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The Flathead Chapter serves the greater Flathead, Northwest Montana, and Glacier National Park area. Monthly meetings in general unless otherwise noted are the 3rd Wednesday of the month in October through April at North Valley Community Hall (also North Valley Physical Therapy)235 Nucleus Ave. in Columbia Falls.
For more information, contact chapter Vice President, Rachel Potter, 892 2446, or:
Tara Carolin, Chapter President 406 260 7533
Click here for a list of native plant gardens in the Flathead area.
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When do our Northwest Wildflowers Bloom?… Here’s a handy list.
Programs and Events
Friday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. Making Their Mark: John and Carrie Leiberg in the Salish Country 1884-1907. Jack Nisbet’s latest book, The Dreamer and the Doctor, unveils the remarkable adventures of John and Carrie Leiberg. John was a Swedish immigrant who carried out landmark forest reserve surveys across northern Idaho and western Montana in the 1890s and loved plants. His wife Carrie, a practicing physician, carved out her own role with the Northern Pacific as “the only female railroad surgeon in the known world.” Join author Jack Nisbet for a slide presentation that explores how the Leibergs fit into the western Montana and Idaho frontiers, and how their adventures resonate with issues that still confound us today. Doors will open at 6:15 at The Northwest Montana History Museum, 124 Second Avenue East, Kalispell (formerly Museum at Central School). Beer and wine will be for sale before the program, and Jack will be selling copies of his book The Dreamer and the Doctor, after.
Jack Nisbet’s influential books Sources of the River and The Mapmaker’s Eye tracked fur trader and cartographer David Thompson across the Intermountain West. Nisbet is also the author of an award-winning biography of naturalist David Douglas and several collections of essays that explore the human and natural history of our region
Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. Join Teagan Hayes as she explores “Arctic Wild Life: Flora and Fauna of Iceland and Greenland.” Hayes, a former botanist with the MPG Ranch now in her final year of grad school in the Wildlife Program at UM, will talk about plants and animals adapted to survive harsh arctic realities, as well some of the fascinating human history of these sparsely populated lands. North Valley Community Hall, 235 Nucleus Ave. Columbia Falls. Please join us for a Flathead Chapter planning meeting at 5:30, before Teagan’s talk. We want to know what you want from your Society!
Flathead Chapter Holiday Party: December 11th, 5:30 pm. All members and friends of MNPS are welcome to join in a holiday gathering at Maria Mantas’s home in Ferndale. Please bring a potluck dish to share and a small gift for our traditional gift exchange. 13786 Ridge Loop Road, Bigfork in Google Maps will get you here! For details call 406-407-2045.
Additional Flathead Chapter events to be announced. Send a note to MNPS.Flathead@gmail.com to be placed on the Chapter email list.
Here is is a plant list that Sally Thompson provided based on her book “People Before the Park” that details plants mentioned in a presentation to the Flathead Chapter in February 2017.
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