These tours have been rescheduled. Here are the new dates.
Monvero Dunes Wildflower Tour – Saturday, March 11, 2017
Right Angle Canyon Moreno Shale Wildflower Tour – Sunday, March 12, 2017
All tickets are free for these wildflower tours. Adults only need a ticket, children do not need a ticket.
Ryan E. O’Dell
Natural Resource Specialist – Ecology:
Bureau of Land Management, Central Coast Field Office, 940 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA 93933
FAX: (831) 582-2266
Sunday, March 12, 9:30-noon
Monday, March 13, 9:30-noon
Wildflowers and Unusual Habitats of the Byron Area
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildflowers-and-unusual-habitats-of-the-byron-area-registration-32094151471
Join us for this opportunity to hike and explore one of the newest additions to the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy’s Preserve System. This property was acquired in December 2016 in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District. The property’s alkali soils support populations of rare plants and the wetlands provide habitat for Fairy Shrimp and California Tiger Salamanders. Our hike will start along an old (under-maintained) ranch road for the first 1/2 mile and then continue along a typical ranch road. We will also have the opportunity to hike off-trail to get a closer look at some of the unusual features of the property.
This property is so new that we aren’t sure what we will find blooming, though we are hopeful that our wet winter will result in beautiful spring displays. Distance: minimum 2+ miles round trip. Option to extend the hike based on pace and interest of group up to 4 miles round trip.
Difficulty: easy, generally flat terrain. Ground may be uneven, and depending on weather, a little muddy.
This hike is limited to 25 participants (all participants must register in advance.) If you are confirmed to participate, and then are not able to join us, please let us know so we can make your spot available to someone else. This docent led hike is open to all ages and members of the public. Participants need to be comfortable walking on uneven ranch roads. This hike is not open to dogs (or other pets).
There are no facilities available at the hike start or during the hike. Bring everything you need to be safe and comfortable. Suggested items to bring include: water, snack, waterproof clothes (if rain is predicted), sturdy closed-toe shoes, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, etc), camera, binoculars (if you are a birder) and anything else you would bring on a hike.
Trip leaders: Heath Bartosh, Senior Botanist, Nomad Ecology, Abby Fateman, Executive Director, East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy
NOTE: Directions to the hike start will be emailed to registered participants.
Sunday, March 12, 11:00 am, Bridgeview Trailhead into Dimond Canyon. In the heart of Oakland, we will walk through Redwood Forests and into an oak and bay woodland overlooking Palo Seco Creek. We will see lush early spring displays of mosses, lichens, liverworts, and four species of fern. In addition to the trees we will see 20 to 30 species of native plants. Wear good hiking shoes and bring water and a light lunch or snack.
Meet at the Bridgeview Trailhead into Dimond Canyon. The Bridgeview Trailhead is on the west side of Monterey Blvd., about 1,500 feet south of Park Blvd. and just south of the Montclair Golf Course. Parking is free and unmetered on Monterey Blvd. The trip will cover about 2 miles. The path includes a portion going into and out of the canyon with steps and steep inclines. The other portion of the path is flat but the terrain can be uneven and rocky. Rain will cancel.
Trip leader: Camille Nowell (email@example.com, 510-295-9231)
Sunday, March 19, Kennedy Grove in El Sobrante
Sunday March 26, 2:00 pm, San Pedro County Park, Pacifica. David Margolies will lead a walk at this park on the side of Montara Mountain. There should be plenty of flowers in bloom as well as shrubs, includingcoast silk tassel (Garrya elliptica) and California burning bush. Meet in the main parking lot near the visitor’s center (be sure to pay the entrance fee). To get to the park, take highway 1 south from San Francisco to the south side of Pacifica. Turn east onto Linda Mar Blvd. and take it to the end. Turn right onto Oddstad Blvd. and go one block to the park entrance.
Sunday, April 2 at 9:30. Join us on the first-ever public hike to explore Dainty Ranch in Briones Valley. Dainty Ranch was acquired in July 2014 by the East Bay Regional Park District and the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy. Briones Valley is an important wildlife corridor that provides a connection from Cowell Ranch/John Marsh State Park to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. The hike will be on the valley floor and follow Briones Valley Creek from one end of the property to the other.
Distance: Minimum 2+ miles round trip. Option to extend the hike based on pace and interest of group to explore other areas of the property accessible by fire road.
Difficulty: Easy, Generally flat terrain, fire road.
Capacity: This hike is limited to the first 25 participants who register. If you are confirmed to participate and then are not able to join us, please let us know so we can make your spot available to someone else.
Trip leaders: David Margolies and Lesley Hunt, EBCNPS
Abby Fateman, Executive Director, East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy
Directions to the hike start (vicinity of the intersection of Deer Valley Road and Marsh Creek Road) will be emailed to reistered participants. Register at
April 8, Toyon Canyon
Joshua Tree National Park Botany trip
April 29-May 5
Mojave National Preserve 8 day trip