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.


  • Thursday, July 14th, Wildflower Hike into the Palisades Wilderness Study Area. Susan Marsh, artist and author, will lead the hike to the Black Canyon overlook and Mount Elly. We will view wildflowers along the way and learn about the essential role they play as part of the diverse vegetation in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area.  This is a moderately difficult 4-mile hike with approximately 1000’ elevation gain.  For more information and to register: contact the Wyoming Wilderness Association.  Phone: 307-672-2751; Email:
  • Friday, August 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, in Wilson:Distilling Wild Plants for Health and Wellbeing.” Ben Clark, owner of American Wilderness Botanicals, LLC, will present an overview of the process of Artisan Steam Distillation of a selection of native wild plants using Copper Alembic Stills crafted in Portugal.


    Ben utilizes wyoming sagebrush, lodgepole pine, wild yarrow, goldenrod and fireweed, among several other native botanicals.   He will describe the process that has been used for many centuries in order to obtain essential oils and essential waters known as “hydrosols.” Afterwards, Ben will lead a short plant walk in the aspen forest behind the Barn Healing Center where he will identify the plants and show how he wildcrafts them for the process of steam distillation. Free program sponsored by Teton Plants, a chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society: Space is limited. Please RSVP by Thursday noon, August 4, for reservation and directions: For more information on American Wilderness Botanicals:

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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