2015 APS Annual Meeting - Chico, California - July 10-13

This year we visit the area around Chico in northern California. Our venues will include spectacular country with amazing views of the Trinity Alps. This is a meeting not to be missed!

Meeting Dates

This year we meet starting Friday July 10th. Friday we start the day at Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th Street, Chico. Friday events include registration, socializing, and a preview of the meeting events and trips. Saturday and Sunday each we start with field trips. Saturday night we have the annual banquet and presentations, including our speakers, Ted Kipping, an amazing photographer and orator, and Shannon Datwyler, who will give us a show on the local flora. Monday we have an optional field trip for those who wish to extend their stay.

Tentative Schedule

This schedule is tentative and may be modified slightly. Full registration includes dinners on July 10 and 11. Guests who do not hike may attend the dinners for a nominal price. Please see registration details below

Field Trips

One day will be spent in the Feather River Canyon along Highway 70. Another day will be in the Southern Klamath Mt. Region along Highway 299 and the Trinity River, ending at Weaver Bally and a view of the spectacular Trinity Alps.

Trip 1: Feather River Canyon/Quincy area: This trip will travel along Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon and and through the Bucks Lake Area on the old Quincy-Oroville Highway. We will start in the central valley and travel up to the crest of the Sierra Nevada and back again. On this trip, we will also visit Butterfly Valley Botanical Area just outside Quincy. This is home to pitcher plant bogs and a variety of other parasitic plant species.

We are likely to see many species of Penstemon including: Penstemon azureas

Trip 2: Weaver Bally Lookout (outside Weaverville, CA): This trip will travel into the southern Klamath range along Highway 299 along the Trinity River. We will end at Weaver Bally where there is a fire lookout station with spectacular views of the Trinity Alps and surrounding regions. On this trip, we are likely to encounter several species of Penstemon including:

Monday Optional Trip: Lassen Park. Lassen Park is a unique area with much to offer. This month the Park is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the last eruption of Mt. Lassen in 1915. All four types of volcanos found in the world are represented in Lassen Park. Three of those can be seen from Lassen Park Hwy. The Park contains a mini-Yellowstone Park with hot sulfur springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. The elevation of the highway rises from about 5000 feet at the northern entrance to 8512 feet at the highest point below Mt. Lassen, which makes it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. There are about 700 species of plants in the Park, of which 23 are rare, and 10 are penstemons. Each trail is unique in its wildflower display.

See the Spring APS Newsletter for more information.

Meeting Documents

These documents are of interest and importance to those attending the 2015 meeting. Please take time to download these. These will also be in the registration packet you will receive during registration in Chico.
Key to Penstemons as authored by Ginny Maffitt for this meeting.
Click here for a document outlining suggested items to bring on the field trips.
Click here for an update on the option Monday meeting. Posted July 3, 2015.


Registration is limited to members of APS only. We offer two ways to register, one by postal mail, and the other is to pay online. Click here to download a copy of the registration form. Complete the form and then mail it and your check to the address on the form. You will receive a confirmation from Val when she receives it.

The online form below allows payment via PayPal or major credit cards. You will receive electronic confirmation via email, sent to the email address you supply in the payment module

Registration Level
Preferred Field Trip Saturday
Preferred Field Trip Sunday
2nd Person Saturday Trip Preference
2nd Person Sunday Trip Preference
Attending Monday Field Trip?