Montana Native Plant Society, Kelsey Chapter
| Kelseya uniflora, the mascot plant of the Montana Native Plant Society, is named for its discoverer, Francis Kelsey, namesake of the Kelsey Chapter. (Peter Lesica photo)
The Kelsey Chapter serves native plant enthusiasts in the greater Helena area.
Bob Person, can help with contacts and organization
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Programs and Activities:
January Winter Lichen Identification & Snowshoe Have you ever noticed the lichens while walking through the woods or climbing over rocks? Andrea Pipp, Botanist for the Montana Natural Heritage Program, will provide two different experiences to explore common lichens. This event is co-sponsored by the Kelsey Chapter of the Native Plant Society and the Montana Discovery Foundation, free, open to ages10yrs to adult, and to all skill levels (none to expert). The Wednesday session is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to Saturday’s snowshoe. Reservations for Saturday’s snowshoe are recommended.
Wednesday January 25, 2017
7:00pm-9:00pm, Carroll College Simperman Hall, Room 320
In the comforts of the indoors, you’ll learn what a lichen is and what makes it unique. We’ll learn the common names and how to distinguish the different genera (types) of lichens. For those wanting more knowledge, stations will be set-up to work on differentiating species and learning their scientific names.
Saturday January 28, 2017
2-3 hours; due to winter’s late arrival the time and location will be determined in early January.
On the Saturday snowshoe we’ll explore the common lichens that grow on trees and shrubs while we hike through the forest. The Discovery Foundation will provide snowshoes or you can bring your own. Ski poles with wide baskets can also be helpful, but are not necessary.
Bring snacks, water, sturdy boots, waterproof pants, and layers appropriate for changing weather conditions.
For reservations or to answer questions, call Andrea Pipp (406) 439-0284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grass ID Lab Plans are underway for a grass identification program probably in February. Watch the Kelsey Chapter page on the Montana Native Plant Society webpage for details.
Kelseya Uniflora Field Trip For several years, we have hoped to conduct a field trip to see the Kelseya uniflora in full bloom, but the vagueries of spring weather has foiled our attempts. This year, we plan to begin an early watch on the plants and will plan to organize a trip at the drop of the hat when things look optimal. This could happen anywhere from mid March to the end of April. Watch the Kelsey Chapter page on the Montana Native Plant Society website or your Kelsey Chapter email for updated information. For more information contact Bob Person by email.
The Flora of Mount Helena The Flora of Mount Helena database includes most of the nearly 300 vascular plant species found on Mount Helena. The database is maintained by the Lewis and Clark Library and updated by the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. Click here to access the database online.
The Flora of Mount Helena permanent specimen collection is housed in the Montana section at the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena. The collection is arranged alphabetically by scientific name. Nomenclature follows Dorn 1984. An index is provided that allows cross-referencing by common name and common family name. Click here for a pdf file of the species list.
The Flora of Mount Helena collection is a joint project of the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society and the Lewis and Clark Library. The Kelsey Chapter formally donated the specimen collection to the Lewis and Clark Library in 1999.For more information about the collection or to make suggestions, call the Montana Native Plant Society at 406-449-6586.