Wildflower Hike: Meeks Table
Jul
15
8:00am 8:00am

Wildflower Hike: Meeks Table

Meek’s Table Research Natural Area (RNA)

William O. Douglas Wilderness, Wenatchee National Forest

USGS Quad - Meeks Table

Meet:  8:00 am at the Richland Walmart on Queensgate, Southeast corner, by Circle K. Look for the Tan Kia Soul.

The drive to Meek’s Table will take over 2 hours each way.

This mid-elevation site (4500’ or 1370 m) is unique in the Northwest for several reasons. First it has the dual designation of both RNA and Wilderness. Second, it’s inaccessibility means that it was never grazed by livestock.  Third, since it has no official trail accessing it, it is rarely visited by hikers. The habitat on the Table varies from meadow to Ponderosa Pine Woodland, to several Sagebrush (Artemisia arbuscula) communities. There are quite a few uncommon species found here, including giant frasera (Frasera speciosa) and flat-topped broomrape (Orobanche corymbosa).  

Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sturdy footwear, lunch, snacks, and emergency supplies (ep-pen if needed, first aid kit - I’ll have one - jacket/rain jacket, etc.)  The weather is supposed to be sunny and hot, but in the case of an emergency, nighttime temperatures can cool off considerably.

More info: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/rna/sites/Meeks_Table.html

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

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.

 

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

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.

 

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

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: Middle Point Ridge Trail
Jun
21
10:00am10:00am

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.

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

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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).

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

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.

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

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. 

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Native Plant Sale
Apr
8
10:00am10:00am

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.

 

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Monthy Meeting: “Lomatium: No Wonder We’re Confused! Identifying biscuitroot and desert parsley”
Apr
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

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. 

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Ice Age Floods Presentation by Gary Kleinknecht
Mar
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

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. 

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