Learn about gardening with California Native Plants on Oct 3 in Three Rivers


Sponsored by the Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
October 3   Saturday   9 am to 1 pm

Three Rivers Art Center
Just North of off HWY 198 on North Fork Drive in Three Rivers

plantsale1Locally grown shrubs and trees, perennials, wild grasses, and bulbs will be offered for our annual native plant sale. Come early if you have not pre-ordered. CNPS members will be available with suggestions about how and where to plant, mulching, and answers for special gardening questions.  Plants are provided by Intermountain Nursery in Prather and California Native Nursery in Porterville. Books and posters will be available for your purchase inside the Arts Center.

CNPS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED !  Please help with plant sale on both October 2 with the delivery of the plants and Oct 3 for sale itself.
Call Janet Fanning 561-3461 for information & to volunteer.

FALL PROGRAM for Alta Peak Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
October 3  Saturday  2 pm
Three Rivers Art Center


“Finding Connection in Nature”

with John Muir (Jack) Laws

John Muir said “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”  Join us for an exciting afternoon of appreciation of some of the most astounding and unappreciated species in the Sierra Nevada. In this illustrated lecture, John (Jack) Muir Laws (no relation to the other John Muir) will help us follow a series of astounding relationships between plants and animals in the Sierra Nevada. You will be delighted and amazed by the subtle and essential threads that connect species. You can find many of these species on a mountain hike with your friends or family and share the stories with them. Jack will also discuss some of the conservation challenges in the Sierra Nevada and what stewards of nature are doing to confront them. Whether you’re a botanist, birder or backpacker, don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your next exploration of the Range of Light!

Jack Laws is a naturalist, environmental educator and author and illustrator.  He has worked as an environmental educator for over 25 years in California, Wyoming, and Alaska.  He teaches classes on natural history, conservation biology, scientific illustration, and field sketching. He is trained as a wildlife biologist and is a research associate of the California Academy of Sciences. His illustrations capture the feeling of the living plant or animal, while also including details critical for identification.

Jack is the author and illustrator of Sierra Birds: a Hiker’s Guide and The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. This pocket-sized field guide contains 2,710 original watercolor paintings of more than 1,700 species in the Sierra. He is also a regular contributor to Bay Nature magazine with his “Naturalists Notebook” column. Jack is deeply committed to stewardship of nature and collaborates with organizations throughout the state.

Jack initiated Following Muir’s Footsteps, an educational program to engender passionate love of nature, personal understanding of natural history and commitment to stewardship. This program gets students out in the field, learning from their own observations and using field guides and nature journals as the basis for discovering nature around them. As a part of this project, he is working secure funding to donate sets of field guides to every middle and high school in the Sierra Nevada. Read details about this program at www.johnmuirlaws.com/SierraClassroomProject.htm

“From an early age, my parents instilled in me a deep love of nature and an insatiable curiosity. Nature exploration has opened my eyes to a world of beauty and wonder that has grown into a deep commitment to stewardship.”  …John Muir Laws


The Three Rivers Environmental Weekend is also happening on October 3 at the same location.  More information here. The Three Rivers Green Home Tour will be on October 4.

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