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Wildflower Walks – Unusual Plants of the Sawtooth Valley

July 22, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Flower - Bog Orchid

Did you know that Idaho is home to 28 kinds of orchids, including the Bog Orchid above, a local favorite? Join Dr. Lynn Kinter, lead botanist at the Idaho Natural Heritage Program/Idaho Department of Fish and Game to look for orchids and other unique species. We’ll visit moist bogs and other interesting sites in the beautiful Sawtooth Valley about 1 hour north of Ketchum. Hosted in partnership with the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes suitable for getting wet, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling will be encouraged. 

Destination: Sawtooth Valley

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate; uneven terrain, may be wet in areas

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden, 4 miles south of Ketchum

Return Time: by 3:00 PM

Field Trip Leader:  Lynn Kinter is the lead botanist at the Idaho Natural Heritage Program,part of the  Idaho Department of Fish and Game, where she conducts research on the rare and native plants of Idaho.  She has over 35 years of experience in plant research and resource management, including work with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.  She has also taught botany and biology courses at Boise State University and other universities.  Her degrees include a B.S. in Wildland Recreation Management from University of Idaho, an M.S. in Botany from University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University.

Note: On Friday, July 21 Dr. Kinter will give an illustrated talk on Idaho’s 28 native orchids and a brief overview of the Idaho Natural Heritage Program and rare plants in Idaho. $8 SBG members/ $10 nonmembers. Visit for details.


July 22, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Sawtooth Botanical Garden


Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Center
11 Gimlet Road
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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