Our local mountains have an amazing variety of scenery within a short drive from Bay Area cities. This fun and informative course combines in-class lectures with weekend field trips. Learn about wildflowers, plants, animals, geology, and history as you discover some of the most scenic and interesting parks and trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains. On each 4.5-6.5 mile walk we will stop frequently to examine natural and historical features of the terrain and sample some tasty treats made from native edible plants. We will explore an oak woodland, wildflowers, and an organic garden at Hidden Villa; old-growth redwoods and a rare sand hills ecology at Henry Cowell State Park; and spectacular views and fields of wildflowers at La Honda Creek Open Space. Field trip directions will be provided in the first class meeting. Tom Taber, an experienced naturalist, will be your guide.
Lectures: Thursday 4/6 & 5/4 from 7pm-8:30pm
Field trips: Saturdday 4/8, 4/22, & 5/6 from 10am-3pm