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, March 26, 6-8 pm – “Native Plant Uses with a Touch of Spirit: Essential Oils, Hydrosols, and Some Sovereign foods” Ben Clark, American Wilderness Botanicals – Teton County Library. Have you ever thought about the many ways in which we connect with plants every day?  We use plants for food and seasoning and also for, medicines, clothing and houses.  Our Native American friends not only use plants in these ways, they also use them in sacred ceremonies that have deep meaning for them.  If you think hard enough about this you’ll find plants in our sacred literature and our ancient past.   Ben Clark believes there is healing in wilderness. Wilderness is filled with plants that we have barely begun to understand.  He has been exploring both the science and spirit of plants along side many expert practitioners.  This presentation will focus on distilling oils and hydrosols and will introduce some “sovereign” foods as well.  Samples of his craft will be passed around.

    American Wilderness will also be offering a Red Desert 3 day, 2 night Tour and Campout trip with John Mionczynski, June 28-30. For more information:


    Tuesday, May 28, 6-8 p.m, “Sage Grouse, Icon of the West,” by Nappadol Paothong, Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson, Co-sponsored with the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund and Teton County Library. We are very pleased to host Nappodol Paothong, an award-wining nature/conservationist photographer of Greater Sage Grouse.  Napppadol Paothong will highlight extraordinary story of life, natural history, and the unique spring courtship behaviors of greater sage-grouse that he has been documented for last 17 years for his national award-winnings book Sage Grouse, Icon of the West. He hopes to increase the understanding of its value and plight, and to help the discussion about conservations in ways that will benefit all – humans and wildlife that live in and near the sage-grouse habitat.  Big sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) and its associated community are vital to the survival of this unique bird.  Once again, without the plants, we would not have our rich wildlife heritage here in Jackson Hole.

  • June 14 -16th – 2019 Wyoming Native Plant Society Annual Meeting, Atlantic City Area, Wyoming. This year we return to the southern Wind River Mountains and surrounding areas! Our gathering place is the delightful Miners Delight Inn (B&B) in Atlantic City. The Inn has a few rooms available, plus camping options. We will also attempt to reserve camping sites at Big Atlantic Gulch BLM campground, which is less than three miles from Atlantic City. We have a great line up of hikes and leaders, including: Oregon Buttes, Beaver Rim, Shoshone NF, South Pass City and Red Canyon; John Mionczynski, Emma Freeland, Bonnie Heidel, Kassy Skeen, Maggie Eshleman, and Jack and Diantha States! Cost is $10 per person. Registration will open soon; please register by June 1.

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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10 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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