UNAREP holds a “Celebrate Ulistac/Wildflower Day” each April to invite the community to spend the day learning about the environment through various activities, including: guided tours of the butterfly garden and the 40-acre natural area; live animal meet and greets; environmental booths hosted by other non-profit groups; and an arts-and-crafts booth.
The event celebrates California native plants during the month including Earth Day.
Preparation for the event takes a minimum of three months. Preparations include: recruiting local environmental groups to voluntarily come out and showcase their organization in a booth; preparing arts and craft activities; borrowing booth supplies from the City of Santa Clara; and recruiting volunteers to staff the event, help set up and take down. Booths and activities are donated to UNAREP.
The first Wildflower Day was in 2004, with 75 attendees and 8 booths. In April 2012, we had 15 booths participating, including organizations such as the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, the Master Gardeners, and the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. 60 people volunteered to help run the event and over 200 people of all ages attended.
In the future we plan on continuing this annual and its non-profit focus with donations of booths and volunteers helping spread environmental awareness. This event supports UNAREP’s purpose of teaching the community about the cultural and natural values of the California ecosystem, and the ecosystem of Ulistac Natural Area in particular.