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2017 Native Plant Appreciation Week Activities Calendar

Please use the event contact information to find out further information about each event.  Note: events are shared by Washington Native Plant Society Chapters, and those in the community that provide opportunities in the community  to learn more about Washington's native flora.

Native Plant Appreciation Week Events by County

Benton Klickitat Snohomish
Chelan Okanogan


  Pierce Thurston
King Skagit Whatcom
Kittitas Skamania  Yakima

Activities for 2016 are organized by  the Washington State County location of the activity.         Those that are highlighted in Green are hosted by one of the 12 Chapters of Washington Native Plant Society. 


April 23, 10-1, Wildflower hike on Badger Mtn Skyline trail. Steve Link (stevenlink@me.com), trip leader. This should be peak time on Badger for wild flowers. Meet at the Skyline trail off Dallas Rdhttp://friendsofbadger.org/trail-faq/

 April 29, 9-3, Wildflower hike at Basalt Gardens and DNR land near Vantage. Ernie Crediford (ernest_crediford@live.com), trip leader. Bring lunch and water. 5-6 hrs. Meet at Van Giesen Park and Ride off Bypass Hwy.  

 April 29, 9-3, Wildlands Walk at Amon Creek Natural Preserve. Tapteal Greenway has organized their guided walks through Amon Basin, with knowledgeable people at stations set up along trail to point out features of the wildlife and flora. Our chapter will have a table in the park at the staging area for the walks where you can help make seedballs that will be used to reseed native shrubs and wildflowers in burned areas.



  NOTE:  The walks below are Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) sponsored walks led by WNPS

      April 17  Jacobsen Preserve with Susan Ballinger (CDLT)
      April 18  Leavenworth Ski Hill with Connie McCauley (CDLT)
      April 18  Wildflowers of Wenatchee with Jack Mynatt and Don Schaechtel,
                   6:30 pm at the Wenatchee Library (NCRL)
      April 19  Icicle Ridge Trail with Mall Boyd (CDLT)
      April 20  Leavenworth Ski Hill with Connie McCauley (CDLT)
      April 21  Dusty Lake with Cindy Luksus (WNPS)
      April 23  "Sam Hill" with Don Schaechtel and Jack Mynatt (CDLT)
      April 24  Icicle Ridge Trail with Mall Boyd (CDLT)
      April 27  Wildflowers of Leavenworth with Jack Mynatt and Don Schaechtel,
                   6:30 pm at the Leavenworth Library (NCRL)

       April 29:  Wild Horse Wind Farm wildflower tours (PSE) - see Kittitas County

http://www.wnps.org/wenatchee/home.html  for more information

      May 2 - Multi day course  Thinking ahead; Susan Ballinger, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust,
                and Wenatchee Valley College are offering a wildflower field study course starting on
                May 2.  The course includes five Tuesday evenings in the Wenatchee foothills. 
                Find details at:


     April 22-  Saturday, 10 am – 1:30 pm  Celebrate Urban Nature!
Dissecting owl pellets and exploring a worm bin in the Nature Explorers Lab!!
Location: Magnuson Community Center gym and auditorium

              Fee: $2.00 per person (Kids ages 2 and under are free!)

              This annual spring event is co-sponsored by Magnuson Community Center and 
and features a myriad of family-friendly presentations, interactive booths,
              and displays, art
and nature activities, nature- themed carnival, Nature Explorers Lab, a
              concert by Caspar
Babypants, and more! A fun-filled day for the whole family!

     April 25th - WNPS CPS Speaker Event - "Seeking Western Wildflowers" Richard Ramsden
              7:00pm - Bellevue Botanical Garden - Aaron Education Center - 12001 Main St. Bellevue
              Richard Ramsden will provide an examination of wildflowers in their native habitats from
              roadsides to mountain peaks of Washington. Native species discussed will include many
              rare or rarely seen. Their unique qualities will be highlighted as well as suggestions on
              where to see them this spring and upcoming summer. The program is intended for
              everyone with an interest in native plants: beginner or advanced, hiker or gardener.

     April 28th - Friends of North Creek Forest - Ribbon Cutting Event - 9:30 Breakfast -
              10:30 Ceremony with Governor Jay Inslee - www.friendsofnorthcreekforest.org
              The City of Bothell has completed the purchase of the final parcel, thus completing the
              goal of protecting all 64 acres of North Creek Forest!  Please RSVP to attend this event.

       April 29th -WNPS Central Puget Sound Chapter - Native Plant Sale 
Mercerdale Park, City of Mercer Island- 10:00am - 4:00pm
               For location address, species list and complete information visit:

      May 3rd, 11 am to 12:30 pm, Wednesday
               Tour of the taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden at Seattle University
            “The Earth is our First Teacher.”
             Seattle University: 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122;  Trip Leader: Professor Rob Efird

             Join cultural anthropologist Rob Efird in a tour of the 11,500 square foot taqwsheblu
             Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden. The garden has been planted with four biomes: alpine,
             lowland forest, wetland and prairie. These are the settings where First Peoples of 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

              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: Sabaker41@gmail.com


     April 29th, Saturday - Wild Horse Wind Farm
              11:00 am - Talks about local plants and ecology
              11:30am - Plant Walks in the area
              3:00pm - program repeats
              10am and 2pm - Wind Turbine Tours 
              Information:  andrea.nesbit@pse.com

     April 30 - Sunday - Elk Heights Road Trailhead Field Trip - 190 - exit 97- We will walk up 
              Elk Heights road (Morrison Canyon Road) from the parking area. Shrub-steppe plants will
              be blooming at the start and Paeonia brownii will hopefully be blooming in the forested
              area. Meet at the west side of the Super 1 lot at 9:00 am or at the parking lot near Elk
              Heights I-90 interchange at 9:30. Keyna Bugner, leader. Email:  keynabugner@gmail.com

     May 13 - Saturday -9am-1pm - "Get Intimate with the Shrub Steppe"  Umptaneum Creek
              Recreation Area in Yakima Canyon.  Highlights endangered shrub steppe area with
              expert led hikes and exhibits on snakes, insects, mammals, plants and birds.  Family
              friendly event.  (wear protective footware and long pants) keynabugner@gmail.com


     April 22Columbia Hills State Park- This event is part of Trail Daze sponsored by Columbia
                 Hills State Park and WA Department of Natural Resources.   There will be a variety of
                 talks and presentations at different trailheads between 10am – 2pm including
                 wildflower hikes and ice age flood talks.   The wildflower walks will be starting at The
                 Dalles Mtn Trailhead at 10am and 12:30pm.  The Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed
                 Management Area will also have information at various trail heads throughout the gorge
                 to teach hikers about invasive species during the Boot Brush Kick-Off.  Volunteers will
                 hand out boot brushes and weed identification booklets.  For more information contact
                 Keyna Bugner at Keyna.Bugner@dnr.wa.gov; 509-925-0906.

      April 24 - Monday from 2-4 PM—Wildflower Open house at the White Salmon Library—an
                  informal loop slideshow program of the best wildflowers of 2016. Wildflower experts will
                  be on hand to answer your questions.  Sponsored by Suksdorfia Chapter of Native
                  Plant Society of Washington.

      April 26 - Cleveland Natural Area Preserve - This preserve includes high-quality examples of
                 native shrub-grassland ecosystems, known as shrub=steppe, that were once abundant
                 in central and eastern Washington. 
Located along the margin of the Columbia Basin
                 and eastern Cascades, this 640 acre site also includes woodlands with Oregon white
                 oak, aspen, juniper and ponderosa pine, as well as a spring and stream that provides
                 habitat for an array of wildlife species.  This site burned in 1998 and we will have the
                 opportunity to see how the site is recovering from the fire. 

     Space will be limited to 12 people maximum, so please confirm if you are coming and
     where you will meet up.  Please plan to carpool from either Crawford Oaks trail head off
     of HWY 14 at 8:45 am or Goldendale at 9:30am at the 76 Station/ Subway right off
     Hwy 97 - parking at the preserve is VERY limited!  Please contact Carolyn Wright at
     Carolyn.Wright@dnr.wa.gov to confirm your spot. 

      April 28 -  Friday at 6:30 PM at the White Salmon Library—Wild About Nature Series
by Joy Markgraf with Peatlands of the Mount Adams Region: Their Ecology
Vegetation by Joe Rocchio and Wetland Workhorses: The Ecology of Sedges and
                  Rushes by Tynam Ramm-Granberg.

      April 29 - at 10 AM—Conboy Lake Wildflower Hike of one of the most diverse wildflower
                  habitats in the Columbia Gorge providing for a wide variety of up to 70 wildflower
                  species in an easy single 3.8-mile loop hike! Several uncommon wildflowers are found
                  here.  Sponsored by Suksdorfia Chapter of Native Plant Society of Washington. 
                  Contact donhardin2@gmail.com to pre-register.


       April 29:  MVIC Native Plant Garden Tour  Wander around the Methow Valley Interpretive
              Center’s Native Plant Garden and hear about the many medicinal and edible uses of the
              plants we find there. We will meet at 11am. Space is limited to 12. Reserve your spot by
              contacting the trip leaders.
              Rosalee & Xavier de la Forêt rosalee@methowvalleyherbs.com or 509-997-0545


        April 22 - Saturday, 9:00am-3:00pm - South Sound Native Plant Sale
Washington State Capitol Museum Coach House; 211 21st Avenue SW Olympia, WA 98501

      May 2 -- Tour Chase Gardens - 10 AM - 12 NOON
               This will be one of the last opportunities to visit the garden
               as it will be sold in June. Called “one of the ten most beautiful gardens in America,” the
               Chase Garden is a 4 ½- acre garden that artfully combines Japanese and mid-century
               design with the naturalistic look of a Pacific Northwest woodland landscape. Sitting on a
               bluff overlooking the grand vista of the Puyallup River Valley, forested Cascade foothills,
               and an unforgettable view of Mount Rainier, the Chase Garden is the perfect destination.
               For over forty years, starting in the 1960’s, Emmott and Ione Chase built a creative
               interpretation of the natural landscape, with drifts of rock garden plants inspired by
               Mount Rainier’s storied “Paradise” wildflower fields. Any special requirements: Please
               RSVP to cpdillongh@comcast.net in case we need to cancel. Dress for the weather;
               trails may be muddy. Water and cookies will be provided.


       April 29 - Saturday - Padilla Bay Reserve - 1:00-2:00pm
Landscaping with Native Plants
Interested in native plants? Would you like a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape?
             Concerned about health and water quality?  Want to support wildlife?  Many native
             plants are attractive as ornamentals and adapt easily to garden conditions in the
             Pacific Northwest.  Join Brenda Cunningham, member of the WA Native Plant society
             and coordinator of the Native Plant Garden located at the Skagit Display Gardens
             adjacent to the Washington State University Research Station, a few miles west of
             Mount Vernon.  Registration is required.  

      May 2 - Tuesday - Deception Pass State Park - 10:00 am
Goose Rock Trail
This is a short but moderately steep trail. The trail is in good condition. At the top of Goose Rock there is a spectacular view and some unusual flowers. We will meet at 10:00 at the parking lot sout of the Deception Pass bridge. You need a Discover Pass for parking here ($10/day, $30/year). Plan on two hours.


       May 6 - Saturday - 10:00am - 12:00noon - NATIVE PLANT SALE
  Salal Chapter Spring Native Plant Sale.  Visit the WNPS webpage for a complete list of
WSU Research and Extension Center; 1660 State Route 536, Mount Vernon



  April 23rd - Sunday at 8:30 AM--Kickoff with a Scotch Broom Weed-pull at Camasia Preserve
in Carson, WA (about 1 ½ hours) followed by an optional 1-2-hour hike across spectacular
            blue masses of Camas and many other wildflowers at Lacamas Lake Natural Area.
            Sponsored jointly by Suksdorfia Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society and
            Portland Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. 
            Contact donhardin2@gmail.com to pre-register.






  April 22 - Saturday, 9:00am-3:00pm - South Sound Native Plant Sale
Washington State Capitol Museum Coach House; 211 21st Avenue SW Olympia, WA 98501

   April 30  -Sunday - 1:00pm-3:00pm  Wolf Haven Field Trip
                 3111 Offut Rd SE, Tenino Hike Leader: Cyndy Dillon - cpdillongh@comcast.net
                 please RSVP
                 Hike Description: Wolf Haven International is a nationally recognized wolf sanctuary
                 that has rescued and provided a lifetime home for 200 displaced, captive-born animals
                 since 1982. Visitors can also follow a walking trail through beautiful native Mima Mound
                 prairie and enjoy the native flowers, birds, butterflies that can be found there.

      May 8 - Monday,(Olympia)  7PM  -Dr. John Bishop: Revegetation of Mt. St Helens
Once again, the South Sound Chapter is working in cooperation with The Evergreen
                State College and Dr. Frederica Bowcutt to present a special program in the Evergreen
                College Music Auditorium. This year we will have Dr. John Bishop, Associate Professor at
                Washington State University Vancouver’s School of Biological Sciences. John’s work has
                been on “Response of populations, communities, and ecosystems to catastrophic
                disturbance” focused on the plants, animals, and soils of the primary successional
                Pumice Plain of Mount St. Helens. Much of this work is focused on herbivore effects on
                keystone plant colonists, such as a Lupin (Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii, and its specialist
                lepidopterna herbivores), and Willows (Salix sitchensis) and cascading effects on
                community and ecosystem development. Those who have heard John speak will attest
                that this is a fascinating talk you will not want to miss.
                Go to https://labs.wsu.edu/john-bishop/ to learn more about Dr. Bishop’s work including
                a PBS news hour video.


    April 19 -Big Flowers, Few Pollinators: The Plants of the Central Aleutian Islands
                Birthplace of the Winds - 7pm - Sustainable Living Center- education room -
                Re Store - 2309 Meridian St. Bellingham
Mike Williams carried out his masters research in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska while at
University of Tennessee. He will introduce us to the wildflowers of these tundra
on these very remote, but lovely islands. His current research interest is a
                revision of the western
North American barberries (Berberis). He has authored the 
                Berberidaceae treatment in the two
editions of the Jepson Manual of the Higher Plants
                of California. 

     April 22, Saturday, Oyster Dome Field Trip - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The best view near Bellingham can be enjoyed from the west side of Blanchard Mt. on
                the rocky precipice known as Oyster Dome. We will botanize our way from the Samish
                Overlook north, pausing to examine cascading rivulets, ferny glens, massive old-growth
                stumps and logging relics as we go. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at the top and be
                prepared for a 5 mile round trip with almost 2000 feet of elevation gain. Meet at the
                Fairhaven Parkway west side Park and Ride (at the end of 32nd St) at 9:00 AM.
                Contact Abe (arcadianabe@yahoo.com) if you have questions.

     April 22 -Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Assoc, (NSEA) hosts: Celebrate Earth Day
                The annual potting party!  See NESA's new campus and help pot and organize native
                trees and shrubs for future restoration projects.  There will be fun activities and the
                chance to win great prizes!  Parking is located at NSEA, 3057 E. Bakerview Road 
                Bellingham. www.n-sea.org

     April 29 - BIG BACKYARD Habitat & Native FLORA Faire -Saturday, April 29th,
                10:00am-3:00am  Fairhaven Village Green
                This free event includes activities for all ages, the WNPS Native Plant Sale, guided
                walks, booths and displays on native plants and gardening, and MORE!  Learn How to
                create wildlife habitat in your own Backyard. 


     April 12 -"Trees are the BEST!"  Annul Yakima Arboretum Arbor Festival
Many booths and activities.  Family friendly.  Central Washington Chapter will present
                 program on Cottonwood trees.

       April 22 - Cowiche Canyon Conservancy - Earth Day Walk, Saturday 10:00am - Noon
West Entrance - Weilel Trailhead
Join our annual Earth Day Walk. There will be talks and demonstrations stationed
                  along the Canyon Trail. Stations will feature experts on birds of the Canyon, native
                  butterflies, life in Cowiche Creek, the unique geology of the shrub steppe habitat, and
                  art in nature. Native plants and spring flowers will be labeled for a fun learning
                  experience. CCC Volunteers will be on hand to help guide participants along the trail.

Wednesday, April 26Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve and William O. Douglas Hill Climb at Selah Gap.  We will start the morning at Selah Cliffs Preserve and learn
      about the ongoing restoration project conducted by the WA Department of Natural
      Resources. We will spend a couple of hours walking the interpretive trail and looking
      for spring flowers along the canyon bottom. We will then travel to Harlan Landing Park
      near the Rest Haven exit on I-82 for lunch. From there we will hike a short distance
      on the Greenway and up the hill to the top of Selah Ridge. We will be working on
      developing a plant list for this area and should see some nice lithosol areas at the
      higher elevations.  Meet at 9am at Selah Cliffs Preserve at the south end of Yakima
      Canyon (HWY 821), 28 miles south of Ellensburg.  Keyna Bugner, leader.
      Email:keynabugner@gmail.com Phone (620) 803-2382;
      Ed Lisowski, leader.  Email: lisowski@nwinfo.net Phone: (509) 248-4590

April 29 --  Wild Horse Wind Farm. Saturday, Talks about the plants and ecology of the
      Wind Farm start at 11:00 AM at the Visitor's Center, follow by a plant walk at
      11:30AM.  After lunch there will be a second talk at 3:00 PM and a plant walk at 3:30
      PM.  Wind Turbine Tours will be at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. 
      Andrea Nesbitt, leader.  Email:  andrea.nesbitt@pse.com   Phone: (509) 964-7815

April 30Elk Heights-Sunday.  We will walk up the Elk Heights Road (Morrison Canyon
      Road) from the parking area.  Shrub-steppe plants will be blooming at the start and
      Paeonia brownie will hopefully be blooming in the forested area.  Meet at the west
      side of Super 1 lot at 9:00 am or at the parking area near the Elk Heights I-90
      interchange at 9:30am. 
      Keyna Bugner, leader.  Email keynabugner@gmail.com Phone: (620) 803-2382.



Updated: April 27, 2017
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