Friday, November 28, 10:30 am, Buy Nothing Day field Trip in Tilden Park

Join chapter members at the South Park Drive closure gate nearest to the Regional Parks Botanic Garden (RPBG). We will either hike up Big Springs trail (dry ground scenario) or scope out trees, newts and early mosses on South Park Drive (muddy ground). Think of this as a beginner-level kick back sort of walk, with discussion of the “all-California” plantings amid both exotic and indigenous vascular plants. Bring hand or magnifying lenses if you want bryophyte close-ups, and we’ll likely have time for binoculars and birds. We will go out in mist or light rain, but a majority vote can move us back to the awnings of the RPBG to look at remnant fall color. Light rain partly depends on the beholder.

Directions
Driving: From Berkeley at Dwight Way and points south, go east on Dwight (uphill) past Piedmont, and then turn left at the 2nd intersection and drive uphill past the football field to Centennial. Take Centennial all the way to Grizzly Peak and then follow it past Grizzly Peak into Tilden. Go past the golf course and Native Here Nursery, and then turn right and downhill at the Shasta stop sign. Bear right at the next stop sign and drive parallel to the botanic garden until you reach the South Park Drive gate.

Mass transit: From the downtown Berkeley BART station go to the stop for the AC Transit # 67 bus on the northeast side of Shattuck Avenue. #67 bus runs once an hour, and you take it all the way through Tilden Park to the last park stop at the Brazil Building. Walk downhill from the bus stop and then past the botanic garden parking area to the South Park Drive closure gate. For fares, schedules, etc., go to www.511.org .

 

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