China Creek Project

We had such a great turnout that we ran out of muffins at break time. To our delight, this crowd included two young women from Pacific University. Read more...


We are actively working on an education and restoration project at China Creek Park, an undeveloped Fresno County park near Centerville.

The park is a Valley Oak woodland, minutes from Sanger. A range of volunteer activity is available from weed pulling to leading a docent tour to trail maintenance.

Native Plant Garden Sign

garden_sign-140b.jpgIf you are a gardener and have native plants in your garden, this is the sign for you! Show off your commitment to California native plants by displaying this beautiful 9”x 12” full-color aluminum sign on a wall - or attach it to a garden stake. “Plant” the sign amongst your natives to let passers-by know that you are part of the growing community of ecologically advanced gardeners.

The general public will benefit by seeing your native plants in a garden settings and they will be encouraged to learn more by linking them to where they can get information about the “3 Ps” of gardening: Plant Local---Plant Light---Plant Well. You can purchase one here:>shop

Hike to see rare and endemic flora of the Sierra Nevada mountains

July 30 and 31, 2016

Join Chris Winchell on a guided field trip looking for numerous CNPS Ranked and Forest Service Sensitive species. Chris Winchell will lead the hikes on Patterson Mountain located between Shaver Lake and Wishon Reservoir off of McKinley Grove Road (7,000 to 8,000 ft.).  The area boasts truly rare plants including Platanthera yosemitensis and Tauschia howellii (found only in 2 locations in N. California).  At least 8 other CNPS listed species are on the mountain.  More may be found. Click to view location using Google Earth: Patterson Mountain July 31-32.kmz

The first day (Saturday) will take in several hotspots and be a more informative guided wildflower hike.  Sunday we will botanize on relatively unexplored parts of the mountain, more in line with a rare plant treasure hunt. Join for one or both days, camping overnight. Bring your own water supply.

July 30 (Saturday):  A guided tour where we are likely to see the species listed below.  We will explore the habitats where these plants occur, taking into account the unique ecological associations and adaptations that each of these species share. This day requires driving with 4 or 5 vehicle stops, depending on what we we find on scouting trips, with short light and moderate hikes at each stop. Driving will be on unmaintained forest roads, so vehicle clearance is required for those who drive. Vehicles can be left at the campsite and participants can carpool for the field trip (if needed).

Many of the species occur in meadows, therefore we will be focusing on meadow habitats including explanations of various meadow types, how they work, and threats they face. The Yosemite Orchid and Howell's Tauschia will be the stars of the day!

  • Yosemite orchid, Platanthera yosemitensis
  • Howell’s tauschia, Tauschia howellii
  • Subalpine fireweed, Epilobium howellii
  • Kettledome buckwheat, Eriogonum pratternianum var. avium
  • Yosemite ivesia, Ivesia unguiculata
  • Bolander’s bruchia, Bruchia bolanderi
  • Bolander’s clover, Trifolium bolanderi
  • Flat-leaved bladderwort, Utricularia intermedia
  • Three-ranked hump-moss, Meesia triquetra

July 31 (Sunday):  Plan to join one to several groups in search of undocumented rare plant populations. The day will be organized based on turnout and attendance of other local botanists. There are several interesting granitic, basalt, and limestone outcrops, meadows with peat masses (fens), etc. in the area that could have undocumented rare plant populations.

We will drive to specific locations that will require minimal walking (a stroll) and other locations that may require a little more legwork (open forest slopes, outcrops). Hikes are easy to moderate.

Target plant list:

  • Monarch golden-aster, Heterotheca monarchensis
  • Tulare rockcress, Boechera tularensis
  • Short-leaved hulsea, Hulsea brevifolia
  • Muir’s tarplant, Carlquistia murii
  • Fresno county bird’s-beak, Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. barbatus
  • Tulare County bleeding heart, Dicentra nevadensis
  • Three-ranked hump moss, Meesia triquetra
  • Broad-leaved hump moss, Meesia uliginosa
  • Western waterfan lichen, Peltigera gowardi

Contact Chris Winchell (559.907.6999) or to sign up!


Sequoia Chapter


Our chapter serves Madera, Fresno, and Kings Counties -- nearly 10,000 square miles ranging in altitude from 233 to 14,000 feet above sea level. Rainfall is similarly wide-ranging, from an average of 8 to 50 inches per year.

You can join online at the Become a CNPS Member page. Please designate Sequoia as your local chapter. You can also contact us by mail or phone:

Contact us at: 559.824.4093

CNPS Sequoia Chapter
3457 Redlands, Fresno, CA 93726