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.


  • Tuesday, Oct.  25, 6-8 p.m. – Teton County Library “Douglas Fir Fire History and Dynamics in Jackson Hole” with Kevin Krasnow, researcher and Ggaduate school instructor, Teton Science School. jh_fire_vwfrwnzl_91212_2_lowresScientists have studied fires and lodgepole pine in Yellowstone for many years. Much less is understood about fire and Douglas fir here in the Jackson Hole area. Kevin Krasnow will discuss his research using tree cores, scars, and old maps to determine the effects of fire on Douglas fir, a relatively low-elevation, fire-resistant tree. His findings indicate how stand age, structure, and situation affect the intensity and effect of fires and the unique ecology and plasticity of Douglas fir forests. It also provides a window into the future of the landscape with climate change. Co-sponsored by the Teton County Library.  Free and open to the public

  • Tuesday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Teton County Library, “Thanksgiving for Seeds:  How Seeds Create Our Habitats,” with Frances Clark, Botanist, Teton Plants. Seeds grow into the plants that form our natural communities here in Jackson Hole. Their strategies for survival: when to sprout and where — are intriguing.  Some grow right away, others wait until winter is done, still others require fire or a fungus to get going. Frances Clark, local botanist, will introduce you to these complexities to provide a greater understanding the fascinating creativity of nature. Co-sponsored by Teton County Library.  Free and open to the public. Frances Clark has been an educator and botanist for over 35 years, including the last 5 years here in Jackson Hole. She is program coordinator for Teton Plants, a chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society. 

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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