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 21 • Explore Botany Canyon (South Stagebarn Creek)
- On Saturday, July 21, Great Plains Native Plant Society and Norbeck Society are jointly offering a field trip - to Botany Canyon, a unique gem of Black Hills NF geography/geology/hydrology/botany/ecology on the east slope of the Black Hills. The canyon hosts more than 200 botanical species and spectacular geology.
Meet at 10:00am at Old Stagebarn School parking lot (from I-90 Exit 48 (Stage Stop), travel west to Hwy 79, turn north and drive about 1/4 mile to parking lot on the right). We will depart for the trailhead at 10:15am.
Colin Paterson, geologist, and Beth Burkhart, botanist, will lead the trip.
Expect 3-4 miles total of hiking on an informal low-gradient trail with uneven footing. Wear appropriate footwear.
Bring a trail lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, rain jacket and camera. The intent is to walk 1.5-2 miles to the upper end of Botany Canyon to have lunch by the spring and then return to the trailhead. Time to the spring: 1-2 hrs, or longer if you wish to observe more flowers/plants. Because this is an out and back hike, there are options for shorter distances.
Please leave your pets at home.