Field Trip: Family Hike at Verbena Fields

Field Trip: Family Hike at Verbena Fields - Sold Out!

$5 Adult; $2 Youth

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

Walking, could involve distance but largely flat Walking, could involve distance but largely flat

Wheelchair accessible


In the heart of Chico, a wildflower meadow overlooks a creek meandering past willows and cottonwoods, while overhead a Red-shouldered Hawk surveys the ground for its next meal. If you are thinking Bidwell Park, think again. Lesser-known Verbena Fields is a 21-acre open space that is an active restoration site along Lindo Channel. This project has been initiated and implemented by Ali Meders-Knight and the Mechoopda Tribe, who have been carrying out native restoration over the last 12 years using Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge and stewardship practices. Ali Meders-Knight will join us at the end of the walk to talk about the importance of recognizing that the comeback of native plants and animals at this site is the product of an intentional and well thought-out, long-term process. Join us for an exploration of this urban gem.

Field Trip Leaders

Lisa Winslow

Lisa Winslow has a lifelong love for birds, wildlife and nature. She was a School Counselor for many years in the Chico community. She often spends her weekends out birding and hiking and is a member of the local Altacal Audubon Society. One of her favorite hot spots in the Chico area is the Oxidation Ponds.

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Ali Meders-Knight

Ali Meders-Knight is a Mechoopda tribal member, mother of five, and traditional basketweaver based in Chico, CA. She is a Mechoopda Tribal liaison working to form partnerships for federal forest stewardship contracting and tribal forestry programs on public lands. She has been a Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) practitioner for over 20 years, collaborating on environmental education and land restoration projects with Chico State University and the City of Chico. In 2009 she helped plan and establish Verbena Fields, a unique 17-acre interactive food forest and interpretive park in North Chico to help educate the community about the rich ecological heritage of the Mechoopda people.

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