Wildflowers now blooming at Jack London State Historic Park – Free Guide available through May 31
Was it the rain in December or the sunshine in January? Either way, wildflowers at Jack London State Historic Park have already started blooming.
To help visitors make the most of the seasonal splendor, the park provides a free “Blooming Now” guide to the latest blossoms at the 1,400 acre park, with photos, names, and recently spotted locations. Visitors can seek out a variety of flowers, with names like California Buttercup, Pacific Hounds Tongue, and Checker Lily.
The “Blooming Now” guide will be updated every two weeks through May 31, 2022.
For flower-finding success, park visitors are advised to go slowly, look closely and consider many characteristics. Wildflowers can vary greatly in size, their colors subdued or splashy, appearing alone or abundantly, growing in park habitats sunny or shady, in mixed evergreen forests or wide-open grasslands.
For a deeper dive into the world of wildflowers, Jack London State Historic Park will offer a two-hour hike, “Wildflowers 101 – Not Just Another Pretty Face!” on April 16, 2022.
Hikers will learn how to identify wildflowers, discover their potential pollinators, and find out how to recognize at least five common Sonoma County plant family characteristics. Hike Leader Carolyn Greene will emphasize patterns, purposes, and even smells of native plants, and how they might look through the five eyes of our native bees. The program begins at 10 a.m. with a brief discussion around an illustrative table display. Participants will receive helpful handouts before starting the walk.
Greene has been observing, pondering, and asking questions about botanical wonders for decades. She holds a degree in biogeography from the University of California, with a specialty in botany. She is an experienced field biologist, conducting wildlife, plant, and restoration research for the past 25 years. She has worked with local parks, the California State Parks system, and the U.S. National Park Service. Greene is also a certified California Naturalist and “Cal Nat” trainer.
Participants can expect approximately three miles of moderately paced hiking with some elevation gain. Hikers should dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes, bring a snack and water, and carry hiking poles (optional). The hike is purely educational. Collecting wildflowers is not permitted.
After the hike, visitors can enjoy the park’s historic side and learn about the lives of famed author Jack London and his wife, Charmian, who made the place they called “Beauty Ranch” their home.
Hike tickets are $10 per person and do not include the parking fee (regularly $10 per car for up to nine passengers). The hike is limited to 15 people and will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain.
To reserve tickets, visit https://jacklondonpark. com/events/wildflowers101-april/.
For information on other upcoming events at the park, visit https://jacklondonpark. com/events.