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Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve Hiking

April 23, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

| $25

CNGF Outdoor Hiking Program

Learn about native plants in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Zayante Sandhills are a truly unique geological formation (exposed ocean floor upthrust by the San Andreas Fault) with an equally rare set of flora and fauna. In just this one micro-environment there are at least ten different types of ferns. Click on the previous links to read about the astonishing variety of plants and wildlife that inhabit this mysterious and enchanting region.

This will be a chance to see how fire deters invasive or non-native plants (and animals) by restoring the land’s original balance.  Stroll through the endemic plant community as it returns to health and reclaims its rightful place in the beautiful Santa Cruz Coastal Range.


April 23rd Outing Visits a Unique Environment

CNGF invites you to be part of a learning experience in the natural classrooms of this area’s regional parks and wildlife preserves. Our next day hike takes us to the seaward slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. These outings are tailored for people of almost all ages who want to become more familiar with the amazing variety of Northern California’s native flora, fauna and micro-environments.  

The Santa Cruz Kangaroo Rat
April 23rd – Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve

This is a chance to see Mother Nature heal her children. On June 11, 2008 a wildfire consumed 520 acres (2.1 square km) — about 60% of the entire Reserve — over some 48 hours.

This area is the site of exceptionally unique geological formations known as the Zayante Sandhills. It is home to endemic species found nowhere else on earth, such as Zayante band-winged grasshoppersand the Santa Cruz kangaroo rat

Specific plant species include the Santa Cruz wallflower (Erysimum teretifolium), Ben Lomond spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens var. hartwegiana), Ben Lomond buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum var. decurrens), and Bonny Doon manzanita.

Bonny Doon Reserve – Post-Fire
As can be seen from the photo at right, this area is recovering and regaining its original beauty. Hikers will have an opportunity to witness how the native plant communities reestablish themselves.


Alrie Middlebrook  

Guide: Val Haley
Starting time: 11:00 AM (please arrive 15 minutes early)
Meeting point: Volunteer Firehouse parking lot.
Time: 3-4 hours Ends at Trailhead. 
Fee: $25 per Person Donation

We will make a big loop through the reserve. Although its modern iteration began in the 1850s as a logging camp, this is an area that shows traces of previous occupation from some 2,600 years ago.



April 23, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Bonny Doon Reserve Trail
Martin Road, Santa Cruz, CA 92841 United States
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