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.)


  • Sagebrush Seed Day! Tuesday, September 14th, 9am at Moose Post office until whenever/3:30pm. Bring water, lunch, snacks, bear spray. If you have a few hours and want to help the restoration efforts in Grand Teton National Park, please turn out this Tuesday. I joined the small group a couple of weeks ago for half-a-day and felt great about my contribution. And fun people to be around. It was gratifying to be part of a much larger effort to restore parts of the wonderful park. So if you can, please join Jasmine Cutter, myself (Frances Clark), and others. We will be collecting low sagebrush (Artemesia arbuscula) at Highlands and Lupine Meadows. We’ll probably start at Highlands and then progress to Lupine Meadows if we cover that area. Per usual, folks are welcome to stay as long as they are able. The areas are flat, so no big hills to climb, but sturdy shoes are recommended. As the name implies, it is a fairly low-growing species, so there will be a lot of bending over or kneeling. Jasmine will have extra bear spray, but if you can bring your own, that would be best! Feel free to share with your friends/lists! A fancy poster is attached!  Contact Jasmine Cutter with any questions:
  • We are very pleased to be working with Grand Teton National Park which is sponsoring:
    Wednesday, June 23, 10-2:30. Grand Teton Sagebrush Steppe Plant ID Walk – The purpose is to help you identify sagebrush habitat plants and understand the importance of the habitat. The workshop will include several GTNP botany and vegetation staff, along with interns in training. We will gather together near Ditch Creek in the park. We will start with basic botany and ID, and then break into small groups to find as many plants as we can. We will also hear about GTNP’s sagebrush habitat restoration work and volunteer opportunities coming up later in the summer and fall. We will have 3-4 leaders and, therefore, can accommodate up to 40  folks such as yourselves. From the Park flier for the event: Join us to learn the basics of plant identification with a focus on steppe species. Great for beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts! We will also discuss ongoing restoration projects and upcoming volunteer opportunities at Grand Teton NationalPark. Attendance is capped at 40, carpooling is strongly encouraged due to parking limitations. Pre-registration required by mid-day Tues, June 22. Click on this link to register:
  • June 20 – Sunday – Dubois Botany Hike with Meredith Taylor and Lynn Stewart; Partners: WYNPS and National Bighorn Sheep Center
  • June 25-27 – Friday-Sunday – Wyoming Native Plant Society Annual Meeting, Laramie; Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest
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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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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