Members’ meetings

East Bay CNPS Members’ Meetings are great for:
* Learning about native plants (and wildlife) and their habitats
* Virtually visiting beautiful and interesting places
* Being inspired by conservation challenges and success stories
* Meeting nice people who share your interests

Our meetings are always free and open to everyone, members and nonmembers alike. We meet at 7:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month in January-May and September-November, with a slight adjustment in the schedule to avoid Thanksgiving week. Most of our meetings take place at the Orinda Library or Orinda Community Center, which are centrally located in our big, two-county chapter area.

We welcome your ideas for topics or speakers (some of our best programs have come from members’ suggestions), so please feel free to contact Programs chair Sue Rosenthal with your ideas ( or 510-496-6016).

A Journey Back in Time on San Miguel Island
Speaker: Bob Sikora
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

Extending west into the Pacific beyond the area sheltered by Point Conception, San Miguel Island has been sheltered from people for decades—by the weather, the Navy, and now, hopefully, by the National Park Service. The island’s isolation has left it as a virtual museum of California geology and archaeology. Bob Sikora has had occasion to visit the island several times, beginning 50 years ago. As you will see, a visit is an experience akin to walking on the moon. He will take us there on April 26.

Bob Sikora (MA, zoology, UC Berkeley) was one of the first four research divers at UC Berkeley. He taught advanced biology at Berkeley High and enjoys nature photography in his retirement.

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Questions? Email or call 510-496-6016.

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 26 Orinda Way:

From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way.
From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria Way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way.

Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street.

From BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.

Next Month’s Program:

May 24, 7:30 pm, Garden Room, Orinda Public Library
Ted Kipping: Pacific Coast Irises and Their Beautiful Love Children