Botany of SW Oregon and N California
Botany of Southwest Oregon and Northern California - 6 days / 5 nights
The Green Tortoise and Umpqua Community College have teamed up to offer a unique opportunity for adventure and learning! Get college credits for Field Botany or related fields – or simply join our experts on an educational tour of one of the most botanically diverse regions on Earth!
Unparalleled plant diversity awaits your discovery on this tour from the Redwood Coast to the Oregon Cascades. Dr. Ken Carloni will lead you through the stunning wildflower habitats of these spectacular ecosystems from temperate rainforest to high desert.
The tour will depart from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR on Tuesday and head south through the unique flora of Oregon’s Siskiyou Mts. into the rugged canyons of Northern California’s Smith River. We will walk among giants as we experience the grandeur of the Redwood Parks, and explore the wildflower-covered promontories overlooking Trinidad State Beach before turning east for a swim in the crystal waters of the wild and scenic Trinity River.
At Lassen Volcanic National Park, we will marvel at the interplay between its violent geologic history and distinctive flora before continuing north to observe the plants clinging to the thundering falls at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. Our journey will then take us to the evocative ancient rock art and fascinating lava tubes at Lava Beds National Monument, where we will walk through fields of wildflowers in the footsteps of Modoc warriors.
We will re-enter Oregon and hug the eastern shore of Klamath Lake on our way to discover the rich plant communities of the eastern slope of the Cascade Mts. The stunning beauty of Crater Lake National Park awaits to reveal the earliest blooms peeking out from the melting snow. We will follow the melt-water down the spectacular waterfalls of the wild and scenic North Umpqua River as we return to UCC late Sunday afternoon.
Priority will be given to students who are on the tour for college credit. For enrolling in the course, or to have your name added to a waiting list of non-credit riders, email Dr. Carloni at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-440-7641. Visit our Facebook page.
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