Updated 25 May 2022
NOTICE: Return of In Person Events

In Person Events sponsored by the Dorothhy Kiing Young Chapter are retuning. As spring beckons us, Field Trips come to mind and there are several listed in the Field Trip Heading below. Designed to entice you out into nature, discovering Native Plants in a variety of coastal ecologies. Thanks Rhiannon for jump starting the return to In Person Events with this wonderfully diverse selection of Field Trips.

The 2022 Wildflower Show at the Gualala Community Center is scheduled for May 28-29 - see details here

Other Events and Activities

When not attending a DKY sponsored walk one can take advantage of the many other State and Regional Parks, the many hiking and biking trails in Jackson Demonstration State Forest, the Nature Conservancy and Mendocino Land Trust properties. Check out the Locations & Resources page for more information about many of the areas mentioned above.

While things have shifted in the Pandemic there is still need for common sense and caution so Please be mindful of others and follow all current CDC and County COVID guidelines and recommendations. -dky webmaster

Check out our Virtual Wildflower Tours for a preview to the flowers one might expect see in the respective locations listed above.

2022 Wildflower Show
  • Saturday May 28, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
    Sunday May 29, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Sunday 2:00PM, a talk by botanist Nancy Morin

  • Gualala Community Center

DKY's Annual Wildflower Show
Returns to the Gualala Community Center
Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 (check times above).
Join Nancy Morin on Sunday at 2:00 PM for her talk about Rare and Interesting Plants on the Mendocino Coast

Please Wear a Mask

Dogwood THP and More
Through legal action, the Dorothy King Young Chapter, last year in collaboration with the Friends of the Gualala River, successfully stopped the Dogwood THP, a plan that proposed to greatly impact a magnificent floodplain redwood forest and wetlands in coastal Mendocino County... excerpt from CNPS. Scroll down and choose the Dorothy King Young Chapter link for more information about the Dogwood THP and other areas of concern to the DKY Chapter
DKY Field Trips
DKY CNPS Plant Walks 2022

Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Walks begin at 10 a.m., unless otherwise noted. You will be required to sign a Release of Liability Form to attend the outing. Check our Facebook Page and the DKY CNPS Chapter Activities/Events webpage for announcements. To Register for a Field Trip/Walk: RSVP Here. Note: You may register for more than one Field Trip using any of the Links to Field Trip Registration Form provided here or below at the end of each Field Trip description.

Exploring Coastal Habitats at Navarro Point Preserve with Mendocino Land Trust Cancelled-Wind
April 10, 10:00 AM
Location: Navarro Point Preserve

Navarro Point is a 56-acre preserve owned and managed by the Mendocino Land Trust, located just south of Albion. The 1.2 miles of easy hiking goes through coastal scrub and coastal grassland. The coastal scrub at Navarro Point is an absolute treasure because it is high quality habitat where native species dominate and rare species thrive. A beautiful display of wildflowers, including wallflower (Erysimum sp.), indian paintbrush (Castilleja sp.), coast iris (Iris douglasiana), sea pink (Armeria maritima), woolly bluff aster (Eriophyllum lanatum var. arachnoideum), and (Lupinus littoralis) is expected for our walk. We will be joined by MLT's Outreach Coordinator Amy Wolitzer who will provide background in acquiring and maintaining the preserve and show some points of interest.

Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. Due to limited parking and sensitivity of habitat, the walk will be limited to 20 people.

RSVP is required; RSVP Here If the weather is too wet or cold for us to not have fun, the hike will be cancelled.

Exploring Bryophytes in the Pruitt Creek Watershed, Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve Cancelled
April 24, 10:00 AM
Location: Pruitt Creek Watershed, Montgomery Woods

Explore the world of moss with local botanists at Montgomery Woods!

Pruitt Creek is an upper tributary of the South Fork Big River. Its winding course upward passes through old growth redwood, mixed hardwood and Douglas fir forest, oak woodlands, grassland, and chaparral. Large sandstone and shale outcrops, a haven for bryophytes, punctuate the landscape.

This is an easy to moderate 4 to 5 mile outing mostly along a trail with some cross-country scrambling and creek crossings. Leaders: Marisela de Santa Ana, Kerry Heise, and Haley Ross.

Meet at the Pruitt Creek trailhead which is located on the north side of Orr Springs Road about midway between the Montgomery Woods parking area and Orr Hot Springs Resort. Car-pooling is encouraged as the parking area is very small. Group size is limited to 15.

Contact K. Heise at 707-489-1500 for additional information and to RSVP.

Exploring Coastal Habitats at Save the Redwoods League, Lost Coast Redwoods
May 14, 10:00 AM
Location: Lost Coast Redwoods

Lost Coast Redwoods is the newly acquired SRL property located north of Westport and south of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Save the Redwoods League is a non-profit organization which protects and restores coastal forests in California.

We will traverse down a ranch road from the ridgeline to the bluffs, exploring coastal scrub and coastal prairie habitats. If there is time and interest, we will visit a small grove of old and gnarly redwoods in a separate location on the property. Land managers from the League will be joining us on this field trip to discuss plans for the land.

This is a moderate out and back 5-mile hike due to elevation change from the ridge to bluff.

RSVP is required; RSVP Here If the weather is too wet or cold for us to not have fun, the hike will be cancelled.

Exploring the Manchester State Parks Dunes with Peter Baye and State Parks Senior Environmental Scientist Terra Fuller
May 21, 10:00 AM
Location: Manchester State Parks Dunes

Join local botanist and coastal expert Peter Baye on a walk at Manchester State Park to explore the amazing dunes. Peter will discuss dune morphology and plant habitats that occur due to the diverse niches that dunes can form. Peter will be joined by State Park Senior Environmental Scientist Terra Fuller who will discuss restoration efforts being conducted at the dunes.

This is an easy 5-mile out and back walk in dune habitat.

Space is limited to 15 people and RSVP is required; RSVP Here If the weather is too wet or cold for us to not have fun, the hike will be cancelled.

Fort Bragg Blue Economy Event
Glass Beach Walk with Teresa Sholars
May 22, 12:30PM
Location: Glass Beach - MacKerricher State Park

As part of Fort Gragg's Blue Economy event, join local Ecologist, Professor and CNPS Dorothy King Young Chapter's Vegetation Chair, Teresa Sholars on a walk in the Glass Beach section of MacKerricher State Park. Meet Teresa at the south end of Pudding Creek Trestle at 12:30PM in the parking area at 10:30 for the walk through this special area, home to some rare and unique native plant species.

This is an easy walk in a special coastal prairie habitat. A free MTA shuttle is scheduled with a stop at the south end of the Pudding Creek Trestle.

RSVP is not required; If the weather is too wet or cold for us to not have fun, the hike will be cancelled.

Exploring the Stornetta National Monument with CalFlora
May 29, 10:00 AM
Location:The Stornetta National Monument

The Stornetta National Monument is 1,600 acres of coastal forest, scrub, prairie and wetlands located north of Point Arena. The Monument also contains the estuary and adjacent sand dunes of the Garcia River. CalFlora is a non-profit that runs a widely used website used to learn about native and non-native plants that grow wild in California. This walk will be a companion event to CalFlora Zoom lecture (date TBD), presented by Cynthia Powell, Executive Director of CalFlora, putting skills learned in the lecture into practice.

The Storentta walk will start at the Point Arena City Hall Parking Lot. It will go until 1 p.m. Julia Larke is co-leading with Cynthia Powell. Easy out and back walk to the Mendocino College Field Station.

RSVP is required; RSVP Here If the weather is too wet or cold for us to not have fun, the hike will be cancelled.

Exploring the Ten Mile Dunes Preserve with State Parks Senior Environmental Scientist Terra Fuller
June 4, 10:00 AM
Location: The Ten Mile Dunes Preserve

The Ten Mile Dunes Preserve is a prime example of the native dune habitat that occurs in only a few locations along the California coastline and one of the two native dune habitats in Mendocino County. The Preserve encompasses 1,300 acres of relatively pristine coastal dunes, providing suitable conditions for those adapted to the tough environment of the dune habitat. Prior development left the dunes impacted but current restoration efforts by State Parks is returning the dunes to their full glory! On our walk, we will carefully explore this special place and learn about the plants (and maybe animals) that inhabit our local dune ecosystem and the exciting work State Parks is doing to restore this natural treasure. Terra will be joined by CNPS member Jim Gibson who will talk about the native plants of our dunes.

This is an easy 5-mile out and back walk in dune habitat.

RSVP is required; RSVP Here If the weather is too wet or cold for us to not have fun, the hike will be cancelled.

Exploring Conifer Forest and Coastal Scrub at Save the Redwoods League Cape Vizcaino Property
June 26, 10:00 AM
Location:Cape Vizcaino

Cape Vizcano is located in northern coastal Mendocino County, just north of Westport and consists primarily of coniferous forest, coastal meadows and coastal scrub. Four hundred acres of Cape Vizcano is owned by Save the Redwoods League, a non-profit organization which protects and restores coastal forests in California. Current restoration efforts on the League's property on Cape Vizcano includes managing non-native grasses and forbs in the meadows. Land managers from the League will be joining us on this field trip. We will walk ranch roads exploring conifer forests, streams, and coastal scrub habitats.

This is a moderately strenuous 5-mile loop hike due to elevation changes from coast bluffs up to the ridge.

RSVP is required; RSVP Here If the weather is too wet or cold for us to not have fun, the hike will be cancelled.

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Past Events
2021 Annual Potluck
December 2021
Elk Community Center/Virtual Zoom Meeting

The Dorothy King Young Chapter Annual Potluck Meeting at the Elk Community Center, hosted Teresa Sholars as the featured speaker. She gave a presentation on her research and author of Lupines in Jepson eFlora and Flora of North America. Video, separate audio files and PowerPoint of her presentation Adventures with Lupinus, from Populations to Publications are linked below. Due to technical difficulties at the site the first few minutes of her presentation is missing from the video and audio files. The PDF version of her PDF Powerpoint presentation is complete.

  • Video Zoom video recording Adventures with Lupinus, from Populations to Publications -Teresa Sholars
  • AudioAudio only file of Teresa's presentation
  • Power PointComplete Power Point Presentation

DKY Celebrates Native Plant Week
2021 Virtual Wildflower Tour
Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

Our 2021 Celebrating CNPS Native Plant Week begins with a slideshow of wildflowers to be found at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. Katy Pye has put together this tour, map and guide to locations and trails where one might find these native wildflowers along with the blooming periods and the creatures that visit them for each species represented.

May 29th from 10-11 AM, Sunday, May 30th from 10-11 AM, Tuesday, June 1st from 10-11 AM
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Parking Area
18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA

Individual volunteer citizen scientists and other participants interested in the 2021 SOD training and sampling for the Mendocino Coast can pick up their envelopes to collect Bay Laurel and Tan Oak leaf samples for the UC Berkeley Lab research project to track the spread of Phytophthora ramorum in California.

Mario Abreu, DKY representative will “man” the 2021 SOD Blitz station scheduled at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens enter parking lot on Saturday, May 29th from 10-11 AM, Sunday, May 30th from 10-11 AM, and Tuesday, June 1st from 10-11 AM for the “last chance” final drop off date and time to turn in sample envelopes from participants to be mailed to Doug Schmidt Wednesday morning, June 2nd. Contact: Mario Abreu 2021 SOD Blitzabre2021 SOD Blitzu2021 SOD Blitz a2021 SOD Blitzt 2021 SOD Blitzmc2021 SOD Blitzn.o2021 SOD Blitzrgs for details. Please do not contact the Botanical Gardens regarding this event.

Note: Participating SOD Blitz volunteers need go to the online website provided by the UC Berkeley Lab for training videos SOD Checklist and Sign up Link prior to event.Please wear a mask at the pick-up / drop-off station.

Remember, when emailing the contact, to replace the " *at* " with @ and no spaces as in name@domain. Thanks!
California Invasive Plant Council (CAL-IPC)
  Non-Chemical Weed Control
Best Management Practices Non Chemical Weed control

 This manual, available as a free download, provides comprehensive descriptions of 21 non-chemical weed control techniques used in California. It also provides descriptions of biological control agents targeting 18 of our state's most challenging weeds.

 Compiled by researchers and practitioners, the manual includes tips on how to use techniques, the kinds of plants and environments in which they work best, and the associated risks.

 These BMPs form the foundation for an online decision support tool being developed in partnership with UC Agriculture & Natural Resources, with funding from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Date Online: Monday 15 February 2021
Online Presentation at KZYX (use the link above to listen)

“A look at Mendocino's rare Pygmy Forest ecosystem with local botanist Teresa Sholars” - Mendocino Voice, Lana Cohen

Native Plants for your Naturehood Fall Planting Guide for Native Plants and Resource Links to Native Plant Nurseries and What to plant in your area with Resource Links to Calscape.org