Wildflower Hike: Umatilla Rim / Johnson Creek
Jun
28
9:00 am09:00

Wildflower Hike: Umatilla Rim / Johnson Creek

Martine Purcell, trip leader (martine.in.ww@gmail.com). Favorite hike begins past Tollgate off Summit Rd. Access Umatilla Rim Trail on north end and hike past Sabine’s lupine down to Johnson Creek through meadows of fireweed, open slopes of buckwheat, hidden nooks of brown’s peony and a grand finale of elephantheads

Meet at Harper Joy Theater parking lot on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla

Return time is approximate.

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Wildflower Hike: Oregon Butte
Jul
2
9:00 am09:00

Wildflower Hike: Oregon Butte

Karen Kirkwood, trip leader kirkwoodweaver@gmail.com. Annual visit to our lovely lady in the lookout fire station. It’s a trek to get there but hike is well worth the trouble with variety of blooming wildflowers from shady valleys to open slopes and incredible views over the Wenaha Wilderness to Seven Devils in Idaho. Long day because there is so much to savor.

Karen Kirkwood, trip leader kirkwoodweaver@gmail.com. Annual visit to our lovely lady in the lookout fire station. It’s a trek to get there but hike is well worth the trouble with variety of blooming wildflowers from shady valleys to open slopes and incredible views over the Wenaha Wilderness to Seven Devils in Idaho. Long day because there is so much to savor.

Meet at Harper Joy Theater parking lot on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla

Return time is approximate.

 

Wildflower Hike: Fry Meadow Guard Station
Jul
6
9:00 am09:00

Wildflower Hike: Fry Meadow Guard Station

East of Jubilee Lake. Betsy Kaiser, trip leader (b_kaiser@live.com). Lupine, larkspur, monkey flower, and orchid are usual suspects. Station is rented for the night for few early committers who want to spend more time and check on Sink Hole site the next day. Potluck dinner TBA

Meet at Harper Joy Theater parking lot on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla

Return time is approximate.

 


Wildflower Hike: Middle Point Ridge Trail
Jun
21
10:00 am10:00

Wildflower Hike: Middle Point Ridge Trail

Blue Mountain Hike with Susan Hosticka trip leader - pshosticka@icloud.com .

Up North Touchet River this time. Trailhead starts out crossing deep shade of river with foamflowers, heucheras and thimbleberry profuse along the damp seeps. Trail continues steeply with several switchbacks to ridge. Penstemons, buckwheat, paintbrush and wild hollyhock enjoy the dry, open slope.

Meet at Harper Joy Theater parking lot on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla

Return time is approximate.

Wildflower Hike: Rainwater Wildlife Area on Robinette Mountain
Jun
14
10:00 am10:00

Wildflower Hike: Rainwater Wildlife Area on Robinette Mountain

Hike led by Howard Buehler, trip leader - howard@daytonwa.net The Rainwater Wildlife Area is the aboriginal homeland of the Confederated Tribes. We will walk along the level road at 3800’ elevation.  We may see wild hyacinth, blue camas, cat’s ear, larkspur, saxifrage, old man’s whiskers, and orchids

Meet at Harper Joy Theater parking lot on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla.

Return time is approximate.

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Monthly Meeting - Wildflower Hike, Potluck and Slide Show
Jun
7
5:30 pm17:30

Monthly Meeting - Wildflower Hike, Potluck and Slide Show

This will be our last meeting till October.  The wildflower hike will begin at 5:30 pm followed by the pot-luck. Come for 1 or both. There will also be a slideshow of this season’s field trips and some gifts for members (a Native Plant Appreciation Week poster and a choice of 4 gift cards by Mark Turner). We will have a brief business meeting to elect board members.  Bring a dish to share, we will provide drinks.  Directions: Horn Rapids Park is off of Hwy 225 near the intersection with Hwy 240.  On entering the park, Meacham Hall is to the right beyond the campground (see accompanying map).

Wildflower Hike: Tucannon River Canyon Trail to Bear Creek
Jun
7
9:00 am09:00

Wildflower Hike: Tucannon River Canyon Trail to Bear Creek

Blue Mountain hike with Emil Doyle trip leader - emildoyle@gmail.com Streamside alder, thimbleberry, gooseberry, and wild rose are abundant; we may also see yellow violets, wood anemones, mountain kittentails, spring beauty, and waterleaf, as wells as ferns and false morels.

Meet at Harper Joy Theater parking lot on Whitman College Campus in Walla Walla.

Return time is approximate.

Wildflower Hike: Weston Mountain
May
14
9:00 am09:00

Wildflower Hike: Weston Mountain

Blue Mountain Hike with Jeff Fredson (fredsonjeff6@gmail.com) , trip leader. Take a trip up the slopes of the Blue Mountains to view wild flowers on private land. Quite a change from our shrub-steppe plants. Bring lunch and dress for weather.   5-6 hrs. 

Meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla.

 

Monthly Meeting: A Native Plant Update & Species that Make You More Agreeable
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

Monthly Meeting: A Native Plant Update & Species that Make You More Agreeable

Presentation by Dr. Steven Link.  Dr. Link is President of Native Plant Landscaping and Restoration, LLC.  He is active in restoration activities on the Hanford Site and works with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  He will provide an update on his current efforts to grow and restore native plants.  He will also talk about a native plant that is supposed to have calming properties.

 

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. 

People's Climate Festival
Apr
29
2:00 pm14:00

People's Climate Festival

  • John Dam Plaza

The 3-hr event will feature educational and hands-on activities in the sciences and the arts; the family friendly festival will help people of all ages understand climate change.

Native Plant Appreciation Week
Apr
23
Apr 29

Native Plant Appreciation Week

Celebrate Washington Native Plant Appreciation Week - enjoy the wildflowers, plant a native plant, join the Washington Native Plant Society / Columbia Basin Chapter.

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.

 

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.

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: 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)

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.