CNPS Chapter Council Activities
hosted by North Coast Chapter
Friday 9/8 to Sunday 9/10 – Trinidad, Eureka and nearby

images: and CA State Parks 

updated 9/5Registration will remain open through the event. If we can’t fit you into the Saturday meals, take-out is available nearby, so please join us.

FRIDAY 9/8 – Eureka and McKinleyville (directions)
Morning  Afternoon
  • starting 6:00 pm – Chow-down and Socialize at Gordon Leppig and Julie Neander’s place, 1812 Fischer Ave, McKinleyville, CA 95519. Pot-luck and beverages courtesy of the North Coast Chapter. (limit appx. 50 – sign-up at registration)

SATURDAY 9/9 – Trinidad Town Hall (directions)
Facility use sponsored by the city of Trinidad and the Trinidad Civic Club.

Morning & Afternoon
8:00 am – Breakfast snacks | 9:00 am meeting starts.
  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Lunch: Build your own gyro: pita, falafel balls (vegetarian, gluten free), gyro meat, dolmas, sauces – by “Kebab Cafe,” Arcata. (sign-up at registration)
    Plus an optional stroll to the nearby Native Plant Garden of the Trinidad Museum – effectively weed-free despite its size. Members of the volunteer crew will be on-site to discuss the garden’s history and challenges. The museum will be open, too.
  • 3:30 pm – Spruce Forest & Sea – If the Saturday Council meeting adjourns early, there will be an optional walk in Trinidad State Beach, which starts just a block away. We’ll stroll through the spruce forest and down to the beach and return in time for Happy Hour. Whet your appetite while experiencing the lush vegetation and epic scenery of the far northern California coast.
  • starting 5:00 pm – Happy Hour! Pre-dinner snacks & bevs at the Town Hall
  • 6:30 pm – Dinner – guest speaker Michael Kauffmann, author and publisher (Backcountry Press)
    topic: “The Klamath Mountains, its Natural History, Botany, and Vegetation”
    Dinner:Grilled chicken with mushroom sauce, vegetarian stuffed shells, mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, garden salad with shredded beets and carrots with sliced strawberries, bread and butter. “Cassaro’s Catering,” Arcata. Dessert by North Coast CNPS bakers. (sign-up at registration)

SUNDAY 9/10 – Sue-meg State Park – formerly Patrick’s Point (directions)
Facility use sponsored by California State Parks and the Trinidad Rancheria. Entrance fee waived for CNPS and other participants.

Native Plant Conservation, an Indigenous Perspective - a symposium at Sue-Meg Village, organized by Trinidad Rancheria in partnership with CNPS.
8:30 am - breakfast snacks | 9:00 am - program.
  • "Dreaming Rou Dalagurr Into Being: The Story of the Food Sovereignty Lab & TEK Institute" - presenters: Kaitlin Reed and Karley Rojas Food Sovereignty Lab & TEK Institute, Cal Poly Humboldt
  • "California Tribal Partnerships, Plant Knowledge Systems and Cultural Burning" - presented by Frank Lake, USFS (a link to some of his projects and an interview)
  • "Wiyot Tribe: Land Back & Traditional Land Management" - presented by Ted Hernandez, chairman of the Wiyot Tribe
  • "Collaboration with Local Tribes for Co-management of State Lands in Tribal Territory", presented by Victor Bjelajac, Superintendent of North Coast Redwoods District, California State Parks
Lunch: Sandwiches from Murphy's deli. We'll be taking orders at the Council meeting and at Sunday breakfast.

  • 2:00 pm - Field trip to the nearby Big Lagoon Bog - (technically not a bog but a fen), led by Greg O'Connell, CA F&W. Learn about the restoration and monitoring efforts. Your feet might get wet - participation limited to minimize impact. A few slots still available. We'll meet at the county park. $5 per car use fee. (cash in envelope)
  • 2:00 pm - Sue-meg Village - Join the official daily interpretive walk. (no signup required)

Other Things To Do - For those staying longer in the area, we're assembling a list of local attractions...
  • Skywalk at Sequoia Park Zoo
  • Madaket cruises on Humboldt Bay - Kayak rentals are available at Humboldt Bay and Big Lagoon.
  • Clarke Museum - outstanding collection and interpretation of local Indigenous cultural materials
  • Trinidad Museum - local history, science, Indigenous culture, plus a marvelous, well-maintained native plant garden that's always open
  • North Coast Journal - online local events calendar
Council acting Chair - Woody Elliot Hosting chapter - Larry Levine