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Central Puget Sound Chapter: Field Trips & Plant Walks

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Weigh in on the kind of field trips you would enjoy and where you would like to go. If you have an idea or a request for a field trip, please email Elizabeth Gage, Office and Volunteer Coordinator, at info@wnps.org

Guided field trips and self-guided plant walks are great ways to learn more about native plants.

Field Trip Schedule
Changes to current trips and new trips may be added as the season progresses,
so be sure to check this page again. If you have any questions, please contact the
individual identified for the trip of interest.

The Issaquah Alps hiking club (http://issaquahalps.org) has hikes listed almost every weekend with varying degrees of difficulty.  Go to their website for details.  The public is welcome.


Coming Up:

Tronson Ridge at Wenatchee National Forest

Photo credit: Richard Ramsden

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Tronsen Ridge from Haney Meadows, Wenatchee National Forest.
Moderate difficulty, 5 miles, 500ft elevation gain.

Led by Richard Ramsden
The desert plants, alpines, and local endemics growing together make this one of the finest sites in the state to learn about and enjoy the native flora.  Meet at 9:30am at the Swauk Forest Discovery Trail parking lot 1/4 mile east of Blewett Pass on FS9716.  The final 8 miles on improved dirt and gravel roads.  Seattle carpool from Ravenna P&R leave 7:30am, Issaquah P&R (Newport Way/SR900) leave 8:15am. For inquiries or plant list and to sign up, contact Richard Ramsden (rtramsden@gmail.com).


Recent Trips:

Tour of the taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden at Seattle University

“The Earth is our First Teacher”

May 3, 2017

Seattle University
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Trip Leader: Professor Rob Efird

Rob Efird is an applied cultural anthropologist with a special interest in environmental education and working with community partners.  He had a major role in the development of the Seattle University Ethnobotanical Garden, along with the SU gardening staff and local First Peoples, including Vi Hilbert.  In December of 2016, Rob joined the Central Puget Sound Chapter to share with us the creation of the Ethnobotanical Garden.  He also shared his vision for using the garden and the installation of native plant gardens at local schools to ground young people in our natural environment and its cultural history.  Rob also agreed at that time to lead field trip at the Garden for us in the spring. That time has come!

The 11,500 square foot taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden is organized in four biomes, representing the major ecological areas of the Pacific Northwest. They include alpine, lowland forest, wetland and prairie. Exploring the biomes will allow us to learn more about how the First People of the Puget Sound co-existed with their environment, using the plants for food, medicine, and materials for building, carving, weaving, fishing and ritual activities. As the plaque at the entrance to the garden says:

“Where Seattle University stands, a forest once stood. In and around this forest people and plants lived closely together for many centuries before the city of Seattle was established. This garden invites you to learn more about this intimate, sustainable relationship and encourages you to cultivate your own relationship with our native plants.”

Meet at the West Entry of Seattle University’s Lemieux Library

Attendance will be limited to 12 individuals. To register for the event, contact Sharon Baker


206 464 1068 cell

206 935 1769 home




April 8th, 2017, Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm             
Evans Creek Preserve east of Redmond

Join Elby Jones and Dan Paquette for a WNPS hike to Evans Creek Preserve to be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 8th.  Evans Creek preserve is located a few miles east of Redmond and just north of Sammamish. This 3 ½ mile hike has moderate elevation gains.  It passes through islands of trees and shrubs on a flood plain, then retreats to the forested hillsides that are covered with a mixture of deciduous trees and conifers. Help us add to the plant list begun last December. 

The group will meet at the lower trail head.  Expect to be on the hike for about 3 ½  to 4 hours.  Directions, maps and plant lists will be sent to participants.   The leaders will try to hook up any participants who wish to carpool.  This field trip is limited to 12 participants.

To sign up, email  Dan Paquette at  jdanj.paquette@gmail.com

Directions to the trail head: Take SR 520 to the Redmond Way exit (SR 202). Turn south at the fork and proceed 3.8 miles on SR 202 to 224th Ave NE. Turn right, and the trailhead parking area is 500 feet to the south. There are 9 parking spaces and one ADA space.

Recent Trips

New Year's Day Field Trip to Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish

Evans Creek Preserve, a former 179 acre farmstead, was opened to the public in 2011.  Calvin and Minnie Galley established the farmstead at the turn of the 20th century and the family sold it to the City of Sammamish in 2000. The City of Sammamish developed the farmstead into a suburban nature preserve, reachable by public transportation. The forest is stunning and surprisingly mature with Douglas-fir, western hemlock, red cedar, alder, and maple in the canopy and vine maple, low Oregon grape, Indian plum, and salmonberry in the understory.  There is a rich supply of lichens, ferns and mosses. We companionably wandered the meadows, forests and wetlands, enjoying and identifying the abundance and variety of native plants and wildlife (native slugs included).  Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon have been observed in the creek.  WTA warned that black bears have been seen in the preserve.

For a complete guide to WNPS guided field trips provided by other Chapters 
please see Chapter Field Trips.

Field Trip Policies
Field trips take place rain or shine, so proper clothing and footwear are essential. Trips may be strenuous or hazardous and please contact trip leaders if you have questions about degree of difficulty. Bring water, lunch and the ten essentials (map, compass, flashlight or headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries, extra food, extra clothing and rain gear, sunglasses and sunscreen, first aid kit, pocket knife, matches in a waterproof container, and fire starter).
Bring the Northwest Forest Pass if you have one.  Please notify the hike leader if for some reason you can't make it.

Cost-sharing  Policy for Car Pools
The WNPS policy in 2009 was for passengers to  provide the driver trip mileage reimbursement of $.25/mile, to be split among  the passengers.  In addition, passengers
are expected to chip in for tolls, ferry fees and entrance or parking  fees.   Since gas prices have  increased since 2009, please be ready to offer your driver a higher per mile
reimbursement. Drivers, please keep  track of field trip miles driven and ask enough to cover gas, plus wear and tear on your vehicle.

We frequently meet at the following Park and Ride areas for carpooling

Issaquah Park & Ride
1050 17th Ave. NW, Issaquah (SR-900 & Newport Way)

Green Lake Park & Ride, north side (NE 65th and Ravenna)
6601 8th Ave. NE, Seattle (NE 65th St & I-5)
WNPS maintains an extensive plant species list for various areas in the state.

Updated: June 8, 2017
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