The Clark Fork Chapter serves the greater Missoula Area and west-central Montana.
For more information check the Chapter Facebook Page, which has field trip details and maps and photos, more on the UM Native Plant Garden, and so on; it’s really the best up-to-the-minute info we have; or contact our president:
329 S. 4th West
Missoula MT 59801
Project Budburst Information is at the bottom of the page
Interested in Native Plant Landscaping in our area? Click here
Here is a link to a page featuring the Lackshewitz – Preece Montana Native Botanic Garden on the University of Montana Campus
Programs (Held 2nd Thursday of the month (with exceptions), Field Trips, and Events.
Monday January 13, 7:00 pm. Climate is one of the most important factors determining where a plant will or won’t grow. Come and hear Kelsey Jensco, lead author of Montana’s Climate Assessment, tell us about Montana’s Climate: Past, Present and Future. This will be a joint meeting with Montana Audubon, Rm 123 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus (note the different day and place).
Tuesday January 28, 7:00 pm. Herbarium Night. Get some tips from Peter Lesica on identifying Montana’s asters and on all the new scientific names. Rm 303, Botany Bldg., UM Campus.
Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm. Clare Beelman has spent years chasing down Montana’s Orchids. Now she’s ready to show us what she has. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm. Elaine Sheff. Rocky Mountain Herbs and Weeds: There is something powerful and especially healing about using the medicinal plants that grow where we grow. Join herbalist Elaine Sheff to learn about the Medicinal and Edible Plants in Montana’s Bioregion. She will discuss berries, barks, leaves and roots. Rm L09 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus.
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm. Stephanie Frostad, Kristi Hager, Kendahl Jan Jub, Rosella Mosteller and Nancy Seiler will show us their wildflower art and tell us stories about how they all came to be. Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. (note different location)
Thursday May 14, 6:30 pm. Our Spring Potluck will be held at the Pineview Park Pavilion in the Upper Rattlesnake off of Rattlesnake Drive, just west of Rattlesnake School. Bring your own plate, utensils and a dish to share. No alcohol please Call Peter (728-8740) or Kelly (258-5439) for directions.
Don’t forget to check out the Clark Fork Chapter Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MNPSClarkForkChapter/events), the State MT Native Plant Society Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/MTNativePlantSociety).
Events could be canceled due to weather. Hikes typically proceed at a leisurely pace. Please bring adequate food, water, sunscreen, a hat, and be prepared for Montana’s unpredictable, inclement weather. No pets please!
Clark ForkChapter members enjoy a robust schedule of hikes every year.
Here a few members relax in the midst of searching for mushrooms.
(Peter Lesica photo)
* Camera Geek trips are designed with ample time for photography and exchanging camera tips and techniques.
A nationwide initiative by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), The Chicago Botanical Garden, and others, Project Budburst allows citizen scientists (e.g., students, naturalists, gardeners) to enter observations of the timing of flowers and foliage into an online database to help create a national picture of the effects of our warming climate on plants. The project operates year-round so early and late-blooming species around the country can be monitored throughout their lifecycles. UM professors Carol Brewer and Paul Alaback are collaborators on the project; MNPS member Paul is the project’s lead scientist nationally. Project Budburst is looking for Native Plant Society members and others to volunteer in monitoring when plants come out in the spring. This involves selecting one or more plants near your house-in a park or somewhere you walk regularly–then noting the day leaves and flowers first appear and leaves first change color in the fall. Observations on Mt. Sentinel would be particularly valuable. Last year over 4,000 volunteers participated nationwide! Budburst is particularly interested in observations of widely distributed plants such as chokecherry, serviceberry, red osier dogwood, garden lilacs and others. You can register to collect data at http://budburst.org or contact Paul Alaback (firstname.lastname@example.org); phone: 970 227 4745.