Local Wildflower Families: A Patterns Approach to Identification

Join Splash for this fascinating course from our new series of Lifelong Learning Classes!

Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
March 1 – April 26, 2012

During this 9-week course, you’ll learn how to identify 40 major plant families using keys and reference guides. Plus, you can enjoy field trips with your new botany buddies to identify wildflowers in their natural habitats!

Live specimens and slides will focus on the most common species in the Sacramento area, including the wildflowers of Mather Field and Jepson Prairie. This series is suitable for beginners and beyond.


You will receive a binder of helpful materials and access to homework, games, quizzes, and excellent on-line resources for current study and future identification efforts.

Field Trips

Several field trips will be offered, some with optional camping. Possible destinations include:

  • Table Mountain (Near Oroville)
  • Plaskett Meadows (Interior Coast Range)
  • Butterfly Valley (Near Quincy)
  • Howard Ranch (Near Rancho Seco)
  • Carson Pass (Hwy88/89)


The fee for this 9-week course is $160 in advance. If you opt to pay for each session individually, the cost is $20 per session, plus $25 for materials.

All participants will need a copy of Pacific States Wildflowers by Niehaus and Ripper. You may bring your own or we can provide you with a copy for $12.


Reservations will be accepted until February 15, 2012 or until the class is full, whichever comes first. Register using the form below, or call Splash at (916) 364-2437 and we will return your call. This course is sure fill quickly, so don’t delay!