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Flathead Chapter

Notice: If you wish to receive periodic emailed newsletters from the Flathead Chapter, please add mnps.flathead@gmail.com to your address book and/or safe contacts.

  The Flathead Chapter serves the greater Flathead, Northwest Montana, and Glacier National Park area. Monthly meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month in October through April at North Valley Community Hall (also North Valley Physical Therapy)235 Nucleus Ave. in Columbia Falls unless otherwise noted.

 For for more information, contact chapter Vice President, Rachel Potter, 892-2446, Publicity Chair, or:

Tara Carolin, Chapter President

Click here for a list of native plant gardens in the Flathead area.
Interested in Native Plant Landscaping in our area? Click here
When do our Northwest Wildflowers Bloom?... Here's a handy list.

Programs and Events

Come at 5:30 pm for our monthly meeting to discuss Chapter business and activities (sack lunches are welcome). All programs take place following the meeting at 7 pm in the North Valley Community Building (Teakettle Hall), 235 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls. For more information, check out the Montana Native Plant Society Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MTNativePlantSociety) or email us at: mnps.flathead@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7 pm. Flora and Fauna of the Canadian Arctic.  Join retired Parks Canada biologists, Cyndi Smith and Peter Achuff, for a tour of five of the remotest national parks in Canada: Aulavik, Auyuittuq, Ivvavik, Quttinirpaaq, and Tuktut Nogait. Riotous growth and activity, from arctic fox pups playing to muskox grazing amidst colorful flowers, is crammed into the few short weeks of summer while the sun never sets.

Peter retired in 2007 as the national botanist for Parks Canada, specializing in rare plants and ecological land classification. Cyndi retired in 2012, after a long national park career including jobs from park interpretation to law enforcement to vegetation restoration. Both finished their careers in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7 pm. Ethnobotanical Roots in the Rockies.  Anthropologist Sally Thompson will engage the audience in a discussion of plant foods, medicines, and materials important to indigenous people in this area. She will draw heavily on her 2015 book, People Before the Park: The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National Park.

NOTE:  This program will take place in Kalispell at The Central School Museum, 124 2nd Ave EN.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7 pm. Mushrooms.  Missoula Mushroom Guru, Larry Evans, will present a fungal related program with the exact subject to be decided at a later date.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7 pm. A Phytocentric Hawaiian​ Vacation subject could change to Utah Wildflowers.  Peter Lesica, botanist, educator, and resource management specialist in Montana for over 30 years, has written numerous articles and books on Montana plants, including Flora of Glacier National Park and Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. His latest project is the editor of Montana’s Pioneer Botanists: Exploring the Mountains and Prairies, to be published by the Montana Native Plant Society, summer 2017. Peter’s vacations center around hiking and of course, native plants. Spend an evening with Peter as he takes us on vacation in Hawaii.

Field Trips TBA

Further information

Don’t forget to  for pictures, stories and updates on the Flathead Chapter or contact us at mnps.flathead@gmail.com.


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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."