Monday, June 27

Getting Ready for the Big Overnight Hike

Lots of activity, preparation, and anticipation at the Reserve today as the team pushed through to get a ton of plant data catalogued properly, checked on pressings that have been drying, and started to pull their gear together for the overnight hike that starts tomorrow morning. And somehow they also managed to find time to play host to two educators from the Los Angeles area who visited today, and blew them away with their lesson plan ideas for ways to introduce the work they're doing here to various different kinds of students.

Check out the video to see some of the preparation work being done:

Cool Plants: California Flannelbush

Latin Name: Fremontodendron californicum
Common Name: California Flannelbush

The California Flannelbush grows at high elevations, in the southern parts of California and the western regions of southern Arizona. This evergreen thrives in arid conditions and in soils that are lacking in nutrients.

The plant is named after its collector, 19th century explorer John Charles Fremont. Fremont served as the third Military Governor of California, a California Senator, the Territorial Governor of Arizona, and was the first Presidential Candidate for the anti-slavery Republican Party.

Fremont was also an avid explorer and embarked upon vast excursions across our nation's then unexplored frontier regions. During his travels Fremont compiled a rather extensive collection of the plant life in the Southwestern Territories and States.

We collected the specimen pictured above along the south face of a rocky slope heading up towards Cedar Springs.