Wildflower Walk: Tiger Creek /FS 65
May
29
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Tiger Creek /FS 65

From Walla Walla drive up Mill Creek and FS 65 just past the Umatilla National Forest entrance. Park at first switchback on Tiger Canyon road. This trail is a rediscovered treasure of native vegetation along a lovely stream. Easy walking with many opportunities for photography. 4 miles roundtrip. Field Trip Leader: Emil (Ame) Doyle emildoyle@gmail.com.

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.



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Wildflower Walk: Chase Mountain Ridge
Jun
12
9:00 AM09:00

Wildflower Walk: Chase Mountain Ridge

[Reminder: Dayton Depot at 10 a.m.] We’ll drive up the North Touchet River Road past Bluewood ski area. Climbing to 5000’ we will park and walk along old logging roads. Amazing vistas with flowering shrubs and flowers concentrated on south facing slopes. Trip Leader: Susan Hosticka pshosticka@icloud.com.

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.





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Wildflower Walk: Orchids on Weston Mountain
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Orchids on Weston Mountain

Early summer in a mixed conifer forest, deep in humus and carefully protected for your viewing pleasure. Striped, spotted, hooded, phantom orchids, ladyslippers and rattlesnake plantains - common orchid names you can practice matching up with Calyso bulbosa, Spiranthes romanzoffiana, Corallorrhiza mertensiana and Cephalanthera austiniae. Trip Leader: Howard Beuhler beuhlerh@yahoo.com.

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.







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Wildflower Walk: North Fork of Walla Walla River
Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: North Fork of Walla Walla River

Drive on Mill Creek taking FS Rd 65 from Mill Creek Bridge. We will walk along the spur to crossing for N. Fork Trail. Turn right on Trail #3222 and descend through designated old growth to stream crossing at about a mile. Total hike approximately 3 miles. Trip Leader: Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com

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.







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Wildflower Walk: South Fork Wenaha Trail
Jun
30
8:30 AM08:30

Wildflower Walk: South Fork Wenaha Trail

Dropping into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness area from Oregon side, we take the turn off to Jubilee Lake, continuing past to Timothy Springs trailhead (and campground). A gradual descent down to the South Fork Wenaha watershed takes us thru old growth forest. 4.5 miles roundtrip to river and back. Trip Leader: Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com

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.





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Wildflower Walk: Umatilla Rim Trail: Shamrock to Johnson Creek
Jul
3
9:00 AM09:00

Wildflower Walk: Umatilla Rim Trail: Shamrock to Johnson Creek

Highway 204 up Weston Mountain to Summit Road (FS Rd 31). Turn right on 320 and park at juncture with 330. Walk 330 until it intersects with Rim Trail 3080.  A favorite hike along the ridge along open rocky slopes descending into forest, over streams with lunch in a marshy meadow around Johnson Creek. Over 160 plants listed by Paul Slickter 6.24.2007. 3.0 miles roundtrip with an uphill return. Trip Leader: Martine Purcell martine.in.ww@gmail.com

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.







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Wildflower Walk: Sawtooth Ridge in the W-T Wilderness
Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Wildflower Walk: Sawtooth Ridge in the W-T Wilderness

The trail starts high and gradually descends, remaining in the forest for the early miles, then breaking out onto the open with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.  From Dayton, drive North Touchet Road (FR 64) toward Bluewood Ski Area. Bear right and continue past on FR 64, then left on FR 46 (Skyline Road). Continue 3.7 miles taking a right on FR 420, which ends at the trailhead in 0.2 miles. Near Sawtooth Ridge, in 1826, naturalist David Douglas made the discovery of North America's first known wild peony. Trip Leader: Ame Doyle emildoyle@gmail.com

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.





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Wildflower Walk:  Sagebrush Trail
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Sagebrush Trail

Badger Mountain approaching summer.  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.  Meet: 10:00 a.m., Sagebrush Trailhead.  Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras.  Please contact Kim Hamblin-Hart at khamblinhart@gmail.com if you plan on attending.



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Wildflower Walk: Wallula Gap – CANCELLED- Stay tuned for reschedule-McDougall to Lick Creek Trailhead
May
22
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Wallula Gap – CANCELLED- Stay tuned for reschedule-McDougall to Lick Creek Trailhead

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. Trip Leader: Darcy Dauble dadauble@gmail.com

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.





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Wildflower Walk:  Jump Off Joe Butte
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe Butte

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 Penstemon.  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. Please contact trip leaders Ernest Crediford & Terri Knoke at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

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Wildflower Walk:  Mother's Day Event at Wildhorse Windfarm
May
12
8:30 AM08:30

Wildflower Walk: Mother's Day Event at Wildhorse Windfarm

In Partnership with Puget Sound Energy’s Wildhorse Windfarm, we present a Mother’s Day Event and we’ll be part of it!  This year take your mother to see the flowers!  We will be leading wildflower walks 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.  Afterwards, the Windfarm will provide refreshments for mothers and families alike.  This is going to be fun event.  Please come join us for Mother’s Day.

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

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Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain - Skyline Trail
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain - Skyline Trail

Badger Mountain is approaching summer.  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. Meet: 10:00 a.m., Skyline Trail Kiosk. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please contact trip leader:  Steve Link stevenlink@me.com if you plan on attending.



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Wildflower Walk:  The Wildflowers of Snow Mountain
May
4
8:00 AM08:00

Wildflower Walk: The Wildflowers of Snow Mountain

 In Partnership with Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA, we present “The Wildflowers of Snow Mountain”.  Experience the gorgeous colors of full spring at Cowiche Canyon Conservancy’s Snow Mountain.  Walks and hikes of varying lengths will be available. Trained guides will lead you on wildflower walks and hikes for this morning event. Walks are family friendly and geared to all ages and abilities. Meet in the Snow Mountain parking lot at the check-in station at 10 a.m. Volunteers will be available to help with trail selection. Wear sturdy shoes and layers of outdoor clothing for variable weather. Bring sunscreen, water, binoculars, lunch, and a camera.  After the walks at Snow Mountain, we will head to Cowiche Canyon for an afternoon walk.

Tri-Cities participants:

Meet: 8:00 a.m. at Conoco Park and Ride near I-82. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring drinks, lunches, and don’t forget your cameras.  Please contact trip leaders Ernie Crediford & Terri Knoke at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending or would like more information. 

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Monthly Meeting: Does Dam Removal Restore Riparian Ecosystems? 10 Years of Change on the Elwha River
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Does Dam Removal Restore Riparian Ecosystems? 10 Years of Change on the Elwha River

Dr. Becky Brown will be giving us a presentation. Dr. Becky Brown has been a plant ecologist at Eastern Washington University since 2004, and is currently Chair of the Department of Biology.  She and her students study plant community diversity and ecosystem function in a range of ecosystems, including riparia, Palouse Prairie, and the Channeled Scablands.

The Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington was the location of the largest dam removal project in history.  Large dams can reduce riparian vegetation diversity in downstream reaches, and it is unclear whether dam removal will restore these plant communities. In this presentation Dr. Brown will discuss how vegetation communities have changed since dam removal based on 10 years of vegetation monitoring before and after dam removal.  She will also discuss the restoration of plant communities in the drained reservoirs.

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Wildflower Walk:  Basalt Gardens/Old Vantage Highway
May
1
8:00 AM08:00

Wildflower Walk: Basalt Gardens/Old Vantage Highway

Don’t miss this!  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.  The garden party begins:  Death Camas lilies, purple thread-leaf Phacelia and so much more!  After lunch we’ll proceed up the Vantage Highway for a look at a different environment with new blooms.  Meet:  8:00 a.m. Van Giesen Park & Ride. This is a long day:  dress appropriately for the weather, bring lunch, drinks, and snacks, and don’t forget your cameras.  Please contact trip leader Ernie Crediford at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

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NATIVE PLANT AWARENESS DAY AT THE MCNARY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

NATIVE PLANT AWARENESS DAY AT THE MCNARY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

In partnership with the Friends of the Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges, we present Native Plant Awareness Day. There will plenty of activities for children and adults alike.  We will be offering guided wildflower walks of the “Two Sisters” as well as presenting talks on butterflies and wildflowers.  Throughout the event there will be children’s crafts, nature walks, and microscopes for everyone to take a look into the amazing world of our shrub steppe plants and flowers.  Please mark your calendars for a fun day of exploration and appreciation of the jewels that our unique shrub steppe lays at our feet each spring. 

Place:  McNary Wildlife Refuge, 64 Maple Street, Burbank, WA 99323, phone:  509-546-8300.  For more information contact Denise McInturff, Visitor Services, at denise_mcinturff@fws.gov.

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Children’s Interpretive Walk, Badger Flats Trail at Badger Mountain
Apr
20
9:30 AM09:30

Children’s Interpretive Walk, Badger Flats Trail at Badger Mountain

In Partnership with the Reach Museum, Richland, WA, we present a great opportunity to introduce your children to wildflowers on the Badger Flats Trail!  This is a walk for every age group, parents and children alike. This year there will be exploratory areas set up along the way to let you “see” the shrub steppe in a way you and your children may have not experienced before.  Dress appropriately for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras.  Please contact trip leader Pauline Schafer at paulines@visitthereach.org if you plan on attending or would like more details.

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Wildflower Walk:  Saddle Mountain
Apr
17
8:00 AM08:00

Wildflower Walk: Saddle Mountain

One of our favorite walks, Saddle Mountain, displays many of the special wildflowers not often seen in the Columbia Basin:  blue bells and pink-violet shooting stars in profusion!  The little yellow bells of spring will be ringing on the slopes.  Meet:  8:00 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.  Trip leaders Ernest Crediford & Terri Knoke.  Please contact Ernest Crediford at Ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.



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Wildflower Walk:  Badger Mountain – Skyline Trail
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain – Skyline Trail

It’s our local lovely Rosy Balsamroot waiting for you on Badger Mountain.  This walk offers a unique opportunity to see the changing ecology with elevation and how the different plant communities are affected by moisture and soil types.  Meet: 10:00 a.m. Badger Mountain Skyline Trailhead.  Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras.  Please contact trip leader:  Janelle Downs Sagejld@aol.com if you plan on attending.



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Wildflower Walk:  Candy Mountain
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Candy Mountain

The field trip with an amazing view!  Come join us for a spring wildflower walk on Candy Mountain. Guaranteed sweet treats for the eyes!. Meet: 10:00 a.m. Candy Mountain Trailhead at the parking lot, south side of Candy Mountain. Dress appropriately 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 or would like more information.



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Horse Heaven Hills Community Trash Clean-up
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Horse Heaven Hills Community Trash Clean-up

This year we will expand our efforts into Weber Canyon-This area has recently experienced an increase in trash being dumped. Once this starts it encourages others to do the same. Over the past 5 years, the area is increasingly in danger of becoming another place you will not want visit simply due to trash accumulation. Please join us to let others know this area is not another area to trash and then lose the right to use the area. Let’s take action to preserve this still relatively conserved areas for all user types. All user groups are welcome and encouraged to come and celebrate our amazing natural areas. Gloves and bags will be provided, please dress warmly and bring your own water and snacks and gloves if you like. Meet at the trailhead at 9:00 am sharp, then we will disperse small groups to assigned areas, maps provided. Organizers are Gretchen Graber and Spokane office of Bureau of Land Management. For those who want to carpool --organize yourselves via the discussion section, meet at the Van Giesen Park and ride at 8:30 a.m. sharp. McBee trailhead 19205 N McBee Rd, Benton City, WA 99320

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Monthly Meeting: Native Plant I.D. and walk/Learn to Hike Smarter
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

Monthly Meeting: Native Plant I.D. and walk/Learn to Hike Smarter

We will have a native plant walk followed by a plant identification workshop.  Come see some early spring bloomers and get some tips on plant identification. Meet at Horn Rapids Park at the parking lot near the boat ramp (left turn at park entrance). The plant identification will be in Meacham Hall (right turn after park entrance - go past the campground and stay right to the gravel lot and building). Horn Rapids Park is off of Hwy 225 near the junction with Why 240 (NE of Benton City). https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_sm0-kbVqTxRG5abkR6MDhLOUk/view

Bonus presentation by Laura Brazeal on how to hike smarter and farther. Learn how moving smarter can keep you moving longer and farther when out in the field. Get specific tips on how to reduce strain on knees and back while out exploring. Laura Brazeal is a personal trainer specializing in helping you feel great doing the activities you love. Her business is Mind Over Muscle and she lives and works in the Tri-CIties.

Note the earlier time and location change! 

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Wildflower Walk: Wallula Gap – The Wall & Two Sisters
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Wallula Gap – The Wall & Two Sisters

Snow delayed the onset of flowers, but NOW the little gold stars are raising their sleepy heads from their beds of emerald star moss among the rocks and lichens and the prairie stars waving their little white flags, surrendering to the spring. This is what we hope to see at “The Wall” and “Two Sisters,” our first wildflower walk of the year. It’s a short hike and well worth the effort. Meeting time is 10:00 a.m. at Yoke’s parking lot by Little Caesar’s Pizza on Road 68 in north Pasco. Ernie Crediford and Terri Knoke, Leaders. Dress appropriately for the weather and don’t forget your camera for this early season surprise and stunning views of the Columbia River. Please contact trip leader at Ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

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Monthly Meeting: Propagation and Establishment of  White Bluffs Bladder Pod  A Threatened Plant Unique to the Hanford Reach of the  Columbia River
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Propagation and Establishment of White Bluffs Bladder Pod A Threatened Plant Unique to the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River

Heidi Newsome will be speaking with us on the White Bluffs bladder pod. The only known population of White Bluffs bladder pod, (Physaria douglasii ssp. tuplashensis), inhabits a narrow 17-km long band in dry, steep exposures on the White Bluffs in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River—part of the Hanford Reach National Monument and managed as part of the USFWS Central Washington National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The species was discovered in 1995, listed as threatened by the State of Washington in 1999 and listed as federally threatened in 2013. Populations of this plant fluctuate annually likely due to climatic factors, but the population declined to historic lows during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Join us to hear how Refuge biologists develop management and conservation actions to protect this rare plant.

There will also be a bonus presentation by Laura Brazeal on how to hike farther and smarter. Learn how moving smarter can keep you moving longer and farther when out in the field. Get specific tips on how to reduce strain on knees and backs while out exploring. Laura Brazeal is a personal trainer specializing in helping you feel great doing the activities you love. Her business is Mind Over Muscle and she lives and works in the Tri-Cities.



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Monthly Meeting: Washington Natural Areas Program
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Washington Natural Areas Program

The Department of Natural Resources conserves over 163,000 acres of lands and features in designated natural area preserves and natural resource conservation areas, protecting the highest-quality examples of natural Washington. These areas provide opportunities for research, environmental education and low-impact recreation. Keyna Bugner will give an overview of the Natural Areas program in WA as well as discuss the natural features of some of the local natural areas. Learn more about the natural areas in the Columbia Basin area including ongoing research and restoration projects at these sites. Find out about opportunities available to help protect these areas for future generations.

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Holiday Pot Luck
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Pot Luck

We’re pleased to announce our annual holiday potluck this Wednesday, December 5 at All Saints Church (change of location). Bring a dish to share and any spoons, knives, etc. needed for serving. Drinks, napkins, plates, and utensils will be provided. We will show the entries in our photo contest and announce the winners. There will be 2019 calendars for sale as well ($10).

All Saints Church is at 1322 Kimball Ave., Richland.

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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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