2020 Annual Meeting
Hosted by the Valley of Flowers Chapter
July 3-5, 2020
J Bar L Ranch, Centennial Valley, MontanaSave the Date: July 3-5, 2020! Leave the fanfare of fireworks behind and spend the Fourth of July weekend in the quiet paradise of the Centennial Valley. The Valley of Flowers Chapter is pleased to host the 2020 MNPS annual meeting in this remote, high elevation valley in southwest Montana. Nestled on the edge of the Continental Divide, with unpaved road for 60 miles, this vast area of sagebrush steppe, grassland, forest, and riverine wetlands supports a strong network of public and private conservation lands. Our venue will be the J Bar L Ranch, a holistically managed cattle and guest ranch situated on the north side of the valley. The J Bar L is working with us to create a comfortable encampment for our meeting. There will be plenty of room for tent and RV camping, and also beds available in the fully restored homesteads on the ranch. At ranch headquarters, a large event tent, porta-potties, and a catering service will complete our base. For venue details and photos visit https://www.jbarl.com/. Driving time to J Bar L from: Missoula = 4 hours; Bozeman = 3.5 hours; West Yellowstone = 2 hrs.
The Centennial Valley is also home to the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, the Centennial Sandhills Preserve, and the Centennial Valley Association, which strives to preserve traditional ranching as a way of life, and to maintain quality open space, habitat, water quality, and migration corridors as they exist today for future generations. Stay tuned for meeting details, and factor in some extra days for exploring this exceptional part of Montana.
The 2019 Annual Meeting Lodgepoles under Living Skies was held June 21-23, 2019. It was hosted by the Montana Native Plant Society, Kelsey Chapter and The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan at Cypress Hills InterProvincial Park in Saskatchewan. This was our first truly international meeting and we expect will result in a future joint meeting in Montana with our Saskatchewan and Alberta neighbors.
Annual Meeting Photos
Click on the Caption at the bottom of the following pictures to go to photos from past annual meetings shared by generous annual meeting participants. Please enjoy the pictures and respect the talents and work of the photographers – i.e. please don’t steal their work.