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Wildflower Walks: 4th of July Lake

On this relatively short, high elevation hike to 4th of July Lake in the White Cloud Mountains, participants will truly experience Idaho’s spectacular mountain flora.  Expect to see 30 species of  wildflowers, including sego lily, penstemons, marsh marigold, elephant head, bistort, shooting star, mountain gentian, and more.

Wildflower 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 help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: 4th of July Lake

Difficulty: Easy to moderate. This 5 mile (round trip), high elevation hike starts at 8,400′ elevation. The lake sits at 9,400′ elevation.

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 4:00 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

Wildflower Walks: Early Wood River Valley Wildflowers, part 2

From the deserts to the high mountains, Central Idaho abounds in wildflowers from spring through fall. But for the lower elevations of the Wood River Valley around Ketchum, June is the month you don’t want to miss.  SBG and the Idaho Native Plant Society are taking advantage of the floral abundance by scheduling 2 early season wildflower walks – June 13 and and June 27, both Wednesdays, and both run from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Exact locations will be a bit of a surprise as we’ll wait and see which areas are at their peak.  Local wildflower enthusiasts Jeanne Cassell and Lisa Horton will lead the walks.

Wildflower 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 help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s (SBG) popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: Peak wildflower areas around Ketchum

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 9:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 1:30 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

Wildflower Walks – Early Wood River Valley Wildflowers, part 1

From the deserts to the high mountains, Central Idaho abounds in wildflowers from spring through fall. But for the lower elevations of the Wood River Valley around Ketchum, June is the month you don’t want to miss.  SBG and the Idaho Native Plant Society are taking advantage of the floral abundance by scheduling 2 early season wildflower walks – June 13 and and June 27, both Wednesdays, and both run from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Exact locations will be a bit of a surprise as we’ll wait and see which areas are at their peak.  Local wildflower enthusiasts Jeanne Cassell and Lisa Horton will lead the walks.

Wildflower 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 help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s (SBG) popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: Peak wildflower areas around Ketchum

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 9:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 1:30 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

Wildflower Walks – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon

   

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.

Cost: Free

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.

Wildflower Walks – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh

 

Join local botanists, naturalists and birders as we enjoy the spectacular blue camas lilies of Centennial Marsh. We’ll observe raptors and migrating shorebirds, so bring binoculars if you have them. We’ll also learn about the causes and impacts of the Bannock War between Shoshoni-Bannock tribes and white settlers. This is the 1st of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s (SBG) popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Idaho Native Plant Society.

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; if carpooling, consider helping your driver pay for gas. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

Destination: Camas Prairie and Centennial Marsh

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum) or 9:15 AM at Timmerman Hill rest stop (blinking light on Highway 74, 9 miles south of Bellevue) or 10:00 AM at the Fairfield Ranger District office in Fairfield.

Return Time: by 4:00 PM

2018 Field Trip Schedule

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh with local botanists, naturalists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon with Lynn Kinter, botanist, IDFG (evening talk and all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers, Part 1; 9:30 AM start with Jeanne Cassell, wildflower enthusiast
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers, Part 2; 9:30 AM start with Jeanne Cassell, wildflower enthusiast
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake; trip leader TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows with Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • September 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree with John Shelly, INPS President and retired US Forest Service plant specialist
  • October 6 – Autumn Color with Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester