Plant walks, hikes and lectures in the Tetons

plant hikeWELCOME

We invite all those interested in the native plants of Jackson Hole to enjoy our programs, information sources and good company. We are Teton Plants, which is 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.

Membership: If you’d like to join our group, our annual dues are $5/year (that’s not a typo, dues are just $5). Please click on this link to go to the membership page of our parent group, the Wyoming Native Plant Society. That page has a drop down menu of choices and a PayPal button to join. Our group is called Teton Plants. Thanks! (When meetings start again, we’ll also take cash and checks.)


  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6pm, via Zoom (Zoom link below), “A Salute to Sagebrush: Restoring native plant communities in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” Presenters include Erik Kramer, Laura Jones, Sienna Wessel, restoration scientists with Grand Teton National Park. Sagebrush steppe supports remarkably diverse plant life, creating blooms that span the growing season. It is also critically important for the abundance of wildlife across the western US. In particular, the sagebrush flats in Jackson Hole—the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—support extraordinary elk and pronghorn migrations, bison, moose, and birds, including the greater sage grouse. Forty-five hundred (4,500) acres at the core of this habitat was converted to pasture in the 1800s. In 2007, the park began to tackle an ambitious vision: restore this pastureland to native sagebrush steppe communities. We will share restoration tools and techniques of our 14 years of work on this project; challenges and successes; and a sneak peek at preliminary research results evaluating 11 years of monitoring data. Laura Jones is a plant community ecologist and the Branch Chief of Vegetation Ecology and Management at Grand Teton National Park. Erik Kramer is a Lead Biological Science Technician at Grand Teton National Park. Sienna Wessel is a master’s student at the University of Wyoming and is a collaborating researcher with Grand Teton National Park. Zoom link below.

We may receive a high visitation to this zoom program. The library’s ZOOM capacity is 100. If you try to link in late and cannot go on, please go to this link as soon as we are live:

Later, the library will post the Youtube recording.

To Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 953 7920 6684
Passcode: 037217

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Coming up soon–Wildflower Walks! While we place some notices on this website, others are sent only to our email list folks. Please email if you want to be alerted to our “impromptu” hikes.

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!


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.


There are three ways you can stay on top of all of our activities:

First, email us to join our email list by clicking here – OR tetonplants [at] gmail [dot] com. Get notices and reminders of events (this is different than subscribing to new blog posts).

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11 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?

    • We’ve been doing that for years in an effort to establish native plants around our home. You’ll need to buy a permit to dig plants from the Forest office, as you probably know. We’ve found that a key tool is a way to keep the plants moist and stable while traveling between original home and new home. For that the best we’ve come up with is relatively flat plastic storage bins partly filled with soil or a soil-Soil Pep mixture (our favorite). Get as deep—as much root—as you possibly can and keep the plant moist during and after your transplantation trip.

  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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