Monthly Meeting: Considerations for Management of Russian Olive to Promote Breeding Bird Diversity along the Lower Snake River
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Considerations for Management of Russian Olive to Promote Breeding Bird Diversity along the Lower Snake River

Presented byJames H. Castle, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District.

Russian Olive (Eleagnus angustifolia) is a native tree of southern Europe, central and western Asia. This class C Washington noxious weed is common in wet pastures, irrigation waterways, around lakes, wetlands, and riparian areas. Intentionally introduced as a horticultural plant, it was originally planted across most of North America to provide shade, hedges, wind- and snow breaks, soil stabilization, wildlife habitat, landscaping, and pollen for honeybees.

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Native Plants for Sale
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Native Plants for Sale

In collaboration with C&M Nursery, we will be holding an event with a variety of native plants available for purchase. We will also be selling seed packets, native plant greeting cards, and 2019 WSNPS calendars. The event will be held at C&M Nursery, 2517 Van Geisen, Richland (at the corner of the Bypass Highway and Van Giesen)

Here are a list of plants that will be available for sale:

Common name: Scientific name:

bitterbrush Purshia tridentata

Carey's balsamroot Balsamorhiza careyana

cutleaf penstemon. Penstemon richardsonii

fragrant evening primrose Oenothera caespitosa

golden currant Ribes aureum

Gray's lomatium Lomatium grayii

hairy goldenaster Heterotheca villosa

large-leaved lupine Lupinus polyphyllus

Munro's globemallow Sphaeralcea munroana

prairie clover Dalea ornata

Piper’s daisy Erigeron piperianus

prairie lupine Lupinus lepidus

purple sage Salvia dorrii

rock buckwheat Eriogonum sphaerocephalum

rosy pussytoes Antennaria rosea

sagebrush Artemisia tridentata subsp. Wyomingensis

sand penstemon Penstemon acuminatus

showy milkweed Asclepia speciosa

Tweedy's lewisia Lewisia tweedyi

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Heritage Garden Landscaping Class
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Heritage Garden Landscaping Class

Heather Wendt and Ann Autrey will be teaching an inexpensive class on how to set up your own Heritage Garden! Heritage Gardens are landscaped areas designed to promote the use of native plants, especially those of cultural significance; promote low-water use landscaping and efficient irrigation methods. Native plant gardens are also pollinator friendly and help to provide food and shelter to wildlife. This a “must” class for homeowners who want to save money on water bills as well as fertilizer and all the other costs associated with traditional lawn and garden care. The Heritage Garden was developed by the Benton and Franklin Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. The class will be located in Kamiakin High School in Room 442 and is $23 - please register through the website below.

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Monthly Meeting: Anthropogenic Disturbances and their Impact on Soils
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Anthropogenic Disturbances and their Impact on Soils

The first meeting of the fall season is here! To kickstart our monthly meetings, Dr. Eric Melby, a professor at Columbia Basin College, will present on anthropogenic disturbances and their impact on soils. The presentation will begin with an introduction to soils followed by some case studies of human activities that greatly alter natural soil systems. Dr. Melby has a MS in Soil Science and a PhD in Environmental Chemistry and Technology. The meeting will be held at Columbia Basin College, building SWL Room 117.

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Wildflower Walk: The Two Sisters Fall Color Extravaganza – Wallula Gap
Sep
26
11:00 AM11:00

Wildflower Walk: The Two Sisters Fall Color Extravaganza – Wallula Gap

This is it!  It’s the last bloom of the year!  This walk takes you through a new season for the shrub steppe:  autumn. There are a minimum of eight species of wildflowers in bloom at the Two Sisters.  Some of our local native plants provide color for weeks on end this time of year. Come meet them!  Meeting time is 11:00 a.m. at Columbia Basin College parking lot across from the Red Lion, 20th Avenue, Pasco.  Ernie Crediford, Leader.  Dress appropriate for the weather and don’t forget your camera for this late season surprise.  Please contact trip leader at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

 

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Wildflower Walk: The Two Sisters Fall Color Extravaganza – Wallula Gap
Sep
23
11:00 AM11:00

Wildflower Walk: The Two Sisters Fall Color Extravaganza – Wallula Gap

Only recently did we discover the pleasures of the fall bloom in the shrub-steppe. There is a minimum of eight species of wildflowers in bloom at the Two Sisters this time of year. The Two Sisters area offers a variety of plants in bloom, including some of our local favorites: hoary aster and sand verbena. Their white and purple flowers accent a sea of yellow, silver, and pink: the rabbit brush and the snow buckwheat at the height of their show. It’s a short walk into the shrub-steppe and the views of the Columbia River are outstanding. Meeting time is 11:00 a.m. at Columbia Basin College parking lot across from the Red Lion, 20th Avenue, Pasco.  Ernie Crediford, Leader. Dress appropriate for the weather and don’t forget your camera for this late-season surprise.  Please join us for this crisp, fall visit to one of our favorite places and contact trip leader at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

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Wildflower Campout: Anthony Lakes
Aug
2
to Aug 3

Wildflower Campout: Anthony Lakes

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 dadauble@gmail.com. Come for the day or overnight. Details as requested.

Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

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Wildflower Walk: Oregon Butte
Jul
9
8:00 AM08:00

Wildflower Walk: Oregon Butte

Monday, July 9, 8am. Oregon Butte  (plan on 7pm return to WW). Leader: Karen Kirkwood kirkwoodweaver@gmail.com    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 lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

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Wildflower Walk: Umatilla Rim/Johnson Creek
Jun
27
9:00 AM09:00

Wildflower Walk: Umatilla Rim/Johnson Creek

Wednesday, June 27, 9am. Umatilla Rim/Johnson Creek. Leader: Martine Purcell (martine.in.ww@gmail.com). 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.

Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

 

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Wildflower Walk: Timothy Springs
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Wildflower Walk: Timothy Springs

Sunday June 24, 9am. Timothy Springs – Upper Wenaha River  Leader: Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com 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.

Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

 

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Wildflower Walk: Rainwater Wildlife Area
Jun
13
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Rainwater Wildlife Area

Wednesday, June 13, 10am.  Rainwater Wildlife Area on Robinette Mountain. Leader: Howard Buehler (howard@daytonwa.net). [Walla Walla 10am, Dayton 11am] The 8700 acre Rainwater Wildlife Area is within the aboriginal homeland of the Confederated Tribes. Restoration efforts have been in effect since 1998.

Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

 

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Annual June Potluck
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Annual June Potluck

Join us for an End of Season Potluck at the McNary Wildlife Refuge!  Our annual June potluck is all about US—native plant lovers. The Board is providing the main course for the potluck with options for both omnivores and herbivores as our way of thanking all of you for being members and supporting our mutual interests in native plants and our native environment. PLEASE RSVP by June 3 to Mickie at mickiec@charter.net so we can bring enough of the main course for everyone. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Drinks, plates, cups, napkins and plasticware will be provided.

We will get a chance to socialize more with each other, talk nerdy plant stuff, and wander around the native garden at McNary. We’ll slip in a brief meeting to vote for officers of the board for the coming year. The potluck will be held at McNary Wildlife Refuge, 64 Maple Street in Burbank just south of the Snake River. Doors open at 5:30, we’ll eat around 6.

 

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Wildflower Walk: Tiger Canyon
Jun
6
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Tiger Canyon

Wednesday, June 6, 10am. Road cut seeps along Tiger Canyon FS 65 w/hike along FS 6511. Leader: Emil Doyle (emildoyle@gmail.com). Amazing diversity waits in the niche environment of rocky, spring fed road cuts on Tiger Canyon Road. After a climb to the third switchback, we’ll walk along FS 6511, a spur off the main road.

Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

 

 

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Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe Butte
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe Butte

Please pre-register. Contact trip leaders Ernest Crediford & Terri Knoke at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

Want to relax after work? This special evening tour is so close to home you will be among the flowers before you know it.  A short drive from work or school and you’ll be at 2,216 feet, one of the highest accessible buttes in our area. You’ll be surprised at what we find there: wildflowers and jaw-dropping views. Dress appropriate for the weather, (wind) and don’t forget your cameras. Meet at 6:00 p.m. the Kennewick Fred Meyers parking lot next to Fred Meyer Fuel. 

 

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Walla Walla Wildflower Walk: Chase Mountain Ridge
May
30
9:00 AM09:00

Walla Walla Wildflower Walk: Chase Mountain Ridge

Walla Walla subchapter: Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

Chase Mountain Ridge- Leader: Susan Hosticka pshosticka@icloud.com .   Walla Walla at 9a. Dayton at 10a.] We’ll drive up the North Touchet River past ski area and climb to 5000’ where we will walk along old logging roads. Amazing vistas with flowering shrubs and flowers concentrated on south facing slopes.

 

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Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe

Please pre-register. Contact trip leaders Ernest Crediford & Terri Knoke at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

Jump Off Joe is one of the Tri-Cities best-kept secrets, but we’re going to let you in on it.  This walk is short: a few feet from the parking lot and you will be knee deep in white, pink and purple lupine as well as magenta penstemons. This is a good place to see snow berry bushes in bloom and at 2,216 feet, Jump Off Joe is one of the highest accessible buttes in our area. Dress appropriate for the weather, (wind) bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Meet at 10:00 a.m. the Kennewick Fred Meyers parking lot next to Fred Meyer Fuel. 

 

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Wildflower Walk: Tiger Creek
May
23
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Tiger Creek

Walla Walla subchapter: Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

Tiger Creek /FS 65  Leader: Emil (Ame) Doyle (emildoyle@gmail.com). Close to Walla Walla just past the entrance to Umatilla National Forest on Tiger Canyon road. This trail is a rediscovered treasure of native vegetation along a lovely stream. Easy walking with many opportunities for photography. 5 miles roundtrip.  

 

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Walla Walla Wildflower Walk: Restored Pond and Meadow Habitat
May
20
11:00 AM11:00

Walla Walla Wildflower Walk: Restored Pond and Meadow Habitat

Walla Walla subchapter: Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

Jim and Susan Swayne restored meadow and pond habitat - Leader: Darcy Dauble (dadauble@gmail.com). Join us for a view of the acreage developed by Jim and Susan to showcase restoration work including a pond. Jim and Susan are long time native plant advocates skilled in seed gathering, monitoring and growing of native plants.

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Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain

Please pre-register. Contact trip leader: Kim Hamblin-Hart at khamblinhart@gmail.com if you plan on attending.

This year we have journeyed up Badger Mountain every few weeks to see how the wildflower season progresses with time.  The early phlox will have faded, but there will be new jewels strewn in its place: There’s always plenty to see on Badger:  purple delphinium and the ever-present yellow balsamroots.

The May season for Badger can be as stunning as early spring. If you missed our other Badger hikes, don’t miss this one! We’re able to see how the wildflower season changes with time and elevation.  There will still be plenty to see as well as our gorgeous views from the mountain. This will be our third and final hike of the season on Badger. Meet: 10:00 a.m., Skyline Trail Kiosk. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. 

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Walla Walla Wildflower Walk: McDougall/Lick Creek
May
16
10:00 AM10:00

Walla Walla Wildflower Walk: McDougall/Lick Creek

Walla Walla subchapter: Meet on Whitman Campus in Walla Walla at Harper Joy Theater parking lot. Trips out of Dayton will meet at railroad ‘Depot’ in Dayton 50 minutes after Walla Walla time. Carpooling arrangements will be made at meeting places and times.  Return time is usually late afternoon. Bring walking stick, tick repellant, hat, lunch, water and a few dollars for driver. Dress appropriately in sturdy walking shoes or boots and, depending on terrain, long pants. Guests are welcome. Email contact/leader person if you have questions about difficulty, length or trailhead. General questions about the hikes can be directed to Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are mostly level and leisurely in pace.

McDougall to Lick Creek Trailhead.  Leader: Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com).  Weston Mountain - McDougall road along Umatilla Rim south facing slope past Lick Creek trailhead towards ZigZag Springs as conditions allow. Early spring blooms and aspen grove.

 

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Wildhorse Windfarm Mother’s Day Event
May
13
8:30 AM08:30

Wildhorse Windfarm Mother’s Day Event

A head count is required for the Wildhorse Windfarm event organizers.  Please contact trip leader Leaders: Ernie Crediford & Terri Knoke at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.  

This year take your mother to see the flowers!  The Wildhorse Windfarm presents its Mother’s Day Event and we’ll be part of it!  We will be leading a wildflower walk through the shrub-steppe of the Wildhorse Windfarm near Vantage.  This is a unique opportunity to see higher elevation flowers, of which this area has in abundance. The tiny pink and yellow Thyme Leaf Buckwheat should be in bloom, as well as yellow desert parsley, Blue Prairie Lupine, and Blue Bells.  After, the Windfarm will provide refreshments for mothers and families alike. This is going to be a fun event. Meet: 8:30 a.m. at Van Giesen Park and Ride. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring drinks, lunches, and don’t forget your cameras.  


 

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Wildflower Walk: McBee Grade & Horn Rapids
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: McBee Grade & Horn Rapids

Please pre- register. Contact trip leader Leaders: Marilyn Lemar & Janelle Downs dwlemar@hotmail.com 509 460-8302 if you plan on attending.

Two trips in one!  We start by visiting one of our favorite sites:  McBee Grade. There’s always something to see in the spring as well as the stunning views of the Yakima Valley. The blue lupine and the yellow balsamroot complement the sun and the sky, making this a wonderful place to bring your cameras.  Our second stop is Horn Rapids Park, home to our precious Purple Sage, the steppe’s most beautiful shrub. We’ll find plenty of wildflowers scattered amongst the sage. Meet: 10:00 a.m. Benton City Park & Ride next to Conoco and I-82. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring drinks and lunch, and don’t forget your cameras. 

 

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Family Day: Wildflower Walk at Badger Flats Trail
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Family Day: Wildflower Walk at Badger Flats Trail

Please pre-register. Contact trip leader Pauline Schafer at pauschafer@hotmail.com if you plan on attending.

This year we’ve included a family walk to introduce the young to the wonder of the natural world around them.  We will be answering questions, looking at the plants with magnifiers and wondering at the wonderful world of growing things.  

This will be an easy walk for parents and children. Come join us and May will bring new flowers: Perhaps the purple Penstemons with their spikes of singing flowers will be waiting for us.  The daisies will still be in bloom: Townsend’s, Cushion and the Shaggies, big bouquets of yellow balsamroot turning their heads in the sun.  Don’t let your family don’t miss this walk. Meet: 10:00 a.m. at Trailhead Park where we’ll take the Badger Flats Trail. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras.  

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Monthly Meeting: Conservation Through Education
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Conservation Through Education

The mission of the Washington State Native Plant Society is “To promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington's native plants and their habitats through study, education, and advocacy.”  The Columbia Basin Chapter strives to support this mission and is organizing an education trunk to be used at community festivals, outreaches, and schools, to teach the local community about our native flora.  The Education Committee will demonstrate the different components of the trunk so that all interested members of the Chapter will be able to join us and educate the community. Come see the fun learning activities we have available and how easy it is to share your passion about native plants.    

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Native Plant Appreciation Day at McNary Wildlife Refuge
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Native Plant Appreciation Day at McNary Wildlife Refuge

Come to “Native Plant Appreciation Day” at the McNary Wildlife Refuge in Burbank.  The event is free to the public. It offers an opportunity for families and friends to come together to celebrate the amazing varieties of wildflowers that we have here in the Columbia Basin.  

There will plenty of activities for children and adults alike, including making flower buttons, dissecting plants, art projects, and more.  There are two slide shows on wildflowers as well as nature walks and information on native plants. We will be offering a guided wildflower walk of the “Two Sisters”. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m.  Be there early to sign up for our popular van tour to the Two Sisters, leaving at 11:30 a.m.

Phone:  509-546-8300. For more information contact Denise McIntruff, Visitor Services, at denise_mcinturff@fws.gov. Please mark your calendars for a fun day of exploration, and hopefully appreciation of the jewels that our special shrub steppe puts at our feet in the spring.  

 

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Wildflower Walk: Basalt Gardens/Vantage Highway
Apr
25
9:00 AM09:00

Wildflower Walk: Basalt Gardens/Vantage Highway

  • Van Giesen Park and Ride by Bypass Highway (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please pre-register. Contact trip leader Ernie Crediford at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

This Bureau of Reclamation land is home to one of Washington's rare plants, the Gray Cryptantha.  This special place is called “Basalt Gardens” because of its outstanding diversity and its beautiful basalt sculpture walls.  Everybody shows up here: Death Camas lilies, purple thread leaf Phacelia and so much more! After lunch, we’ll proceed up the Vantage Hwy for a look at a different environment with new blooms.

Basalt Gardens, once a dumping ground for old appliances, is a designated shelter to one of Washington’s rare plants.  It is home to many flowering plants and shrubs as well. Antelope brush, with its sweet-smelling yellow blooms, frames the rainbow of colors from all the flowering species found there.  This is an exceptional wildflower area. After lunch, we will proceed past Gingko State Park, up the old Vantage highway to DNR land where we will find even more species, including our hedgehog cactus and the thyme leaf buckwheat with its tiny clusters of flowers.  This is one trip you don’t want to miss.

Meet: 9:00 a.m. Van Giesen Park & Ride. This is a long day: dress appropriately for the weather, bring lunch and snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please pre-register. Contact trip leader Ernie Crediford at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

 

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Wildflower Walk: Saddle Mountain
Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

Wildflower Walk: Saddle Mountain

  • Van Giesen Park and Ride by Bypass Highway (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of our favorite walks, Saddle Mountain, promises all that the Columbia Basin has to offer:  Blue Bells and Pink-Violet Shooting Stars in profusion! The little Yellow Bells of spring will be ringing on the slopes.  

Once a national wildlife refuge itself, Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge still exists, but as part of the much larger Hanford Reach National Monument.  It is the crowning jewel in the crown of the Hanford Reach National Monument. This is a part of our national heritage. Please come join us for another exceptional wildflower experience on the mountain this year!

Meet: 9:00 a.m. Van Giesen Park & Ride. This is a long day: dress appropriately for the weather, bring lunch and snacks, and don’t forget your cameras.  Please contact trip leader Gretchen Garber at gretchen.graber@gmail.com if you plan on attending.

 

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Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain Mid-Season
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain Mid-Season

  • Badger Mountain Westgate Trailhead (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As the season progresses, so does the bloom!  Late April brings new flowers: Crouching and Woolly-pod locoweeds, beautiful despite their names, and the daisies:  Townsend’s, Cushion and the Shaggies will be beginning to bloom. 

As we proceed up slope, we’ll start seeing the green and grey Rabbit Brush, as well as the Spiny Hopsage mixed with the Big Sagebrush.  If we’re lucky, we might see Piper’s daisy, an uncommon daisy in our area. One of the neatest things about Badgers Mountain is that you’ll see yellow Carey’s Balsamroot from the bottom up, but on the top, its sister, the Rosy Balsamroot appears in all its sunset of colors.  Come join us for another great day on the mountain!

If you missed our first Badger hike, don’t miss this one! Meet: 10:00 a.m. Badger Mountain Skyline Trailhead off of Dallas Road.  Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please contact trip leader Steve Link at stevenlink@me.com if you plan on attending.

 

 

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Wildflower Walk: Mcbee Grade- Kiona
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Mcbee Grade- Kiona

April is the time to catch the wildflowers at the top McBee Grade, south of Kiona.  This easy walk lays the jewels of the Columbia Basin at your feet. We can expect to see a profusion of Rosy Balsamroot, purple Penstemon, and best of all: Shooting Stars!  

This is a very short walk on the northernmost tip of the ridge that defines the Horse Heaven Hills.  This windblown basalt ridgetop is the home to the precious Rosy Balsamroot, a plant critically imperiled in the state of Oregon.  This wildflower is primarily found of the top of the basalt ridge lines, going southeast from Umtanum Ridge to Wallula Junction. A short distance towards Chandler Butte, we’ll find the grassy slopes nestling magenta stars with ruby stems, our Shooting Stars, a joyful moment for flower photographers. 

Meet:  10:00 a.m. Conoco Park & Ride near I-82, Benton City exit.  Please contact Ernie Crediford, ernest_crediford@live.com if you are planning on attending.

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Wildflower Walk: Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mountain, Yakima County
Apr
14
8:30 AM08:30

Wildflower Walk: Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mountain, Yakima County

  • Van Giesen Park and Ride by Bypass Highway (map)
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Prepare for a long day as we explore Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mountain, just west of Yakima.  These wildflower preserves were made possible by the efforts of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, who now manages over 5,000 acres for conservation purposes.  These walks provide a treasure trove of color: purple Sage Brush Violets, blue Delphinium, pink Big Headed Clover, and yellow Balsamroot.

The walk starts at the west end of Cowiche Canyon and follows Cowiche Creek to the east.  This is a riparian area where water-loving plants grow. We will find red dogwoods, willows and clematis along the banks and further east, a trail leading to a loop up the east side of the ridge, to offer up a more shrub steppe environment, with purple Penstemon, yellow daisies and the wild onions.  This area was preserved due to its ecological importance and botanical diversity. After lunch, a walk along the many paths crossing Snow Mountain to see the sage violets, phlox and magnificent views of the flower-covered slopes. Come join us for a walk in paradise!

Meet: 8:30 a.m. at Van Giesen Park & Ride.  Dress appropriate for the weather, bring lunch and drinks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please contact trip leader Rik Smith at rsmith@columbiabasin.edu if you plan on attending.

 

 

 

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