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.)

UPCOMING LECTURES, WALKS, and HIKES

  • Thursday, July 28, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Botanical Intensive for Flower Enthusiast, Teton Pass South, Max 10 people. BTNF_TetPsS_flwMix_7.23.22_2_Q2_3x4_200We will walk the flower-rich trail south of Teton Pass to the communication towers, about ½ mile, looking at the range of wonderful flowers along the way: lupines, penstemons, paintbrushes, sunflowers and asters, and much more.  Led by Frances Clark, we will get to know the plants typically in flower at this time of year at slightly higher elevations, 7,500’ and above.  Several of them bloomed earlier in the valley and are following the season up slope. Knowing these plants will help you on many hikes in the next couple of weeks. We will focus on plant families, pollination strategies, details with a handlens, and other cool aspects of the common species.  Due the narrow trail, we will be keeping the group small.  Let us know if you are interested, and if we have a lot of curious people, we will add another session.  (also see opportunity below). Contact us: at Tetonplants@gmail.com for detailed instructions. Reservations will be on first-come-first-served basis.  Please notify us by noon Wed., July 27 at this address: tetonplants@gmail.com so we have time for confirmation communications.
  • Friday, July 29, 8:30am-noon. Wally World of Munger Mountain Wildflower Walk, Limit 20 people. BTNF_WalWld_vwN_7.24.22_1_ip_5x3_200Frances Clark will lead this informal flower hike up to the bench at Wally’s World about 1.5 miles with a mostly gradual 500’ elevation gain. We will be starting from the USFS parking lot on Fall Creek Road early due to the heat.  We will walk through meadows, aspen groves, and up to the ridge to Wally’s Bench for fabulous views. From the bench, one can keep going for a full loop through more aspen groves and open slopes of a hike of just over 3 miles. Meeting place is the USFS trail head off Fall Creek Rd. about 20 min. south of Wilson. Please let us know at this address tetonplants@gmail.com if you wish to come by noon Thursday July 28, and we will confirm with details and plant list.

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.

14 thoughts on “Plant walks, hikes and lectures in the Tetons

  1. I’m setting myself a goal of identifying the trees in our valley. Anyway Teton Plants could include an interest in trees? Maybe a Tree-Identification walk?

  2. Love you guys and gals!
    I had no confirmation for a hike on Thursday the 28th on Teton Pass. I signed up on Monday…
    Boohoo!
    Maybe I’ll just show up.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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