Field Tour - Lodgepoles Under Living Skies
June 21, 2019 - June 23, 2019
Lodgepoles Under Living Skies
Date and time: June 21-23, 2019
Cost: Varies – see registration form or online registration link (both are below)
Location: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Centre and West Blocks
Description: If there is one field trip to take in this summer, this is it! We have collaborated with the Montana Native Plant Society to bring you a multi-day international event and have also invited guests from the Alberta Native Plant Council. This will be the biggest tour we have ever hosted, and we expect up to 150 people! Of course, with this many people, we will host concurrent field tours to minimize our impact on the landscape and ensure a good experience for all. The field tours will be repeated throughout the weekend so that everyone has a chance to visit the places they want to see. Every field tour will offer many opportunities: great views of the amazing landscapes, unparalleled hiking and botany, and the chance to connect with plant enthusiasts from Montana, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Rare plants abound in the Cypress Hills, and many can only be found in Saskatchewan here. Some of the trips include exploring fescue prairie on the Native Prairie Trail, walking under the towering lodgepole pines of the Whispering Pines Trail, visiting Fort Walsh National Historic Site, searching for rare moonworts in a Centre Block meadow, taking in the rugged beauty of the Conglomerate Cliffs, ascending War Bonnet Hill and exploring the Mystery Rocks. Both War Bonnet Hill and the Mystery Rocks are located on private land, so this tour is one of the only opportunities you’ll have to visit these special places. Friday’s events also include botanical illustration workshops, presentations on the history, geology and flora of the Cypress Hills, kids’ activities and socializing. All-day youth programming is also provided on Saturday by the Meewasin Valley Authority for parents who would like to take longer/more difficult trips but have children who can’t keep up. Meals (including gluten free, non-dairy and vegetarian/vegan options) are also available during the event. Our base camp for the weekend will be Camp Shagabec, and accommodations are available in both dorm cabins and tenting sites on the property. There are also many camping options within the park and motels in Maple Creek. Please see the event itinerary document for full details. Registration will be done through the Montana Native Plant Society, as they are financing the event. Payment is in U.S. dollars and can be done online at https://www.mtnativeplants.org/annual-meetings/ or by filling in the registration form, enclosing payment (again, in U.S. dollars) and mailing it to the address on the form. The Montana Native Plant Society urges Canadians to register online.