Tues., June 19 - Thurs., June 28, 2007
This trip will take you on a botanical exploration of the famous Engadine Valley in Southeastern Switzerland, a region well known for its rich plant diversity, alpine scenery and its ancient history. The Engadine Valley is a place for plant lovers, birders, photographers, hikers, historians, artists - and poets and writers as well.
We will spend three nights in the town of Scuol on the Inn River, at an altitude of 4000 feet, three nights in the remote hamlet of S-charl at the border of the Swiss National Park at 6000 feet and three nights in the village of Sils/Segl on the Lake of Sils, also at an altitude of 6000 feet.
On daily hikes, we will explore the flora of the surrounding areas. All hikes are on established trails, but require good physical condition and proper hiking attire. Expect daily hikes (rain or shine) of 6 to 8 miles in length (botanist's pace) and climbs and descents of about 2000 feet. Among the many flowers expect to see alpine rhododendrons, many species of gentians, small orchids, wild crocuses, campanulas, lilies and maybe even edelweiss.
About the Trip Leaders:
Margareta (Greti) S?quin is a native of Switzerland and is intimately familiar with the Engadin area as she has spent most of her summers hiking with her family in the Alps.
She is an organic chemist, with special emphasis on plant chemistry, and teaches at San Francisco State University. She has a great interest in plants and works as a docent at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley. Aside from her college teaching she has taught many field seminars for Yosemite Association, for the Regional Parks Botanic Garden and other nature areas.
Glenn Keator is a free-lance botanist, teacher, and writer with broad experience in field botany. He has traveled extensively in California and in various other parts of the world, and is interested in how different climates and geographic regions shape the world's floras. His several books include "In Full View: Three Ways of Seeing California Plants", "Plants of the East Bay Parks," and "The Life of an Oak: an intimate portrait."
Glenn and Margareta have cotaught numerous field seminars on plants and their chemistry. They led a similar trip to Switzerland in June 2001. It is on popular demand that they decided to organize another trip to the Engadine.
Price includes lodging in comfortable, clean three-star family hotels, meals (buffet breakfasts, served lunches on first and last day, picnic lunches on other days, and dinners), all transportation during the trip, daily guided botanical hikes. All travel will be by reserved public transportation. A $200 tax-deductible contribution to the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is also included.
Cost of ravel to and from Switzerland, dinner beverages and alcoholic beverages is not included.
Group size: 10-15 people.
For further information, please call Dr. S?quin at (510) 845-4116 .