"...to preserve, conserve, and study Montana's native plants
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line drawing of western larch Montana Native Plant Society, Clark Fork Chapter


The Clark Fork Chapter serves the greater Missoula Area and west-central Montana.  

For more information check the Chapter Facebook Page, which has field trip details and maps and photos, more on the UM Native Plant Garden, and so on; it's really the best up-to-the-minute info we have; or contact our president:

Anne Garde

329 S. 4th West

Missoula MT 59801


Project Budburst Information is at the bottom of the page

Interested in Native Plant Landscaping in our area? Click here
Here is a link to a page featuring the Lackshewitz - Preece Montana Native Botanic Garden on the University of Montana Campus

Annual Native Plant Sale Saturday June 2

Saturday, June 2, 8:00 am. Annual Native Plant Sale, Clark Fork Market in Missoula. Clark Fork Chapter Members have grown and collected a wide variety of native species that can enhance your landscaping with natives. Choose from over 50 different species of plants native to Montana - from Alumroot to Yellow Mountain-Avens. Receive advice about the best plants to use in your particular location. Come early for the best selection at this extremely popular annual event.

Programs (Held 2nd Thursday of the month (with exceptions), Field Trips, and Events.

Montana Native Plant Society Annual Meeting. June 29. Clark Fork Chapter is planning and will host the Annual Meeting on the weekend of June 29. For all the details and to register go to the Annual Meeting page. Watch for other events after the chapter recovers from all the annual meeting work.


Don’t forget to check out the Clark Fork Chapter Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MNPSClarkForkChapter/events), the State MT Native Plant Society Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/MTNativePlantSociety).

Events could be canceled due to weather. Hikes typically proceed at a leisurely pace. Please bring adequate food, water, sunscreen, a hat, and be prepared for Montana’s unpredictable, inclement weather. No pets please!

Clark Fork Chapter mushroom hike
 Clark ForkChapter members enjoy a robust schedule of hikes every year.
Here a few members relax in the midst of searching for mushrooms.
(Peter Lesica photo)

* Camera Geek trips are designed with ample time for photography and exchanging camera tips and techniques.

Project Budburst

A nationwide initiative by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), The Chicago Botanical Garden, and others, Project Budburst allows citizen scientists (e.g., students, naturalists, gardeners) to enter observations of the timing of flowers and foliage into an online database to help create a national picture of the effects of our warming climate on plants. The project operates year-round so early and late-blooming species around the country can be monitored throughout their lifecycles. UM professors Carol Brewer and Paul Alaback are collaborators on the project; MNPS member Paul is the project's lead scientist nationally. Project Budburst is looking for Native Plant Society members and others to volunteer in monitoring when plants come out in the spring. This involves selecting one or more plants near your house-in a park or somewhere you walk regularly--then noting the day leaves and flowers first appear and leaves first change color in the fall. Observations on Mt. Sentinel would be particularly valuable. Last year over 4,000 volunteers participated nationwide! Budburst is particularly interested in observations of widely distributed plants such as chokecherry, serviceberry, red osier dogwood, garden lilacs and others. You can register to collect data at http://budburst.org or contact Paul Alaback (palaback@gmail.com); phone: 970-227-4745


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

facebook Join Now!

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