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.
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