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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

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

Thursday December 8, 6:30 pm Our annual Christmas potluck will again be held in the Del Brown Room in Turner Hall on the UM Campus on the northwest side of the Oval. Parking will hopefully be available west of the Gallagher Bldg. in lots or on the streets off of Arthur and Connell. Bring plates, utensils and a dish to share. Alcoholic beverages are okay! Don’t forget to bring a few of your favorite digital wildflower photos from the summer. Call Peter (728-8740) or Kelly (258-5439) if you have questions.

Monday January 9, 7:30 pm. Phil Hahn conducted his PhD research on monarch butterflies in Wisconsin and is continuing his studies here in Montana; he will tell us about Monarchs and Milkweed: Ecology, Coevolution and Conservation. This will be a joint meeting with Montana Audubon, Rm 123 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus (note the different day and place).

Tuesday January 31, 7:00 pm. Herbarium Night. Want to make sense of grass taxonomy? Join Peter Lesica for an expose of Tribal Behavior in the Grass Family Rm 303, Botany Bldg., UM Campus.

Thursday February 9, 7:00 pm. Steve Arno and Carl Fiedler have been studying Montana’s forest for decades. Come and hear them tell us about Natural History, Ecology and Ethnobotany of Ponderosa Pine and purchase a signed copy of their new book on P-pine with some of the profits going to MNPS. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.

Thursday March 9, 7:00 pm. Can you remember the names of those wildflowers? You haven’t seen them for nearly a year. Get an early-season refresher when Clark Fork Chapter photographers show slides of Western Montana Forest Wildflowers. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.

Thursday April 13, 7:00 pm. Montana Natural History Center’s Lisa Bickell will introduce us to their new native garden and how she went about Building a Native Plant Garden for Play and Education. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus. (see following field trip)

Saturday April 15, 1:00 pm. MNHC’s Lisa Bickell will take us through their new garden and tell us about the design process and see the native plants specifically chosen to fit and thrive in a children's play area. Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street.

Thursday May 11, 6:30 pm. This year our Spring Potluck will be held at the Pineview Park Pavilion in the Upper Rattlesnake off of Rattlesnake Drive, just west of Rattlesnake School. Bring your own plate, utensils and a dish to share. No alcohol please. We can look at the spring flora along Rattlesnake Creek and we’ll be putting label sticks together for the annual native plant sale. Call Peter (728-8740) or Clare (728-0189) for directions.

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