Lichen Discovery Walks in Santa Clara Co Parks

CALS member Cait Hutnik is a docent with the Santa Clara County Parks. She will be leading three different lichen walks this winter and early spring.  For more information about the walks, call (408) 918-7770.

Date: Saturday, 9 January 2016, 9AM – Noon
Location: Almaden Quicksilver County Park, Santa Clara County
Fee: free
This easy 1.5 mile out-and-back nature walk is the first in a series that will explore habitats where lichen communities thrive. During this docent guided interpretive walk, learn to identify some of the most common forest lichen and discover ways these fascinating organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Wood Road Trail parking lot, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, junction of Mt Umunhum and Hicks Road, San Jose.

Date: Saturday, 13 February 2016, 9AM – 1:30PM
Location: Santa Teresa County Park, Santa Clara County
Fee: free
Enjoy a moderate 2.8 mile loop hike with a park docent to discover numerous brightly colored lichen verities that thrive in serpentine grasslands and learn ways these organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Stile Ranch Trail parking lot on San Vicente Road, west of the Fortini Road junction.

Date: Saturday, 12 March 2016, 9AM – Noon
Location: Uvas Canyon County Park
Fee: $6 parking fee
Take an easy 1.5 mile nature walk along trails from the lower to upper waterfalls with a park docent to discover the incredible beauty and diversity of lichen that thrive in the park’s riparian forests.  Learn ways these organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the day use parking lot, 4200 Uvas Rd, Morgan Hill, CA

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