Nature Gardening: Earth Day Wildflower Field Trip with Ron Vanderhoff

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Celebrate Earth Day in a beautiful wild space, with lots of plants, flowers, and the insects and animals that depend upon them. We will meet at the UC Irvine Ecological Preserve. The Preserve is a 60-acre site on the southern edge of the campus and consists of coastal sage scrub and grassland habitats. The Preserve offers a wide variety of native wildflowers and other plants, offering a rare glimpse of what coastal Orange County was like in earlier times. Over 225 different plants have been identified at the preserve. It also sustains nesting pairs of threatened California gnatcatchers and four pairs of rare coastal cactus wrens – both sensitive species. The Preserve’s panoramic view encompasses much of the campus, with the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island as a backdrop. Ron is a leading Orange County native plant botanist and ecologist and knows the flora of the Preserve extensively. During this visit we will not only enjoy the beauty of the site, but Ron will identify and discuss the wide array of plants that we will see.

Limited to the 30 attendees. Directions and other details will be provided upon reservation. RSVP required.