The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society serves Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, and parts of Placer and San Joaquin Counties.
The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats, through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship .
Our chapter meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. Meetings are start at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (January - June and September - November) at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, 95816. GOOGLE MAP
A wide selection of books and Sacramento Valley Chapter t‑shirts are available for purchase at meetings. Refreshments are always provided!
Wednesday, May 13th, 7:00pm
A Simplified Geologic Overview of California’s Great Valley and Geomorphic Development of Vernal Pool Habitats presented by Nate Manley
Many people in our region have learned to love California’s vernal pools and the unique array of plants and animals found in these ecosystems. Superbly adapted to their environments and the extreme seasonal fluctuations we enjoy here in California, these flora and fauna are both beautiful to behold and wondrously fascinating to study. But have you ever wondered how these vernal pool habitats formed in the first place?
Not only are vernal pools distinctive biologically, they are geologically unique as well! Local geologist and earth science educator Nate Manley will be providing a geologic overview of California’s Great Valley, illustrating how a myriad geologic processes and more than 200 million years of Earth history have shaped our state and contributed to the evolution of the vernal pool ecosystems we enjoy today. From a “big picture” overview of plate tectonics and geomorphic history of California’s Sierra Nevada, Great Valley, and Coast Range provinces, all the way down to the subsurface conditions beneath vernal pool habitats like those we see at Mather Field and Howard Ranch, Nate will be sharing his knowledge and presentation skills to craft a fascinating story that will add new depth to your appreciation of vernal pool ecology.
Nate Manley studied geology as an undergraduate at Humboldt State University and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Structural Geology from Sacramento State. Over the years he has worked as a California licensed professional geologist in the fields of environmental and engineering geology and has participated in numerous projects all over California. More recently Nate has been teaching as an adjunct professor at community colleges in the greater Sacramento region. In his role as an educator, Nate has taken a special interest in making complex geologic processes easy to understand and fun to explore and he has been recognized by students and colleagues for his beautiful visual presentations, clear explanations and outright enthusiasm for sharing what he knows.