Central Puget Sound Chapter: Field Trips & Plant Walks
Guided field trips and self-guided plant walks are great ways to learn more about native plants.
Field Trip Schedule
Changes to current trips and new trips may be added as the season progresses,
so be sure to check this page again. If you have any questions, please contact the
individual identified for the trip of interest.
The Issaquah Alps hiking club (http://issaquahalps.org) has hikes listed almost every weekend with varying degrees of difficulty. Go to their website for details. The public is welcome.
April 8th, 2017, Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Join Elby Jones and Dan Paquette for a WNPS hike to Evans Creek Preserve to be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 8th. Evans Creek preserve is located a few miles east of Redmond and just north of Sammamish. This 3 ½ mile hike has moderate elevation gains. It passes through islands of trees and shrubs on a flood plain, then retreats to the forested hillsides that are covered with a mixture of deciduous trees and conifers. Help us add to the plant list begun last December.
The group will meet at the lower trail head. Expect to be on the hike for about 3 ½ to 4 hours. Directions, maps and plant lists will be sent to participants. The leaders will try to hook up any participants who wish to carpool. This field trip is limited to 12 participants.
To sign up, email Dan Paquette at firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions to the trail head: Take SR 520 to the Redmond Way exit (SR 202). Turn south at the fork and proceed 3.8 miles on SR 202 to 224th Ave NE. Turn right, and the trailhead parking area is 500 feet to the south. There are 9 parking spaces and one ADA space.
New Year's Day Field Trip to Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish
Evans Creek Preserve, a former 179 acre farmstead, was opened to the public in 2011. Calvin and Minnie Galley established the farmstead at the turn of the 20th century and the family sold it to the City of Sammamish in 2000. The City of Sammamish developed the farmstead into a suburban nature preserve, reachable by public transportation. The forest is stunning and surprisingly mature with Douglas-fir, western hemlock, red cedar, alder, and maple in the canopy and vine maple, low Oregon grape, Indian plum, and salmonberry in the understory. There is a rich supply of lichens, ferns and mosses. We companionably wandered the meadows, forests and wetlands, enjoying and identifying the abundance and variety of native plants and wildlife (native slugs included). Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon have been observed in the creek. WTA warned that black bears have been seen in the preserve.
For a complete guide to WNPS guided field trips provided by other Chapters
please see Chapter Field Trips.
Field Trip Policies
Field trips take place rain or shine, so proper clothing and footwear are essential. Trips may be strenuous or hazardous and please contact trip leaders if you have questions about degree of difficulty. Bring water, lunch and the ten essentials (map, compass, flashlight or headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries, extra food, extra clothing and rain gear, sunglasses and sunscreen, first aid kit, pocket knife, matches in a waterproof container, and fire starter).
Bring the Northwest Forest Pass if you have one. Please notify the hike leader if for some reason you can't make it.
Cost-sharing Policy for Car Pools
The WNPS policy in 2009 was for passengers to provide the driver trip mileage reimbursement of $.25/mile, to be split among the passengers. In addition, passengers
are expected to chip in for tolls, ferry fees and entrance or parking fees. Since gas prices have increased since 2009, please be ready to offer your driver a higher per mile
reimbursement. Drivers, please keep track of field trip miles driven and ask enough to cover gas, plus wear and tear on your vehicle.
We frequently meet at the following Park and Ride areas for carpooling
Issaquah Park & Ride
1050 17th Ave. NW, Issaquah (SR-900 & Newport Way)
Green Lake Park & Ride, north side (NE 65th and Ravenna)
6601 8th Ave. NE, Seattle (NE 65th St & I-5)
WNPS maintains an extensive plant species list for various areas in the state.