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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, November, and January through April at Teakettle Community Hall 235 Nucleus Ave. in Columbia Falls. Programs start at 7 unless otherwise noted. We also encourage members to attend the 5:30 general meetings to discuss and plan Plant Society activities and business. Feel free to bring your sack supper. For for more information, contact Rachel Potter, 892-2446 or:
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Wednesday 12/18. Holiday Season PARTY at Betty and Edd Kuropat’s house. 5:30 p.m. - Social time, 6:30 p.m. - Potluck supper. Then a fun gift exchange (bring one from each partier – inexpensive, handmade, or re-gifted). Call Betty (892-0129 home) or (250-8156 cell) for directions or navigate to 2688 Witty Lane, Columbia Falls.
Wednesday, 1/15. “Botanical Expeditions in Glacier National Park in 1909 and 1910.” Using writings and photographs from botanists Morton Elrod and Marcus Jones, Rachel Potter will take us on two digital journeys through the early days of the Park. Note change of location this month only: Museum at Central School, 124 Second Ave. E, Kalispell. We are hosting a repeat of this popular program in the gracious Museum at Central School with a nod to our Kalispell members that have been driving to Columbia Falls these past few years.
Wednesday, 2/12: “Wildflowers, Wild Places, and Taming your Camera.” Professional photographer Dee Linnell Blank travels the state of Montana seeking photogenic native plants. Come see and hear about some of her favorite locations, how to catch the bloom, and get tips for your own photos. We have switched this program from the 3rd Wednesday to the 2nd to avoid conflict with the Plant Conservation Conference.
Wednesday, 3/19: “The Seduction of Art and Nature” with Dana Bush, artist and ecologist. To learn more about Dana’s work, go to a recent review: http://fibre.acadnet.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ThreeVoices.pdf .
Wednesday, 4/16: “Inseparable and Indispensable – Native Plants and Pollinators”. Patti Mason, Resource Conservationist for the Flathead Conservation District will teach us about the importance of pollinators, threats and their implications, major pollinator types and their needs during all life stages, and selecting plants to support pollinators. She will provide handouts and point us to numerous additional resources.
Events and Field Trips