Plant walks, hikes and lectures in the Tetons

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We invite all those interested in the native plants of Jackson Hole to enjoy our programs, information sources and good company. We are the Teton Chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society. Voluntary membership dues help support our educational efforts. We welcome your participation in any way you choose.

To learn more about the Teton Chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society, click here or on the About tab above.


From January through June 2014, 6 pm, every fourth Tuesday of the month, we will present a program at the Teton County Library in partnership with the Teton County Library.  125 Virginian Lane, Jackson. WY.  FREE.  We welcome your ideas for speakers!Aspen leaf, fall color, on snow, Munger Mt.

  •  Monday, July 7, 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Native Plants and their Uses – Trail to Ski Lake – Jean Jorgensen. Amateur naturalist Jean Jorgensen will add a new dimension to our observations of native plants: what they are used for!  People, past and present, use plants for medicine, dyes, fiber, fuel, and more.  We will start our exploration at the trail head for Ski Lake and will walk about a mile up the trail at a botanist’s pace (e.g. slowly).  The 7500-8000′ elevations have an array of flowers from early spring (spring beauties) to summer (louseworts).  Jean Jorgensen has enjoyed leading eclectic plant walks in the valley for many years.   A past owner of The Herb Store and Wyoming Wildcrafters herbal products company, Jean enjoys sharing her knowledge and stories with students of all ages. Directions:  We will carpool from Owen Bircher Park in Wilson (across from the Old Wilson School Community House, 5655 Main St.) promptly at 8:30.  Or you can meet us at the Ski Lake trail head at 8:45. Bring: Wear hiking boots, bring handlens, notebook, water, and a snack.
  • Friday, July 11, 10 am -1 pm-ish, Alpine Plants via Tram with Klara Varga. Ride the tram up to explore the alpine zone of Rendezvous Mountain.  Klara Varga, ace botanist and teacher, will discuss the ecology of this harsh environment and help you identify the tiny and robust plants that survive this short growing season.  Meet at the base of the tram with your gear for the day, including layers of clothing, boots, and water.  Tram tickets for adults (18-64) are $35 or $30 on, otherwise the program is free.  Check website for other deals:
  • Saturday, July 12, & Saturday, August 30th, 10am – 2 pm, Native Plant Field Class with Klara Varga. Join Teton Conservation District (TCD) and instructor Klara Varga, ace botanist and teacher, in the field to study native plants. Participants will learn scientific names of plants, terms used to characterize plants, and characteristics of plant families. Emphasis will be on common trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Klara is a great teacher and makes it fun!  Both courses will be held entirely in the field. Classes will not be postponed – be prepared for any and all weather. We’ll meet at TCD’s office located at 420 W. Pearl Ave. in Jackson. Bring: appropriate field clothing, sunscreen, water, lunch, a hand lens or magnifier, notebook, and pencils. Additional suggested items include field guides, cameras, and umbrella.Class size will be limited to 10 people on a first come first serve basis. Participants may register for one or both of the classes. Cost: $15 for each course. To register contact Rachel Daluge at (307) 733-2110 or
  • July 11-13, “The Art of Wildflower Identification,” AND July 25-17, “Drawing the Natural World.” Meredith E. Campbell, local plant illustrator and artist extraordinaire, is offering two classes at the Art Association of Jackson Hole. To register call: Art Association of Jackson Hole 307-733-6379.
  • Monday, July 21 or Wednesday, July  30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Teton County Library.  Map Invasives  JH—Amy Collett.   Teton County Weed and Pest Control (TCWP) has a new volunteer initiative.  Now you can help protect habitat for our native plants and wildlife by helping TCWP and its Western-state partners prevent the spread of invasive plant species.  In this workshop you will learn to identify 12 top-priority noxious weeds and map them while you are out hiking and enjoying our native flora.  This information will help professionals stay ahead of invasive species infestations while there is a high potential for eradication. Space is limited to 20/class. Please call Amy Collett at 307-733-8419 to sign up. More information will soon be posted on their website:
  • Saturday or Sunday, July 26 or 27, Alpine Plants via Tram with Wasatch Rock Garden Society.  A second chance to take the tram up Rendezvous Mtn. We are still working out the details of this co-sponsored trip.  Stay tuned.
  • Thursday, July 31st2nd Annual Weed Pull and Plant Identification at Emily’s Pond — Join Teton County Weed and Pest District, Teton Conservation District and Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department for an opportunity to learn about and identify native, non-native and invasive plant species during this weed pull at Emily’s Pond. This is a great location to monitor the reduction of weeds due to our annual weed pulls. Bring water and work gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Free, pre-registration is required by Tuesday, July 30th. Register at the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department 739-9025

Furthermore, we offer occasional winter field trips, so stay posted!  All field trips are free and open to the public. Questions? Email us at  tetonplants [at] gmail [dot] com


To chat with others in the group, post a comment below (the most recent comment is on top and see “Stay In Touch” below to learn how to subscribe to comments). For example:

  • Log a special plant siting (please, for their protection, do not give locations of rare plants), OR
  • See if others want to meetup for an impromptu plant hike, OR
  • Suggest an activity for our program

To help identify a plant, send the image(s) in an email to – tetonplants [at] gmail [dot] com – and try to keep the file under 1 MB. We will show the image in a blog post with the name and, perhaps, other information. In the comment section for that blog post, anyone can weigh in on the answer. You can find all plant ID posts by clicking here or on the Plant ID category in the sidebar.


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5 thoughts on “Plant walks, hikes and lectures in the Tetons

  1. Enjoyed the wildflower hike on Old Pass Road. Amy, Rachael and Jill did a great job. And as always it was fun to learn from everyone there. Plan on talking to my town to ask if I can pull/dig up some Houndstongue that I know are present (even though they are pretty). Lunch was a nice treat too.

  2. Anybody up for a hike in the next couple of days. Your choice, but I would like tram, cascade cyn, death cyn or even sheep mt.

  3. Has anyone been up Horsethief/Wilson Canyon to check out the fire? I was up a couple of weeks ago and grass was poking through the charred ground.

    • It will be interesting to go up Horsethief now to see what is sprouting. Also get out to see the Balsamroot, which is at its peak throught the southern end of Jackson Hole.!

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