Central Valley CDS Chapter Presents:
Getting to Know the Plants in Your Pasture
Have you ever wondered what types of plants are growing in your pastures or if they are safe for your horses? Reagen O’Leary, our activities coordinator, is going to kick off her first event for our chapter with a topic she knows intimately: plants in the California landscape. Reagen along with two of her botany friends from the California Native Plant Society’s Sequoia Chapter, will share with attendees:
What local plants are toxic to horses.
How horses can change the plant composition in your pastures.
What plants are growing on-site.
Identification of plants you bring from your own pastures.
When: Saturday, April 17th from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Where: J Bar L Arena, 10890 N. Armstrong Ave., Clovis CA 93619
What to bring: Your own plant specimen (optional- see more information below). If you would like to sit during the talk please bring your own chair. We will be walking around the facility exploring the vegetation so please wear good walking shoes/boots.
How to RSVP: Fill out the Google form
Who to contact: If you have any plant questions before class, please email Reagen at
To submit plants for identification during the class, please collect specimens within a week from the class date, place each individual type of plant in its own resealable bag and keep cool until class (place bagged plants in your refrigerator if you collect the plants any other day than the morning of the class). The goal is to keep the specimens from developing mold or getting hot and mushy.
WARNING: Please do not collect stinging nettle (Urtica urens) at least with your bare hands, see photo below. This little plant can provide a stinging punch that can last up to an hour and leave an unpleasant skin rash. It tends to grow in shady areas in pastures and wild landscapes.
Want to know more about the botanists? View the document below!
Please RSVP if you plan on attending: