Jepson Prairie Reserve is a wonderful example of rare vernal pools and is home to some of the least disturbed parcels of native bunch grasses left in the state. Just a 30 minute adventure from Davis, it's a great place for some hiking & outside fun. Jepson Prairie is also host to two endangered species, grassland, Lake Olcott, a couple of porto-potties and some picnic tables.
The best time to visit is during the spring. Once the vernal pools have dried out, huge numbers of native flowers bloom in the depressions. Non-native species can't survive the seasonal inundation of the pool habitat.
2010-01-22 13:19:02 Its a nice place to see some unique wildflowers. I recommend the docent-led hikes to fully appreciate the subtleties of the place. Jepson Prairie Preserve wildflower photos march2006. —BruceThomas