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Upcoming 2017 PROGRAMS and FIELD TRIPS

From September 2016 to May 2017we will be co-sponsoring with the Teton County Library free native plant talks every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Ordway Auditorium, Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Ln, Jackson, WY 83001. 

All are welcome!

  • Tuesday, March 28, 6-8 p.m., “Fire Effects from Big to Small – Individual Plant Response to Landscape Level Patterns,” Teton County Library. A panel of members from the Teton Interagency Fire Management team will discuss how fire effects can be characterized using monitoring of plant populations on individual fires, through population effects.  These can be scaled up to landscape structure patterns. Each of these scales can contribute to diversity across the landscape.  Panelists will include Diane Abendroth, Interagency Fire Ecologist, GTNP Martina Keil, BTNF Botanist; and Tobin Kelley, BTNF Fire/Timber Staff Officer.  Come hear how fires affect the ecology of the Jackson Hole area and beyond, and ask your questions of these fire experts.

Past PROGRAMS and FIELD TRIPS

  • Tuesday, February 28, 6-8 p.m.,Teton County Library, “For Everything There Was a Season — Native Plants in a Changing Climate.” As the climate warms, spring is starting sooner and sooner in the Tetons.  Are plants coming out and flowering earlier than they used to? And if so, what does this mean for the animals that depend on them? Dr. Corinna Riginos and Dr. Geneva Chong will talk about phenology — or “the order in which things appear” — and how historic data from Frank Craighead and a little help from native plant enthusiasts like you can help us understand how plants are responding to climate change.  Dr. Corinna Riginos, Research Associate, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative and Dr. Geneva Chong, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey.  Co-sponsored by the Teton County Library. Free and open to the public.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31 (not Jan 24), 6:00-8:00 pm, Annual “Teton Plants Social and Plant Collage.”  Once again Teton Plants invites you to participate in our annual social and plant collage. In the depths of winter (and this winter is indeed deep!) share favorite photos or other items (art, books, crafts, writings) celebrating plants and their habitats. Be prepared to share informally your enthusiasm, questions, and talent to create a community collage of wild (or tame) plant impressions. Limit 5 minutes per person. Also, bring an edible to share. Meet at: Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. FREE, all welcome.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Teton County Library, “Thanksgiving for Seeds:  How Seeds Create Our Habitats,” with Frances Clark, Botanist, Teton Plants. Seeds grow into the plants that form our natural communities here in Jackson Hole. Their strategies for survival: when to sprout and where — are intriguing.  Some grow right away, others wait until winter is done, still others require fire or a fungus to get going. Frances Clark, local botanist, will introduce you to these complexities to provide a greater understanding the fascinating creativity of nature. Co-sponsored by Teton County Library.  Free and open to the public. Frances Clark has been an educator and botanist for over 35 years, including the last 5 years here in Jackson Hole. She is program coordinator for Teton Plants, a chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society. 
  • Tuesday, Oct.  25, 6-8 p.m. – Teton County Library “Douglas Fir Fire History and Dynamics in Jackson Hole” with Kevin Krasnow, researcher and Ggaduate school instructor, Teton Science School. Scientists have studied fires and lodgepole pine in Yellowstone for many years. Much less is understood about fire and Douglas fir here in the Jackson Hole area. Kevin Krasnow will discuss his research using tree cores, scars, and old maps to determine the effects of fire on Douglas fir, a relatively low-elevation, fire-resistant tree. His findings indicate how stand age, structure, and situation affect the intensity and effect of fires and the unique ecology and plasticity of Douglas fir forests. It also provides a window into the future of the landscape with climate change. Co-sponsored by the Teton County Library.  Free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, September 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Teton County Library. “Wildflowers of Yellowstone” with Katy Duffy, retired National Park educator. Explore Yellowstone habitats from the hydrothermal basins to the Northern Range with an eye to wildflowers, from the plentiful ones to the rarities. Discover how the park’s volcanic history affects its vegetation. See how plants differ in the northern parts of the park that receive much less winter moisture than the wetter southern areas. Katy Duffy, retired National Park Service resource education ranger, will take us on a botanical tour of Yellowstone where she lived, worked and enjoyed wildflowers for 15 years. Katy also lived, worked and enjoyed wildflowers in Grand Teton for 18 years.

  • Friday, August 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, “Distilling Wild Plants for Health and Wellbeing.” Wilson. 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: www. tetonplants.org. For more information on American Wilderness Botanicals: http://www.AmericanWildernessBotanicals.com
  • 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: kathryn@wildwyo.org
  • Friday, July 8, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Turpin Meadows Ranch and Black Rock Creek Flower Foray. Join Frances Clark and Susan Marsh, local botanists, for a day of wildflower exploration in the Buffalo Valley and beyond!  We will carpool from Jackson north to look for wildflowers in the fields surrounding the Turpin Meadow Ranch compound.  After a delicious lunch at the renovated historic lodge, we will continue on to explore Black Rock Creek in the afternoon, before returning to Jackson by 4:00.  We are hoping for an array of wildflowers typical of stream edges and high mountain meadows. Turpin Meadow Ranch turpinmeadowranch.com offers a simple and delicious lunch menu of soup, salads, and sandwiches, as well as, daily selection of ice cream.  
  • Tuesday, May 24, 6-8pm, “Native and Non-Native Plants in the Garden,” Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Growing native plants can benefit pollinators, birds, and other wildlife by creating micro-habitats.  This natural diversity also adds to the pleasure of watching your garden grow.  On the other hand, non-native invasive exotics can become bullies in your garden and overwhelm wild places beyond.   This evening will feature a range of speakers: Amy Collette from Teton County Weed and Pest; Susan Marsh, local gardener and naturalist; and Wes Timmerman, photographer.  Come and share your gardening experiences.  Co-sponsored by Teton County Library
  • Tuesday, April 26, 6-8pm, “The Ecology of Wyoming: Twenty Years of Remarkable Changes,” Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Twenty-two years ago, Dennis Knight, long-time University of Wyoming professor, wrote the definitive book on the ecology of Wyoming, describing what plants grow where and why, and how wildlife and land management is dependent on (and affects) the habitats of the region. A second edition of Mountains and Plains: The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes has now been published by Yale University Press (website: mountainsandplains.net). Dr. Knight was motivated by how much has changed since 1994: wolves have been reintroduced; wildfires and bark beetle epidemics have become more common; sage grouse then abundant have been proposed for protection by the Endangered Species Act; habitat has been fragmented by new roads constructed for energy and residential developments; and there was a time when aspen groves were dying in some areas. Moreover, the first edition barely mentioned climate change—not a hot topic back then. The new edition is co-authored with George Jones, William Reiners and William Romme. Dr. Knight will present an engaging overview of new information added to the second edition, which includes a new chapter on wetlands, the probable effects of climate change, and new approaches to conservation. Those interested in the ecology of Wyoming are encouraged to attend.
  • Tuesday, March 22, 6-8pm, “Biomolecules and Folklore: Understanding Traditional Plant Use in the Tetons through Archaeology and Ethnography,” Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Presentation by Matt Stirn, Rebecca Sgouros, and Sharon Kahin of the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. The ancient Tetons were a wealth of plant and animal resources for the Native American tribes who frequented the area. Wild edibles covered the valley floor of Jackson Hole and continued up into the Tetons above tree line.  While some exciting research has been conducted on the historical use of plants in the Jackson Hole region, much remains to be explored. During recent years, archaeologists and ethnographers have worked together to identify culturally significant plant species throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The talk will begin by looking at research currently being conducted in the Teton and Wind River Ranges, and will explore how archaeologists use tactics such as archaeobotany, biomolecular residue analysis, and satellite imagery to uncover clues about past plant use. The presentation will also include new information gathered on the traditional use of both edible and medicinal plants in the Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Region learned from recent oral histories conducted with both Shoshone and Crow elders and healers. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Teton County Library.

  • Tuesday, February 23, 6-8pm, “Whitebark Pine Ecology and Management in the Greater Yellowstone Area,” Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Dan Reinhart, Supervisory Vegetation Ecologist with the Grant Teton National Park, will discuss the importance of whitebark pine to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem including its food value for greater Yellowstone wildlife, as well as its importance on hydrological systems throughout the year.  With the rapid decline of whitebark pine forests due to insects, disease, fire management, and potential climate change scenarios, Dan will discuss cooperative efforts to evaluate the status of whitebark pine in the Greater Yellowstone Area and management efforts for protecting and restoring this species’ survival into the future in  high elevation habitats. Program is co-sponsored with Teton County Library.  Free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm, “Annual Native Plant Society Social and Plant Collage” at the Teton County Library. In deep winter, we wildflower folk crave green life and good company. Come together to share your favorite photos of the year or other items (art, books, crafts) celebrating plants and their habitats. Be prepared to speak informally about your enthusiasm, questions, and talent to create a community collage of wild plant impressions. Limit 3-5 minutes per person. Have a plant book to pass along to a fellow plant enthusiast, please bring it!  Tasty, easy-to-eat nibbles welcome. Meet at: Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium B, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. FREE, all welcome. For details: tetonplants.org or email tetonplants@gmail.com
  • Tuesday, November 24, 6pm, “Thanksgiving Botany,” at the Teton County Library. Frances Clark of Teton Plants will provide food for talk around your Thanksgiving table.  What did the Pilgrims eat at the First Thanksgiving?  Not apple pie or sweet potatoes.  But yes, corn, beans, and squash.  What do you feast upon for this holiday?  What parts of the plant are you eating: root, bark, stem, seeds? Where do your favorite foods originate?  Civilizations around the world have relished vegetables and fruits for 1000s of years.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6pm, “Beyond Morels: Foraging for Edible Plants in the Tetons How to Identify, Cook, and Preserve Wild Greens and Mushrooms,” at the Teton County Library. After delivering babies and practicing gynecology for two decades, Dr. Annie Fenn has traded her life as a physician for another passion: cooking and writing about food, health, and sustainability (jacksonholefoodie.com). The presentation will focus on edible native plant species. Annie will relate her adventures in hunting for morel and chanterelle mushrooms, as well as how to forage for and prepare watercress, stinging nettles and dandelions. A long-time resident of Jackson Hole, Annie Fenn writes a column for Planet Jackson Hole and maintains a website featuring recipes incorporating local foods and how to present them to tantalize the most discerning palates. In addition to her website, follow her recipes and snippets of mountain life on Instagram @jacksonholefoodie and on Twitter @jacksonfoodie. UPDATE: Dr. Fenn promised to share a few of her favorite wild food recipes from this presentation.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6- 8 pm, “What the vascular system of trees can tell us about responses to climate change.” Dr. John Sperry has spent his career researching how water moves through plants: from root to leaf. His research subjects include evergreen and deciduous plants growing in southwestern deserts to boreal forests and old world tropics. His microscopic research on the inner workings of plants has application to the big picture of climate change. He will translate his academic studies for the curious lay person in this illustrated program. Dr. Sperry is a biology professor at the University of Utah, as well as an avid arctic canoeist.
  • Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM, “Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Walden,” featuring Dr. Richard Primack, sponsored by Teton County Library. Over the past 14 years, Dr. Richard Primack, a professor at Boston University (http://www.bu.edu/biology/people/profiles/richard-b-primack/), has compiled a wealth of data from Thoreau’s records and contemporary observations to show how a warming world is impacting the plants, insects, and birds of Walden Pond and the greater Concord, Massachusetts area. In this talk, Dr. Primack will present his fascinating findings and consider how Thoreau would react to the modern problem of climate change if he were alive today. The presentation will include beautiful photos and numerous quotes from Thoreau. Local hosts Dr. Corinna Riginos and Dr. Geneva Chong will also discuss how they are beginning to apply some of Dr. Primack’s lessons to learn about climate change in the Tetons using data collected by Frank Craighead. For more information about the speaker and program: contact: Corinna Riginos criginos@gmail.com or Geneva Chong geneva_chong@usgs.gov
  • Wednesday, September 30, 6:00PM, “Climate Change, Fire, and the Future of Greater Yellowstone,” featuring Dr. Monica Turner, sponsored by the Teton County Library. Dr. Monica Turner, a professor at the University of Wisconsin and president-elect of the Ecological Society of America, is the leading expert on fire ecology in the greater Yellowstone system (http://landscape.zoology.wisc.edu/Projects/climate_change_and_disturbance_regimes.html). Dr. Turner will present lessons from more than three decades of research in Yellowstone about the role of fire in this ecosystem, and how that role is changing as the climate warms. Dr. Turner’s groundbreaking research has shown how the forests of Yellowstone have recovered remarkably well in the wake of the 1988 fires, proving the resilience of this dynamic ecosystem. But, warming temperatures and drier conditions are creating new challenges for the forests of Yellowstone, threatening their future. Sponsored by the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. For more information about the speaker and program call 307.733.9417 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1527778154142294/
  • July 10-13, 2015, Wyoming Native Plant Society, Annual Meeting – TWO SIDES OF THE TETONS. A joint annual meeting of the Wyoming and Idaho Native Plant Societies featuring field trips on both the east and west slopes of the Tetons. Trips will range from easy walks to all-day, strenuous hikes and include chair lift rides for tours of high alpine areas. You can register on-line at: http://idahonativeplants.org/statewide-annual-meeting/ or by using the registration form mailed with the newsletter and posted with the newsletter.Register now for three days of exciting field trips, dinner and featured speaker Dr. Dennis Knight at the Driggs City Center the evening of Saturday, July 11, and camping at Reunion Flat, our basecamp in Teton Canyon – the same low camping fee applies whether you stay one night or four nights.  It can accommodate both RVs and tents.There are numerous other camping options in the canyon. There are a small number of cabins near Driggs that can be reserved at Teton Valley Cabins (208-354-8153, tetonvalleycabins.com). To reserve a cabin, call soon and tell them you are with the Native Plant Society to get a cabin in our reserved block. Register now and mark your calendars for adventure!
  • Saturday, June 20, 9am- noon, 2015 – Cache Creek Flower Walk with Susan Marsh.  Susan Marsh, author of several books and hiking guides and a denizen of Cache Creek, will lead us up the old road looking for many flowers in bloom.  Meet at the main parking lot, at the end of Cache Creek Drive.
  • CANCELLED/FLOWERS NOT BLOOMING–Tuesday, June 2, 2015 (tentative), 9:00am: Ever had the chance to see Camas and White Wyethia in full bloom? We will drive about 45 miles North of Jackson to visit this unique meadow in northern Grand Teton National Park. Timing of this trip depends on peak bloom. Stay tuned for details.  We will send you an update.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 6-8 pm, “Natural Communities of Jackson Hole,” Teton County Library. Our wildlife thrives in different plant communities:  Wetlands, grasslands, sagebrush steppe, forests, and meadows. Frances Clark, local botanist, will show slides of the different landscape types, highlighting the plants in each and the animals that depend on them. FREE.
  • Tuesday, April 28, 6-8 p.m, “Cache Creek to Flat Creek: A Tour of Trailside Plant Life.” Naturalist Susan Marsh will take us on a tour of Cache Creek covering ecological relationships among six plant communities that can easily be seen from the trails. Emphasis will be on plant species both familiar and unusual among the 300+ species found in the area. Susan Marsh is author of several books and hiking guides and is a denizen of Cache Creek.  Co-sponsored by Teton Plants, a chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society, and Teton County Library. Teton County Library, FREE. All welcome!
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015, NO MEETING. Most of us will be at the Nature Mapping potluck dinner featuring science writer David Quammen. Center for the Arts, 5:30-9pm. Open to the public and free. More info at http://www.naturemappingjh.org/.
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015,  6 – 8 pm, Teton County Library, “Photographing Favorite Flowers Close-up,” by Loren Nelson, Teton Photography Group and Natural Photography. Trying to take photos of a native plant, perhaps with a pollinator, and it comes out blurry or too busy? Learn some tips from Loren Nelson on how to compose your shot and have it sharp and colorful. We have invited a couple of other guest experts to share their techniques as well. Co-sponsored by the Wyoming Native Plant Society – Teton Chapter and Teton County Library. Teton County Library, Auditorium B. FREE. More information: tetonplants@gmail  
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, 6 – 8 pm, Teton County Library, “Native Plant Society Social and Plant Collage.” In deep winter, we wildflower folk crave green life and good company. Come together to share your favorite photos or other items (art, books, crafts, writings) celebrating plants and their habitats. Be prepared to share informally your enthusiasm, questions, and talent to create a community collage of wild plant impressions. Limit five minutes per person. Also, bring an edible to share. Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium B, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. FREE, all welcome. More information: tetonplants@gmail.com
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6 pm, Teton County Library, “Plant Attractions: Science, Scenes, and Sense.” Free. We are compiling a collage of media excerpts from such acclaimed sources as Science Friday, TED talks, BBC and even the New Yorker. While still under consideration, topics may include new findings of plant “microbiomes”; how dodder affects its host plants; and the question of plant “intelligence.” And we will show fascinating clips on pollination, cucumber tendrils and seed dispersal. We trust the evening will be informative, provocative and fun!
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6 pm, Teton County Library, “Biodiversity: What it is and how to measure it.” Free. Many are familiar with the word “biodiversity,” but what does it really mean and how do we apply it?  Using classic and local examples, Mike Merigliano will show different ways to measure ecological diversity and how these methods can be used to aid management of natural areas.  Mike Merigliano, Ph.D., is a plant ecologist who has specialized in riparian areas and other habitats throughout the Western U.S.  He has called the Greater Yellowstone region his home for over thirty years. Co-sponsored with the Teton County Library.
  • Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014, 6 pm, Teton County Library, 125 Virginia Lane, Jackson, “Changing paradigms of aspen ecology and management.” Free. Kevin Krasnow PhD, research and graduate faculty with the Teton Science Schools. Quaking aspen comprises only a small fraction of North American forests, yet contributes significant biological diversity and is considered by many to be the most important deciduous forest type in western North America.  In recent years, fundamental assumptions concerning aspen clonal age, regeneration, and genetic diversity have been challenged, and these findings have important implications for management and persistence of aspen in USA western forests.  In his presentation, Kevin will discuss this changing paradigm of aspen ecology and the associated challenges and opportunities for this species in the coming century. Bio: Kevin’s research focuses on disturbance ecology and seeks to understand and identify opportunities for increasing ecosystem resilience. His past research focused on aspen ecology and management, as well as, fuels mapping, fire history, fire effects, and wildfire simulation in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada.
  • Thursday, July 31st2nd Annual Weed Pull and Plant Identification at Emily’s Pond. Join Teton County Weed and Pest District, Teton Conservation District and Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department for an opportunity to learn about and identify native, non-native and invasive plant species during this weed pull at Emily’s Pond. This is a great location to monitor the reduction of weeds due to our annual weed pulls. Bring water and work gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Free, pre-registration is required by Tuesday, July 30th. Register at the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department 739-9025 www.tetonparksandrec.org
  • Saturday or Sunday, July 26 or 27, Alpine Plants via Tram with Wasatch Rock Garden Society.  A second chance to take the tram up Rendezvous Mtn. We are still working out the details of this co-sponsored trip.  Stay tuned.
  • Monday, July 21 or Wednesday, July  30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Teton County Library.  Map Invasives  JH—Amy Collett.   Teton County Weed and Pest Control (TCWP) has a new volunteer initiative.  Now you can help protect habitat for our native plants and wildlife by helping TCWP and its Western-state partners prevent the spread of invasive plant species.  In this workshop you will learn to identify 12 top-priority noxious weeds and map them while you are out hiking and enjoying our native flora.  This information will help professionals stay ahead of invasive species infestations while there is a high potential for eradication. Space is limited to 20/class. Please call Amy Collett at 307-733-8419 to sign up. More information will soon be posted on their website: http://www.tcweed.org/Map-Invasives-JH.php
  • July 11-13, “The Art of Wildflower Identification,” AND July 25-17, “Drawing the Natural World.” Meredith E. Campbell, local plant illustrator and artist extraordinaire, is offering two classes at the Art Association of Jackson Hole. To register call: Art Association of Jackson Hole 307-733-6379.
  • Saturday, July 12, & Saturday, August 30th, 10am – 2 pm, Native Plant Field Class with Klara Varga. Join Teton Conservation District (TCD) and instructor Klara Varga, ace botanist and teacher, in the field to study native plants. Participants will learn scientific names of plants, terms used to characterize plants, and characteristics of plant families. Emphasis will be on common trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Klara is a great teacher and makes it fun!  Both courses will be held entirely in the field. Classes will not be postponed – be prepared for any and all weather. We’ll meet at TCD’s office located at 420 W. Pearl Ave. in Jackson. Bring: appropriate field clothing, sunscreen, water, lunch, a hand lens or magnifier, notebook, and pencils. Additional suggested items include field guides, cameras, and umbrella.Class size will be limited to 10 people on a first come first serve basis. Participants may register for one or both of the classes. Cost: $15 for each course. To register contact Rachel Daluge at (307) 733-2110 or rachel@tetonconservation.org
  • Friday, July 11, 10 am -1 pm-ish, Alpine Plants via Tram with Klara Varga. Ride the tram up to explore the alpine zone of Rendezvous Mountain.  Klara Varga, ace botanist and teacher, will discuss the ecology of this harsh environment and help you identify the tiny and robust plants that survive this short growing season.  Meet at the base of the tram with your gear for the day, including layers of clothing, boots, and water.  Tram tickets for adults (18-64) are $35 or $30 on jacksonhole.com, otherwise the program is free.  Check website for other deals: http://www.jacksonhole.com/tramtickets.html.
  • Monday, July 7, 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Native Plants and their Uses – Trail to Ski Lake – Jean Jorgensen. Amateur naturalist Jean Jorgensen will add a new dimension to our observations of native plants: what they are used for!  People, past and present, use plants for medicine, dyes, fiber, fuel, and more.  We will start our exploration at the trail head for Ski Lake and will walk about a mile up the trail at a botanist’s pace (e.g. slowly).  The 7500-8000′ elevations have an array of flowers from early spring (spring beauties) to summer (louseworts).  Jean Jorgensen has enjoyed leading eclectic plant walks in the valley for many years.   A past owner of The Herb Store and Wyoming Wildcrafters herbal products company, Jean enjoys sharing her knowledge and stories with students of all ages. Directions:  We will carpool from Owen Bircher Park in Wilson (across from the Old Wilson School Community House, 5655 Main St.) promptly at 8:30.  Or you can meet us at the Ski Lake trail head at 8:45. Bring: Wear hiking boots, bring handlens, notebook, water, and a snack.
  • Weekend of June 20 – 22. Wyoming Native Plant Society Meeting and Field Trip. Red Canyon Ranch, Lander , WY http://www.wynps.org/activities/2014-annual-meeting/
  • Wednesday, June 25, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wildflower Hike, Old Pass Rd. We plan to hike the lower portion of the Old Pass Road or sections of trail near the trailhead on this outing (approximately 2-3 miles roundtrip with moderate elevation gain). Amy Collett from Teton County Weed and Pest District and Rachel Daluge from the Teton Conservation District will identify and discuss wildflowers, native and non-native plants as well as invasive plant species. Meet at the Old Pass Road Trailhead.  Participants should plan to bring snacks, water, hat, sunscreen and raingear. Lunch provided: wraps and drinks will be at the trailhead following the hike. Free, pre-registration is required by Tuesday, June 24th. Register at the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department 739-9025 www.tetonparksandrec.org Directions: Take Rt 22 West toward Teton Pass. From Hungry Jack’s in Wilson, go 1.1 mile to Trail Creek Road on the left. Go .9 miles to end.
  • Friday May 30, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 6th Annual Native Plant Species Seminar. Join us for a full day of programs on native plant gardening, “priority weeds”, soils, and botany, with a native plant walk in the late afternoon. Pre-registration required by Wednesday, May 28. $10 donation for lunch, refreshments, booklet. Space is limited! Sponsored by the Teton Conservation District. Where: Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Contact: Rachel Daluge 307-733-2110 or Rachel@tetonconservation.org. Details:  http://www.tetonconservation.org/calendar/
  • Tuesday May 27, 6:00 pm, “Intermountain Flora with Drs. Noel and Patricia Holmgren.” Drs. Noel and Patricia Holmgren, authors of the 8-volume Intermountain Flora, will discuss how they documented every plant species found between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains (almost 4,000!). Among many accolades, in 2012 this eminent couple was recipient of the prestigious Asa Gray Award for lifetime achievement in the field of botany from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. They have spent 40 years together collecting, describing and illustrating all the species in the region under the auspices of the New York Botanical Garden. This impressive work serves to record the unique plant diversity of the region and encourage its conservation. Furthermore, as a local botanist says, “The Holmgrens are really nice people!” We are privileged to have the these renowned scientists come speak to us in Jackson. Save this very special date! Where: Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Free!
  • Friday May 23, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, “Celebrating Wildflower Week: Early Flower Walk” with Susan Marsh. This will be a combination on-and-off trail wander, starting with a brief look at the rockmat and other plants near the trailhead. We will go up the trail to the first junction where a side trail will take us to a small plateau with nice views and plants not seen elsewhere in Cache Creek. IF time allows, we can continue over to Woods Canyon. For those on a more limited schedule there is the option to turn around any time.
 Meet at: Nelson Drive parking area, Putt-putt Trail. Directions: From the east end of Broadway in Jackson, turn right onto Nelson St. Continue to first left onto Nelson Drive. The parking area is on the left just before the first house.
Susan Marsh is a naturalist and writer in Jackson. Free!
  • Tuesday, April 22, 6:00 pm, “Restoring Sagebrush Habitat Plant by Plant in GTNP.” Sagebrush ecosystems in Grand Teton National Park are some of the most floristically diverse areas in the park and are important habitats for sage grouse, antelope, elk, bison, and moose. The Park boundaries encompass areas that were historically homesteaded.  When these homesteads were active ranches, the land was converted from sagebrush to hayfields for livestock production and are now dominated by non-native pasture grasses. The park has initiated an effort to restore 4,000 acres of hayfields back to native sagebrush ecosystems. We will be talking about the successes and challenges of restoration and what we have learned from more than 5 years of removing non-native plants, experimenting with cover crops, and reseeding with native plants. This rangeland program will complement previous ones on Sage Grouse habitat and rangeland management, by digging into the theory and practice of planting the plants, which all our wildlife depends upon. Presenter: Miles Procter Rangeland Technician, Grand Teton National Park, Moose, Wyoming. Where: Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Free.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 pm, “A Walk Around Wyoming, Rare Wildflowers.” Charmain Delmatier, a rare plant expert, will take us on a virtual journey across some of Wyoming’s beautiful and rare landscapes and highlighting the rare flowers associated with each site. There will be lots of awesome images and with a closer look at the latest rare plant community discovered close to Jackson!  Where: Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Free.
  • Tuesday, February 25, 6:00 pm, “Managing Rangeland for Sage Grouse.” Take a walk with Rangeland Specialist Karen Clause and grouse specialist Meghann D. Smith through the sagebrush to see what a sage grouse sees.  What do these specialized birds want and need for habitat?  How do we affect their habitat?  What can we do to manage rangeland that is beneficial to their needs?  We will explore what we do know (and don’t!) about their habitat needs, the threats to their existence, and what we can do and are doing to help this bird remain part of the “sagebrush sea”.  The two speakers are from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pinedale, Wyoming.  Where: Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Free.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm, “Native Plant Society Social and Wild Photos.”  In deep winter, we wildflower folk crave a bit of green life and some good company. Come together to share your favorite images of Wyoming plants and habitats, with festive food. We invite you to select 3-5 favorite photos taken last year (or anytime) and to share your enthusiasm, questions, knowledge about each one. Limit 5 minutes per person total. Also, bring a light dish to share. No photos? Just come and enjoy the pictures and company! Where: Teton County Library Ordway Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. See details below….
  • Details for Jan. 28, 2014, Potluck: 
  • Images: We encourage you to provide digital images. Select 3-5 digital images. They can be favorite flowers or places with flowers; natives in your garden; plants you want identified; intriguing aspects of a curious plant… Format: JPG. Resolution: 500 KB to 2 MB to screen well. Deadline: we would be glad to receive your images in advance – email them to  tetonplants@gmail.com by Sunday, January 26, with this in the Subject line: “images for  potluck.” Or bring them on a USB flash drive to transfer to our computer. If so, please arrive by 5:45.
  • Commentary: 3-5 minutes max. Please be prepared to say a few words about your pictures, for example, why you like the plant, where you found it, how do you grow it in your garden, a fascinating fact, question of identification, etc. We suggest 3 minutes, and no more than 5 minutes per person, so everyone can have a turn.
  • Festive Food: Bring a light dish to share. We will provide tea, and non-alcoholic beverages, as well. Any advance notification would help us “round out” the offerings. Best if it is easy to eat off of small plates. Ideas: cheese and crackers, vegetables/chips and dip, finger food like stuffed grape leaves, quiche, fruits like strawberries and grapes, sweets like cookies, and bars, etc.
  • Also, bring your thoughts for field trips, other programs, for this coming wildflower season!
  • Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013, 6:00 p.m. “Darwin and the Tree of Life” video. Starring David Attenborough, this BBC production invites us to contemplate civilization’s progress in defining the origin of life on Earth.  BBC notes: “David Attenborough asks three key questions: how and why did Darwin come up with his theory of evolution? Why do we think he was right? And why is it more important now than ever before?”  Come relax with us two days before Thanksgiving and enjoy this hour-long movie with popcorn! You may pick up some conversation points for Thanksgiving dinner! This film is a good complement to National Museum of Wildlife Art exhibit: “Darwin’s Legacy: The Evolution of Wildlife Art.” We thank the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for making this DVD available. FreeWhere: Teton County Library Ordway Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson.
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 6:00 p.m. Autumnal Flourishes: How Wild Plants Prepare for Winter. Native plants prepare for winter with production of fruits, colorful leaves, and plump buds and bodies.  How and why are fruits formed and what disperses them?  Why do leaves turn colors and then fall off?  What stimulates buds to form and starch to be stored into the plant’s body?  And what prevents plants from freezing in the dead of winter?  These intriguing questions will be answered by Frances Clark, botanist, with an illustrated talk. Free. Teton County Library Ordway Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson.
  • Sunday, September 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Fall Color Hike with Susan Marsh.                    
  • Tuesday, September 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Fun with Fall Fruits – Can you identify Yellowbells, Balsamroot, and Sticky Geranium after the flowers are gone?  How do these native wildflowers disperse their seeds: fling, fly, float, or stick?  This interactive program will encourage you to look closely at collected specimens and figure out how flowers turn into fruits.  The first part will be examining dried specimens using hand-lenses and answering questions to stimulate your curiosity, then we will follow up with a slide presentation matching the fall fruits to spring and summer wildflowers.  Prepared by members of the Wyoming Native Plant Society.  Appropriate for children over 14. Teton County Library, Auditorium, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. Free. In partnership with Teton County Library
  • Saturday, August, 10, 2013, 10 a.m.-noon: Granite Creek Trail Plant Walk and Soak!  A joint field trip of the Teton and Sublette Chapters of the Wyoming Native Plant Society with co-leaders Amy Taylor and Karen Clause.  We will botanize mountain meadows and creekside habitat. Difficulty: moderate 1-2 hour plant walk followed by optional soak in Granite Hot Springs.  Leaders: Amy Taylor and Difficulty: Moderate 1-2 hour hike followed by optional soak in Granite Hot Springs.  Bring: swimsuit, towel, money for hot springs entrance fee ($6.00 adults, $4.00 children). Meet  in parking lot below hot springs. Directions: From Jackson, at Jct of Rt 22 and W. Broadway,  go South on U.S. HWYs 189/91/26/etc south for 11.8 miles, to Hoback Jct, bear left following 189/191 for another 11.4 mi.  Turn left onto Granite Creek Road to end.
  • Friday, August 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: White Bark Pine and Wildflowers. Karl Buermeyer, North Zone Vegetation Manager for the U.S. Forest Service, will lead a hike to see and talk about the plight of the whitebark pine.   A symbolic tree of high elevations, whitebark pine is dying due to a complex of causes with significant ecological consequences.  Hear the response of land managers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for its survival.   We will hike a portion Holmes Cave Trail near Togwotee Pass to reach the whitebark pine and to delight in summer meadows.   Portions of the trail pass through open pine forest, streams, and meadows.  Difficulty:  We will be at elevations between 8,500-10,000’ with stretches of trail rising 500’ in a half mile. We will likely hike about 5 of the 8.8 mile roundtrip route to the caves, turning back at the summit of the trail and Teton Wilderness boundary. Meet: in Jackson at 8:00 sharp at Homeland Parking Lot (north side), N Cache and E. Gill, to carpool,  or 9:00 AM at the Blackrock Ranger Station, 8 miles east of Moran Junction on US 26.
  • Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9am – noon: Kelly Hayfields Restoration Walk. Join Vegetation Ecologist, Jason Brengle, to learn about Grand Teton National Park’s restoration project on Antelope Flats.   The Park is restoring agricultural fields back to sagebrush shrubland to provide quality wildlife habitat.  Learn the challenges and rewards of putting “nature back together again”.  Jason will show us progress at 2-3 sites of an ambitious 4,500-acre, 15-year project.  Difficulty:Level, but slightly rough walking for approx. ½ mile.  Bring: Wear long pants, sturdy boots. Meet promptly at 9:00 parking area north side of Antelope Flats Road to carpool up the road.   Directions:  Take Hwy 26/89/187 one mile north of Moose Jct. to Antelope Flats Road.  Go east (R) ½ mile to large parking area on left.  (Just beyond lane to left with houses).
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013, 8:30 a.m. -2 p.m.: Carnivorous Plants. Join wetland ecologist and Society of Wetland Scientists representative Kent Werlin as he leads a field trip to explore the ecology and plant communities in backcountry pothole (kettle pond) wetlands near Jackson Lake. This day trip will take you off-trail to view unique plants like the English sundew. We will be hiking about 2-3 miles primarily through sagebrush and lodgepole pine.  You must sign up in advance for this event, space is limited. The trip is co-sponsored by the Society of Wetland Scientists – Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Teton Regional Land Trust, and is limited to 20 participants.  RSVP by July 19 {sorry Full}  to  tetonplants@gmail.com Difficulty: The 2-3 mile hike is moderately difficult because of the downed lodgepole to maneuver around and over.  Terrain is moderately rolling.  Bring typical hiking gear and shoes that can get wet (sundews are on a floating peat mat). Meet at Grand Teton National Park Visitor Center Parking Lot (northeast side near road), Moose.   We will carpool from there.                                                                                                          
  • Friday-Sunday, July 26-28, 2013: Wyoming Native Plant Society – Beartooth Mountains.  For details: http://www.wynps.org/2013/04/2013-annual-meeting-announcement-and-registration-form
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10am – noon: Native Plant Hike and Noxious Weed Pull. Join Teton Conservation District, Teton County Weed and Pest District, and the Wyoming Native Plant Society for a hike to learn about native and nonnative plant species. We will also pull noxious weeds to improve wildlife habitat. Bring gloves, water, food, sunscreen, sun hat, and appropriate clothing/footwear. Meet at the Karnes Trailhead on Wildlife Dr. in Jackson.  All ages (parents or guardian must accompany kids). Free, please RSVP by July 15th to Rachel at 733-2110 or rachel@tetonconservation.org
  • Sunday, July 14, 10-1:00ishWildflowers Galore Hike-  Frances Clark will lead this “impromptu” botany walk to catch peak wild meadow bloom.  The moderate hike starts at the beginning of Two-Ocean Lake Road in GTNP.  We will walk up the closed (to vehicles) road through Sage, Forest, Aspen, and Meadow habitats for about 1.5 miles.  While flowers are everywhere, the meadow flowers are fabulous!!  We will identify different common plants in their  habitats and look for their pollinators.  And we will  just revel in the amazing floral show!  Bring your camera, bug spray, bear spray, snacks or lunch.  We will walk in about 1.5 miles; however you are welcome to continue on your own to the lake.   Appropriate for children over 10.   Difficulty: Moderate, some uphill grades along dirt road.  Three miles RT.  Meet: At the begining of Two-Ocean Lake Road, GTNP.  Directions:  From the south, go through the Moran entrance of Grand Teton National Park to Pacific Creek Road.  Continue to the first left road, with the closed gate.  Park there, or just before.  Do not block gate or road.
  • Tuesday, June 4, 9:00am: Native Plant Garden Work Day!! We maintain a small educational native plant garden north of Visitor Center on North Cache Street, Jackson. Tuesday, we will be replacing the old borders with new ones and cleaning up the garden for the season (weeding, adding plants and mulch, re-writing labels, etc.) Refreshments provided. Bring work gloves. Come for any or all of the morning; we hope to finish before noon. Also, if you have native plants from your garden/yard to donate, please contact us. Garden space is limited but we have some gaps to fill. Questions: Joan Lucas 733-2523 or Amy Taylor 699-1314. **Special thanks to Kasey and Leanne Mateosky for the delivery and donation of new materials to rebuild the garden borders.**

Sunday, June 2, 9:00-11:00am: Impromptu Botany Foray:  Wildflowers Galore at Elk Refuge. What is more beautiful than brilliant yellow Balsamroot intermixed with deep blue Larkspur?  Balsamroot with red Paintbrush! All are flowering in abundance along sections of the inner Elk Refuge road. Join Frances Clark for a tour along the road to glory in the magnificent spring bloom and to identify the most common species. We will carpool from the road head to the base of Curtis Canyon and then along Flat Creek Road to the National Forest Boundary, making stops along the way to identify plants, take pictures, and revel.  Bring: handlens, notebook, field guide, camera, and binoculars (for birds and plants).  Where: Meet at the beginning of Elk Refuge Road, at the eastern end of East Broadway, Jackson. Note to those who wish to go on their own, please respect closure signs by staying along the road and turnouts. Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 6 – 8pm: Spring Wildflowers of the Maritime Alps. Enjoy the virtual delights of botanizing the Maritime Alps along the French-Italian border.   Alison Jones and her husband spent a week in Mercantour National Park traversing this scenic and steeply mountainous region.  They explored different habitats:  sub-alpine meadows, magnificent forests, alpine pastures above timberline, and up and over snowy passes.  They photographed an incredible number and variety of species—many related to those in our Grand Teton National Park and gardens!  Come feast your eyes on wildflowers! Alison and Dick Jones are lifelong gardeners and wildflower enthusiasts. They have photographed wildflowers and alpine gardens in a great many locations in the U.S. and abroad. Where: Teton County Library Auditorium. Refreshments and gathering at 6:00, program starts promptly at 6:15. Free and open to the public.

      •  Friday, May 3, 2013, 8:30 – day: 5th Annual Native Plant Species Seminar. Agenda coming soon, please stand by… Cost: $10 donation – the seminar includes 2 breaks & lunch. WhereTeton Science Schools, Jackson Campus, in the Education Center located at 700 Coyote Canyon Road in Jackson, Wyoming. RSVP: Space is limited! Please RSVP with your name and email or phone by Friday, April 26th to Rachel at the phone number (307) 733-2110 or Rachel@tetonconservation.org
      • Tuesday, April 23, 2013. 6:00 pm: Revealing Connections of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A slide show and talk by naturalist Kurt Johnson, author of the new title, A Field Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (March 2013), will illustrate the richness of the region’s ecosystem. He’ll talk about how he produced his field guide, which includes discovering facts, gathering photos and writing the text. Through his curiosity and many years of field experience, he’ll show you how he discovered connections between plants, insects, mammals, birds and geology. Kurt F. Johnson is Chief Naturalist of Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson, WY. After serving on the graduate faculty at the Teton Science School, he began leading natural history programs throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He also shares his expertise and photographs as owner of Wild Things of Wyoming ( www.wildthingsofwyoming.com). Where: Library Auditorium B. Free. Adult Humanities Coordinator, Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135, odoherty@tclib.org
      • Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:00 pm: Fire Ecology: Past, Present, Future. Many large wildfires have burned across Idaho and the West in recent decades, often threatening people and property. We will likely have more large fires and smoke in the future. What are the implications for native plants and ecosystems now and in she future? Penny Morgan is a professor in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. She directs the Wildland Fire Program there. She is originally from Jackson Hole and is educated in the West. Where: Teton County Library Auditorium. Refreshments and gathering at 6:00, program starts promptly at 6:30.
      • Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 6pm: Canada’s Thelon River Barrenlands. Beverly Boynton will use slides of her four-week canoe trip on Canada’s Thelon River to ponder the botany of the Barrenlands. Are the Barrens truly barren? Why does the landscape look the way it does? Why is plant diversity so much less in northern Canada than in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which she explored on previous trips? And what are trees doing so far above “tree line”? Beverly Boynton is a long-time Jackson Hole resident with a robust curiosity. In recent years, she has spent time hiking, canoeing, and investigating ecology in the Arctic. Where: Teton County Library, Room X. Refreshments at 6:00, program starts promptly at 6:30.
      • Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 6 pm: Working in the wildflowers: Tetons, Rainier and Olympic Parks. Jim Springer shares a wildflower slide show from his experiences in Olympic, Mount Rainier and Grand Teton National Parks. Jim has been working as a Park Ranger since 1972. Much of his work concerns monitoring and rehabilitating human impacts in the alpine and sub-alpine zone. He received a degree in Botany from the University of Puget Sound in 1977.  His photography includes interesting close-ups of flower details that we often miss. Where: 6:00 p.m. – Wyoming Game and Fish, 420 N. Cache in Jackson. Free and open to the public. More info:  307-733-3776
      •  Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:45 am – 2:00 pm: Snowshoe outing -West side of  the Tetons. Join Naturalist Andy Steele on snowshoes to experience the winter world of the sub-alpine. We will look at tree communities, identify trees and the way they survive at 8,000 feet. We will identify plants that still show above the snow. We will also see the tracks of critters and will explore who they are, their habitat relationships, and their strategies for survival. Snowshoes, plants, Andy Steele, TetonsSnowshoe hikers should be prepared for cold . . . this is not an aerobic hike but a walk in the woods. The walk will be of moderate exertion in unpacked snow with a climb of up to 500 ft.  Bring snowshoes, poles, lunch, and water. Snowshoe rentals available. Meet at 9:45 am at Grand Targhee Resort naturalist office located next to ski school. Free. Questions: Andy 208-456-0956Andy Steele is a naturalist/interpreter who has led more than one thousand winter snowshoe hikes over the last 10 years as the Naturalist at Grand Targhee Resort. Andy is a retired forester who worked for the Forest Service for 25 years and began his career on the Bridger-Teton NF in 1975. Andy lives in Teton Valley and enjoys sharing the Joys of Nature with all who want to venture into the world of winter

 FIELD TRIPS 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Game Creek field trip,  Do you know your shrubs . . with or without leaves?!? Join Susan Marsh to identify common winter shrubs. Meet at Game Creek trailhead 6 miles south of Jackson. Bring skis or snowshoes even though it may be possible to walk the trail.

 Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 7:00 pm  “Wild plants for wild life in Jackson Hole”: What plants sustain our common animals–insects, mammals, birds–and how we can identify these green natives. Wyoming Game and Fish, 420 N. Cache in Jackson. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Snowshoe/Cross country ski outing at Old Pass Road Trailhead: We will join Teton Conservation District and Teton County Weed and Pest District to learn about noxious weeds and the flora and fauna of the area. Help do your part to keep our habitats native by learning to identify good and bad plants in the winter and summer months. Please plan to snowshoe or ski about 3 miles over easy to moderate terrain. Bring gear, water and snacks. Meet at Old Pass Road trailhead outside of Wilson. For more info: Amy Collett or Rachel Daluge.

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m. Memorial Weekend Wildflowers on Blacktail Butte. Grand Teton NP.  Join botanist Klara Varga to explore the spring wildflowers in different habitts on Blacktail Butte. Moderate hike; some steep terrain. Meet at the Blacktail Butte climber’s trail parking area at 1 pm. Take Hwy 191/26/89 north of Jackson. The parking lot is the next pull-out north of the Moose Junction turn-off on the east side of the highway. Park pass not required.

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 9 a.m. – noonish, Antelope Flats Wildflower Walk. Join Frances Clark, local botanist, for an informal foray around Antelope flats and up to the Moose/Wilson overlook to look at the spectacular flowers of the sagebrush habitat.  The balsamroot and mule’s ears are blooming for comparison, lupines and buckwheat are emerging while the lark’s-spur and antelope bush begin to fade.   There are plenty of Apiaceae/carrot family members to keep us intrigued including the “other yampah” around the overlook at the north end of the Moose/Wilson Road.   And there is more….  Bring a good field guide, handlens if you have one, and what you need for a morning’s outing.Meet promptly at the Park Visitor Center, in Moose, at 9:00.  Park near the west end, to keep parking spaces available to tourist visitors.  We will carpool from there.   We will be back around noon.

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – noon/1:00 p.m, Teton Pass area trails, Join long-time resident and naturalist, Jean Jorgensen, for a leisurely walk to learn about the uses and stories of plants. Meet at Owen Bircher Park in Wilson.

Saturday, July 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m. Sheep Creek, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Join author Orval Harrison to explore the headwaters of Sheep Creek and Wyoming Range history. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Bridger-Teton Natl. Forest boundary parking lot just east of Alpine to carpool/drive up Greys River. People camping in the area might also meet at 10:00 a.m. at the junction of the Greys River Rd and Sheep Creek Rd: FS Roads 10138 and 10125. Cold drinks and refreshments will be provided! Co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Star Valley Historical Society. Registration is not required, but we’d like to get a general idea of numbers. If you plan to attend, please let us know via email: ajrtaylor@hotmail.com.

Friday, July 20, 2012, 8:00 a.m.Hanging Canyon to Lake of the Crags, Grand Teton National Park. Very difficult, day-long hike; approx. 6 miles round-trip with 2700’ elevation gain with some low angle slabs and boulders along the way. Hiking poles would be helpful. Stunning views & interesting plants.  Meet at Jenny Lake Boat Dock. Park and boat fees apply.  Beverly Boynton.

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 9 a.m.-2p.mPhilips Canyon Trail, A loop hike that leads to Phillips Pass and down to Ski Lake before returning to trailhead. Difficult hike due to  high elevation and steep terrain. Fireweed displays are typically phenomenal in this area.  Park on the south side of Hwy 22, which is part way up Teton pass and across the road from the trailhead. Susan Marsh.

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