Plant walks, hikes and lectures in the Tetons

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We invite all those interested in the native plants of Jackson Hole to enjoy our programs, information sources and good company. We are the Teton Chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society. Voluntary membership dues help support our educational efforts. We welcome your participation in any way you choose.

To learn more about the Teton Chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society, click here or on the About tab above.


  • Saturday, September 2, 9 am -1 pm, Blacktail Butte Wildflower Watch: Climate Change and Citizen Science in the Tetons. Sponsored by Teton Plants, Sierra Club, Teton Botanical Garden. Join Trevor Bloom, a young botanist raised in Jackson, on an informative and enjoyable hike on the west slope of Blacktail Butte for a glimpse into the diverse fall foliage of Grand Teton National Park. Trevor has been working with several partners to investigate the impacts of climate change on the phenology (ecological timing) of plants, as well as cascading effects on the vital wildlife of the Tetons. The work is inspired by and utilizes the baseline data of Dr. Frank Craighead, which he collected in the 1970’s. Trevor’s team is out at Blacktail weekly on a multi-year study, collecting data on a wide community of plants.  They need citizen scientists, such as yourself, to help. This will be an introduction to their work. Frances Clark of Teton Plants, Steve Deutsch of the Teton Botanical Garden, and members of the Sierra Club will join us. The focus will be on the identification of fruits and seeds of common species, and understanding the patterns and process that drive the beautiful color changes of the deciduous foliage. The hike will be a slow pace, less than 5 miles of terrain varying from flat to moderately steep, with frequent stops to identify plants and record citizen science data. Meet at Blacktail Butte climbing wall parking lot, just north of Moose Junction on Highway 191. Bring clothes and water appropriate for a moderate hike, pen or pencil, notebook, and optional: clipboard, handlens, and plant identification books or keys. Trevor Bloom is a professional biologist specializing on the impacts of climate and wildfire on the wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains. Please contact Trevor Bloom or Frances Clark at with any further questions.

  • Wednesday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Grand Targhee – Arctic-Alpine Flora atop Fred’s Mountain. Leaders: Earle Layser, botanist, and Brigid Sinram, Targhee Naturalist. Grand Targhee Arctic-Alpine FloraRide the Dream Catcher to explore the different habitats around the 9770’ summit of Fred’s Mountain and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Plant communities/habitats present include: subalpine fir forest and mountain meadow, whitebark pine-subalpine fir, subalpine fir krummholz– all on fractured limestone providing different niches from sun baked to dripping. At 10:00 we will meet at the Grand Targhee Resort (Alta, ID) patio at the base of the Dream Catcher lift for a briefing and tickets. We will ride the chair lift up, observing the changes in plants along the way, and then at the summit, slowly walk at a botanist’s pace to the observation platform where, weather permitting, we will lunch. Our leader will make some remarks about the scenery and Hayden expedition before we take a few other traverses to the nature center and toward or around Mary’s Nipple Mountain looking at alpine specialties. We will take the lift down around 3:30 p.m. and those who wish can gather at 3:45-4 pm for refreshments at the Branding Iron. Assess your capacity for getting on and off the chair lift and walking at high elevation in choosing this excursion.  Bring: lunch, sunscreen, water, windbreaker, hiking boots, sunglasses, and hiking pole(s).  Optional: bring your Arctic-Alpine Flora guide, camera. We will provide a short list of plants. We have reserved 20 tickets for a group rate of $10/person. First come first reserved.  Please let us know if you wish to come at and  Let us know if you wish to meet at 8:30 to carpool from Stilson Parking lot in Wilson for the one hour plus drive. (42 miles from Jackson)  Note: as the organizers are traveling this week, we may not respond right away. This should be a great expedition.  Hope you can join this great duo of leaders.

From September through May, 6 pm, every fourth Tuesday of the month, we will present a program at the Teton County Library in partnership with the Teton County Library.  125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. WY.  FREE.  We welcome your ideas for speakers!

Furthermore, we offer occasional winter field trips, so stay posted!  All field trips are free and open to the public. Questions? Email us at  tetonplants [at] gmail [dot] com


To chat with others in the group, post a comment below (the most recent comment is on top and see “Stay In Touch” below to learn how to subscribe to comments). For example:

  • Log a special plant siting (please, for their protection, do not give locations of rare plants), OR
  • See if others want to meetup for an impromptu plant hike, OR
  • Suggest an activity for our program

To help identify a plant, send the image(s) in an email to – tetonplants [at] gmail [dot] com – and try to keep the file under 1 MB. We will show the image in a blog post with the name and, perhaps, other information. In the comment section for that blog post, anyone can weigh in on the answer. You can find all plant ID posts by clicking here or on the Plant ID category in the sidebar.


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8 thoughts on “Plant walks, hikes and lectures in the Tetons

  1. Um, I just heard an interview on KHOL with Frances Clark. Not all plants reproduce by seeds. Moss, ferns, liverworts, and horsetails do not produce seeds, and many species under these categories are native to WY. Just sayin.

    • You are right that there are plants that grow from spores…fascinating alternating generations of vascular ferns, clubmosses, and equisetum. To keep it simple, I am focusing on seed plants. Seed plants are the dominant group here in Jackson Hole due to the dry, cold, seasonally chancy conditions which seed plants have evolved to cope with over 65 million years. Dorn lists approx. 37 taxa of sporophytes in Teton Co. vs. approx. 1000 taxa total recorded for TNP, so i think it is appropriate to say that what we see are mostly seed plants. I hope to see you at the program tomorrow night!

  2. Can any one offer any advice/tips on how to best transplant native species from the TB National Forest for a landscaping project?

  3. Enjoyed the wildflower hike on Old Pass Road. Amy, Rachael and Jill did a great job. And as always it was fun to learn from everyone there. Plan on talking to my town to ask if I can pull/dig up some Houndstongue that I know are present (even though they are pretty). Lunch was a nice treat too.

  4. Anybody up for a hike in the next couple of days. Your choice, but I would like tram, cascade cyn, death cyn or even sheep mt.

  5. Has anyone been up Horsethief/Wilson Canyon to check out the fire? I was up a couple of weeks ago and grass was poking through the charred ground.

    • It will be interesting to go up Horsethief now to see what is sprouting. Also get out to see the Balsamroot, which is at its peak throught the southern end of Jackson Hole.!

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