Wildflower Hike: Twin Sisters
Apr
1
10:00 am10:00

Wildflower Hike: Twin Sisters

Meet at CBC Parking lot across from Red Lion at 10a.m. for our first hike of the season. Trip should be about 2 hrs.Leader Rik Smith (rsmith@columbiabasin.edu)

Monthy Meeting: “Lomatium: No Wonder We’re Confused! Identifying biscuitroot and desert parsley”
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

Monthy Meeting: “Lomatium: No Wonder We’re Confused! Identifying biscuitroot and desert parsley”

Plants of the genus Lomatium can be a tricky group of plants to identify.  Terri Knoke has spent considerable time learning about the key differences between species.  She will share her knowledge of these characteristics for many Lomatium species found in our region.  In addition, she will talk about how genetic studies are changing our understanding of the Apiaceae family. Terri is a retired engineer, artist, and lover of plant identification.

At 6:30 pm, we will continue with our “Plant Talk” feature, bring in unknown plants (not ornamental) and we will attempt to identify them. This is also an opportunity to socialize before our meeting. 

Wildflower Hike: Candy Mountain
Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Wildflower Hike: Candy Mountain

Gretchen Graber (gretchen.graber@gmail.com) , trip leader. Check out the new trail on Candy. Directions: take Keene Rd. west in Richland to Dallas Rd. Turn south on Dallas Rd. then onto E. 669 PR N.E. (just before 182 overpass), turn right and up the hill. Park along the right side of the road.

Native Plant Sale
Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale at C&M Nursery (2517 Van Giesen St., Richland). C&M Nursery is planning a native plant sale for those of you that can’t wait until fall to plant natives. Heritage Garden program staff will be on hand to help answer any questions related to their program and their vast expertise on using natives in gardens.

 


Ice Age Floods Presentation by Gary Kleinknecht
Mar
1
7:00 pm19:00

Ice Age Floods Presentation by Gary Kleinknecht

Gary Kleinknecht is education director of MCBONES. He will provide us with an overview of the Missoula Floods and look at the Columbia River Basalts as they relate to the floods. He will highlight two dozen geologic features that are evidence of the tremendous power of hundreds of  cubic miles of flowing water that flowed across our region. In addition, we will learn about some of the plants that lived in the mid-Columbia during the recent glacial maxima.

At 6:30 pm, we will have “Winter Twig ID”, learn to id plants based on bark, bud placement, etc. This is also an opportunity to socialize before our meeting. 

Curtis Bearchum presents "First Foods of the Columbia Plateau"
Feb
1
7:00 pm19:00

Curtis Bearchum presents "First Foods of the Columbia Plateau"

Join us to hear about how the Native Americans of the Central Plateau survived and thrived using native plants. Curtis Bearchum, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, has spent years learning about and practicing the cultural traditions of his ancestors.  He learned about native plants from his parents and other Elders of the tribe.

CBC Herbarium Inventory II
Jan
4
7:00 pm19:00

CBC Herbarium Inventory II

We will continue our effort to catalogue the CBC herbarium started last year. The specimens are organized by family, so all that is needed is to carefully sort through the files and record the information on the specimen labels. You will see how a herbarium works, why they are important, and learn about some of the plants in CBC’s collection. Also, it is a great opportunity to help the college get a better handle on their collection and determine future collecting needs

Holiday Potluck
Dec
7
6:30 pm18:30

Holiday Potluck

  • Richland Community Center

Bring a dish to share.  Drinks, plates, and utensils will be provided.  We will view the submissions to our photo contest and discuss conservation activities in the Tri-Cities.  2017 calendars will be available for sale at the meeting ($10). The Richland Community Center is in Howard Amon Park at 500 Amon Park Drive. Spouses and guests are welcome.

Heritage Garden Fall Workshop (Free!)
Nov
12
10:00 am10:00

Heritage Garden Fall Workshop (Free!)

  • Richland Public Library

Featuring:

  • Dr. James, PhD, Associate Professor of Entomology WSU, Prosser, will discuss his new book, Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies.
  • Kelsey Prickett, Forb Production Manager, BFI Native Seeds, Moses Lake, will present information on native forbs for drought tolerant landscaping in the Columbia Basin.
  • Heritage Garden Roundtable - Panel of local experts share tips and tricks for creating beautiful low water-use landscaping. Bring your questions. Register online (http://bit.ly/2cy0Lv6) or contact Erin Hightower, (509) 736-6000; erinhightower@conservewa.net.
Wendy Gibble Presents, “Conservation of Washington's  Rare Plants”
Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

Wendy Gibble Presents, “Conservation of Washington's Rare Plants”

Wendy Gibble—Rare Care Program Manager

Washington’s rare plants comprise nearly 15% of the native plants species in the state and are found in just about every habitat type and county, yet they are seldom encountered and therefore poorly documented. With the continuing expansion of the state’s population, degradation of habitat, and changing weather patterns due to climate change, these plants face an uncertain future. In this talk, Wendy Gibble will present an overview of the conservation efforts to protect rare native plants by the Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care) program and introduce some of the rare plants of Washington, with a focus on the Columbia Basin. 

Seed Ball Toss
Oct
22
10:00 am10:00

Seed Ball Toss

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:00a.m. SEED BALL TOSS!! What’s that?? We hope you’ve had the chance to help make small balls of clay containing local sagebrush seed. Whether you’ve made any or not, you’re welcome to join us “toss” the seed balls. We’re spreading them in the burned area around the McBee Grade because sagebrush is killed by wildfires and after multiple fires over the years there are few sagebrush seeds left in the soil. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Estimate 1 hour outdoors. Meet at the new park and ride lot behind the gas station at the Benton City/I-82 interchange to car pool. 

Native Plant Sale
Oct
15
10:00 am10:00

Native Plant Sale

  • C&M Landscaping & Nursery

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. NATIVE PLANT SALE!!! C&M Nursery located near the corner of Van Giesen and Highway 240 (Bypass Highway) in Richland. The nursery is allowing us to use part of their parking lot for our plant sale. We’ll have some native flowering plants as well as a few shrubs and grasses, plus we’ll have our own wildflower seed packets for plants native in our area instead of California. 

“Trifles will not stop me.” Presentation on David Douglas
Oct
5
7:00 pm19:00

“Trifles will not stop me.” Presentation on David Douglas

David Douglas explored the Pacific Northwest in the early 1800’s and described many of our northwest trees, shrubs, and forbs. His careful notes give us an insight into our world 200 years ago. Gary Lentz will tell us about his journeys and plants he found.

At 6:30 pm, we will continue with our “Plant Talk” feature. We will be making sagebrush seed balls to use in restoration. This is also an opportunity to socialize before our meeting. 

Bee, Butterfly and Pollinator Celebration in the Wine Science Center Garden
Jun
25
9:00 am09:00

Bee, Butterfly and Pollinator Celebration in the Wine Science Center Garden

  • Below the WSU Wine Science Center

Join Heritage Gardens, Lower Columbia Basin Audubon and the Columbia Basin Native Plant Society for garden tours, tables and activities on Saturday June 25th. 9:00 -12 noon. Tour the new two acre native plant and pollinator education garden. All ages, Catch and Release Pollinator Art station. Learn about sustainable landscaping techniques, learn about native bees and view native plants. Enjoy information tables and get your questions answered. The garden is still young - come by to watch it grow! Create your own pollinator garden, see examples of native plants for use in your home landscape. Garden Tours every half hour, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am. Bring a lunch to eat at our new picnic tables. FREE.

Contact: Gretchen Graber, WNPS, 206-265-0430, gretchen.graber@gmail.com

Wildflower Hike: Bickleton
May
21
9:00 am09:00

Wildflower Hike: Bickleton

Meet at the Benton City park and ride near I-82 at 9a.m. At an elevation of 3000 ft or more, there are all kinds of plants we don’t see much around the Tri-Cities, including stiff sage, several species of buckwheat and lomatium and garry oak. Should be back around 4:30 p.m. Contact Terri Knoke at 547-7374 or Tlknoke@charter.net

Wildflower Hike: McBee Grade and Horn Rapids Park
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Wildflower Hike: McBee Grade and Horn Rapids Park

Meet at the park and ride in Benton City near I-82 at 10 a.m. to carpool up the hill. There are plants here that are not found elsewhere in the Tri-Cities area. Proceed down the hill and those who choose can proceed to Horn Rapids Park to for look at some of our sand dwellers like prairie clover, Columbia cutleaf and purple sage. Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Total trip about 3 hrs. Leaders: Marilyn Lemar (509-460-8302 or dwlemar@hotmail.com )

Wildflower Hike: Frenchman Coulee
Apr
30
9:00 am09:00

Wildflower Hike: Frenchman Coulee

Meet at park and ride off Van Giesen (across railroad tracks from highway 240) at 9a.m. This coulee is a hidden geologic treasure , just minutes off Interstate 90.  Should be back around 2 p.m.  (Washington Native Plant Appreciation Week!) Contact Janelle Downs at 531-4237 or sagejld@aol.com

Wildflower Hike: Basalt Gardens - Pillars
Apr
23
9:00 am09:00

Wildflower Hike: Basalt Gardens - Pillars

Meet at the park and ride off Van Giesen (across railroad tracks from highway 240) at 9a.m. Bring lunch and water. This is one of my favorite spots. Interesting basalt rock formations where rare native plants are common and there’s lots of diversity. Back between 2 and 3 p.m. Contact Terri Knoke at 547-7374 or Tlknoke@charter.net

Wildflower Hike: Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mtn.
Apr
16
8:30 am08:30

Wildflower Hike: Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mtn.

Meet at the park and ride off Van Giesen (across railroad tracks from highway 240) at 8:30 a.m. to figure out carpools. The drive is about 90 min. one way. Bring lunch and water. This is a moderate hike with slight uphill grade at Snow Mt. This also was one of our showiest walks last year. Should be back about 4 PM. Contact Terri Knoke at 547-7374 or Tlknoke@charter.net

Planting Sage:  Inmates and Sage-Grouse Recovery
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Planting Sage: Inmates and Sage-Grouse Recovery

Gretchen Graber, Native Plant Grower and Educator for the Institute for Applied Ecology, will discuss a unique partnership to grow and plant-out thousands of sagebrush plants for the recovery of the Greater Sage-Grouse, an iconic bird of the west. The partnership between the Institute of Applied Ecology, Sustainability in Prisons Project, Bureau of Land Management and Washington State Department of Corrections is a new partnership being used to bring science and sustainability education into prisons to reduce recidivism rates. Another goal of the program is to bring attention to the loss of the shrub-steppe habitat.

At 6:30, we will continue with our "What is THAT Plant?" feature. Bring in your unknown plant (non-ornamental) and we will attempt to identify it. This is also an opportunity to socialize before the meeting.

 

Conserving and Restoring Washington's Ecosystems
Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

Conserving and Restoring Washington's Ecosystems

Jim Evans, WNPS State Stewardship Program Manager, will outline the history of the Native Plant Stewardship Program and describe the program's current and projected work. We will seque into an open discussion of how the program can help the Columbia Basin Chapter and its partners in the conservation of South Central Washington ecosystems.

At 6:30, we will continue with our "What is THAT Plant?" feature. Bring in your unknown plant (non-ornamental) and we will attempt to identify it. This is also an opportunity to socialize before the meeting.

The Effects of Select Herbicides on Biological Soil Crust in Shrub Steppe
Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

The Effects of Select Herbicides on Biological Soil Crust in Shrub Steppe

Dr. Jenny Von Reis, Associate Professor, CBC, will discuss biological soil crusts. These crusts are a community of organisms living at the soil surface. View/Open Dissertation full text (17.81Mb)

At 6:30, we will continue with our "What is THAT Plant?" feature. Bring in your unknown plant (non-ornamental) and we will attempt to identify it. This is also an opportunity to socialize before the meeting.

Plant Families of the Columbia Basin
Jan
6
7:00 pm19:00

Plant Families of the Columbia Basin

Dr. Rik Smith will provide an introduction to some of the locally common plant families. 

At 6:30, we will continue with our "What is THAT Plant?" feature. Bring in your unknown plant (non-ornamental) and we will attempt to identify it. This is also an opportunity to socialize before the meeting.

Holiday Potluck
Dec
2
6:00 pm18:00

Holiday Potluck

  • Richland Community Center

Bring a dish to share! Drinks, plates, and utensils will be provided. We will view the submissions to our photo contest. Rachel Little will briefly tell us about a new citizen science water quality sampling program. 2016 calendars will be available for sale at the meeting ($10).

Salvage at Badger Mountain
Sep
7
10:00 am10:00

Salvage at Badger Mountain

  • Trailhead Park

Later in September the City of Richland is going to expand the parking lot at Trailhead Park at the foot of Badger Mountain and the city has granted permission to salvage native plants and seeds within the footprint of the future parking lot.  If you’d like to learn how to salvage and plant SMALL native plants for your yard and nurse them through the fall season, join us.  You’re welcome to come just to learn the ethics and techniques of salvaging native plants and seeds.  If you actually want to salvage plants Monday, bring sturdy boxes, buckets, or other large flat containers to put your plants into, some newspaper or rags that can be moistened to keep the roots cool and moist, gloves and a shovel (a trowel won’t work very well for salvaging).  Warning - You’ll need to put the plants in the ground within a day or so if you want them to survive. If you have questions, contact Mickie Chamness at 430-5776. 

Islands in the Sky: A North Cascades Adventure - Study Weekend 2015
Aug
14
Aug 16

Islands in the Sky: A North Cascades Adventure - Study Weekend 2015

The Koma Kulshan Chapter invites you to join us for this year's Native Plant Study Weekend. Come enjoy the splendor of the Heather Meadows area at road's end as well as destinations along the Mount Baker Highway. The North Cascades is a rugged mountainous region, with steep-sided valleys and snowy peaks, as well as the largest number of active glaciers in the lower 48 states. The complex geologic history of mountain building, glacial advance and retreat, and climatic factors has created a patchwork of isolated mountaintops. Like the floras of oceanic islands, these "sky islands" are home to a unique flora of cold-adapted plants that are maintained through migration barriers and amenable
climatic conditions. The surrounding forests, wetlands, and river valleys offer rich botanical opportunities as well.

We are planning a wide range of outings with varying degrees of difficulty, including strolls, hikes, and workshops. Your options will range from taking a leisurely walk along a wheelchair accessible path to using your ice axe to break your own trail on a snow-covered slope en route to some of Washington's premier alpine habitat.

Solstice In The Garden
Jun
20
3:00 pm15:00

Solstice In The Garden

  • WSU Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden

The Benton Conservation District in partnership with the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society will be hosting a booth at the Master Gardener's Summer Solstice event. We will provide information on low-water use landscaping, native plants and other Heritage Garden topics. Please join us!

Field Trip - Wildflowers in the Blues
Jun
13
8:00 am08:00

Field Trip - Wildflowers in the Blues

Drive to various sites in the Tollgate area of the Blue Mountains. If you have questions contact Jeff Fredson 541-215-0532

From Blue Mountain Audubon Web Site: It's time again for a trip to the Tollgate area of the Blue Mountains to look for wildflowers. Jeff Fredson and Cheryl Baker will lead this trip taking over from Priscilla Dauble who has led this special trip for many years. In the past we have seen as many as 80 different species of wildflowers. 

This will be an all-day trip and we will be doing quite a bit of walking so bring plenty of food and water. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Don't forget your binoculars and field guides if you have them. We will meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot and car pool.