Updated 18 January 2024
2024 Events

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Coast Life Support District Bill Platt Training Center
38901 Ocean Drive in Gualala
(across from the Redwood Coast Medical Services and behind the fire station)
This may be a fabulous wildflower season! Find out what is out there this year. There will be hundreds of flowers to see, your wildflower-loving friends to talk with, and great books and posters for sale. Great parking, lovely views there from the top of the hill. We need volunteers to collect plants, help with setting up, taking down, and being at the show to answer questions. Please contact Nancy Morin, president Support CNPS Plant Natives*aSupport CNPS Plant Nativest* dkycSupport CNPS Plant Nativesnps.org , if you can help.
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April 1 — May 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ford House
45035 Main Street, Mendocino
Featuring:“Flora Abunda”
Wildflower Photography by Katy Pye
Cut flower display by Mario Abreu

Sensitive Natural Communities on the North Coast
a CNPS Workshop — August 2024

Taught by Teresa Sholars and Todd Keeler-Wolf

August 12-14, 2024 Fort Bragg, CA
CNPS Members $500 / Non-Members $550
Capacity: 22 participants
Last Day to Register: July 29, 2024 (or until full)

 In this workshop we will discuss applications of fine-scale vegetation sampling, classification, and mapping, how to document sensitive natural communities, and threats to sensitive communities. This course will be mainly in the field with a short classroom introduction.

 California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond.

Check out the CNPS 2024 schedule and get full details and registration information at www.cnps.org/workshops for all the 2024 CNPS Workshops. Space is limited; sign up now to secure your spot!

DKY Field Trips
DKY CNPS Plant Walks 2024 - TBD

Outings are open to everyone, not just members. All levels of expertise, from beginners to experienced botanizers, are welcome. Walks begin at 10 a.m., unless otherwise noted. You will be required to sign a Release of Liability Form to attend the outing. Check our Facebook Page and the DKY CNPS Chapter Activities/Events web page for announcements. Check Back to find out when and where The 2024 Field Trips are Happening

To Register for a Field Trip/Walk: RSVP Here. Note: You may register for more than one Field Trip using any of the Links to Field Trip Registration Form provided here or below at the end of each Field Trip description.

Lichens of Jughandle
Saturday April 20,2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Meet Location: Jughandle Beach/Ecological Staircase Parking Lot, just north of Caspar.

Join UC Berkeley Lichen Curator Klara Scharnagl as she leads a walk along the Ecological Staircase Trail at Jug Handle, teaching about lichen ecology and identification. The diversity of habitats should provide many opportunities to observe lots of lichen species.

Hike Level: Moderate with frequent stops.

Leader: Klara Scharnagl

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North Coast Rare Clovers Canceled
Saturday, May 25 starting at either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. (TBD)
Meet Location: from either Pt. Arena or Manchester (TBD). A 1 hour drive from meeting location to destination.

Join local botanists Kerry Heise and Rhiannon Korhummel to visit populations of Monterey clover and Santa Cruz clover deep in the N. Fork Garcia River watershed (property of The Conservation Fund).

Monterey clover (Trifolium trichocalyx), which was listed California Endangered in 1979 and Federally Endangered in 1998, was historically only known from a 206 acre area in Monterey County. In 2011 it was identified during botanical surveys for a timber harvest plan in the upper Big River watershed in Mendocino County, approximately 200 miles north of the historical range. Since then, subsequent surveys identified additional locations in the upper North Fork Garcia watershed, making the Mendocino County population the largest both in abundance and areal extent.

Unlike the Monterey pine habitat in the southern part of its range, in Mendocino County this is a species of forest roads associated with numerous native and exotic herbaceous species under semi-open redwood-Douglas fir-tanoak forest. As a bonus we will also see another disjunct species, the rare Santa Cruz clover (Trifolium buckwestiorum).

Hike Level: This is mostly a driving trip with some easy strolling along the road near the site.

Limited to 15 participants in as few vehicles as possible. High clearance vehicles, 2WD is okay. You will be required to sign a waiver to enter The Conservation Fund property.

Leaders: Kerry Heise and Rhiannon Korhummel

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Point Cabrillo Lightstation Historic State Park
Saturday June 1 at 2 p.m
Meet outside of the Smithy (building with the aquarium)
Come learn native coastal prairie and coastal scrub plant species along with some of their pollinators with local nature author Katy Pye.
Hike Level: Easy walk on flat trails.

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Dogwood THP and More

Through legal action, the Dorothy King Young Chapter, in collaboration with the Friends of the Gualala River, successfully stopped the Dogwood THP, a plan that proposed to greatly impact a magnificent floodplain redwood forest and wetlands in coastal Mendocino County... excerpt from CNPS. Scroll down and choose the Dorothy King Young Chapter link for more information about the Dogwood THP and other areas of concern to the DKY Chapter

DKY Plant Sales
TBD Check back Soon

Past Events

2023 Events

Invitation to DKY Chapter's Annual Potluck

Molly Barker

Catch up on DKY news, visit with your plant-loving friends, and learn about current programs and future plans for the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens from director Molly Barker!


December 17, 2023: Potluck Lunch at noon, brief annual meeting at 12:50 pm, talk starts about 1 p.m.
Greenwood Community Center, Elk: 6129 S. Highway One, turn east on the paved(!) driveway just south of the Elk Store.
Bring a dish to share, utensils, and beverage.

Environmental Partnership Potluck

Sunday, March 26, 2023
12:00-3:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. setup all Hands are Welcome)
Greenwood Community Center, Elk

Peter Baye: Environmentalist of the Year

Four organizations dedicated to the Mendocino environment “Dorothy King Young Chapter of CNPS, Mendocino Coast Audubon, Mendocino Land Trust, and Mendocino State Parks” began meeting in the late 1990's to share information and provide mutual support. By 2002 they had formalized to the extent of agreeing to meet annually, rotate hosting the meeting, and present an award each year to a person or organization whose efforts on behalf of the environment have made a difference in our community. This award was renamed the Matt Coleman Environmental Service Award in his honor after his tragic death. Ginny and Warren Wade, Joan Curry, Pat Howard, Binah Polay, and Sally Malby were the organizers.

DKY is this year's host. The host organization nominates an awarded (it can be more than one), and since many of our DKY members are also active in the other groups, we have been well represented. At last year's meeting, for the first time, a new organization was added, the Noyo Center, adding the marine environment to the group.

This year's Environmentalist of the Year is our own Peter Baye, Naturalist, Botanist, Conservationist extraordinaire!

2022 Events


Sunday, December 11, 2022
12:00-2:30 p.m.
Greenwood Community Center, Elk
Phil Van Soelen, will talk about
Supporting Native Biodiversity In Your Garden

Phil Van Soelen We know Phil mostly as the person who, with Sherrie Althouse, started California Flora Nursery-the source of most of the plants that we get for our annual plant sales. A trip to CalFlora Nursery is a glorious experience! He is retired now and has been spending some time exploring the Mendocino and Sonoma coast with his wife, Mary Killian. Phil combines an artist's eye (he attended California Institute of the Arts in Southern California) with an ecologist's knowledge (he has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies), and a conservationist's ethic (he has focused on protecting northern California rare plants through CNPS).Recently he was one of the featured horticulturists in "Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast," by Jennifer Jewel, published in 2021 by Timber Press. We are so honored that he will share his expertise with us at our potluck.

2021 Annual Potluck
December 2021
Elk Community Center/Virtual Zoom Meeting

The Dorothy King Young Chapter Annual Potluck Meeting at the Elk Community Center, hosted Teresa Sholars as the featured speaker. She gave a presentation on her research and author of Lupines in Jepson eFlora and Flora of North America. Video, separate audio files and PowerPoint of her presentation Adventures with Lupinus, from Populations to Publications are linked below. Due to technical difficulties at the site the first few minutes of her presentation is missing from the video and audio files. The PDF version of her PDF PowerPoint presentation is complete.

  • Video Zoom video recording Adventures with Lupinus, from Populations to Publications -Teresa Sholars
  • AudioAudio only file of Teresa's presentation
  • Power PointComplete Power Point Presentation

Date Online: Monday 15 February 2021
Online Presentation at KZYX (use the link above to listen)

“A look at Mendocino's rare Pygmy Forest ecosystem with local botanist Teresa Sholars” - Mendocino Voice, Lana Cohen