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Wildflower Walks: Mountain Meadows

Sitka Columbine by Nils Ribi

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 – Bugs, Butterflies & Blooms

scarlet gilia

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.

Please click on the “Add to Cart” link at the bottom of the page to register and save your spot!

Wildflower Walk – Exploring Wood River Land Trust’s Preserves

“Exploring Wood River Land Trust’s Preserves” led by Wood River Land Trust’s Stewardship Coordinator Chad Stoesz and local botanist Cynthia Langlois. We’ll learn about two of the Wood River Land Trust’s popular preserves and identify wildflowers along the way.

Destination: Boxcar Bend and Lake Creek Preserves

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

Join the Sawtooth Botanical Garden (SBG) for our annual wildflower walk series to some of the area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats.  Walks will happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, 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.  Carpooling is encouraged; if carpooling, consider helping your driver pay for gas. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are appreciated.

The walks are free but registration is required. Please click the Ticket link at the bottom of the page to save your spot!

Wildflower Walk – Identifying Mountain Flowers

“Identifying Mountain Flowers” led by local experts Cynthia Langlois and Lisa Horton.  With the spring rain the wildflowers will take your breath away!

Destination: Lake Creek to Fox Creek; 2.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate; 500 foot elevation gain

Meeting Time & Location: Meet at 9:30 AM sharp at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd., 3 miles south of Ketchum)

Return Time: by 2:00 PM

Walks will happen rain or shine. Bring sturdy appropriate outerwear, 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.

Carpooling is encouraged; if carpooling, consider helping with gas. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are appreciated.

The walks are free but registration is required. Please click the Ticket link at bottom of the page to save your spot!

Wildflower Walk – Silver Creek’s Birds & Wildflowers

“Silver Creek’s Birds & Wildflowers” led by bird expert Poo Wright-Pulliam and botanist Cynthia Langlois. A unique desert spring creek, amazing birds and wildflowers await us! Over 150 bird species have been observed there! Bring binoculars if you have them.

Destination: The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve
Difficulty: Easy
Meet at 9:00 AM at SBG or see directions below. Return by 3:00 PM

DIRECTIONS:Â From the junction of Hwy 75 and Hwy 20, drive east (left) 7.1 mi to milepost 184.5; Turn right (south) onto Kilpatrick Bridge Road. Meet at the bridge at 9:45 AM.

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

Participants will meet at 9:30 AM sharp at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd., 3 miles south of Ketchum) and will return to the Garden by 3:00 PM. Carpooling is encouraged; if carpooling, consider helping with gas. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are appreciated.

The walks are free but registration is required. Please click the Ticket link below to save your spot!