Plant walks, hikes and lectures in the Tetons

plant hike

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.

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  • Tuesday, May 30, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Special art and wildflower walk – a  “Gather” – co-sponsored with the Jackson Hole Land Trust featuring guest artist Bronwyn Minton.  
    East Gros Ventre Butte

    East Gros Ventre Butte

    This “Gather” is part of the FoundSpace project which celebrates conservation and art.  Participants are invited to walk the slopes of East Gros Ventre Butte to discuss and collect natural materials representative of the feel and look of the valley.  After an overview of the property by Derek Ellis, JHLT Stewardship Direction, Frances Clark, local botanist, will highlight the wild plants found in the sagebrush hills and aspen stands. Brownwyn Minton will encourage collection of natural materials and stimulate insights into the nature of the land and how these items and ideas could be used to create a FoundSpace installation. Bronwyn’s final work will be on display—among others—along the Stilson Bike Path near the Wilson Centennial Ponds from June 3 to late August. Be a part of Bronwyn’s inspiration, while also enjoying a wildflower day overlooking the National Elk Refuge. We will park just off Spring Gulch Road. Space is limited: please RSVP to, by Monday noon, May 29, to confirm and receive directions. The public is welcome to attend the FoundSpace celebration at Wilson Centennial Ponds on Friday, June 9. Free.

  • Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. – Miller Butte Wildflower Walk – co-sponsored with National Elk Refuge.  

    Miller Butte

    Miller Butte

    Back by popular demand, this is an exceptional opportunity to enjoy the wildflowers and nature of Miller Butte, within the National Elk Refuge, which is usually off-limits to the public. We will meet at the Miller House promptly at 9:30 and carpool to a special location.  We will hike slowly to the top of the butte enjoying the various plants along the way in different habitats: sagebrush/grassland, shrubby swales, and rocky knolls. After a bite to eat at the top (bring your own snack or lunch), we will descend along another route.  At about 12:30 we will take an hour to explore the nearby wetlands—with their own specialties.  Refuge staff/volunteers will be on hand to explain refuge management matters as well.  Space is limited:  pre-registration required by Monday, June 5 at Those who did not go on the 2016 hike have first dibs.  Note: walking is over rough, possibly steep terrain.  Bring water and snacks, a hiking pole if desired. Free.

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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9 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?

  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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