Events and Field Trips

Made In The SHADE
Film Showing
September 21, 2018, 6:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
1825 East Street, Redding
Details under Sept. 21

Henderson Open Space
Redding Planning Commission
Tuesday, June 26, 4 pm
This meeting will be a Public Scoping Session for the proposed Dignity Health North State Pavilion which will be located at East Cypress and Hartnell Avenue and behind the old Raley’s.  The most controversial part of the project is a parking lot that will be located in the 100 year floodplain of the Sacramento River at the Henderson Open Space.  The public may make comments which will be considered when the draft Environmental Impact Report is prepared. Mike Jones, President of Streams and Greeways Alliance (SAGA), has composed his synopsis of issues related to the project which is attached to this email.  SAGA is a supporting organization of Shasta Environmental Alliance and his comments only represent SAGA. Thanks to Mike for doing this.


John Soares, Hiking Guide Author
Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 pm
Trail book guide author John Soares will talk about his new books Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Regions and 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, 4th edition in color at Sports LTD, 950 Hilltop Dr. Redding, from 6;30 to 8pm. Limited seating.


CNPS Paradise Meadows Fieldtrip, Lassen National Park.
California Native Plant Society
Thursday, June 28
Join the California Native Plant Society to enjoy the wildflowers of this beautiful mountain meadow away from the weekend crowds. The hike to Paradise Meadows is of moderate difficulty, approximately 4 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of about 400 feet. Expect scarlet gilia, penstemon, corn lily, and more. Lassen Park pass required. Bring lunch and water. Dogs are not allowed on Park trails. Meet in the Mt. Shasta Mall parking lot near Chase Bank at 7:30 am for carpooling. Call John Springer at 530/917-0567 for more info.


CNPS Lake Eleanore Trinity Alps
Sunday July 1
Join the California Native Plant Society on this fieldtrip designed to introduce people of all levels of physical fitness to the rare and common plants of the Trinity Alps with an easy one-mile walk, but the first ¼ mile is very uneven.  Following this excursion, for those with more energy, we will also hike three miles on a nearby trail.  Expect to see western azalea, Sadler oak, huckleberry oak, Darlingtonia, threadleaf beardtongue, mountain spirea (Spireaea splendens), California bog-ashpodel, bear grass, Rocky Mountain pond lily (Nuphar polysepala) and more.  Meet at Holiday Market parking lot near CVS on Placer St. at 8 am.  Limited to 16 people. To reserve a space or for more information, call David Ledger at 355-8542.


CNPS North Coast Chapter
Scott Mountain and Russian Wilderness overnight Field Trip
July 6 to 8
Join the North Coast Chapter of California Native Plant Society for this overnight Scott Mountain Campout and Russian Wilderness Day Hike. Saturday’s feature hike will be to Duck Lake or Sugar Lake, both in a hotspot of conifer diversity in the Russian Wilderness (Duck Lakes Botanical Area in Klamath National Forest).  The early wildflowers will be fun also.  The trails are challenging, but they are rewarding even if you go only part way.  The trailheads are 4 miles south of Etna in the Scott Valley.  Friday and Saturday nights we will stay at the primitive, Forest Service campground at Scott Mountain Summit (a botanically wonderful place), or you may choose accommodations in Etna or Weaverville or anyplace in between.  Sunday we will find a shorter hike to do before we head home.  If you are thinking of coming, tell Carol, to learn the logistics (707-822-2015;


CNPS Overnight Fieldtrip: Warner Mountains.
July 13 to 15
Join the California Native Plant Society on this three-day weekend campout in the Warner Mountains, led by Paul Davis, Shasta Chapter member from Alturas, and David Ledger. We will leave Friday morning although some will be heading up after work.  Camping will be at Pepperdine Campground, a primitive campground at 6680’ elevation, 20 miles from Alturas.  We will have a short fieldtrip Friday, a long one on Saturday and a drive and short fieldtrip on Sunday in the desert near Surprise Valley.  You can expect mild weather and lots of wildflowers. For more information, e-mail  Limited to 16 participants.


Whiskeytown Hike, History & Beach Party with the Shasta Land Trust
Saturday July 21
Join the Shasta Land Trust for a unique hike with an exclusive visit to a historical site from the Kennedy era and to the headwaters of Whiskey Creek. This will be an easy four-mile hike, children are welcome. Following our hiking adventure, we will have a beach party and barbeque on the shores of Whiskeytown Lake, where guests can spend the day with family and friends. This is a fundraising event for the Land Trust and helps them to preserve Shasta County land from subdivisions and other developments.  For more information and to purchase tickets, go the or call 241-7886.
Hosted by Jennifer and Jason Snider, and Aaron Hatch
Tickets $45 per person
Limited to 30 guests


CNPS Yolla Bolly Wilderness Field Trip
Saturday July 28
Join the California Native Plant Society to the southern extent of the Klamath Mountains near Wildwood off Highway 36.  This will be a 7 ½ difficult hike with a 2000 foot elevation climb to the top of Black Rock Mountain at 7755 feet where we should see foxtail pine(Pinus balfouriana) and many unique plants endemic to the Klamath Mountains.  This will be a 90 mile drive, all paved except the last two miles and will take about two hours.  There is primitive camping in the area for those wanting to make a two day stay.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, hat, sunscreen and long pants as the last 300 foot climb is rocky. There is an abandoned dilapidated forest fire lookout at the top.  We will leave Redding at 7:30 am to caravan to the trailhead and will return as late as 6 pm. For more information about meeting location and to reserve a space contact David Ledger at 355-8542 or Limited to 16 people.


CNPS Big Bear Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Thursday, August 16
Join the California Native Plant Society on this seven-mile hike of moderate difficulty with a 1000-foot total elevation climb, up and back.  This trail partially traverses the 2012 natural lightning caused fire and provides an interesting study of the affect fire has on different species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants and the secondary succession, or stand dynamics as it is sometimes called.  Most of the trees that were killed were the thin bark lodgepole pines.  However, at Big Bear Lake almost every tree was burned and killed.  Despite the hysterical coverage of the fire by the Record Searchlight at the time, the forest is making a natural recovery although the lodgepole pines have had low germination rates.  I hiked this trail last year on a 110 degree smoky day in Redding and the afternoon temperature at my car at the trailhead was only 80 degrees.  We will leave from Redding at 8 am.  For meeting location and to reserve a space, call or email David Ledger at or 355-8542.


Made in the Shade film
Sponsored by SEA, the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival & KFOI 90.9 fm New Community Radio
September 21
This is a film made by tree advocates in Sacramento and tells the story and history of planting almost 600,000 trees in the Sacramento to shade the city in order to reduce electric bills.  This community-wide effort followed the successful referendum to shut down the accident-plagued Rancho Seco nuclear power plant.  Planting trees on such a large scale was an innovative way to replace nuclear energy and reduce peak electricity demand during the hot summer months, saving the city and ratepayers money.  Sacramento’s city-owned public utility, SMUD, provided marketing assistance and much of the funding for the purchase of the trees. Many hundreds of volunteers, homeowners, businesses and schools provided much of the labor led by the Sacramento Tree Foundation.  Now celebrated as one of most tree-filled cities in the world — trees are an embedded part of the city’s identity for Sacramento’s residents.  The producers of the film are excited to come to Redding to answer questions after the showing.

What can we learn from the parallels? Redding’s hot summers, our citizen-owned municipal utility, a city known for our volunteer spirit, residents who would appreciate and benefit from lower utility bills…. First United Methodist Church, 1825 East St. Redding. 6:30pm.