Talks, Walks, Workshops


Organizations that  have classes, trips, and talks.

Point Reyes Field Seminars

Yosemite Association

Sequoia Field Institute (A Division of the Sequoia Natural History Organization of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks)

Jepson Herbarium at UC  Berkeley

Regional Parks Botanic Garden (Berkeley, CA)

UC Botanical Garden (Berkeley,CA)

East Bay Regional Park Nature Programs

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)

California Native Plant Society (follow links to local chapters in your area)

Audubon Society (follow links to local chapters in your area)

California Native Grass lands Association

Marin Open Space Naturalist-led Outing

Midpeninsula  Regional Open Space Docent-led Activities

Joshua Tree National Park Association


Resources for Walks and Hikes

Wildflower Hike Lists on Natural History Wanderings

Bay Nature (events calendar)

Sierra Club Outings

Bay Area Hiker

California Hiking Trails Directory

Best Bay Area Winter Hikes 

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  1. Siskiyou Field Institute is offering two botany workshops/hikes in Siskiyou County this summer: Pursuing Plants of California’s Eastern Klamath Foothills and Flora and Butterflies of the Mt. Eddy Region. Both field courses include lodging at the Flowing Waters Retreat Center in Stewart Springs or a commuter tuition option.
    There are also two SFI courses at Lava Beds National Monument and the Exploring Conifer Country in the Russian Wilderness trip. See for details.


  2. Sandy

    The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, CA is opening its doors to the public for the First Annual Festival of Feathers on April 28, 2013, 11am – 4pm.

    This open house is for everyone, held at the facilities where birds of prey rehab and groups of young children learn all about our native birds.

    from website:

    Guests will be wowed by opportunities for up-close encounters with the Center’s resident birds of prey, which will include a variety of owls, falcons and hawks. Kids of all ages will enjoy a selection of fun and educational activities. Appetizers, snacks, desserts and wines representing Sonoma County’s finest will be available. A silent auction and raffle with items and services offered by wonderful local artists and businesses will be offered.
    This place does awesome work and needs all the interest and support it can get.

    Bird Rescue Center
    3430 Chanate Rd.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404

    The Bird Rescue Center’s rehabilitation hospital and offices are located in the North East Santa Rosa area at 3430 Chanate Road, just east of Sutter Hospital.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Sara Silver


    • Thanks for the information about the First Annual Festival of Feathers. I will post in to the main page of Natural History Wanderings on April 26..



  3. The author of the wildflower book to which you refer is Toni Fauver, not Farber.

    It’s such a wonderful resource it would be a shame for people not to be able to find it because of incorrect author name.
    Thanks for changing it in your info.


    • Thanks for catching the error. I found at least five postings where I spelled her name wrong. You are right her books are a great resource. Corrections always appreciated.


  4. Hi, Irene,
    I just discovered this nice site. I’m at Mammoth, and rain is forecast for the nest couple of days off and on. And Oh, the rocks! Remember l asked you
    to take a trip w/ me? Instead of the lichen heaven here, would you put me on your list to remind me
    of walks, and I’ll mark 2nd Saturdays and hope to attend at least some. Topic: lichen in Sierra is one
    idea, but we need a field trip before the snow.


  5. Hi Sandy,
    We would like to have the following announcement.

    There are lichen workshops at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, the second Saturday each month from 1-4pm. Meet at the Visitors’ Center.

    There will be a lichen workshop session at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, August 14th, from 1pm to 4pm.

    Please RSVP to if you would like to join us, Bill and Irene, and please indicate if there is a special topic or aspect of lichens you would like to explore.


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