Plant walks, hikes and lectures in the Tetons


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WELCOME

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.

UPCOMING LECTURES, WALKS, and HIKES

  • Tuesday, Jan, 28, 6-8 p.m. Teton County Library, “Climb-It Change – The Role of Adventure and Community Outreach in Conservation” – Trevor Bloom, researcher and local botanist. Join Trevor Bloom for an exciting evening of documentary film, science, and community outreach. He will screen his 15-minute film “Climb-It Change” which follows Trevor and his research partners as they climb 76 peaks to uncover the response of alpine plants to temperatures rise. He will then dive deeper into his ongoing research on the dynamics of climate change, snow, wildfire, and ecology in the Rocky Mountains. Trevor was raised in Jackson, and now works as a Community Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, Research Associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative and operates tours for Guides of Jackson Hole. Co-sponsored with Teton County Library.
  • Tuesday, Feb 25, 6-8 p.m. Teton County Library, “Wyoming’s Largest Plants: The Forests and Trees of Western Wyoming” – Ben Read, arborist. Ben Read is a life-long arborist whose interest in trees is as much avocational as it was professional. He will begin with the distribution of different forest types in our area and around the state, and then talk about individual species and their remarkable adaptive capacities. Included will be descriptions of ‘accidental encounters’ in nearby settings. Ben past owner of Snake River Tree and Shrub has been involved with county planning matters for over 25 years. Co-sponsored with Teton County Library.
  • Tuesday March 24, 6-8 p.m., Teton County Library, “Improving native plant restoration with a pasta machine” – Maggie Eshleman, Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Lander. Restoring native plants where they have disappeared isn’t always as easy as just scattering seeds and waiting for them to sprout. In order to coax some iconic Wyoming plants, such as big sagebrush, to grow on sites where they were removed, The Nature Conservancy is using science, ingenuity and an industrial pasta machine. Maggie Eshleman will talk about some of the “recipes” that are being tested in Wyoming to combat things like invasive species and severe site disturbance from historic mining. Co-sponsored with Teton County Library. For a related article see: https://www.nature.org/en-us/newsroom/restoring-sagebrush-with-a-pasta-machine/

Coming up soon–Wildflower Walks! While we place some notices on this website, others are sent only to our email list folks. Please email tetonplants.org 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!

CHAT

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.

STAY IN TOUCH

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.

Third, to receive new blog posts by email, enter your email in the sidebar at the upper right and click the Follow button.

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?

    • 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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