Classes, Field Trips & Workshops

Miniature of Goldback Fern © Linda Ann Vorobik

Miniature of Goldback Fern
© Linda Ann Vorobik

Our schedule of fun and informative classes, field trips, and workshops offers something for every native plant lover. Choose from our changing selection of classes on botany and natural history, field trips to wild California, and hands-on workshops on gardening, art, and photography

To enroll, print out the Class Registration Form and send it with your check made out to The Regional Parks Foundation to:

Regional Parks Foundation
c/o Linda Blide
3249 Monterey Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94602-3561

For additional information email Linda Blide at

(Advance registration is required for all classes. Drop ins are not permitted.)

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Trips – January – June 2017

Instructors Bios

Susan Ashley taught Plant Propagation at Merritt College, Diablo Valley College, The Master Gardener’s Program of Alameda County, and for the Friends of RPBG. She runs a small backyard nursery specializing in California native plants.

Katherine Greenberg – garden designer and author, was the founding president of the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden and a past president of the Mediterranean Garden Society and Pacific Horticulture Society. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the UC Botanical Garden. Her Lafayette garden has been featured in a number of publications.

Nick Jensen is currently a Ph.D candidate in botany at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden/Claremont Graduate University. His research interests include biogeography, rare plant conservation, and biodiversity. His research projects include the flora of Tejon Ranch, threats to California’s rare plants, and evolutionary relationships in Streptanthus (jewelflowers). Nick has a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture from U.C. Davis and previously served as the Rare Plant Program Director for the California Native Plant Society. He has also worked as a botanist for the US Forest Service, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the private consulting industry.

Glenn Keator is a popular freelance instructor of botany in the Bay Area. He currently teaches, leads field trips, and provides docent instruction in botany for the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. He is the author of a number of books on native plants.

Lee McCaffree is a botanical artist and likes to emphasize native plants. She helps coordinate and is a primary instructor for the Botanical Arts Certificate Program at Filoli Gardens and teaches privately as well as at Botanical Art conferences. Her works have been exhibited around the US and England in juried shows.

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