Three Lichen Walks in Santa Clara County

Join Cait Hutnik, naturalist and docent at Santa Clara County Parks, for a series of three lichen walks:  Lichen–A Closer Look,  January-March 2017.  Heavy rain cancels the event.  For more information call  (408) 918-7770.

Saturday, 28 January, 9AM – Noon, Almaden Quicksilver. 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 discovery ways these fascinating organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Wood Road Trail parking lot, junction of Hicks Rd and Mt Umunum Rd San Jose, CA.

Saturday, 25 February, 9AM – 1:30PM, Santa Teresa.  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 at the end of Fortini Road, San Jose, CA.

CANCELLED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE.  Saturday, 11 March, 9AM – Noon, Uvas Canyon. 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 Visitor parking lot, Uvas Canyon County Park, at the end of Croy Road, Morgan Hill, CA.
ALTERNATE HIKE LOCATION:  Rancho San Vicente, a 90% serpentine habitat with lots of weathered rock embellished with lichen.  There will also be early spring wildflowers and some serpentine endemics, plus butterflies, song birds, and raptors including the golden eagle.  Contact Cait for more details:  (408) 918-7770.

 

 

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