linda Price (707) 257-7574 Chris Lea (720) 934-2694
Saturday, April 11 Skyline Park Hikes meet at Wildflower Show. Leaders: Mike Parmeter at 10:00AM Jake Ruygt at 1:00PM
Saturday, April 18 Newell Preserve American Canyon. Leader: Jake Ruygt (707) 253-1839
Saturday, April 25 Plantathon. The number of plant species seen will be counted for Jake Ruygt’s NapaCounty Flora publication fund raiser. Leader: Mike Parmeter (707) 255-6757 Please call if you would like to participate.
Ted Stenz from Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) presents Napa Valley CNPS with a $5,000 grant to refurbish the riparian area near the stream bed in the Martha Walker Garden. Work will commence in May with help from the Finance Department of TWE, which owns wineries including Beringer, Etude, Stags’ Leap, Chateau St. Jean and others. Thank you TWE!