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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain

As you proceed up slope, the early risers, the white prairie stars and the wild onions start to appear.  The violet-pink milkvetch blooms with yellow desert parsley as the spring show begins.

Badger Mountain offers a unique opportunity to see the changing ecology with elevation and how the different plant communities are affected by moisture and soil types.  At the top:  the lovely rosy balsamroot. 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 Rik Smith at rsmith@columbiabasin.edu if you plan on attending.

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Wildflower Walk: Candy Mountain
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk: Candy Mountain

Walking through stands of big sage surrounded by native bunch grasses, you’ll encounter a native rock buckwheat along with its cousin, snow buckwheat, punctuated by clumps of violet wooly-pod milk vetch, yellow desert parsley and plenty of “salt and pepper” biscuitroots in bloom. 

The Candy Mountain Trail has recently been improved as well as a new parking lot at the trailhead. Meet: 10:00 a.m. Candy Mountain Trailhead.  Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras.  Please contact trip leader Gretchen Graber at gretchen.graber@gmail.com if you plan on attending.

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First Wildflower Walk of the Season: Wallula Gap - The Wall
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

First Wildflower Walk of the Season: Wallula Gap - The Wall

Every year the Wall with its wet seeps promises a galaxy of Prairie Stars and Gold Stars, and constellations of other early spring flowers that make this site so unique. 

Join us for a trip to “The Wall,” the north face slope of the Wallula Town Site Trail in the Wallula Gap.  It’s a short, but steep walk and the views of the Columbia River are outstanding.  Meeting time is 10:00 a.m. at Yoke’s parking lot on Road 68 in north Pasco.  Ernie Crediford and Terri Knoke will be leading. Dress appropriate for the weather and don’t forget your camera. Please contact trip leader at ernest_crediford@live.com if you plan on attending.

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Monthly Meeting: Vernal Pools
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Vernal Pools

Shallow ephemeral wetlands, or vernal pools, occur in very small to rarely large depressions throughout the exposed, volcanic scablands on the Columbia Plateau, where this ecological system is considered to be “Imperiled”.  On the Hanford Site, vernal pools were first documented in the mid-1990’s by The Nature Conservancy, but have not been observed or studied since then.  Last year (2016-2017) was an especially wet winter (like a few years in the mid-1990’s), and over 25 pools were identified on site.  The size, timeline, vegetation, and aquatic life in the vernal pools on Umtanum Ridge, Gable Butte, and Gable Mountain were monitored from late winter to late summer.  Come hear about the difference these pools make to the ecology of our very hot and dry region. 

 

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Monthly Meeting: Ready, Steppe, Go!
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: Ready, Steppe, Go!

  • Columbia Basin College SWL BLDG RM 117 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Don’t miss an opportunity to see the wonderful photographs taken by our local shrub-steppe expert, Ernest Crediford. The Columbia Basin Native Plant Society presents Mr. Crediford’s slideshow “Ready, Steppe, Go!” featuring the awesome beauty of the wildflowers found locally in the Columbia Basin, including rare and endangered plants. Mr. Crediford’s ability to capture the exquisite beauty of the natural world of the Columbia Basin is well known. He has won several local competitions featuring wildflowers and the scenery found here in our unique local environment: the Shrub-Steppe. After the long, wet winter of 2017, the wildflowers were in abundance. Ernest took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to photograph them at their best. Prepare to be amazed. You will not be disappointed!

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Monthly Meeting: CBC Herbarium Inventory
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Meeting: CBC Herbarium Inventory

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We will continue our efforts to catalogue the CBC herbarium. 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. The latest issue of Douglasia highlights the importance of herbaria in advancing the study of taxonomy, geographic distributions, biodiversity, climate change, and more. This is a great opportunity to help the college get a better handle on their collection and determine future collecting needs.  Come work and visit with old friends and make some new ones!

 

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