Beth Burkhart, GPNPS Field Trip Coordinator, lists these field trips for Society members and guests.
To receive notification of further details (departure time & place, etc.) you must sign up by contacting us at 605-673-3159 or GPNPS Fieldtrips, PO Box 321, Hermosa, SD 57744 USA. Only those on the list will receive the detail mailing, so sign up if there is any slight chance you will be interested in attending.
- Jul 08 • Beaver Creek in Wind Cave National Park - including Sanson Ranch
- Meet trip co-leaders Timm Richardson (Wind Cave NP Botanist) and Beth Burkhart (GPNPS) at 8 am at the Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center and drive about 2 miles to start hiking from the Centennial Trailhead on Hwy 87. We will hike down Beaver Creek drainage about 7 miles, finishing at the Sanson homestead. Arrangements will be made for vehicle transport of hikers from the endpoint back to their cars. Note: The Sanson addition is not open at this time to unescorted public.
Hiking will be gradual downhill on single-track trail from the start to the boundary of the old park/Sanson addition. From there, hiking will be gradual downhill on old 2-track trails to the Sanson homestead. We will explore and discuss vegetation in the ecotone where prairie meets forest in the southern Black Hills. And consider the miracle and mystery of surface water interacting with the fascinating limestone-based geology of the area!
Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Dress in layers so you are prepared for the full range of possible summer weather including heat and thunderstorms. Wear comfortable boots for hiking. Bring sunscreen and sunhat. DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BACKCOUNTRY OF WIND CAVE NP.
Camping is available in Wind Cave NP at Elk Mountain Campground for $18/night. Occupancy is on a first come-first served basis. Amenities include toilets and water. See nps.gov/wica/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm for more information.
- Aug 21 • Grassland Botany under the Full Solar Eclipse
- Our August 21 field-trip is on a Monday.
We will view the 2017 Full Solar Eclipse a little before noon in a remote privately owned grassland area. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the plains botany and experience a full solar eclipse in a wonderfully remote viewing location.
Viewing any solar eclipse requires special dark glasses or can cost you your vision. You must bring special solar eclipse viewing glasses, available online, not expensive. Or you can use welding goggles: #12 or #14.
You can easily find plenty of information regarding the eclipse. Just search "solar eclipse 2017" at your local library or on-line.
On-site free camping with no amenities, no trees. Slightly less rigorous camping available quite near, also free.
Allow at least 3 hrs driving time from Rapid City, SD or Cheyenne, WY.
Bring water, food, sun protection, rain gear, folding chairs, plant books, bird books, camera, and your friends.
RSVP early for complete planning info.