Wildflower Walks – Three Big Trees
September 9 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm| Free
For the last trip of our summer Wildflower Walk series, we’ll become ‘big tree hunters’ and visit 3 of the largest trees in Central Idaho (including the one above)! These trees are impressive! We’ll take measurements which will then be submitted to the Idaho Big Tree Program run by University of Idaho. Maybe we’ll have a winner, or two!
Called the superstars of their species, champion big trees have been recognized by American Forests Champion Trees program since 1940. With more than 700 species in the Champion Trees National Register, these big trees are found in the fields, forests, rangelands, and urban parks and yards of America. Idaho has participated in the Champion Trees program since the mid-1960s, with a shared mission of locating, measuring, and recognizing the largest individual tree of each species.
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.
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate; one site is 200 yards over uneven and shrubby terrain
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 Leaders: John Shelly (retired Forest Service land manager and INPS chapter president), Lisa Horton (botanist and INPS chapter vice-president) and Kristin Fletcher (Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director).