"...to preserve, conserve, and study Montana's native plants
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Montana Native Plant Society, Valley of Flowers Chapter

 Unless otherwise noted, all programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and take place in room 108 of the Plant Bioscience Building on the
west side of 11th Avenue, on the main MSU campus.

For further information contact Jeff Copeland: 539-6029

or Joanne Jennings

608 South 7th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-9585 


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Programs and Activities

Saturday, May 6 — Roaming the Riparian 9:30 am. Join ranch owner and Montana Land Reliance easement manager Kathryn Kelly to explore the Kelly Ranch along the Gallatin River west of Bozeman. This private ranch includes lush riparian habitat with cottonwood gallery forest, wet meadows, and dry juniper habitats, all in close proximity and featuring more than 50 varieties of native plants. The ranch is fully protected through a conservation easement in partnership with MLR. This will be an easy two- to three-hour walk, no trail. Meet to carpool in the southwest corner of the Gallatin Valley Mall parking lot (behind the pet store). Info: Jeff Copeland at 539-6029, jouzelcopeland@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 7, see times below. “The Hogback, Paradise Valley.” Climb the ridge trail atop this prominent geological feature on private land in the foothills on the west side of the Paradise Valley. The south face of this steep, knife-edged ridge hosts rocky, xeric plant communities, while the north side supports coniferous forest and associated understory plants. Moderately strenuous two to four miles walking, elevation gain of 1,500 feet (to about 6,600 feet). Hiking poles may be helpful for steep sections; rattlesnakes are present. This hike affords fabulous views of the Paradise Valley and Absaroka Mountains, and is a popular launch point for hang gliders. Meet at the Bozeman Softball Complex parking lot, on the east side of Highland Boulevard across from the hospital at 8:15 a.m., or the Albertson’s parking lot (NE corner) in Livingston at 9 a.m. Info: Beth Madden at 224-1012, bethmadden64@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 27 — Wildflower Bonanza 8:15 am or 9:00 am. This hike takes place in one of two official Custer Gallatin National Forest Wildflower Viewing Sites, with lush wildflower stands and spectacular views of the Paradise Valley and the Absaroka Mountain Range. Join leader Ryan Quire for this moderately strenuous outing: up to five miles walking with a high point of 7,500 feet, all on trail. We’ll begin in a forest that burned in 2001, ascend to an open grassland ridge, and continue a gentle climb through mountain meadows with rich seasonal displays of wildflowers. Bring water and snacks. To carpool from Bozeman, meet at 8:15 at the Softball Complex parking lot off Highland Blvd., across from the hospital. To carpool from Livingston, meet at 9:00 in the southeast corner of Albertson’s parking lot. Rugged vehicles preferred; the road will be muddy. This hike is co-sponsored by the Recreation Department of the City of Livingston. Info: Ryan at (502) 330-8433, ryanlanequire@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. “Spring Wildflower Tune- Up.” That flower is really familiar, but...I just can’t bring up the name! For a low-key refresher, spend two or three hours strolling through varied habitats at the base of Mt. Ellis with Jeff Copeland. Blooming wildflowers will be abundant and diverse. This will be an easy walk: approximately three miles on a gentle slope, with some off-trail bushwhacking. Meet at the Bozeman Softball Complex parking lot, on the east side of Highland Boulevard, across from the hospital. Info: Jeff Copeland at 539-6029, jouzelcopeland@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 21 — Solstice Stroll 6:00 pm. Take an evening stroll through the East Gallatin Recreation Area to see what plants are showing off on the longest evening of the year. This primitive park has a large and diverse riparian flora, including a special plant that is rare in this part of the state. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes that can get wet, and bring bug repellent. Meet at the north end of the recreation area parking lot (off Manley Road, north from East Griffin Drive). Info: Gretchen Rupp at 506-8363, beesgrmt@gmail.com.

Saturday, Ju;y 22 — Plants in the Wind 6:30 am. Check out three species of gentian, a number of cushion plants, and, possibly, 50-million-year-old specimens in the Gallatin Petrified Forest. We’ll hike to the alpine zone at Windy Pass in the central Gallatin Range. In the forest below, we may encounter flushes of edible mushrooms. This is a strenuous hike — six miles round trip on trails — with an elevation gain of more than 2,000 feet to a high point of 9,600 feet. Meet in the southwest corner of the Gallatin Valley Mall parking lot (behind the pet store). High-clearance vehicles are a must (at least Subarus). Info: Gretchen Rupp at 586-8363, beesgrmt@gmail.com.

Field Trip Report

Group of Valley of Flowers Hikers on 5-15-15

On a May day, 9 curious folk joined Jeff Copeland to see what was in bloom in the foothills east of Bozeman. Quite a lot, as it turned out - Denise Montgomery compiled a list of 48 bloomers, nearly all of which the collective brain was able to identify to species. Chapter members are looking forward to four more field trips this summer, and newcomers are very welcome!































MAY 23, 2015



Amelanchier alnifolia -  Serviceberry

Anemone multifida - Cut-leaf Anemone

Anemone patens (Pulsitilla patens) - Pasque Flower

Antennaria microphylla rosea - Rosy pussytoes

Antennaria microphylla - Pussytoes

Arabis lyallii - Lyall's Rockcress

Arnica cordifolia - Heartleaf Arnica

Balsamorhiza sagittata - Arrowleaf balsamroot

Castilleja suphurea - Sulphur Paintbrush

Cerastium sp. - Chickweed

Claytonia sp. - Spring beauty

Clematis hirsuitissima -  Sugar Bowl Clematis

Clematis occidentalis - Western Blue Virgin's Bower

Delphinium bicolor - Little Larkspur

Dodecatheon sp. - Shooting Star

Draba sp.

Erythronium grandiflorum - Glacier Lily

Fragaria virginiana - Strawberry

Frasera speciosa - Green Gentian/Monument Plant

Fritillaria pudica - Yellow Bells

Geranium viscossisimum - Sticky geranium

Geum triflorum - Prairie smoke

Hackelia floribunda - Many -flowered Stickseed/Forget-me- not

Hydrophyllum capitatum - Ball-headed waterleaf

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