Knowland Park Lichen Walk

Lichen Walk in Knowland Park for Beginners through Experienced Participants
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm
To attend RSVP Christine Walker at
Note: space is limited to 10 people

Join Shelly Benson of the California Lichen Society for an excursion to see lichens in beautiful Knowland Park, Oakland’ s best kept secret. Knowland Park possesses a large community of crustose lichens on the rocky outcrops in the grasslands as well as abundant macrolichens in the oak woodlands and rare old growth maritime chaparral. This area of Knowland Park is threatened with development by the Oakland Zoo, so public access to the area may be short-lived before it is enclosed behind a perimeter fence. Wear good hiking boots, bring a hand lens if you have one, and wear long pants and long sleeves as there is poison oak in the park. Access to the rock outcrops is a 5-minute walk, and it’s another 10 minutes to the chaparral where we’ll proceed along a single track trail. There are no bathroom facilities or picnic tables, so we’ll eat lunch sitting on the grass.

Meeting place and directions will be provided once you reserve space on the trip. Laura Baker will be our local guide through the park. To reserve space on the trip, contact Christine Walker, CALS educational events coordinator at

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