Graphic Representation of a PenstemonThe 2016 Annual Meeting: "Native Plants Matter"

Will be hosted by Calypso Chapter

of the Montana Native Plant Society

June 24 - 26 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

In Conjunction with the American Penstemon Society

The Calypso Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society invites you to spend the weekend in southwest Montana’s valley and mountain landscapes at the peak of native plant flowering and long summer days. Field trips will explore mountain meadows, rocky canyons, exposed mountain slopes, and restored riparian environments. Fairmont Hot Springs, with three pools, extensive grounds, and a gorgeous rural setting is perfect for families.


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Friday, June 24
Noon - 8:00 Registration + Field Trip Sign-up + Silent Auction
3:00 -- 4:30 Workshops in Pavilion
4:00 -- 5:00 MNPS Board Meeting
APS Board Meeting
5:00 -- 6:00 Social Hour in Pavillon
6:00 -- 9:00 Dinner, Announcements + speaker
Saturday, June 25
7:00– 8:00 Breakfast + pick up sack lunch (if preordered with registration)
8:30 – 3:30 Field Trips (bring a lunch)
8:30 – 3:30 Children’s program CANCELED (insufficient registration)
4:00 – 6:00 Plant ID Contest; download field trip pics; Silent Auction
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 General Membership Meeting, Silent Auction, picture show
Sunday, June 26
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 Committee meetings (MNPS)
9:00 Field trips depart; general departure


Fairmont Hot Springs Resort  

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is located 12 miles west of Butte on I-90. Take Exit 211, head west 4 miles. We will use the Cutthroat and Meadowlark Rooms on the north side of the Fairmont Resort complex, including the Outdoor Pavilion. Plan to park there – follow conference signs around to Shirley Way and turn in.

Conference Registration (Online and advanced registration is closed)

( Please Note: as of 6/10, both Friday Workshops are FULL). Onsite registration will be available Friday, Noon till 8:00 PM in the meeting rooms. (Please note: Montana Native Plant Society Policy is that there be no dogs and no firearms at any Society event.)


Lodging for the conference is based at Fairmont Hot Springs. Attendees must make their own room reservations by calling 406-797-3241, or online at Hotel check-in is on the south side of the building complex.

Fairmont block-room registration closed June 15, 2016.

Please Note: Fairmont has a strict “no pets” policy.

Additionally, there are many nearby area motels in Anaconda, Deer Lodge and Butte.

RV and Camping Options – For fees and reservations, call or see web sites.

Fairmont RV Park (walking distance from Fairmont H. S. but not affiliated). Includes restroom/showers, gas/diesel, dump/water stations. RV sites (133), Cabins (3), Teepees (3), Tent spaces (13). Information:; 406-797-3505.

Lost Creek State Park (approx. 12 miles from Fairmont Hot Springs). For user fees and reservations:

2 Bar Lazy H RV Park – Rocker (12 miles from Fairmont Hot Springs). Off exit 122 at Rocker on I-90, 2 miles west of Butte. Information:; 406-782-5464.

Butte KOA (15 miles from Fairmont Hot Springs). Information:; 406-782-8080, or 800/562-8089.

Primitive Camping: Hard Shell Campers and Tents . Dispersed camping is available on the Beaverhead-Dearlodge National Forest. Check with Forest Supervisor’s Office at 406-683-3900 (Dillon); or Butte Ranger District at 406-494-2147, or Calypso Chapter member Kelly Upright at 406-723-4416, .


Meals and Social Hour – please, no “BYOB”

All prepaid meals will be in the meeting rooms – you will need to show your registration badge. Preordered sack lunches for Saturday +/or Sunday (on registration form) can be picked up the morning of the trip. The Social Hour, open to all, will be in the Pavilion, 5:00-6:00 PM Friday


Friday Workshops: 3:00-4:30 PM in the Pavilion

# 1 – Workshop Full Native Seed Propagation, offered by Bryce Christaens of Native Ideals Seed Farm

# 2 – Workshop Full Grass ID (Beginner level), offered by RT Hawke. Bring a hand lens if possible. (Limited to 16 participants)


Friday Excursion

Karen Brower invites those interested to tour her gardens between 10:00 AM and Noon on Friday before the conference. Karen has extensive native and “same niche” plant species including many penstemons. She lives east of Butte, east side of Homestake Pass on I-90; use Pipestone Exit. Call to attend: 406-490-8872.


Field Trips

Trips will go to classic and new locales. Saturday trips will run 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM to allow time for family fun at Fairmont. ALL TRIPS DEPART FROM AND RETURN TO PARKING AREA BESIDE PAVILION ON SHIRLEY WAY, NORTH SIDE OF BUILDING COMPLEX. Sunday trips will depart at 9:00 AM to start you homeward. Be sure to have a LUNCH, plenty of water, appropriate footwear and clothing for changeable mountain/prairie weather, sun hat, sun screen, dark glasses, camera, binoculars, hand lens. Camera buffs will be able to pool their pics for the evening Trip Photo Review.


Saturday Field Trips


Vipond Park. Leaders: Jessie Salix, Catherine Cain, and Sheila Johnson. A driving and walking trip to a spectacular subalpine meadow. Green Gentian will be abundant. Easy. No limit

Highland Mountains Foothills. Leader: Mike Garverich. A driving trip with numerous stops to examine Penstemen species and other native plants. Route traverses the northern foothills of the Highland Mountains including the soon-to-be reopened Highlands Gold Mine. Easy. Limit 30

Mount Fleecer. Leaders: Kriss Douglass and RT Hawke. An unhurried uphill hike, traversing open, vegetated subalpine mountain slopes on terrain undisturbed since perhaps the last glacial ice retreat. Moderate. Limit 25

Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area. Leaders: Peter Lesica and Eve Wills. Wide, rolling and watered meadows with adjacent stands of Lodgepole pine fill this gorgeous area, home to moose, elk, and black bear. Moderate. Limit 20

Silver Bow Creek Restoration – Evolution of a Superfund Site. Leaders: Joe Griffin, Robert Pal, Matt Lavin. Learn about the geologic and biologic setting and history of mining on the Butte Hill, “Richest Hill on Earth”, and examine sections of the ongoing restoration of a creek and a landscape. Prepare for wet walking conditions. Easy. Limit 35


Sunday Field Trips (still being developed)

Durant Canyon. Leader: Rich Prodgers.

Lost Creek. Leader: Krystal Weilage

Sugarloaf Mountain. Leader: RT Hawke

Dutchman Wetlands. Leader: Peter Lesica and Sue Wall

Peterson Property (Five Valley Land Trust). Leader: Jenny Tollefson


Monday Field Trip

Fairmont to Chief Joseph Pass to Salmon, Idaho (130 miles); participants can leave the group anywhere along the way.  Leader: Noel Holmgren 


Other Acvtivities

Wayne Phillips’ Plant ID Contest, a Silent Auction, and T-shirts and other merchandise for sale.


Printed Version - A print version of all the Annual Meeting information is available here.



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.

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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