We're looking forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara! A few IMPORTANT notes on logistics:
Registration: Early bird discounts are available through midnight Tuesday 12 March after which regular rates apply; pre-registration ends Friday 5 April. If the conference is not at full capacity by 5 April, a limited number of late registrations will be taken at the door.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to membership and fieldtrip logistics, registration payment is a two-part process. First, you fill out and submit this form; second, you will receive an invoice for online payment through Squareup — during business hours, you will typically receive an invoice within one hour after submitting your registration. It is up to you to watch for the invoice and pay within one week to ensure your spot!
None of the nearby hotels were large enough to become the “Conference Hotel.” Thus, we’ve secured discounted rates at a variety of accommodations within walking distance; two of those hotels offer even better government rates. Other nearby hotels have also been listed; by no means is this list exhaustive, nor is it complete in terms of all the amenities each hotel offers. If you want a certain amenity, be sure to ask for it and ask if it is a part of the room rate. All rates listed do not include tax. Most rates increase Friday–Sunday nights.
Friday Fieldtrips: Four fieldtrips are being offered on 12 April. All but one have limited capacities. If a fieldtrip reaches maximum capacity before the conference, a waiting list will be maintained til the conference closing, April 11, 5pm. A $20 administration fee is required to reserve your spot on a fieldtrip. Refunds will only be issued if your fieldtrip choice does not have any openings and you don’t select another.
Friday CNGA Workshop — Identifying and Appreciating the Native and Naturalized Grasses of California. SERCAL is pleased to include our partner organization’s signature workshop — a morning of classroom instruction, lunch on your own, and an afternoon in the field. All net proceeds will go to CNGA. The goal of this workshop is to give botanists, resource and range professionals, ecologists, as well as interested landscape professionals and home gardeners, the confidence and skills to key an unfamiliar grass, and recognize key characteristics and groupings. First, a brief introduction to the ecological history of California grasslands will be offered, followed by a summary of the current status of this valuable resource with respect to weed invasion, restoration, and land use. Although participants should have a basic understanding of dichotomous keys and plant anatomy, they will be introduced to the grass key found in the 2nd Edition of The Jepson Manual (Eds. Baldwin et al.), as well as online resources for assistance in keying. Participants will receive key excerpts and supplies to create reference specimens. Taught by CNGA Board President Andrea Williams, a Vegetation Ecologist for Marin Municipal Water District on Mt. Tamalpais. She has worked in coastal grasslands from Northern California to Oregon off and on for 25 years.
Saturday Shindig at S & S Seeds: Our friends are having a party and we’re invited! Buses will be on hand to ferry conference goers about an hour up the road to the Los Alamos Garden Center. More information to come…
Finally, please watch this website for the latest information on the conference schedule, presentations, fieldtrips, and more!