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Home > Native Plant Appreciation Week 2013

Events

Native Plant Appreciation Week is April 28-May 4, 2013. Events and activities including this week and the week immediately before and after will also be posted.

Please check back for more activities which will continue to be posted to this site throughout March and April.

Benton

Chelan

Clallam

Clark

Douglas

Franklin

Grant

Grays Harbor
Island
Jefferson

 

King

Kitsap

Kittitas

Klickitat

Mason

Okanogan

Pacific
Pierce

San Juan Islands



Skagit

Snohomish

Spokane

Thurston

Walla Walla

Whatcom
Yakima

 

Benton

Kennewick Public Library

Stop by to visit a native plant display featuring a selection of books and tools for the appreciation of native plants.

Sponsor Kennewick Branch, Mid-Columbia Libraries
Date & Time

April 20th to May 10th

More about hours and location

Location

Kennwick Public Library

1620 S Union St., Kennewick

 

West Richland Public Library

Stop by to visit a native plant display featuring a selection of books and tools for the appreciation of native plants.

Sponsor West Richland Branch, Mid-Columbia Libraries
Date & Time

April 28th to May 12th

More about hours and location

Location

West Richland Public Library

3803 W. Van Giesen, West Richland

 

Wildflower Tours Hanford Reach National Monument

This spring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host four Wildflower Tours on the Hanford Reach National Monument's Rattlesnake Unit. The three-hour guided bus tours will travel the base of Rattlesnake Mountain learning about shrub-steppe wildflowers and, weather permitting, will explore the plants at the top of Rattlesnake Mountain. Seating is limited to 20 registrants per tour and will be filled through an online, first-come, first-served registration.

The tours will stop at sites on the 'lowlands' in the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve and on the top of Rattlesnake Mountain—weather permitting—in order to see the full range of flowers on the Monument.


Sponsor U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Date & Time

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013; morning tour - 9:00 am

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013; afternoon tour - 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 4th, 2013; morning tour - 9:00 am

Saturday, May 4th, 2013; afternoon tour - 1:00 pm

Location Tours will begin and end at the Horn Rapids County Park
Contact

If you have questions, please contact info@hanfordtours.net or (509) 546-8333.

Notes

Registration will open 8:00 am on April 10th.  Website for registration is:  www.hanfordtours.net

 

 

Chelan

Wenatchee Public Library

The entry way display case will feature a selection of books and tools for the appreciation of native plants, including field guides, sketch books, cameras, hand lenses and other accoutrements for botany trips.

Sponsor Wenatchee Valley Public Library
Date & Time

all week

More about hours and location

Location

Wenatchee Valley Public Library

310 Douglas Street, Wenatchee, WA 

 

Sam Hill Wildflower Walk

This joint WNPS and Chelan-Douglas Land Trust walk will explore spring wildflowers at the Land Trust’s Sam Hill property, which is located outside of Leavenworth on the slopes above Icicle Creek. Even though the two-mile route is short, the terrain is rugged and suited only for people comfortable with off-trail travel.

Sponsors

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

Wenatchee Valley Chapter, WNPS

Date & Time Sunday, April 28th, 2013; 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Location

Chelan Douglas Land Trust Sam Hill Property in Leavenworth

More about Sam Hill Property

Contact For more information call the Land Trust office at (509) 667-9708. Limit 12. Leaders: Ann and Don Schaechtel
Notes Wear hiking boots, bring water and snacks, and dress for the weather.
 

Saddle Rock Ramble

Join Julie Sanderson to celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week with a slow ramble along the trails at Saddle Rock. We will be looking at some of our favorite native plants, as well as a few exotic invaders.

Sponsor Wenatchee Valley Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Tuesday, April 30th, 2013; 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Location

Saddle Rock in Wenatchee

More about Saddle Rock

Contact Julie at (509)663-5261 (evenings) to sign up for this trip.
Notes Bring a hand lens and books if you like for an evening of botanizing.
 

Native Plant Appreciation Week Wildflower Walk

Join Don Schaechtel for an after-dinner wildflower walk to see what is blooming at the Ski Hill. This trip is suitable for families and anyone interested in learning about native plants in the upper valley.

Sponsor Wenatchee Valley Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Thursday, May 2, 2013; 6:30-7:30 pm
Location

Meet at the Ski Hill parking lot by 6:30 pm.

More about Ski Hill Loop Trail

Contact No sign up required.
 

Clallam

Natural Landscaping Course

Conservation District manager Joe Holtrop will provide instruction on how to design and install a sustainable landscape that will work for you and the environment. Using Permaculture design principles, you will learn how to evaluate the unique site conditions of your property, prepare a landscape plan suited to those conditions, and develop a strategy for implementing your plan.

Sponsor Clallam Conservation District
Date & Time Three Monday evenings (April 15, 22 & 29) and three Saturday field trips (April 20, 27 & May 4)
Location

Dungeness River Audubon Center in Sequim (evening classes)

Contact

Please call 360-452-1912 ext. 5 or email: info@clallamcd.org to register

Notes $20 materials fee
 

Landscaping with Native Plants Field Workshop 1

Learn how to identify over 25 native trees and shrubs while hiking about two miles of trails near the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge. Information about environmental and wildlife habitat benefits of each species and tips on how to design a natural landscape will be provided.

Sponsor Clallam Conservation District
Date & Time April 19 (Friday)
Location

Dungeness Recreation Area

Contact

FREE, but pre-registration is required, call 360-452-1912 x 5 or email: info@clallamcd.org

Notes Free.
 

Landscaping with Native Plants Field Workshop 2

This shorter and easier hike focuses on native trees and shrubs of coniferous forest.

Sponsor Clallam Conservation District
Date & Time Friday, April 26, 2013
Location

Robin Hill Farm Park

Contact

FREE, but pre-registration is required, call 360-452-1912 x 5 or email: info@clallamcd.org

Notes Free.
 

Clark

Lacamas Prairie Natural Area Visit

Visit the newly created Lacamas Prairie Natural Area which is home to several rare plants and an Oregon white oak/ Oregon ash forest. This site, protects the largest remnant of Willamette Valley wet prairie in the state and the largest known population of the federally endangered Bradshaw's Lomatium in the world. Other rare plants protected include, Oregon coyote-thistle (Eryngium petiolatum), Hall's aster (Aster hallii), Dense sedge (Carex densa), Nuttall's quillwort (Isoetes nuttallii),Small-flowered trillium (Trillium parviflorum).We'll also watch for birds including the rare slender-billed nuthatch. This walk will be led by Lynn Cornelius, habitat restoration coordinator for the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Sponsor Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Date & Time Saturday, April 27, 2013; 9:00 am to noon
Location

Meet just north of the intersection of Goodwin and Ingles road near the Green Mountain Golf Course, north of Camas Washington. We'll meet on the west side of Ingles road at a cable gate.

Contact

Carlo Abbruzzese at carlo.abbruzzese@dnr.wa.gov to sign up or with any questions. 

Notes
 

Douglas

 

Franklin

Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area Hike

This wilderness area is a fascinating 7,140 acre preserve of sand dunes in Franklin County owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  You will see aged specimens of western junipers  in this northern most location of their range.  A few barren mounds of shifting sand are present, but most dunes are carpeted with sagebrush, wild rye grass, Indian rice grass, and an assortment of such desert flowers as phlox, larkspur, and blue-eyed Marys.  We'll also find a few small species of cactus including prickly pear and Simson's hedgehog cactus.

Sponsor Columbia Basin Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday, April 27, 2013; 8:00 am
Location

Meet at the Columbia Basin College, Pasco

Front parking lot, 1st entrance off of N. 20th Ave.

Contact Ernie Crediford, 509-460-9057 for additional information
Notes Pack lunch and water.  Group should be back by 3:00 pm
   

Kahlotus Ridgetop National Natural Landmark and Devil’s Canyon. Normally closed to the public, you’ll get to see a remnant of the Palouse grassland at Kahlotus Ridgetop NNL. Then you’ll drive through Devil’s Canyon to look at striking geologic formations and the plants that might be growing there

Sponsor Columbia Basin Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday, May 11, 2013  9:00am-4:00pm
Location

Meet in Pasco at the Columbia Basin College parking lot across from the Red Lion at 9 AM, expect to be back around 4.

Contact Ernie Crediford, 509-460-9057 for additional information
Notes Bring a lunch, plenty of water, and layered clothing to be outdoors.
 

Grant

Lower Crab Creek  

The Lower Crab Creek Unit lies within the valley of lower Crab Creek along the steep north side of the Saddle Mountains. The wetlands and riparian areas along the creek and the seep ponds and uplands on the bench north of the creek, provide a diverse habitat for many species of wildlife. We will hike from near Jerico to possibly as far as Dry Island, and should see several salt-tolerant plant species along the way. 

Sponsor Central Washington Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday, May 4, 2013;  8:30 AM --
Location Meet at the west side of the Super 1 parking lot in Ellensburg at 8:30 AM.  We will carpool to site.
Contact

Please contact Ed Lisowski, leader.  lisowski@nwinfo.net 

Phone:  (509) 248-4590

Notes All drivers should have a current Discover Pass. Contact the trip leader before the trip; if this year is like last year, there could be some destination changes.   This is an all-day hike; bring lunch and water.
   
Grays Harbor

Lake Quinalt and Rain Forest

The finest temperate rainforest is at the foot of the Olympic Mountains.  The natural history of the old growth forest will be emphasized on short hikes with views of majestic trees, forest birds, and breeding habitat for owls and murrelets.  Birds possible seen include:  Steller's Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and Pacific Wren.  With luck, we may also find American Dipper, Gray Jay, and Merlin.  Field trip leaders: Mary O'Neil and Janet Strong.

Sponsor Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival
Date & Time Saturday, April 27, 2013: 10am-4:30am
Location

Lake Quinault and Rain Forest Field

Contact Call (360) 289-5048 or email dlmoor2@coastaccess.com to register or for more information.
Notes Trails are easy to moderate walking; wear appropriate footwear.   Cost $25.00.  Pre-registration recommended. 
 

Island

 

Jefferson

Kah Tai Prairie Preserve  

Maybe you didn’t know there was a remnant prairie in the middle of Port Townsend, and maybe you never heard of Prairie Appreciation Day.  In either case, get a glimpse of this historic landscape and native plant gem between the 5th fairway and parking lot of the golf course.  Prairie species in bloom include Camas (Camassia quamash), prairie smoke (Geum triflorum), spring gold (Lomatium utriculatum), and death camas (Zigadenus venenosus).

Sponsor Olympic Peninsula Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday,  April 27, 2013;  10:00-11:00 am.
Location Meet at the parking lot of the Port Townsend Golf Course by the Kah Tai Prairie kiosk. 
Contact

Contact Dixie Llewellin if you have any questions dixie@cablespeed.com  or call 360-385-6432.

Notes From the prairie we will continue on to Kala Point beach strand (see below).  Bring a lunch or snack for a break between the prairie and beach.
 

Kala Point Beach Strand

Learn about this interesting beach strands and the wildflowers that grow here.

Several of the same plants that bloom at the prairie also occur here. Among them are chocolate lily, Menzies’ larkspur and the desert-parsley. Also in abundance are sea blush, thrift, and harsh paintbrush. If there is enough interest following the beach walk we can continue on with a walk in Fort Townsend State Park from the Weinmann residence to see the Calypso orchids and some parasitic plants.

Sponsor Olympic Peninsula Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday,  April 27, 2013;  11:30-1:00 pm.
Location Either you can carpool from the prairie or meet at the Dream City Café at the corner of HW 19 and Prospect Rd.(across the highway from the airport) at  11:30 pm to carpool to the beach.  
Contact Contact Ann Weinmann  aweinmann@cablespeed.com  or call 360-379-0986 for questions or to sign up.
Notes Bring a lunch or snack for a break between the prairie and beach.
 

King

NPAW Annual Spring Garden Tour

The Indian plum is blooming as is the flowering red current.  Our forbs are emerging.  Spring is definitely in the air so it is time to think about attending our Native Plant Appreciation Week (NPAW) annual spring garden tour.  This year is will be on April 27th and 28th.  Even if you have visited some of the gardens before, gardens are ever changing.  Here is a chance to see what fellow members have done with their gardens and maybe get some ideas for your garden.  Or just enjoy a day looking at native plants.

Sponsor Central Puget Sound Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th, 2013
Location

King and Snohomish counties

Contact

For more information:  Rita Moore wnpsgardentour@gmail.com

 

Eastside Audubon Native Plant Sale

Over 120 Pacific Northwest species, including flowers, berries for birds to eat, ground covers, evergreens, trees and shrubs, perennials. Sale benefits Audubon educational and environmental programs

Sponsor Audubon Society
Date & Time Saturday, April 27th, 2013; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location

Kirkland Children's School, 5311 108th Ave NE, Kirkland

Contact

For more information:  www.eastsideaudubon.org   including plant list.

 

Spring blooms on the Tiger Mountain's Tradition Plateau.

Learn more about these specially designated natural resource conservation areas.  The West Tiger Mountain NRCA encompasses 4,430 acres and includes

forests of variable age and composition. At the eastern limits of the Sitka spruce range, individuals occur on wet sites across Tradition Plateau. Nearby, hundred- year-old western red cedar stands have an old-growth forest structure despite the relatively young age. Actual old-growth stands more than 200-years old are found at higher elevations and consist of Douglas-fir, western redcedar, and western hemlock. The forest habitat is important for wildlife species such as cougar, bobcat, elk, and pygmy owl.

Sedge meadows and wetlands encircle 16-acre Tradition Lake and two-acre Round Lake. Both lakes serve as stopovers for migratory birds, while Tradition Lake also accommodates resident waterfowl. Near Round Lake, forested wetlands contain Oregon ash and black cottonwood.

This hike you will enjoy the spring wildflowers along the Tradition Loop Trail.

Sponsor

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Issaquah Alps Trails Club

Date & Time Saturday, April 27th, 2013; 1:00 pm
Location

Meet:  Issaquah Trail House, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah

Contact

Dave Kappler, 425-392-3571

Notes This is an easy hike of 5 Miles with only 600 ft elevation gain. Bring your WA Discover Pass, if you have one
   

Lake Wilderness Arboretum

Talk & tour the Tribal Life Trail located at Lake Wilderness Arboretum.  A 30-minute talk & slide presentation will be given about native plants & their historical culture uses (ethnobotanical) by the Pacific Northwest First People describing selected plants growing on the Tribal Life Trail.  The event will include a Q & A session followed by a Master Gardener led docent-tour of the Trail.  The presentation will introduce participants to native plants, why they are important to all of us, and include some interesting and significant cultural uses for selected trail native plants.

Sponsor WSU Extension King County Master Gardeners
Date & Time Sunday, April 28   2-3pm
Location

Lake Wilderness Arboretum--Nursery Greenhouse

22520 224th Ave SE Maple Valle, WA 98038

 

Contact

Beverly Morrow  ba_morrow@comcast.net  425-882-0295

Notes  
 

Native Plant Tour at the Rhododendron Species Garden

Staff will showcase native plants on this hour long tour through the garden. Native plants will also be available for purchase at the nursery.

Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia. Conservation has come to be a primary importance in recent years with the destruction of Rhododendron habitat in many areas of the world.

Sponsor

Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden

Date & Time Tuesday, April 30th, 2013; 1:00 pm
Location

Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden

Directions

Located between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.

 

From Seattle: Drive south on Interstate 5, take exit 143, turn left onto South 320th Street.

 

From Tacoma: Drive north on Interstate 5, take exit 143 and turn right onto South 320th Street.

 

Once on South 320th Street continue to Weyerhaeuser Way South and turn right. Drive until the road becomes a roundabout. Yield and proceed to the right, then take the second right out of the roundabout, which is a continuation of Weyerhaeuser Way South. Drive 1/4 mile to the east entrance of the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters. Follow the signs marked “Rhododendron and Bonsai Gardens.” Passengers may unload at the Visitor Drop-off which is on the left, or continue to the Garden Visitor Parking Lot (west lot) located on the right just past the pedestrian crosswalk.

More about Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Contact Katie Swickard, 253-838-4646 x. 100  e-mail: katie@rhodygarden.org
Notes Cost $10 per person, must register in advance by calling 253-838-4646 X 140.  The tour may be paid at the door.
 
University of Washington Herbarium Tour
The University of Washington Herbarium stores over 650,000 pressed and dried
plant specimens from around the world, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest
native plants. The Herbarium is open to the public and is an significant resource for studying the distribution, diversity and ecology of vascular plants, lichen, fungi, mosses, and algae. In addition to viewing the collections, learn about the Herbarium's online resources including specimen databases, image galleries, checklists and interactive maps.
Sponsor University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum
Date & Time Tuesday, April 30th, 2013; 1:00 pm 
Location

University of Washington Herbarium

Directions

Contact

To sign up for this tour contact the Collections Manager, David Giblin at dgiblin@u.washington.edu

 

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Tour

Come on a rare free tour of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline during their Demonstration Garden Dedication Ceremony. The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a public garden containing a unique blend of Pacific Northwest native plants and unusual exotics in a naturalistic, wooded setting. Located in Shoreline, Washington, the Garden was founded in 1958 by Dr. Arthur Kruckeberg and his wife Mareen, who amassed the plant collection over 50 years in the property surrounding their home.

Sponsor Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Date & Time Wednesday, May 1, 2013; 6:00 pm 
Location

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177 Directions

 

Contact

kbgf@kruckeberg.org

Notes KBGF and WNPS members only event, see May 4th for general public tour.
   

Central Native Bees and the Urban Pollination Project.

Speakers: Susan Waters and Marie Clifford

As part of our chapter’s observance of Native Plant Appreciation Week this month, our May program will celebrate the native bee pollinators who are so essential to successful plant populations and food production.

Conservation of bees is a critical part of maintaining an affordable and abundant food supply. In fact, one out of every three bites of food we eat is made possible by an insect pollinator visiting a food crop flower. To better understand how pollinator services (“buzz pollination”) from our native bumblebees are working in urban Seattle gardens, and how the bees’ efforts affect crop production, UW doctoral candidates, Marie Clifford and Susan Waters, founded the Urban Pollination Project. In their talk they will share some findings from this study and how citizen scientists are contributing to the project.

As part of her doctoral work Marie Clifford works on the co-evolutionary relationships between plants and pollinators, and the neural basis of behaviors in social insects. Susan Waters studies how native and exotic plants interact through shared pollinators, and the effect of climate change on that interaction. She is especially interested in how changes in the seasonal timing of flowering in response to climate may affect pollination.

Please join us for this inside look at Seattle’s Urban Pollination Project and at our native bumblebees.

Date & Time Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Sponsor Central Puget Sound Chapter, WNPS
Location The University of Washington campus in the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle) in the main hall (NHS Hall). (Map of campus)
Contact Franja Bryant franjabryant@hotmail.com
Notes Refreshments, Books, Public Invited, No Admission Fee
   

Volunteer at the KCD Native Plant Nursery

The King Conservation District's Native Plant Nursery and Cooperative is a hub for native plant biodiversity. This facility holds dozens of species, including trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges, and rushes. These native plants grown from locally collected seed and bare root stock are the corner stone of conservation and ecological restoration. Learn about and actively participate in growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration projects. Activities include starting plants from seed and cuttings, and transplanting and maintaining nursery stock.

Sponsor  King Conservation District
Date & Time  Saturday, May 4, 2013;  9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location  

Corner of SW Grady Way & Longacres DR SW,

Renton, WA 98057

Directions

Contact Please register at www.kingcd.org/volunteer
Notes  
   

Echo Mountain and Spring Lake Bog

Join Caren Adams as she guides us through lowland forest along an easy trail, gaining a few hundred feet in elevation to the top of Echo Mountain where chocolate lily (Fritillaria affinis ) and fawn lily (Erythronium sp.) should be in bloom.  Historically, fire was probably used by Native Americans to manage the site and a few years ago the area again burned in fire.  If lake levels allow, Caren will also take the group to the fringing bog along the shore of Spring Lake.   

Sponsor Central Puget Sound Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday, May 4, 2013;  10:00 am-
Location

King County, east of Kent Meet at the fishing access at the end of Spring Lake Drive. More about

Contact

Please contact Caren to sign up at adams.caren@gmail.com

or 425-432-1324. Limit 12.

Notes Bring boots or shoes that can get saturated if you plan to visit the bog.  Otherwise, walking shoes should be sufficient.  Bring food and water and dress for the weather. 
 

Creating Habitat Features in the Landscape

A Native Plant Teach-In

Brian Bodenbach of Biosphere Company will lead a walk aroung the nursery and surrounding fields and woods and talk about natural and man-made ways to support our animal, bird and insect friends.

Sponsor Tadpole Haven Native Plants
Date & Time Saturday, May 4, 2013;  10:00 am - noon
Location

Tadpole Haven Native Plant Nursery, 20322 197th Ave. NE, Woodinville

Contact

growing@tadpolehaven.com

Notes Tadpole Haven Native Plants is normally open only by appointment but on Saturday May 4th it will be open all day, 10am-4pm, in celebration of Native Plant Appreciation Week.
 

Native Plants of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a public garden containing a unique blend of Pacific Northwest native plants and unusual exotics in a naturalistic, wooded setting. Located in Shoreline, Washington, the Garden was founded in 1958 by Dr. Arthur Kruckeberg and his wife Mareen, who amassed the plant collection over 50 years in the property surrounding their home.

Sponsor Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Date & Time Saturday, May 4, 2013;  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177 Directions

Contact

kbgf@kruckeberg.org

Notes Docent-led Specialty Tour -- $10.00
 

Garden of Goo: Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event

The King Conservation District's Native Plant Nursery and Cooperative is a hub for native plant biodiversity. This facility holds dozens of species, including trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges, and rushes. These native plants grown from locally collected seed and bare root stock are the corner stone of conservation and ecological restoration. Learn about and actively participate in growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration projects. Activities include starting plants from seed and cuttings, and transplanting and maintaining nursery stock.

Sponsor King Conservation District
Date & Time Saturday, May 4th from 9-1pm
Location

Address:Corner of SW Grady Way & Longacres DR SW, Renton, WA 98057
Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/I5oZ0

Contact

Rachel Konrady 425-282-1907

 

Washington's Largest Native Plant Sale

This annual native plant sale is an extravaganza of native plants for your landscape or garden. 

Thousands of plants native to Washington (esp. the Puget Sound Trough), including wildflowers, ferns, grasses & sedges, groundcovers, shrubs, trees.

New this year: kids' activity table & pre-planted decorative pots for patio or deck Also:* plant propagation workshops* guided walks in the Mercerdale native plant gardens* large selection of books on native plants, insects, etc. 

And a dozen other organizations, including Sustainable Redmond, Plant Amnesty, the Stillaguamish Tribe & National Wildlife Federation will have booths.

Books on gardening and native plants, workshops, abundant free parking and more. 

Sponsor CPS Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday, May 11, 2013;  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location

Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island

77th Ave SE & SE 32nd Street

Map

Contact

Rita Moore, wnpscpsplantsale@gmail.com or 206 275-3883

Notes

Plant Sale Blog:  wnps.wordpress.com

A list of species available will be posted here closer to the sale. Come early for best selection, and bring your own trays or boxes.

   

Corydalis at Twin Falls

This short trail to magnifi cent waterfalls offers a selection of understory

wildflowers including the showy Scouler’s corydalis (Corydalis scouleri) which should be in bloom. Look closely and also find the maidenhair spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes) thriving in the mists of the waterfall. The three-mile
round trip trail gains about 500 feet of elevation as it follows the north fork of the Snoqualmie River to the bridge over the twin falls.

Sponsor CPS Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Sunday, May 12, 2013;  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location We will meet at the trailhead parking lot.  Driving details will be provided at sign-up.
Contact

To sign up contact Becky Chaney at becky@chaney.org

or 425-880-4220.  Limit: 14 people

Notes Bring a picnic lunch and raingear if the weather is damp.  A plant list is available on the WNPS website: TwinFalls Plant List
   

2013 Urban Forest Symposium:  Trees and Views. The issue of trees vs. views is a contentious one, pitting view seekers against tree lovers on hillsides facing mountains and water, up and down both coasts.  This symposium, the first of its kind, is entirely devoted to an in-depth look at the issue. 

Sponsor Plant Amnesty, UW Botanic Gardens, City of Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment.
Date & Time Monday, May 13, from 9am to 4pm
Location

University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Contact

Jessica Farmer at 206-685-8033

For more information and to register on line  http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/news/urban-forest/

Notes Cost $75.00 per person.  Lunches available at a cost of $15.
 

Kitsap

 

Kittitas

Ancient Lakes

The Ancient Lakes are on the Babcock Bench in the north end of the Quincy Wildlife Area.  These wetlands, ponds and lakes have added an important diversity to the habitat of this area. Most of this unit is well vegetated with perennial plants. Big sage/bluebunch wheatgrass is the most common plant community. There are a variety of other native shrub-steppe communities in areas where the soil is scarce.

Sponsor

Central Washington Chapter, WNPS

Date & Time

Saturday, April 20, 2013;  8:30 AM --

Location Meet at the west side of the Super 1 parking lot in Ellensburg. Group will carpool to the Quincy Wildlife Area parking. lot. Babcock Bench is about four miles to the lakes from the parking area and it is mostly level, but we probably won't walk that far.
Contact

Please contact Noel Knoke, leader.  nbknoke@yahoo.com

Phone:  (509) 312-3233

 

Notes All drivers should have a current Discover Pass. Contact the trip leader before the trip; if this year is like last year, there could be some destination changes.   This is an all-day hike; bring lunch and water.
 

Wild Horse Wind Farm Wildflower Tours

This annual event, hosted by Puget Sound Energy and the Central Washington Chapter of WNPS, features presentations starting at 9:00 am and guided wildflower walks at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Enjoy a wealth of spring wildflowers including phlox, sagebrush violets, balsam root, wild onions, desert parsleys and wild peony.

Sponsor

Puget Sound Energy

Central Washington Chapter, WNPS

Date & Time

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Presentations starting at 9:00 am and guided wildflower walks at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Location Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center (16 miles east of Ellensburg)
Contact

For more information and directions visit the PSE website in early April: http://pse.com/toursandrecreation/wildhorse/pages/default.aspx.

Please contact Andrea Nesbitt for wildflower walks, andrea.nesbitt@pse.com; (509) 964-7815

 

Hayward Hill

A walk with the WNPS board members who will have attended the board meeting in Ellensburg the previous day.  Everyone is welcome to attend.   We will see how the plants along Hayward Road are recovering from the effects of the Taylor Bridge fire. 

Sponsor Central Washington Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Sunday, April 28, 2013;  8:30 AM --
Location Hayward Road:  Meet at the west side of the Super 1 parking lot in Ellensburg. 
Contact

Please contact Don Knoke, leader.  donknoke@live.com

Phone:  (509) 964-2274

Notes  
 

Lower Crab Creek  

The Lower Crab Creek Unit lies within the valley of lower Crab Creek along the steep north side of the Saddle Mountains. The wetlands and riparian areas along the creek and the seep ponds and uplands on the bench north of the creek, provide a diverse habitat for many species of wildlife. We will hike from near Jerico to possibly as far as Dry Island, and should see several salt-tolerant plant species along the way. 

Sponsor Central Washington Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday, May 4,  8:30 AM --
Location Meet at the west side of the Super 1 parking lot in Ellensburg at 8:30 AM.  We will carpool to site.
Contact

Please contact Ed Lisowski, leader.  lisowski@nwinfo.net 

Phone:  (509) 248-4590

Notes All drivers should have a current Discover Pass. Contact the trip leader before the trip; if this year is like last year, there could be some destination changes.   This is an all-day hike; bring lunch and water.
 

Klickitat

Columbia Hills State Park

Come enjoy springtime in the Columbia Gorge with a wildflower hike at Columbia Hills State Park.   Experience brilliant balsamroot carpeting the eastern Gorge hillsides and many other spring wildflowers.  Staff from the Department

of Natural Resources will lead a short hike around the Dalles Mountain Ranch.

Sponsor

Natural Areas Program,

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Date & Time Saturday, May 4,  9:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Location

Directions to Dalles Mt. Ranch- From the junction of 197 and Hwy 14, drive east on Hwy 14 for 1 mile.  Take a left on Dalles Mountain Road.  Follow for 3 miles.  The Dalles Mountain ranch will be on the left.

Contact

Please reserve a spot by contacting the Columbia Hills Park office at 509-767-1159 or Columbia.Hills@parks.wa.gov

Notes The event is open to the public. 
   

Klickitat Canyon Winery vineyard and nearby Catherine Creek trail. This vineyard uses native plants as habitat for bees and beneficial insects. Located near Lyle, WA in the Columbia River Gorge.

Sponsor

Columbia Basin Chapter, WNPS

Date & Time Sunday, May 5, 2013    8:00am to 4:00pm
Location

Meet in the Federal Building parking lot near the corner of Swift and Jadwin in Richland. 

Contact

Ernie Crediford at 509-460-9057

Notes This event is open to the public. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, and layered clothing to be outdoors.  
 

Mason

 

Okanogan

Aspen Lake Area Wildflowers and Medicinal Plants. Join Bergen Brell and Rosalee de la Forêt for a trip up and around the Aspen Lake area.

Sponsor

Okanogan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society

Date & Time Sunday, April 28th
Location

Meet at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp at 9:00 AM to carpool to Frost Road.

Contact Please sign up in advance by contacting Bergen at 997-0625 or bergenbrell@yahoo.com.
Notes Free.
 

Planting at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center’s Native Garden. Join Rob Crandall in planting natives after the Aspen Lake walk, before the Interpretive Center’s last-Sunday talk, or anytime in between.

Sponsor

Okanogan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society

Date & Time April 28th and sundry other times.
Location

Methow Valley Interpretive Center’s Native Garden

Contact Please call Rob at (509) 341-4060 or visit http://www.okanogannativeplants.org/p/field-trips-2013.html for more information
Notes  
   

Native Plant Appreciation Wildflower Walk

Celebrate Washington's Native Plant Appreciation Week with a native plant "after work" wildflower walk with the Methow Conservancy's Educational Programs Director and naturalist, Mary Kiesau

Sponsor

Methow Land Conservancy & Okanogan WNPS Chapter

Learn more about the Methow Conservancy

Date & Time Wednesday, May 1st, 2013; 4:00 pm
Location

Methow Conservancy, 315 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop

Contact Mary Kiesau to reserve your spot, 509-996-2870, mary@methowconservancy.org
 

Pacific

 

Pierce

 

Spring Native Plant and Bird Walk.

Nell Batker will lead the tour through a demonstration backyard habitat with trails and signs.  Find out about native plants for creating your own backyard habitat. Event coincides with the Tahoma Audubon's Spring Open House.

Sponsor

Tahoma Audubon Society

Learn more

Date & Time

Friday, April 26th, 2013; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Adriana Hess Audubon Center

2917 Morrison Road West, University Place, WA

Directions:  From Highway 16 (either direction) take the Jackson Ave exit and head south. Turn left onto S. 27th, and then turn right onto Morrison Road - look for a small street tucked between Brassfield's Spa and the Willow Tree Nursery.  The parking lot is on the left side of the street just past the speed bump.

Contact

253-565-9278

Notes

 

 

Native Plant Walk with Stream Team

Join Stream Team in a native plant walk along Silver, Meeker and Clarks creeks in Puyallup.  The team will highlight native plants, their habitat and threats to their survival.  Let us show you our restoration practices, our successes (and failures).  We'll show you birds and other wildlife that frequent these native plant areas and finish with an opportunity for folks to help newly installed native vegetation grow by clearing grass from small native plants.

Sponsor

Pierce Conservation District

Find out more about the Pierce County Conservation District

Date & Time

Saturday, April 27th, 2013; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location

Puyallup, WA

contact Jayme for details

Contact

Melissa melissab@piercecountycd.org or 253-845-9770 X109 if you would like to attend.

Notes

 

 

Master Gardener Plant Sale

Native plants will be available along with herbaceous plants, vegetable, berries and shrubs.

Sponsor Pierce County Master Gardeners
Date & Time

Saturday, April 27th, 2013; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday April 28th, 10:00am – 3:00 pm

Location

WSU Research and Extension Center, 2606 West Pioneer Ave. (corner of West Pioneer and Fruitland Ave East), Puyallup.

Contact Nicole Martini, MG Coordinator, 253 798-3264, nmartinia@wsu.edu
Notes

More information

 

Learn about Native Conifers

Washington is known as the Evergreen State.  Want to learn more about our native conifers?  WNPS member, Cyndy Dillon will display native conifers and answer native plant questions in the entrance to the Gig Harbor Library.

Sponsor

Gig Harbor Public Library

South Sound Chapter, WNPS

Date & Time

Monday, April 29th, 2013; 12:00 pm -- 2:00 pm

Location

Gig Harbor Library

4424 Pt. Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor

Directions:  From Route 16 take Olympic Drive toward the west and turn left onto Pt. Fosdick Dr. at the first traffic light, library is about 1/2 mile on the right.

Contact Cyndy Dillon, 253 857-4003, cpdillongh@comcast.net
Notes  
 

Sehmel Homestead Park

Native Plant and Insect Identification Clinic


Master Gardener's will focus on native plant identification and disease/insect diagnosis during a plant clinic at this park. 

Tours of the Heritage Garden will also be available.  The Heritage garden is a project of the Pierce County Master Gardeners. The Sehmel Farm dates back to a land grant in 1891 and was actively farmed until the 1990’s when efforts began to preserve the site for future generations. Master gardeners began work on the Heritage Garden in 2007. The Heritage garden is a mix of native plants, many supplied by the Master Gardeners, and nearly 50 varieties of mature rhododendrons. You can expect to see many spring favorites including red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum), western trillium (Trillium ovatum), service berry (Amelanchier alnifolia), and Pacific bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa). A native plant key will be available for the tour. After the tour, you can also visit the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden and the three miles of trails in the 70 acres of natural area that the park contains.

Sponsor Pierce Master Gardeners
Date & Time

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013; 9:00 am - 11:30 am

 

Location

Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave. NW (78th Ave. NW and Sehmel Dr. NW), Gig Harbor.

Directions:  After crossing Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Route 16, take Burnham Drive exit in Gig Harbor, go around first traffic circle, taking 5th exit to cross back over the highway, and then take exit halfway around second traffic circle.  At the stop sign, turn left onto Sehmel Dr and follow brown signs to Sehmel Homestead Park, going 2 miles around curves, down and up hills.  Turn left onto 78th Ave, then left into Park after about 300 yards.  At bottom of hill, turn right at stop sign and park near woods beyond Demo Garden fence.

Contact Cyndy Dillon, 253 857-4003, cpdillongh@comcast.net
Notes

More information

   

Guided walk through Pt. Defiance Northwest Native Plant Garden

Three docents will lead groups of ten through the forest, pond, dry, waterfall, woodland, meadow and alpine habitats at the Pt. Defiance Northwest Native Plant Garden (NWNPG).  They will describe the history of the NWNPG and how the Tacoma Garden Club works with Metro Parks of Tacoma to maintain this 50 year old garden. 

Sponsor

Tacoma Garden Club

Date & Time

Thursday, May 2 from 10am to 12 pm

Location

Take Pearl St. exit on Route 16, following signs to Pt. Defiance Zoo.  Turn left on 51st St between a nursery and the Antique Kitchen, follow signs to the park/zoo and turn left into the Mildred St entrance.  Staying to the right,the Northwest Native Plant Garden will be on the right with several parking spaces available.

Contact

253-857-4003 Cyndy Dillon

Notes

 

   

Help Us Restore Healthy Native Plant Habitat

Join WNPS members who will lead a work party to remove invasive plants and install native plants at the Tacoma Nature Center.  The Tacoma Nature Center sits on a 71-acre nature preserve encompassing Snake Lake and the surrounding wetlands and forest. Stroll nature trails to experience native birds, animals and plants. This is a Tacoma gem worth restoring to health. 

Sponsor Tacoma Nature Center
Date & Time

Friday, May 3, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma
Contact Cyndy Dillon, 253 857-4003, cpdillongh@comcast.net
Notes

We suggest that volunteers dress in layers of older clothes
that include long pants, long sleeve shirt and a jacket. Durable footwear such as work boots, hiking boots or old sneakers are recommended for these events. These events take place rain or shine so please come prepared for the weather.

   

Washington Native Plant Society South Sound Chapter Native Plant Sale

Find great native flowers, groundcovers, ferns, shrubs and trees at nice prices at the Capitol Museum Coach House. 

Sponsor South Sound Chapter: WNPS
Date & Time

Saturday, May 4, 9am-3pm

Location

Capital Museum Coach House, 211 21st Ave, SW, Olympia

From I-5 take exit 105 toward Capitol, go 180 degrees around 2 traffic circles, turn left on Capital Way and then right on 21st St and look for signs. 

Contact Bill Brookreson 253-564-1137  b.brookreson@comcast.net
Notes

Lots of free native plant handouts and native plant experts to answer all your questions!

 

Native Plant Sale

Landscape your yard with plants that are native to our area.  Planting natives ensures the conservation of our precious water resources and provides habitat for local birds, mammals and insects. 

Sponsor Tacoma Nature Center
Date & Time

Saturday, May 4, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma
Contact Michele Cardinaux, 253-591-6439, michele@tacomaparks.com
Notes

A list of available plants will be posted on the website by 1:00pm on Friday, May 3.  www.tacomanaturecenter.org

Come early for the best selection.

 

Enhance Your Habitat, Landscaping with Native Plants and Food Plants
Go Native! Urban horticulturist Dana Kelley Bressette, from Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery, will introduce you to some of the best native plants and some of the easiest food plants to grow in home landscapes. She will be happy to answer questions about plant ID and cultural requirements of specific plants. Weather permitting, Dana will also lead a planting demonstration.

 Native plants require less water and maintenance and need little to no fertilizer or pesticides.
 They add beauty and interest to your yard; and attract bees, butterflies, and birds.
 Growing your own organic food is healthier for you and the environment.
 You CAN balance the needs of people while nurturing a healthy local ecology…

Sponsor

Tacoma Health Department

Date & Time

May 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm

Location

Gig Harbor Civic Center  

Contact

Walt Burdsall  (252) 798-4708   wburdsall@tpchd.org

Notes

Free, but pre-registration is required

 

San Juan Island

The Conscientious Gardener

In “The Conscientious Gardener” (2011 U of CA Press), Sarah Reichard combines her years of experience as an environmental scientist and a gardener to create a comprehensive book on sustainable and responsible gardening.  Filled with scientific facts, personal stories and humor, the reader can’t help but question some of their own practices and beliefs in terms of cultivating gardens and landscapes. Printable Flyer

Sponsor

San Juan Island Chapter, WNPS

Date & Time Wednesday, April 24th, 2013; 7:00 pm
Location

Friday Harbor Grange Hall

Friday Harbor, WA

Notes Light refreshments will be served
Open to All – Donations accepted at the door
 

Festival of Flowers

Celebrate Spring with the San Juan Island Historic National Park's Bloom Week.  This is a weeklong festival with ranger guided walks and talks, local naturalists, wildflower photography, games and activities. For more information about events and activities.

Sponsor

San Juan Island Historic National Park

Learn more about.

Date & Time May 5th to May 11th, 2013
Location

San Juan Island Historic National Park

4668 Cattle Point Rd. Friday Harbor, WA

Contact For more information:  Raena Parsons, 360-378-2240, extension 2222
 

Skagit

Spring Native Plant Sale

Spend some time shopping for native plants and enjoy a visit to a demonstration native plant garden on site. Expect to find a good selection of native trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers and ferns at the sale.

This sale benefits the Salal Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society.

Sponsor Salal Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday, April 27th, 2013; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location The sale will be held at the south end of the Native Plant Garden, located south of the Master Gardener Discovery Garden at the WSU NW Research and Extension Center on State Route 536, west of Mount Vernon.
Contact For more information and a list of plants, contact: Brenda Cunningham nativegarden@fidalgo.net
   

Native Plant Demonstration Garden


Tucked away in the lowland fields of the Skagit Valley is a labor of love and concern for native plants that manifests as an extensive and charming display. The Native Plant Garden is now a half-acre oasis that holds the seeds for the future of native plants in the lower Skagit Valley.

Sponsor Salal Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time all week, self-guided exploration
Location The Native Plant Garden is located on the southeast corner of the Skagit Display Gardens, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway), adjacent to the Washington State University Research Station, a few miles west of Mount Vernon.
Contact For more information contact: Brenda Cunningham nativegarden@fidalgo.net
 

Goose Rock in Deception Pass State Park

Woods and open bluffs full of spring flowers, great views, and easy access makes this destination one of the best places in lowland western Washington to visit.  Expect to see many showy wildflowers including common camas (Camassia quamash), chocolate lilies (Fritillaria affinis), Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum) and sea blush (Plectritis congesta). More about.

Sponsor Salal Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Tuesday, April 30, 2013;  10AM-12PM
Location

Deception Pass State Park

Meet in the parking lot at the south end of the bridge.  

Contact

Call Ann Dursch, 360-293-3044 or

Susan Alaynick 360-659-8792 s_alaynick@hotmail.com

Notes Moderate hike with some hill. Deception Pass State Park requires a one-day parking pass or the Discover Pass.
 

Sharpe County Park

Pond, woods rich with mosses and lichens and open bluffs.

More about

Sponsor Salal Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Tuesday, May 7, 2013;  10AM-12PM
Location

Sharpe County Park

Park entrance is on Fidalgo Island off Rosario Road just south of
Sharpe Road. Drive hwy 20 as if to Deception Pass State Park,
bearing right after Pass Lake onto Rosario Road. Park is a few
miles, on left and well marked.

Contact

Call Ann Dursch, 360-293-3044 or

Susan Alaynick 360-659-8792 s_alaynick@hotmail.com

Notes Moderate if go to the bluffs.
 

Snohomish

 

Madison and Morgan Forest. Join the Forest Steward and local neighbors to restore and care for a great little forest on this property that was recently acquired by Everett Parks.  What a great way to celebrate Earth Month!

Sponsor Green Everett Partnership
Date & Time Saturday, April 20, 2013;  10AM-12PM
Location

Madison and Morgan Property.  More information

http://www.greeneverett.org/

Contact

RSVP/Contact Forest Steward, Jack Lockhart: (206) 450-5250

jlock2@msn.com

Notes  
   

Volunteer Work Party at Thornton A. Sullivan Park

Join us to remove invasive plants and protect the trees of this beautiful Everett Park.   Lean more about urban forest restoration and the exciting work being done the the Green Everett Partnership.  All are welcome! 

Sponsor Green Everett Partnership
Date & Time Saturday, May 4th from 9am-Noon
Location

11405 W. Silver Lake Road on the northwest side of Silver Lake in South Everett

Contact

Drop-ins are welcome, but it helps with our planning if we know how many volunteers are coming.  Please RSVP to greeneverett@forterra.org or call 425-238-0065

Notes Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and get ready to have fun!   Tools and snacks provided. 
 

Spokane

Art of Science: Botanical Illustration Past and Present

Join the Northeast Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) for an afternoon of science and art.

3pm, join local author, teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet (http://jacknisbet.com/) on a narrated walk through the exhibit he curated for the MAC, 'David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work.'

4pm, enjoy a drink and light snacks during a reception showcasing Jack's published works and the botanical art of noted Lopez Island artist Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik (http://www.vorobikbotanicalart.com/).

5pm, hear Jack and Linda pair their talents to discuss the historical and modern importance of botanical illustration.

Sponsor Northeast Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Friday, April 19, 2013; 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Location

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. 1st Ave., Spokane, WA

Contact

www.nechapterwnps.org

Notes

Combined event (exhibit, reception, lecture)   $25.00 advance/$30 day of event, (pending availability)

Lecture reception only:  $10 advance/$15 day of event

Download ticket request forms at www.nechapterwnps.org

 

An Introduction to Botanical Art with Linda Ann Vorobik

Prepare for spring wildflowers! The Northeast Chapter of the WNPS is pleased to offer a two-day workshop with Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik.

Learn the basics of creating botanical illustrations from professional botanist, botanical illustrator, and teacher Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik.  All skill levels are welcome: accomplished artists can increase their knowledge of botany and skilled botanists learn drawing and painting techniques.

  • Day 1: Introductions and demonstrations followed by supervised drawing to create pencil drafts for watercolors; later in the morning pen & ink supplies are described and techniques are demonstrated.  The afternoon consists of lecture/demonstrations on watercolor supplies and techniques followed by drawing and painting time.
  • Day 2: The second day includes more demonstrations followed by supervised drawing and painting.  The workshop closes with a friendly critique of works produced.
Sponsor Northeast Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time

Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21st, 2013; 9:00 AM-5:00 PM both days.

Location Turnbull Laboratory for Ecological Studies, Cheney WA
Contact

www.nechapterwnps.org

Notes

Cost for this two-day workshop is $150.00 (lunches included).  Please reserve your space by downloading a workshop registration form at www.nechapterwnps.org

 

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DAVID DOUGLAS

Retrace the travels of Scottish naturalist David Douglas through the Spokane country on a bus tour with Jack Nisbet, author of two books about Douglas and guest curator of the MAC’s current exhibit: David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work. For More Information

Sponsor Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane
Date

APRIL 20
Swanson Lakes, Twin Lakes, & Coffeepot Lake
Search for the early wildflowers and spring birds that captivated
Douglas upon his arrival in the shrub steppe in spring 1826

Date MAY 4
Little Falls & the Mouth of the Spokane River
Visit sites where Douglas collected iconic Inland Northwest
plants and compare your sightings with entries from
his field journals.
  MAY 18
Colville Valley & Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge
Follow Douglas’s route between Spokane House and Kettle Falls
at the peak of wildflower bloom and migrant bird activity
Location

Bus tours depart from Spokane

To Register

Contact Tours arranged by Group Coordinators of Spokane
For more information, call Harla Jean at 509-466-2823
or email hjbiever@earthlink.net
Notes

Bring a lunch and we’ll stop along the way for a picnic.
All tours conclude with a visit to the Douglas exhibit. 

Registration Cost:  $55.00 per person

 

Thurston

Invasive Species Removal Workparty

Sponsor

Thurston Conservation District

Date & Time Saturday, April 27th   AM Shift:9-12, PM Shift:12:30-3
Location

Thurston County sites

Contact

For more information or to volunteer:  Contact Greg Dunbar at

TcdAmericorps@thurstoncd.com   or (360)754-3588 ext. 105

OR register online  http://www.thurstoncd.com/volunteer-opportunities.html

Notes Snacks and beverages provided. 
 

South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon

High school students from 6 counties come to compete in this hands-on natural resource competition!

Sponsor

Thurston Conservation District

Date & Time Thursday, May 2nd     8 AM- 1:30 PM
Location

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Contact

Looking for site judges and general event volunteers.  http://www.thurstoncd.com/volunteer-opportunities.html

Notes Snacks and lunch provided. 
 

Spring Native Plant Sale

Bring the beauty of Washington's native plants to your garden by getting your native plant needs at this sale.  A good selection of choice wildflowers, ferns, ground covers, shrubs and trees will be available. This native plant sale supports the South Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society.

Sponsor South Sound Chapter, WNPS
Date & Time Saturday, May 4, 2013; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location The sale will be held at the Capital Museum Coach House, 211 21st Ave SW, Olympia. 
Contact

For more information, contact:

Bonnie Blessing-Earle bonnie.blessing@gmail.com or

Bill Brookreson b.brookreson@comcast.net

Notes Come early for the best selection.
 

Seeking Citizen Science Volunteers

Join the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in a citizen science initiative to conduct a long-term Ecological Integrity Monitoring (EIM) project on the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area. You will be provided training, and free access to the wildlife area.

WDFW's research scientists will provide Citizen Science volunteers training
on:
..Photo-point Monitoring - using your digital camera or Smart Phone to
take photos at specific GPS points using WDFW protocols, and uploading the images to a WDFW website.
.. Habitat Data Collection - record key habitat features you observe on
data collection forms and upload the information to a WDFW website.

Sponsor Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Date & Time Saturday, May 4, 2013; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (lunch provided)
Location

Scatter Creek Wildlife Area & Grand Mound Fire Station

(indoor classroom)

Contact

Chuck Gibilisco at (360) 902 2364, eim@dfw.wa.gov

To register for training: http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/


Notes

Citizen Science volunteers: You will need a camera (digital or SmartPhone), and access to a computer website. You can elect to report data at a specific site or multiple sites.

WDFW Business Pass provided for one year entry (renewable) to
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area for citizen science purposes.

 

18th Annual Prairie Appreciation Day

Prairie Appreciation Day offers both an opportunity to enjoy our wonderful South Sound prairies but also an opportunity to volunteer. The annual event is held on Glacial Heritage Preserve in Thurston County. There is an Activity Trail going across the prairie, with a number of informative stations covering various aspects of our South Sound prairie ecology.


A whole day of events to celebrate and learn about native prairies including prairie wildflower walks, learn about prairie insects and pollinators, prairie birds, and prairie geology. Get involved in a Scotch broom pull and learn about habitat restoration.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day with the whole family.  More about

Sponsor Friends of Puget Prairies
Date & Time Saturday, May 11, 2013; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location

Glacial Heritage Preserve, Thurston County

Directions

Contact

Dennis Plank for more information

Notes Wheelchair accessible activities for individuals and groups will be available at the Washington Department of Natural Resources Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.  Mima Mounds is also an excellent area for those with less time or who want a less demanding walk.  Group tours are offered at Mima Mounds.  Please leave a message for the site manager at 360-902-1434 or send an email to roberta.davenport@dnr.wa.gov
 

Walla Walla

 

Whatcom

Woodstock Farm Spring Work Party

The camas we planted last year is up and thriving!  Come and help us continue the long-term enhancement and protection of native vegetation in this special place. Bring your clippers and loppers for removal of invasives. Other tools will be provided.  We will also take a walk around the property and look at potential planting sites for next fall. 
Sponsor

Koma Kulshan Chapter

Date & Time April 20, Saturday, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location

Meet at Woodstock Farm at 9:30 AM, the gate will be open so drive down to the house.

Contact

Call Annie Prevost at 360-714-8629 with questions. 

Notes Dress for the weather (it can be windy there) and bring lunch or snack.
   

Introductory Native Plant Walk at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

The forest floor at Point Whitehorn is carpeted with small wildflowers in the spring.   Join us for a walk and learn about the flowers, shrubs and trees of this forest on the edge of the sea.  The walk will take us to the beach.  At this time you may choose to linger on the beach or return to the cars.

Sponsor

Koma Kulshan Chapter

Date & Time April 28, Sunday, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Location

Meet at the Point Whitehorm Marine Reserve Park.  Directions:  Take the Grandview Road exit on I-5, drive west on Grandview to the end, turn left (south) on Koehn Road and you will see the parking lot on the left.

Contact

Vikki Jackson, 360-319-6988, or vikki.jackson@gmail.com if you have questions. 

Notes These informal, easy-paced walks feature an expert guide who will introduce you to common native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, and share tidbits on ethnobotany, wildlife use, and gardening with natives.  People of all ages and experience are welcome.  Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes that may get wet.
   

Vendovi Island

Vendovi is a 217 acre island south of Lummi Island being maintained in its natural state by the San Juan Preservation Trust.  There are no permanent human inhabitants and no deer or other grazing mammals, so the flora is especially healthy.  We will visit at the peak of bloom for camas and other wildflowers in south facing meadows, and also explore forest, wetland and shoreline habitats.       
Sponsor

Koma Kulshan Chapter

Date & Time

May 4, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM: 

Location

The boat we will use to get from Bellingham to Vendovi has a limit of 12 passengers and will cost $51 per person, round trip, payable at the dock.

Contact

Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net to reserve a space.

Notes Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes and rain gear. 
 

Traditional Food Gathering

Warren King-George and Elizabeth Swanaset

A presentation in conjunction with the Lynden Pioneer Museum Exhibit on Salish Bounty.

When you look out your window, have you ever wondered what you can eat from your garden?  The Pacific Northwest is a treasure trove of native edible plants (and animals). Salish Bounty explores the many forms of food used by Native Americans before Europeans settled.  The exhibit also discusses the importance of tradition surrounding native foods and how those traditions changed with forced relocation and cultural changes.  The exhibit also looks at the local Nooksack people and discusses their special traditions, unique to their community, and the changes forced upon them in the last 150 years.

This exhibit is a must see and has many treasures to view (and smell). See a digging stick, salmon bar-b-queuing tools, gathering baskets and many other special items used for food eating, gathering and storage.

Special thank you to the Burke Museum for loaning us the exhibit and to Humanities Washington for sponsoring the exhibit.

Sponsor

Lynden Pioneer Museum

Date & Time

May 4, Saturday, 1:00 PM: 

Location

Lynden Pioneer Museum, 217 Front St  Lynden, WA

 

Contact

360-354-3675, Lynden Museum, for more information

   

Nooksack Place Names and Food Plants

Allan Richardson and George Adams

The story of Nooksack place names and food plants will be recounted in a slide presentation by anthropologist Allan Richardson. Accurate pronunciations and additional dialogue will be provided by George Adams, language specialist with the Nooksack Tribe and the only remaining fluent speaker of the Nooksack language.

 

A presentation in conjunction with the Lynden Pioneer Museum Exhibit on Salish Bounty. (see above)

Sponsor

Lynden Pioneer Museum

Date & Time

May 11, Saturday, 1:00 PM: 

Location

Lynden Pioneer Museum, 217 Front St  Lynden, WA

 

Contact

360-354-3675, Lynden Museum, for more information

 

Hidden Forest Foray

Explore the plants of the Sehome Hill Arboretum, a natural area in the heart of Bellingham, with guidebook author and Arboretum board member Mark Turner.  Sehome Hill was logged in the early 20th century and is becoming a mature second-growth forest.  We'll look at trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.  Learn what's native and what's not.

Sponsor

Koma Kulshan Chapter

Date & Time Wednesday, May 8th, 2013; 6:00 pm to dusk
Location

Sehome Hill Arboretum

Meet in the parking area at the top of Arboretum Drive (off Bill McDonald Parkway)

Notes No cost, no registration required.  Just show up at the parking area. These informal, easy-paced walks feature an expert guide who will introduce you to common native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, and share tidbits on ethnobotany, wildlife use, and gardening with natives.  People of all ages and experience are welcome.  Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes that may get wet.
 
 

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