Spring Wildflowers Along the Rocky Mountain Front
Instructor: Ellen Horowitz, B.S.
Friday, June 14, 2013
“I held a blue flower in my hand, probably a wild aster, wondering what its name was, and then thought that human names for natural things are superfluous. Nature herself does not name them. The important thing is to know this flower, look at its color or until the blueness becomes as real as a keynote of music. Look at the exquisite yellow flowerettes in the center, become very small with them. Be the flower, be the trees, the blowing grasses.” - Sally Carrighar
June is the ideal month to observe the blooms of the prairies and foothills. Anyone who delights in wildflowers will be thrilled with the dozens of flower species growing along the rocky mountain front this time of year. With magnifying glasses in hand, we’ll “get to know” some of these plants by viewing them up close. We’ll also study variations in the landscape--from lush meadows to rocky ridges--and how microclimatesinfluence where plants grow.
Meeting Time: Friday at 9 AM
Meeting Place: Glacier Park Field Camp Meeting Hall (see campus map)
Food: Please bring a sack lunch; trail snacks, and plenty of water.
Equipment: Please see basic gear list. Be prepared for any kind of weather, especially rain and strong winds. Bring a magnifying glass if you have one, or we will provide small field lenses. Wildflower field guides, field journal, and binoculars are also helpful.
Physical Requirements: Easy-Moderate. Hiking distance covers less than two miles with less than 500 feet elevation gain.
Transportation during course: We will be traveling in a Glacier Institute vehicle.
Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather.
Prairie Wildflowers by Dee Strickler
Plants of the Rocky Mountains by Linda Kershaw, Andy MacKinnon and Jim Pojar
Wildflowers of Glacier National Park by Shannon Fitzpatrick Kimball and Peter Lesica.
Tentative Itinerary: Following introductions of participants, a slide show will demonstrate the basics of flower identification. From Field Camp we’ll drive to the Firebrand Pass Trail and spend the day amidst wildflowers. We will return to Field Camp by approximately 4:30 PM.
Academic Credit: This course may be taken for 8 Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal units (for teacher’s license renewal). If you wish to take an Institute course for OPI credit, you will be asked to fill out paperwork and pay a $20 credit fee at the start of your course, payable to Flathead Valley Community College.
* Please print out your course packet under product files.