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30th Anniversary Annual Meeting

On The Edge” Lambert, Montana

June 23-25, 2017

Hosted by Maka Flora Chapter

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Open Flyer and Mail-In Registration Form Here

Celebrate 30 years of the Montana Native Plant Society at the 2017 annual meeting! Join us to explore the plains, badlands, and hardwood draws of eastern Montana. Our home base is Eastern Montana Bible Camp, a rustic camp nestled in a hardwood draw of the badlands. Field trips will take us to diverse prairie, green ash/chokecherry, cottonwood, riparian, and wetland habitats. Dr. Kelly Kindscher, Ethnobotanist and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas, will speak about native medicinal plants of the prairie and he will also lead a field trip. Dr. Matt Lavin, Montana State University, will lead a field trip focusing on grass identification and ecology - his workshops have been very popular at past meetings. After field trips, test your skills at the annual Wayne Phillips Plant ID Contest. Kids activities are planned for Saturday so that parents can go on field trips. Saturday night we’ll have our membership meeting, and field trip slides and stories. Committee meetings on Sunday morning round out our event.

Montana is a big state and carpooling may make it easier for some of our members to attend this annual meeting. Maka Flora chapter has set up this site to help those who would like to participate in carpooling to the meeting.

For a Printer Friendly PDF formatted flyer with all the information on this page plus a mail-in registration form, click here.
See you in June!


Friday, June 23

4:00-6:00 Arrive, register

5:00-6:00 Social hour, field trip sign-up,

silent auction/sales commence

6:30-7:30 Barbeque Dinner

7:00-8:00 Board of Directors meeting

8:00-9:00 Speaker: Dr. Kelly Kindscher-

Native Medicinal Plants of the Prairie

Saturday, June 24

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

8:30-4:00 Field Trips / Kids Activities
(bring your own lunch)

4:00-6:00 Annual Wayne Phillips Plant
ID Contest 

6:00-7:00 Pasta Dinner

7:00-8:00 General membership meeting

8:00-9:00 Field Trip Slides

9:00+ Silent auction ends

Sunday, June 25

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

8:00-9:00 Committee meetings


SATURDAY FULL DAY FIELD TRIPS (tentative) *Field Trip Workshop

*Grass Workshop/Field Trip: MSU Professor Matt Lavin will lead a field trip focusing on grass identification and ecology (easy).

*Ethnobotany Workshop/Field Trip: Join Dr. Kelly Kindscher to learn about native medicinal plants (easy).

Whiskey Hill: Prehistoric camp site with neat geology, butte-top and deep coulee, clay and sandy sites, woodlands, riparian (moderate to strenuous).

Big Ranch: Badlands, prairie, and deep coulees provide lots of diversity (moderate to strenuous).

State Section: Explore pastureland with a beautiful mix of prairie, woodland, shrub land, seeps and springs (easy to moderate).

Makoshika State Park: Rugged badlands, ponderosa pine, juniper, and sand and clay plant species; great visitor’s center (easy to moderate). It is also an option to do the Park on your own; lots of hiking trails.

Bittersweet Coulee: Help document American bittersweet, currently not recorded in Montana, in this hardwood draw. Seeps and springs contribute to a large diversity of upland and riparian species (easy).

Kvaalen Coulee: Hardwood draw (with bittersweet), prairie, wetlands. (easy).

Yellowstone River bottom: Check out the Yellowstone River bottom (easy).


Stop and Go Drive Tour: Take a driving tour through the Burns Creek badlands with several stops to see native plants as well as local geology and history. Visit a plains cottonwood that might make the MT registry of “big trees” (easy).


Consider spending a few extra days exploring your way across Montana. Details pending on optional guided plant walks, a list of points of botanical interest, campsites, and other attractions.

Have room in your vehicle for one more?  Need a ride to the meeting?  Add or join carpools easily at our custom carpool website: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/hzutdo.


Annual Meeting Photos

Click on the Caption at the bottom of the following pictures to go to a Picasa Album of photos from past annual meetings shared by generous annual meeting participants. Please enjoy the pictures and respect the talents and work of the photographers - i.e. please don't steal their work.

2016 Annual Meeting

2014 Annual Meeting



2013 Annual Meeting

2013 Annual Meeting

  The Clark Fork Chapter posted pictures of the 2012 Annual Meeting on their Facebook Page.


2011 Annual Meeting

2011 Annual Meeting


2010 Annual Meeting

 2010 Annual Meeting

2009 Annual Meeting

2009 Annual Meeting



2008 Annual Meeting

2008 Annual Meeting



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"...to preserve, conserve, and study Montana's native plants
and plant communities."

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"...to preserve, conserve, and study Montana's native plants
and plant communities."