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Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve is 1,500 acres of rugged ridges, redwood canyons, serpentine meadows, and dwarf Sargent cypress woodlands. The preserve is named in honor of Gary Giacomini, a long-time West Marin County Supervisor who worked with the community to save this area from development. On this field trip, we’ll visit serpentine meadow, chaparral, and redwood forest habitats. We’ll see not only unique and interesting plants, but also areas where we can discuss protecting open space lands from invasive species (broom), succession pressure due to fire suppression, restoration efforts, and the Marin County Open Space District Road and Trail Management Plan.

Meet at the Redwood Canyon Drive Gate: From Highway 101 in Larkspur, take the exit for Sir Francis Drake Blvd. west 7.7 miles. Turn left onto Railroad Ave., make a sharp right onto San Geronimo Valley Dr., and take the second left onto Redwood Canyon Dr. The gate is immediately on the right and parking is available.

Leader: Linda Novy. For more information and to sign up, contact Susan Schlosser, scschlosser52@gmail.com, 707.834.6525.

Plant List

Location Map

Preserve Map

Photos by Vernon and Doreen Smith.