Marin Master Gardeners
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Marin Master Gardeners

Exploring Plant Life on Ring Mountain – Welcoming Spring!

Date: May 26, 2019

Time: 2:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Contact: Kam Shadan at or 415-760-0346

Sponsor: Marin Master Gardeners

Location: Phyllis Ellman Trail, Ring Mountain

Event Details

The Program: Do you enjoy hiking trails? Do you like puzzles? Then this activity is for you! Join UC Marin Master Gardener Kam Shadan as he leads a hike from the gate to the Phyllis Ellman trail in Corte Madera to Turtle Rock at the top of Ring Mountain (elevation 460 ft) and back down through the loop. A plant puzzle handout is given to each participant; you will find the answers to the puzzle through your observations during the hike. This is an introductory-level review of plant life on the mountain.

Location: Meet at the North access gate to the Phyllis Ellman Trail. From Hwy 101 north, take the exit for Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera. Go straight onto San Clemente, which merges into Paradise Drive after 0.4 miles. Follow Paradise Drive approximately 1 mile (go past Westward Drive). The gate is on the right (map). 

The Speaker: Kam Shadan is a UC Marin Master Gardener. Having lived and explored the outdoors in Marin, especially Tiburon, for more than four decades, Kam has gained knowledge of the area’s natural environment including Ring Mountain, Mount Tamalpais and Angel Island. His volunteer work includes certification as an Angel Island State Park docent. Kam enjoys community building, learning and sharing Marin County's natural environment through outdoors activities.

Cost: None

Registration is required. Registration is now open and will close after ten participants register. Reserve your spot online here.

Special Instructions: This hike is strenuous. Participants must have hiking experience and need to be comfortable and able to hike rougher and steeper trails. Wear layered clothing, long pants for protection against elements and poison oak, hiking shoes with good traction, and bring water. Hiking poles are recommended. There are no facilities on the hiking trail. This hike is not appropriate for children under 13, or pets. Also, the hike may be cancelled if the ground is too wet due to recent rain or if the Saturday night forecast predicts rain on Sunday.

Contact: Kam Shadan at or 415-760-0346

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