Early Season Wildflowers
Instructor: Ellen Horowitz
June 10 at 7 a.m.
June is the ideal month to observe the blooms of the prairies, foothills and forests. Anyone who delights in wildflowers will be thrilled with the dozens of flower species we’ll encounter as we travel up and over the Continental Divide to the Rocky Mountain Front. With magnifying glass in hand, we’ll “get to know” some of these plants by viewing them up close. We’ll also study variations in the landscape and how climate and microclimates influence where plants grow.
Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp.
Itinerary: Subject to change due to weather, trail closures, blooming season etc.
We’ll begin at Field Camp at 7 a.m. after introductions where we will then move into a slide presentation to demonstrate the basics of flower identification in a non-technical manner. Then we’ll take the Glacier Institute van and drive along the south end of the park, stopping at several very different habitats to practice matching the flower in the field to the flower in the field guide. The course will end by 4 p.m. and will not be cancelled due to weather.
Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.
Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280.
Equipment: You will receive a Field Camp gear list once you register. Most importantly are comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, with extra warm layers. Bring a magnifying glass if you have one, or we will provide small field lenses. Wildflower field guides, a field journal, and binoculars are also helpful.
Physical Requirements: Easy-Moderate. Hiking distance covers less than three miles with less than 300 feet elevation gain.