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Wildflower Walks – Three Big Trees

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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.

Destination: Various

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).

Wildflower Walks – Exploring Trail Creek Summit

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As the valleys heat up in mid summer, we head to the high country for the 4th in a series of monthly Wildflower Walks. Trail Creek Road (pictured in image) is a rough, mostly 2 lane gravel road that leads to some spectacular sites. After topping the 7,900′ summit, we’ll take a 1/2 mile hike (easy-moderate, includes a stream crossing) to visit Big Falls, prowl around fascinating beaver ponds and explore nearby high mountain meadows. 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: Trail Creek Summit area

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 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).

‘Bonus’ Wildflower Walk – Apollo Creek

East Fork Baker Creek campground

Summer has been flying by all too fast….the wildflowers are great….and it’s time for a “bonus” wildflower walk. Experienced wildflower guide Jeanne Cassell will lead us to Apollo Creek, a place she often goes this time of year. There are usually lots of flowers there because of the higher altitude. Other members of the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society will also be present on the hike.

The hike is rated moderate-advanced because of the 6 miles round trip and gradual 1500 feet elevation gain, from 7,500′ to near 9,000′. This is not a loop trail, so if you get tired, you can wait until the rest of the group comes back. This is more of a hike than a walk.

The road is rough and parking is limited at the trail head, so we will plan to carpool in the most worthy vehicles. If carpooling, consider helping your driver pay for gas.

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

SBG walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat and lunch.  Call if you have questions but please leave Fido at home.  Donations/memberships to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and the local chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society are welcome.

Destination: Apollo Creek off Baker Creek Road north of Ketchum

Difficulty: Moderate-advanced; 6 mile round trip; 1500 feet elevation gain from 7,500 to near 9,000′

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

Return Time: About 4-5 pm.

Cost: Free

For further information, visit www.sbgarden.org or call 726-9358

Wildflower Walks: Mountain Meadows

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Join the Sawtooth Botanical Garden (SBG) and the Idaho Native Plant Society for this popular summer wildflower walk series to some of the area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats.  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.

Mountain Meadows

Join retired US Forest Service employee John Shelly for an exploration of streams and moist meadows along the Big Wood River and mountain tributaries.  This is the 3rd of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s (SBG) popular summer wildflower walks to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats.

Destination: Big Wood River and mountain tributaries

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Time & Location: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd., 4 miles south of Ketchum) or 9:20 AM at Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters (7 miles north of Ketchum) to carpool.

Return Time:  by 1:00 PM

Sitka Colombine image courtesy of Nils Ribi.

Wildflower Walks: In Our Backyard – Dollar Mountain

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Join the Sawtooth Botanical Garden (SBG) and the Idaho Native Plant Society for this popular summer wildflower walk series to some of the area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats.  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.

In Our Backyard – Dollar Mountain (or nearby)

Join retired US Forest Service employee John Shelly and local plant lover Jeanne Cassell for a stroll up Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley.  This is the 2nd of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden (SBG) popular summer wildflower walks to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats.

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

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

Return Time: by 1:00 PM

 

Master Naturalist Spring Series – Fire Restoration

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Join Master Naturalist partners Wood River Land Trust, Environmental Resource Center, Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Sawtooth Botanical Garden for an enlightening series of free talks and field trips this spring.

Friday, June 10, 2016.  9:00 am – 12:00.  Fire and Restoration Ecology with Deb Taylor and Josh Switzer of the Forest Service Ketchum Ranger District.  Call Keri York at Wood River Land Trust at 788-3947 for more information.

 * Tuesday, June 21, 2016. 9:00 – 4:00 pm. Snapshot of Central Idaho Geology field trip with Idaho State University geologist Dr. Glenn Thackray.  We will look at rocks and landforms that form a microcosm of Idaho geologic history, all in one small area around Baker Lake.  Highlights include sedimentary rocks of the Wood River Basin, deposited 250 million years ago, granites that infiltrated the area 100 million years ago, and metamorphic rocks that were baked by the granites.  Baker Lake itself is restricted by a pile of glacier debris that is only a few hundred years old and elucidates the history of glaciers in central Idaho.  Idaho’s geologic history is deep and eventful, and underpins the spectacular landscapes and colorful human history of the region.  Registration required; space  limited to 15.  Call the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 726-9358 for more information and to register.

Wildflower Walks – Bugs, Butterflies & Blooms

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July 2

“Bugs, Butterflies & Blooms” led by Wood River Valley’s favorite naturalist Ann Christensen and local plant expert Cynthia Langlois. Identify insects and wildflowers and learn about their interactions.

Destination:  TBD, check back for updates

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Time & Location: Meet at 9:00 AM sharp at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd., 3 miles south of Ketchum)

Return Time: by 2:00 PM

Please note, walks will happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerware, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch.   This walk is family friendly for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions. But please leave Fido at home.

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