June 24, 2018 - August 24, 2018

Columbia Basin Wildflower Walk: Timothy Springs - Upper Wenaha River

24Jun
(Date: June 24, 2018 9:00AM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Timothy Springs – Upper Wenaha River. On the Oregon side we will take off from the Timothy Springs trailhead (and campground) and walk down to the Wenaha River thru old growth. This is a new trail for Walla Walla native plant group so should be interesting what we will find. 4.6 miles roundtrip.
Leader: Darcy Dauble,

Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in

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Northeast Washington Chapter: Program and Meeting

26Jun
(Date: June 26, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Northeast WashingtonFree event

Each meeting includes an educational program starting at 7PM, followed by a break for informal discussion and those all important refreshments. Following the break, we reconvene for a business meeting that may include discussion of conservation issues, work on special projects, plans for upcoming field trips, and reports from the state-wide Washington Native Plant Society. All our meetings are free and open to the public.

Know your Grasses - 2018 Workshop

27Jun
(Date: June 27, 2018 9:00AM - June 29, 2018)Calendar: WNPSFree event

"Knowing your Grasses" is critical to many fields of science and practice, including wetland identification and delineation, ecosystem restoration, erosion control, and interpretation of natural history.  Beautiful and diverse, grasses are globally important in many ways - fundamental to the past and future survival of humans.  Join expert Instructor - Clayton Antieau for this in-depth workshop and field experience.  


This class operates daily from 9am-5pm, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9am-1pm on

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Columbia Basin Wildflower Walk: Umatilla Rim/Johnson Creek

27Jun
(Date: June 27, 2018 9:00AM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Umatilla Rim/Johnson Creek.  A favorite hike with open rocky slopes, stream crossings and a marshy meadow providing many opportunities to view wildflowers and shrubs. Over 60 plants listed on our plant list for last year including the Sabine’s Lupine.  4.5 miles roundtrip with a bit of an initial return climb.
Leader: Martine Purcell ().

Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at

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Central WA: Eldorado Creek RNA

28Jun
(Date: June 28, 2018 6:00PM)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

Teanaway Area. Meeting location and time to be determined.  Field trip leader Helen Lau, Botanist USFS- Cle Elum District. 

 

Okanogan: Tiffany Springs to Honeymoon Pass

29Jun
(Date: June 29, 2018 8:00AM)Calendar: OkanoganFree event

Meeting Place: Town Trailhead behind Winthrop PT

Hike Leader: Carol Campbell

This is an all day hike. Hike starts at Tiffany Springs campground and heads to Honeymoon Pass and beyond. It is about 3 miles to the pass, probably muddy. You will need good hiking shoes, layers of clothes (this is Tiffany Mt, any weather can occur ay any time.) and lunch, water.This trip is snow melt dependent and if we hit it right the flowers can be wonderful. It is about an hour drive to the campground. Limit 10.

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Okanogan: Sweetgrass Butte

7Jul
(Date: July 7, 2018 8:00AM)Calendar: OkanoganFree event

Meeting Place: Winthrop Barn

Hike Leader: Therese Ohlsen

Sweetgrass Butte is about 17 miles out of Winthrop up the Cub Creek drainage on mostly FS gravel roads.  You can drive to the top of the Butte, but road conditions may not be ideal.  At 6100’ the plants are starting to take on a bit of that subalpine and alpine feel.  Once up to the Butte, the terrain is easy to moderate. Good hiking shoes/boots are recommended.  Bring a lunch, bug repellant, sunscreen, water, and the basic back country

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Field Trip: Seeps of Snoqualmie Pass

7Jul
(Date: July 7, 2018 9:30AM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Trail Description: Seeps are magical places. During summer, when surrounding areas have succumbed to the baking sun and turned brown and crispy, these eternally wet spots are still producing wildflowers in abundance. But upon closer inspection we see that these little patches of greenery are not really like the surrounding drier areas; indeed, each seep comprises its own diminutive ecological niche, like a tiny green island in a sea of brown, with a unique set of inhabitants.

We will botanize

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Columbia Basin Wildflower Walk: Oregon Butte

9Jul
(Date: July 9, 2018 8:00AM - 7:00PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Oregon Butte  (plan on 7pm return to WW). Leader: Karen Kirkwood    From Tepee Trailhead head up to one of the few personed  fire lookouts over the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness at 6387 ‘ elevation.  Ridgeline Astragalus whitneyi  was an exciting find several years ago – we hope for a repeat.  6 miles roundtrip - three up and three down but trail is shady half the way and in good shape.

Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking

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Conservation Committee Meeting

10Jul
(Date: July 10, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM)Calendar: Conservation CommitteeFree event

Meetings are planned every other month, on the second Tuesday.

Location: conference call.

Please contact Becky Cheney for details: .

 

Olympic Peninsula: Hike Hurricane Ridge to Klahhane Ridge and Switchback Trail

13Jul
(Date: July 13, 2018)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Meet at 9 am at the Port Angeles Olympic National Park Visitor Center parking lot. We plan to drop off cars at the Klahhane Switchback Trail and start hiking from the Hurricane ridge visitor center parking lot. We will walk the ridge trail ~3.0 miles to the Switchback Trail junction; then ascend 1 mile to the ridgetop for the view and to see endemic Campanula piperi; then descend on the Switch-back Trail for a total of approximately 7 miles. A car shuttle will provide return transportation to

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Salal: Impromptu Walks/Hikes Throughout Summer

15Jul
(Date: July 15, 2018)Calendar: Salal ChapterFree event

Lucie Johns will continue to schedule and lead plant hikes on short notice during the summer. If you want to be on that list, please send her your email address to .

CPS Seed and Fern Propagation: WNPS Master Native Plant Steward Continuting Education Workshop #2

22Jul
(Date: July 22, 2018 1:30PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Attend a workshop focused on the exciting world of propagating your own native plants.
We will explore the fascinating world of seeds, delving into collection, cleaning, storage and methods of overcoming different types of seed dormancy. We’ll also introduce growing ferns from spores, and vegetative propagation via stem cuttings, rhizome cuttings, and divisions.
Participate in this hands-on workshop and take home some native plants of your own!


WNPS members and WNPS Stewards: $10;
General

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Northeast Washington Chapter: Program and Meeting

24Jul
(Date: July 24, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Northeast WashingtonFree event

Each meeting includes an educational program starting at 7PM, followed by a break for informal discussion and those all important refreshments. Following the break, we reconvene for a business meeting that may include discussion of conservation issues, work on special projects, plans for upcoming field trips, and reports from the state-wide Washington Native Plant Society. All our meetings are free and open to the public.

Olympic Peninsula: Hike Badger Valley from Obstruction Point trailhead (near Hurricane Ridge)

26Jul
(Date: July 26, 2018)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

We will do a shortened, in-and-out version of this hike, maximum 5 miles on foot. After a short walk along the ridge from Obstruction Point, the trail goes down a number of rocky switchbacks to the lush, flower-filled Badger Valley. Expect to see dozens of subalpine to alpine species blooming at this time. We will meet at Obstruction Point about 11 am.

RSVP to Fayla at , by July 23 so we can arrange carpools from different locations.

Columbia Basin: Wildflower Campout: Anthony Lakes

2Aug
(Date: August 2, 2018 9:00AM - August 3, 2018 4:00PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Thursday/Friday, August 2 – 3   9am. Anthony Lakes: The Marsh, the Lake and the Mountain! Not necessarily in that order. Only a couple of hours from Walla Walla, the campground provides us a launching point for several short and one longer hike over two days. Alpine and subalpine vegetation prevail – not responsible for Penstemon deliriums. There are a lot! Darcy Dauble . Come for the day or overnight. Details as requested.

Meet on Whitman

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Salal: Impromptu Walks/Hikes Throughout Summer

15Aug
(Date: August 15, 2018)Calendar: Salal ChapterFree event

Lucie Johns will continue to schedule and lead plant hikes on short notice during the summer. If you want to be on that list, please send her your email address to .

Olympic Peninsula: Mt. Ellinor

24Aug
(Date: August 24, 2018)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Meet 8:30 AM, at the Hoodsport Ranger/Visitor Station (150 North Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport) to arrange carpools to the trailhead. Mt. Ellinor has spectacular wildflowers including alpine endemics; we’ll capture our observations to start a Native Plant Society list for this hike. In addition to wildflowers, the mountain’s purple argillite top, resting on basalt greenstone geology is stunning, and if the weather is clear we’ll have broad, magnificent views as well. We’ll start hiking at the

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Featured Events

Spring Membership Renewal Campaign Continues Through June!

 WNPS Membership expires on June 30th annually. During the Spring Campaign we seek to renew members and continue to share the legacy of WNPS and the rich heritage of Washington's native flora.  Stay current and register today:  https://www.wnps.org/join.html.

2018 Botany Washington

June 8-10, 2018  |  registration is closed

Botany Washington is co-sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum (WTU).  Our goal is to provide an outstanding learning opportunity for participants of all botanical skill levels.  This year we will be exploring the floristic and taxonomic diversity of the Washington Coast. The 2018 Event will take place on the Long Beach Peninsula, with base camp in Ocean Park, WA at the Ocean Park Camp & Retreat Center. 

Complete event information, including Study Sessions & Field Trips, Evening Speakers,  Accommodations, and Registration information can still be found at https://www.wnps.org/botany_wa/index.html

2018 Workshop:
Knowing Your Grasses

June 27, 28, 29, 2018;
Wed & Thur 9-5PM; Fri 9-1PM

University of Washington - Hitchcock Hall, Seattle

"Knowing Your Grasses" is critical to many fields of science and practice, including wetland identification and delineation, ecosystem restoration, erosion control, and interpretation of natural history. Beautiful and diverse, grasses are globally important in many ways. WNPS proudly partners with  the UW Herbarium at the Burke Museum to offer this grass identification workshop.  
Photo:  Arrhenatherum elatius by Fred Weinmann