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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.

May 07   •   Badlands National Park - Part I - CANCELLED
CANCELLED Meet at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 7 at Wall Auto Livery, just off I-90 Exit 110 on the north side of the interstate (311 South Boulevard). Milt Haar, Badlands NP ecologist, will lead the field trip. From Wall, the group will travel through the western side of Badlands National Park stopping for short hikes at overlooks and at Sage Creek Campground. Milt’s goal is to provide participants the opportunity to see Barr’s milkvetch (Astragalus barrii), a regional endemic species (NatureServe conservation rank G3S3), in flower. There will also be a nice variety of other spring grassland forbs in bloom.
Bring a lunch, water, sun & insect protection, and wear layered clothing to be prepared for variable weather. NO DOGS PLEASE. Lunch stop will be at the campground where there are vault toilets (Sage Creek Campground).
Expect to return to I-90 between 3 and 4 pm - unless the group decides otherwise!
RSVP to Trip leader: Milt Haar 605-433-5285, 507-829-0251(cell) or
  • Trip leader: Milt Haar
  • 605-433-5285 or 507-829-0251 (cell)
Jun 18   •   Great Plains Garden
We will gather at 10:00 am at the Great Plains Garden Visitor Center, 14229 Windbreak Road, Hermosa, SD (just off of and visible from Hwy 79) for a morning walk through the grounds to find and list as many wildflowers as may be in bloom at the time.
Bring something to eat & your folding chair if you wish to join in a pot-luck picnic afterwards. We will also talk about plans and schedules to develop the Gardens.
Bring cameras, plant books, bird books, sun and insect protection, drinking water, snacks and guests. Contact one of the trip leader for more specific directions to the site.
Sorry, no dogs allowed on any of our fieldtrips.
This event will be cancelled in the case of rain.
Trip co-leaders:
Beth Burkhart 605-673-3159 or
Cindy Reed 605-745-3397 or
  • Trip leader: Beth Burkhart
  • 605- 673-3159
Jul 16   •   Badlands National Park - Part II - CANCELLED
CANCELLED: Good luck to Milt Haar in his new job!
Jul 16   •   Explore Englewood Springs Botanical Area
Great Plains Native Plant Society is hosting a field trip to Englewood Springs Botanical Area in the Black Hills National Forest. Members of Great Plains Native Plant Society, Norbeck Society, Sierra Club, and guests are invited!
When: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:00 am
Meeting place: Englewood Trailhead for Mickelson Trail (From Deer Mountain turnoff on Hwy 85, go approximately ¾ mile south on Hwy 85 and turn onto paved road to Rochford (FS Rd 17). Turn left/east after about ½ mile onto FS Rd 227 and go a little less than a mile to Englewood Trailhead.)
Field trip leader: Beth Burkhart, Botanist
We will meet at 10:00 am and proceed to nearby Englewood Springs Botanical Area, the heart of which is composed of artesian spring waters flowing down a steep hillside that become the headwaters of Whitewood Creek. The cool, moist habitat was discovered by botanist Myrtle Kravig in the 1960s to support rare and uncommon orchids and other plant species. The area was designated a Botanical Area on Black Hills NF in 1997 to protect and conserve botanical and hydrological values. We will explore the area in a “leave no trace” manner, identifying and appreciating the unique ecosystem and its plant components.
Bring a picnic lunch to eat at Englewood Springs Botanical Area.
Be prepared for any weather, with sunhat, windbreaker, raincoat, etc.
- Bring a lunch and water.
- NO DOGS PLEASE, not even on a leash.
  • Trip leader: Beth Burkhart
  • 605- 673-3159

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