Upcoming Events

Local Native and Butterfly Plant Sale

Saturday May 12, 2009 8 AM - 2 PM

Carquinez Horticultural Center 1909 Dowrelio Dr (below the bridges), Crockett

First Saturdays at the Nursery
Come and volunteer at the nursery on the first Saturday each month between 10 AM and 2 PM. Help to weed, plant seeds, and repot native plants. Even an hour is a big help.

Saturday Seed Collecting Hikes 5/26/12 & 6/9/12

Join Bay Area botanist Dean Kelch and the CREEC crew for exploration of our East Bay natural habitats.

These leisurely hikes will consist of collecting California native plant seeds and cuttings for propagation at the Carquinez Horticultural Center, a Non Profit Nursery in Crockett.

Hikes are recommended for adults and older children alike.  Some of these areas have rather steep sections, but all have good paths.

The wildflower, tree, and grass seed collected on these excursions will be used in restoration efforts in our local watersheds.

No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and an enjoyment of nature.

Saturday May 26, 2012 10 AM-12:30 PM – Pinole Valley Park

This is a rather steep hill climb along a good path with some spectacular views. This hike starts in a grove of California bay trees and goes through oak woodland, coastal scrub, and ends in grassland. Yerba Buena, California coffeeberry, ocean spray, and hairy honeysuckle a re some of the interesting natives we see on this hike. Meet at the small parking lot off of Pinole Valley Road next to the dog park area.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 10 AM-12:30 PM – Bull Valley

CREEC seed collecting hike to Bull Valley. We will take this short hike through planted eucalyptus plantation, Coastal scrub, oak woodland, and CA bunchgrass prairie. Native grasses will be ripening their seeds. If we have time we will also go to a great stand of our state grass, purple needlegrass (Stipa pulchra), above Port Costa. Meet at the Eckley Pier parking area (lower lot of the Bull Valley Staging Area, Carquinez Shoreline Regional Park, between Crockett and Port Costa).