The Grand Ronde Overlook Wildflower Institute Serving Ecological Restoration (GROWISER) is well-kept secret in Northeast Oregon. This 260-acre private conservation area is split into two pieces: one north of Summerville and the other east of Cove. The area holds numerous native wildflowers, including many of the orchid species native to Oregon.
This event will tour the private conservation with its resident expert Dr. Andy Huber. Dr. Huber is a former professor of Biology at Eastern Oregon University, and is the founder and leader of GROWISER. His background in agronomy (seed science) serves him well as he cultivates rare flower species on this tract of land for preservation of the species and for others to see on private tours. The video below is a segment about Andy and GROWISER produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2014.
This trip will be hosted by Mike Denny, and a well-known local naturalist and former president of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society. His expertise and enthusiasm for the area is renowned, and he’ll be an excellent guide on this trip of one of the region’s gems. Bus transportation will be provided from the Walla Walla Community College main parking lot.
This event is supported by a generous grant from Burkhart & Burkhart, Attorneys at Law and Tallman's Pharmacy.