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Wildflower Walks – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon
June 2, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pmFree
At 60 mph, Craters of the Moon can appear nothing but black. However, from late May through June the monument erupts with a magnificent display of wildflowers. It’s an experience not to be missed . . . and you’ll vow to return again an again!
We’ve invited Idaho Fish and Game’s engaging rare plant specialist Lynn Kinter back to introduce us to this special place. We’ll caravan to Craters for an all day, on-the-ground exploration of this surprising landscape, stopping first at the Visitor’s Center to orient to the monument, and then heading out into the field.
Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, 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 is encouraged to lessen our environmental impact. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome. Hosted each year in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.
Note: On Friday, June 1 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM Lynn will offer an illustrated talk about her ongoing research on the rare plants of Craters of the Moon. Click here to learn more and register.
Instructor: Dr. Lynn Kinter is lead botanist at Idaho Fish & Game’s Idaho Natural Heritage Program with over 35 years of experience in plant research and resource management. In 2017 she offered a fascinating introduction to the wild orchids of Idaho.
Destination: Craters of the Moon
Difficulty: Moderate; uneven terrain; potential weather challengers (heat, cold, wind)
Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum). Return to SBG by 5:00 PM.
Images of Biterroot (Lewisia rediviva), left, and Dwarf Monkeyflower (Mimulus nanus), right, courtesy of Lynn Kinter.