Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm, field trip to Huckleberry Regional Park
Rain Date: February 21 at 2 pm

Janet Gawthrop will lead a beginner-level field trip focusing on early flowering shrubs in the maritime chaparral population on the upper portion of the loop trail. We will however walk the entire loop, with an additional side trip if weather and interest permit. For plant lists and preview photos the best on-line source is www.calflora.org.

Directions: From either direction, take Highway 13 and exit at Park Boulevard. Turn left at the ramp, cross over 13, and then turn left again at the traffic light. After driving parallel to 13 for several blocks turn right onto Snake Road at the traffic light. Follow Snake Road all the way uphill to its other end, at the junction with Skyline. Turn left onto Skyline and follow it to the Huckleberry Park lot.

Sunday, February 28, 2 pm, Redwood Regional Park.
David Margolies will lead a walk along the stream and on the slopes above Redwood Creek in this large East Bay redwood forest, looking at early flowering plants and the trees and shrubs of the redwood forest. We will also look for newts and rainbow trout in Redwood Creek. The whole walk is about 2.5 miles with steep uphill and steep downhill portions. Walkers who want to avoid the steep trails can return along the stream trail about halfway through the walk. Meet at the Redwood Gate parking area at 2:00 pm.

Directions: To get there from the northern East Bay, get on 13 South (go east on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley, for example) and take the Redwood Road exit. From the southern East Bay, take 580 West to 13 North and exit at Redwood Road (immediately after the junction). Once on Redwood Road, go east (uphill). At the top of the hill you will cross Skyline Boulevard and then pass various equestrian facilities. Go down into the valley. About two miles from Skyline Boulevard, turn left into Redwood Regional Park, following the entrance road to the end to the parking lot. Walk takes place rain or shine.

 

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

 

Henry David Thoreau