Classes, Field Trips & Workshops

Joshua Tree NP photo: Linda Blide

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 natural history, field trips to wild California, and workshops on gardening.

We can now accept credit cards!

To enroll, print out the Class Registration Form and send it with your check made out to The Regional Parks Foundation or your credit card information 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.)


Classes – February – June 2018

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Instructors Bios

Susan Ashley has taught Propagation at Merritt College, Diablo Valley College and The Regional Parks Botanic Garden. She has a special interest in California native plants and currently runs a small business growing natives for local retail nurseries.

Carol Bornstein is Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She co-authored two books, the award-winning California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn. For nearly 30 years, Carol was horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Caleb Caswell-Levy is originally from Southern California. Caleb did his undergraduate in Ecology and Evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, where he became interested in plant community ecology. After graduating he worked as a vegetation ecologist at Point Reyes National Seashore and Pinnacles National Park. His current research interests include bryophyte community ecology. He is a PHD candidate at UC Berkeley

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.

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.

Kiamara Ludwig is a horticulturist presently employed at the Botanic Garden. She is also a founding member of the CNPS Bryophyte chapter.

Glen Schneider grew up in a local nursery family. Now retired, he’s been landscaping with native plants for over 40 years. His garden of local natives is on the Bringing Back the Natives Tour each year.

Debbie Viess aka Amanitarita is a Bay Area biologist, naturalist, artist and amateur mycologist, who has studied fungi here in CA and across the country for the past 25 years.


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