Friday Walks

Friday Walks have returned!

The Sacramento Valley Chapter holds Friday Walks to collect seeds and data, identify plants and their preferred habitats, take photographs, and have fun! John Schmidt leads each walk and provides information about the plants we find. Seeds are collected during our walks only when needed by the chapter’s Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery, which propagates and grows plants to be sold at upcoming plant sales.

Where and When

We meet at 9:15 a.m. and walk for approximately three hours. Our destination changes each week, depending on Elderberry Farms’ needs and the group’s interests, but all walks take place within a short drive of the Sacramento area. Upcoming walks are listed on this page by the Tuesday before a walk. Occasionally, a walk will be scheduled two weeks ahead of time.

Liability Waiver required
Welcome to the new Friday Walks returning after an 18 month health recess. With the return are a few new Rules:
You MUST sign an Electronic Liability Waiver in advance for Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks. This is a permanent change required by CNPS statewide. Note that this Waiver is for Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks only and does not cover Sacramento Valley CNPS Field Trips nor any Events or Field Trips offered by other CNPS Chapters. The only difference with the Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks Liability Waiver is that once signed it is valid through the end of the current calendar year.

For now the Friday Walks will also have a limit on the number of participants. Initially the limit is 15 attendees plus 1 leader. Only 4 new to Friday Walks attendees can sign up for each walk during this initial restart of Friday Walks. If your name appears on a sign in sheet after January 1, 2013 you are not considered a new attendee.


What to Bring

When joining a walk, be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water, snacks, a hat, and layered protection. A walking stick might also be helpful.

If you are unvaccinated, we ask that you also wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance.

Walks are held unless there is heavy rain. Cancellation notices are posted by 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Places We Walk

Below are links to general information about the locations we visit. Specific information about where to meet is provided when you click on Event Detail for a specific walk under Upcoming Walks on this page.

Along the American River:

Around Folsom Lake and Beyond:

Upcoming Walks

John's Notes from the Field

Places visited in spring 2021 along the American River Parkway were Sailor Bar, Upper and Lower Sunrise, and Sacramento Bar. In the Folsom Lake SRA, the visits were to Beeks Bight, Beals Point, Brown’s Ravine, Negro Bar, Snipes Ravine, and Nimbus Flat.

Photo Gallery