Learn about the origins of color, work with select rock and plant samples, and take a local walk to learn about different species that lend themselves to exquisite color.
With around 800 species in California, the bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) are a fascinating, diverse, and ecologically important part of our native flora. The aim of this two‐day work‐ shop is to give participants the basic tools they will need to continue learning and enjoying the local bryophytes on their own.
Unfortunately we need to cancel the wreath workshop this year, but we hope you have a happy holiday season!
Join us for the Friends of the Chico State Herbarium’s Annual Meeting, including a special presentation by Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the national award‐winning public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden.
This workshop has been canceled
Cottonwoods and willows are the most common riparian hardwood species in California and yet many of us have little idea of how to tell them apart. The goal of the workshop is to instill confidence about vegetative characteristics used in the identification keys in The Jepson Manual and familiarize participants with some of the most common willows in California.
Join photographer Spencer Dykstra to learn how to use California's incredible flora to create one of a kind photographs. Novice to experienced photographers with any digital camera (even a phone camera!) are welcome and will benefit from the individual instruction.
Join CSU, Chico entomology professor Don Miller to learn about the butterflies of Butte County and their host plant affinities.
Optional fieldtrip on Friday, June 8
A group considered difficult by many people, the 90+ California manzanitas are actually easy to identify once you understand the characters and how they vary. Join authors Tom Parker and Mike Vasey to learn about this iconic group of Western North American plants.
Bidwell Park provides a great outdoor classroom to explore the relationships between landforms, soils, and the vegetation occurring on those soils.
Join local NRCS soil scientist Andrew Conlin do learn about the geologic processess that shape this dramatic landscape.
What comes to mind when you think of the winter holiday season? Do you think of evergreens and baking spices? Did you know that many of our native chaparral shrubs and forest trees are evergreen, and that native sages can remain fragrant for years after drying? Learn more about native plants while you create a holiday wreath, kissing ball, or garland!
Join us for the Friends of the Chico State Herbarium Annual Meeting, Guest Speaker, and Open House.
What trees are found in Northern California urban landscapes?
What key characteristics distinguish individual species?
What are the generalities and similarities between tree species to help you group them into families?
International Society of Arborists (ISA) units are available for this workshop.
Riparian Ecology along the Middle Sacramento River:
Understanding Riparian Ecology from the Perspective of Flowing Water
This field-based workshop will examine riparian ecology along the middle Sacramento River from the perspective of flowing river water: How has flowing water determined the location of plant species across the floodplain; How has the flowing water shaped the physical structure of the vegetation.
Are you interested in how to collect plants, press them, and make herbarium specimens? Learn about where to go to collect, how to obtain collection permits, proper collection practices & methods, including what types of data are needed while collecting in order to make specimen labels.
Become fern fluent! This workshop will be a crash-course introduction to the ferns of the world, with a focus on species that can be observed in the wild in California. The workshop will be led by Carl Rothfels, curator of ferns at UC Berkeley’s University Herbarium.
This workshop is intended to familiarize participants with identification of grasses using spring and summer-flowering species from the Northern Sacramento Valley, Southern Cascade and Northern Sierra - Nevada Ranges of California.
Join us for the Friends of the Chico State Herbarium Annual Meeting and special presentation by local author and horticulturalist John Whittlesey:
The Diverse World of Salvias
A Genus Well Traveled