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 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, April 11, 6-7 p.m. “A Bouquet to Celebrate Wyoming Native Plant Month,” LIVE at Teton County Library (no Zoom). RanuGlab_FlCU_AntFl__5513_1_fix_6x4_300Governor Gordon has declared April Wyoming Native Plant Month. Come celebrate the coming of spring with a bouquet of presentations on native plants. Kimberly McMorrow of the Garden Club of America and local plant enthusiast will discuss the national effort to raise awareness of native plants, the governor’s proclamation, and an interactive Wyoming native plant poster.  She will also describe her efforts to plant over 4,500 natives at Teton Pines. Jasmine Cutter, Native Seed Lead, Grand Teton National Park, will further our awareness of local pollinators.  What insects are aiding which native plants to produce seeds: what are the strategies of the plants and the pollinators to achieve these vital connections? Morgan Graham, Teton Conservation District, will provide tips for plants and planting, as well as the TCD’s resources, to encourage you to incorporate natives in your garden landscapes. We will provide a handout of references and contacts. This program is live only at the library.  Time for us to enjoy each other’s company and meet our native plant leaders in person. 
  • Wyoming Native Plant Society – Annual Meeting – SAVE THE DATE: June 16- 18, 2023, for this year’s event being held in Clark, Wyoming.
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).

Second, join the comments on this page, our homepage, at the bottom. You have to make a comment to join, so go ahead and make a comment like, “subscribe me to comments.” ALSO, check the box, “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” We’ll delete the comment but you’ll still be subscribed. NOTE: the name you enter to sign up will be emailed to everyone who has subscribed to comments.

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

  1. Please delete the Facebook icon as you do not have a Facebook page. Better yet, please set up a Facebook page so I can share your e-mail posts. The beautiful pictures that are sent via e-mail to us will not copy over easily to Facebook from email. Thanks.

    • I’m not sure if Bettina Sparrowe’s comment below was sent specifically to me or to new members in general. Either way, I’m not sure what she is conveying about a facebook icon. I do have a fb page … Sorry. Confused. Janice Harris

  2. I’m setting myself a goal of identifying the trees in our valley. Anyway Teton Plants could include an interest in trees? Maybe a Tree-Identification walk?

  3. Love you guys and gals!
    I had no confirmation for a hike on Thursday the 28th on Teton Pass. I signed up on Monday…
    Maybe I’ll just show up.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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