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Flathead Chapter

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  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.
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Programs and Events

Come at 5:30 pm for our monthly meeting to discuss Chapter business and activities (sack meals 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 (look for North Valley Physical Therapy sign). 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, 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

Tuesdays in May, 10:00 a.m. “Swan River Nature Trail.” It’s worth taking a stroll along this trail, especially with plant lover Anne Morley. Stop, look, listen and learn. Binoculars and a hand lens could make this gentle adventure even more enjoyable! Meet by the bench between the Playhouse and Show Thyme Restaurant, Big Fork. Info: Anne at 886-2242.

Wednesday, May 17, time TBD. Field Trip TBA.

Saturday, May 20, 8:30 a.m. “Glacier National Park Volunteer Day.” Join the GNP Volunteer Associates park-partner group on their annual volunteer day. A continental breakfast at 8:30 is followed by the annual meeting at 9:00 a.m. After that, volunteers split into work groups and help with projects that range from park facilities maintenance and trail work to working at Glacier’s Native Plant Nursery. Info: Cheryl Klein at 270-4189, cheboklein@att.net.

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. “Johnson Mountain Terraces Stroll.” There has to be wildlife lurking in the forest surrounding Johnson Mountain Terraces! This is a native plant landscape photographer’s mecca. In addition, Betty Kuropat can teach you scientific and common plant names, while introducing you to some unique flora. This outing is a two-mile round-trip walk and one-hour drive each way. Bring lunch. Meet at the Grouse Mountain Lodge tennis court rest area parking. Info: Betty at 892-0129.

Thursday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. “Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail Stroll.” Named for two conservationists, this trail is a tapestry of old growth forest. Historically a Pend d’ Oreille and Bitterroot Salish Indian trail, a portion of it was later used by Lewis & Clark. Meet at the Springer-Whitney trailhead. Take Highway 83 approximately seven miles south of Swan Lake; half a mile south of mile marker 64, turn right at the Point Pleasant Campground. Follow signs to the trailhead. Info: Anne at 886-2242.

Thursday, June 1, 6:00 p.m. “Columbia Mountain Evening Wildflower Walk.” Join the Flathead Chapter and Montana Wilderness Association for a three-hour evening wildflower walk. From showy larkspurs to diminutive mitreworts, the Columbia Mountain trail is a flower-lover’s paradise. We’ll travel two-and-a- half miles at an easy pace and make lots of stops to view flowers growing in shady, sunny and wet habitats. This trip is limited to 12 people; reservations required. Meet at the Columbia Mountain trailhead. Register: www.wildmontana.org/walks. Info: Ellen Horowitz at 752-2909, horowitz@centurytel.net, or Grete Gansauer at 726-3931, ggansauer@wildmontana.org. Co-sponsored by the Montana Wilderness Association.

Wednesday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. “River’s Edge Park Evening Stroll.” This could be the perfect opportunity for learning after a hard day in the office or just to relax in a park along the Flathead River. Join Rachel Potter for an hour or two looking at trees and shrubs, searching for wildflowers in moist sloughs, and exploring the Flathead River’s rocky floodplain. Bring a sack supper to eat along the banks of the river as we discuss what we have seen. If you can stay for a bit of knapweed pulling, bring gloves and tools. Meet at River’s Edge Park parking lot, 5th Street E, Columbia Falls. Info: Rachel at 892-2446, jrepotter@centurytel.net.

Further information

Here is is a plant list that Sally Thompson provided based on her book "People Before the Park" that details plants mentioned in a presentation to the Flathead Chapter in February 2017.

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


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