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.
- Jun 09-11 • Great Plains and Wyoming Native Plant Societies’ Weekend of Extraordinary Black Hills Hikes and Destinations
- Visit Wyoming Native Plant Society website (wynps.org) for additional details and to register.
Check in Friday afternoon at the Crook County Courthouse Community Room (309 Cleveland St, Sundance, WY)
FRIDAY NIGHT, JUNE 9
Meet 6:30pm at Crook County Courthouse to drive to Inyan Kara for full moon hike led by Rylan Sprague, Northern Hills District Botanist.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
Half day hike - 1.5 mile hike on Joyner Ridge Trail hike led by Rene Ohms, Devils Tower NM Chief of Resource Management, or staff. Meet at the trailhead at 9am (an entrance fee of $15 or pass is required to enter Devils Tower NM).
Full day hike - An easy to moderate hike (with potential for a more rigorous section) in Englewood Springs Botanical Area, site of the most orchid species on Black Hills National Forest. Led by Rylan Sprague, Northern Hills District Botanist.
Full day hike - Black Hills Montane Grasslands (an endemic plant community) with Botrychiums (moonworts) in the forecast! Driving tour with limited walking will be led by Nick Drozda, Bearlodge District Botanist.
6 pm - Informal banquet (catered by Christine Galloway of Four Seasons Catering) - at Devils Tower NM covered picnic shelter. Cost is $20/person.
8 pm - Dinner will be followed by an evening program at Devils Tower NM amphitheater. Speaker is Dave Ode, author of Dakota Flora and long-time SD State Botanist. You do not need to have dinner with us to enjoy the program!
SUNDAY, JUNE 11
7 am - Early morning WyNPS business meeting at Crook County Courthouse. Coffee and some food provided.
Full day hike - Visit McIntosh Fen Botanical Area with Kelly Warnke, Mystic District Botanist, to see a unique wetland resulting from unusual hydrologic/geologic conditions. Meet at Crook County Courthouse at 8 am or at the trailhead (approx. 2 miles west of Deerfield Lake) at 9:30am.
Full day hike - Hike in Dugout Gulch Botanical Area with Beth Burkhart, retired federal lands botanist, Great Plains NPS, and past Wyoming NPS president. Meet at Crook County Courthouse at 9 am or the Dugout Gulch Botanical Area trailhead (6 miles south of Beulah, WY exit off I-90 on FS Road 863) at 9:30 am. The hike will involve a gradual uphill walk on a wide, established trail for 2.3 miles while searching for numerous disjunct boreal species. For those wanting a longer hike, there is an option of adding a 4.4 mile loop on less-developed trail with moderate grades through ponderosa pine communities. The full 9-mile hike would be completed about 3 pm.
- Jun 17 • Open House at the Log Cabin Visitor Center of the GPBG
- Open House at the Log Cabin Visitor Center at the Great Plains Botanic Garden. 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Come whenever you like and stay as long as you like. Short walks through the display gardens which are under development now at the Visitor Center. Longer walks through the open grounds. Gift shop will be open.