Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular monthly meetings, held at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December. Meetings are held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center.
As of September 2022 our chapter gatherings will once again be held inperson, instead of the purely on-line Zoom events that occurred during the pandemic period. The virtual meetings were vital in maintaining the chapter's strength, but it's now time to venture back to live meetings. In line with current Los Angeles County recommendations, masks are strongly recommended for indoor public settings.
As occurred previously, we plan that shortly our meetings will be preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.
Past programs of our chapter: For a listing of past chapter activities over several years, see the Past Activities page.
Presentations from past chapter meetings: Click here to see video recordings or to download slides from selected chapter meetings.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement: At it's meeting on November 19, 2020, the chapter's board of directors adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Statement as an initial step to expanding the chapter's community engagement. Click here or the image to see the statement.
Email notification: If you wish to be notified by email of upcoming field trips, please click here to subscribe to our email list.
Leaders: Each outing has one or more appointed leaders. It is not necessary to contact the leader beforehand in order to participate. All you need to do is turn up for the event.
Plant walks are held on the second Sunday of each month except July and August.
Meet inside Eaton Canyon Nature Center on the back patio at 9:00 a.m. Then go on a leisurely walk, about 2 hours, through the native plant garden that surronds the Center and into the nearby wild areas. The walk is different each time — what's leafing out, flowering, in seed, etc., determines what your leade will talk about — and different leaders bring drifferent points of view.
Eaton Canyon Nature Center Current plant walks cancelled: The plant walks usually held on the second Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. are currently cancelled because of the coronavirus situation.
We sponsor outings on occasional dates throughout the year, usually on a Saturday. The walking ranges from easy, typically on wide fire roads, to moderately strenuous, such as on forest trails. If a convenient place is available nearby, we love to picnic afterward. Weather is unpredictable; snow, rain, fire and ice cancel.
Important note: The chapter does not advertise all field trips in the newsletter. Instead we have two levels of field trip, those with dates known well ahead to places expected to be good regardless of the season; and spur-of-the-moment trips organized with 1 to 2 weeks of notice, based on seasonal conditions and notified via this web site, email, and Facebook. This gives us more flexibility in finding wildflowers in bloom or fall color at its peak.
Angeles Crest HIghway Saturday, Julyt 23, 2022, 9:00 a.m.: Angeles Crest Highway:
Grade: Easy (this is a car tour). Leaders: Orchid Black with the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter and Bill Neill with the Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of CNPS.
This mid-summer outing to the San Gabriel Mountains will view geology features along 35 miles of Angeles Crest Highway, plus native plants near the Buckhorn Campground at 6,300 feet elevation.
To participate in this outing, and for logistical questions, please RSVP to Bill Neill at email@example.com.
We will meet in La Cañada Flintridge at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, where participants will have the option of forming carpools for the drive to Buckhorn Campground and back to La Cañada. All vehicles entering the national forest should carry and display an Adventure Pass or Senior Pass. The tour will end in the early afternoon, followed by picnic lunch at the Burkhart Trailhead and then the return drive, finishing around 3 p.m.
Directions: The meeting place is on Angeles Crest Highway just north of the Foothill Freeway, I-210. Park along Flanders Road, near the intersection of Flanders Road and Wiladonda Drive, 20 feet east of ACH, accessed via Milmada Drive; Flanders Road is parallel and adjacent to ACH for 3 blocks, separated from ACH by a narrow divider. The right turn to Milmada Drive is 300 feet north from the westbound freeway exit, and 500 feet north from the eastbound freeway exit. The meeting location at Wiladonda Drive is two blocks (500 feet) north of Milmada Drive.
Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.
Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:
Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.
Our Annual Plant Sale
Held in early November, typically the first Saturday, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.
South Pasadena Nature Park Monthly volunteering at South Pasadena Nature Park: The South Pas Nature Park (officially the South Pasadena Arroyo Seco Woodland and Wildlife Park) is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco in South Pasadena.
Each month volunteers weed and clean up in the park, and carry out improvement projects. Join us to meet your neighbors, enjoy the park, and make your community a better place.
Current volunteer Opportunities
Despite very little rain this winter, we had a modest display of wildflowers last spring. Throughout the pandemic period many people made good use of the park. The park lives on! And so regular development and maintenance continue! Please join us to remove litter and weeds, maintain paths, and enjoy the nature park with your neighbors. We are also working on a more welcoming and visible entrance (the Arroyo Entrance) from the recreational path that runs along the Arroyo Seco channel from Lohman Lane, along the golf course to the York Street bridge.
When and where
Location: 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of York Street Bridge
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Dates (third Saturday, except in December):
2022: October 15, November 19 (including Smart Gardening Workshop at 10 a.m.), no work in December
2023: January 21 (planting party), February 18, March 19, April 15, Mary 20, June 17, no scheduled work in July and August
Dates are tentative. Please confirm on Facebook, WeedingWIldSuburbia, or email.
On the internet:
Wild Suburbia: http://www.weedingwildsuburbia.com/nature-park/
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to receive email announcements of park events.
Sunland Welcome Nature Garden Volunteer opportunity: Sunland Welcome Nature Garden: The Sunland Welcome Nature Garden, a volunteer native plant garden on Sunland Boulevard at the 210 freeway, is a showcase of local native plants. Stop in and smell the flowers, visit the garden's Facebook page, or contact the garden's instigator Roger Klemm at email@example.com for more information or to join in the next workday.