Field Trip, Sunday, January 29

Mosses, Lichens, Liverworts and More
in Modjeska Canyon

with Chris Wagner, UC Riverside

(Please note: due to road conditions, the location of this trip has changed. Please see details below.
This trip is limited to 20 participants AND IS NOW FULL.)





Chris Wagner, an expert bryologist, lichenologist and botanist will lead us into the fascinating world of non-flowering life, specifically the mosses, liverworts and lichens. She is a federal botanist and the non-vascular curator at the University of CA, Riverside Herbarium as well as a former botanist at several National Forests. Ron Vanderhoff is our chapter leader for this field trip.


Learn the biology of these important organisms and the fundamentals of their identification and classification. Chris will likely also demonstrate lichen and moss collecting. We will stop at various spots to examine and discuss the various organisms. The road is dirt and gravel, with some rutted sections, but passable by most passenger cars.


  1. This trip is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting/cancellation list please send a note to .

  2. Meet: 9AM at the Modjeska Preserve gate, at the far end of Modjeska Canyon Road, about 1/4 mile past the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. We will open the gate at 9AM, bring in as many vehicles as we can, then lock the gate once again. There is very limited parking at the Preserve, so please carpool if you can. Overflow parking will be along the road near the sanctuary and will require a walk to the Preserve. Please don't be late or you could get locked out!

  3. Bring: Trail shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, water, and lunch if desired. An approx. 10x magnifying glass is recommended.

  4. Expectations: Easy hiking with some up and down. Bryophyte and lichen intensity Moderate to High.