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Botany in the Blues II

  • Meet at parking lot behind the Hall of Science at Whitman College 802 East Isaacs Avenue Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

On this second field workshop, co-sponsored by a grant from The Washington Native Plant Society, we will continue our “close-up” look at the amazing native plant diversity of the Blue Mountains. Participants will become familiar with the tools and resources needed to recognize and identify the flowers, other plants and lichens they will encounter while on their own future mountain ramblings.

We will visit areas rich with a variety of wildflowers, shrubs and trees and introduce some simple botanical terminology that will aid in identification.  We’ll discuss eco-regions, “plant communities,” some historical native plant uses, modern plant classifications, and much, much more.

Our trail will take us along the border of the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness, descending about 360 feet over 1.25 Miles, to the headwaters of Johnson Creek. Along the way we’ll pass through shady conifer forests and dry meadows still moist from snowmelt and alive with wildflowers. Expect orchids, the iconic “elephant-head,” and lots of other discoveries.

For more information about this event, please contact Lauren Platman at or 509-525-3136. 

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Your Hosts

Darcy Dauble, Washington Native Plant Society

Emil (Ame) Doyle, Washington Native Plant Society

This event is made possible by the generous support of Wenzel Nursery.

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Suitability: Ages 16+, welcome.

Difficulty: Involves hiking on a marked USFS trail at +/-5,000 Ft elevation, with total round-trip distance of 2.5 miles, with in/out elevation changes of -360’/+360’.

Things to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, rain jacket, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen, lunch, refillable water bottle, camera, 10x hand lens, journal, and sense of adventure.