Field Trips

The Gila Native Plant Society conducts field trips from April through September on the third Sunday of every month. Meet at the south parking lot of the Fine Arts Center Theatre on the WNMU campus a little before 8:00 am for carpooling. (Go up 12th Street and turn left on Kentucky St.; the south parking lot is the one on the left as you face the Theatre.)

Sunday, July 21 – The Pinos Altos Range

 Our field trip leader, Hanna Blood will lead the group up a spur off Signal Peak Road. The dirt track travels up an incline through the Ponderosa Pine and Gambel Oak forest (the way back is downhill) to a cold sink where we will find a meadow filled with Rocky Mountain Iris (Iris missouriensis), and where New Mexico Checker Mallow (Sidalcea neomexicana) and Stiff Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium demissium) are growing side by side. If we get lucky St. John’s Wort (Hypericum scouleri) may make an appearance.”

For those who are new to the native plants of our area, or just new to botany, during the outing Don Groves and Jane Spinti will provide an introduction to some of the basic aspects of plant identification.

All are welcome. The hike is moderate, but temperatures now are hot. Be sure to wear a hat and sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water and perhaps a snack. Please be aware, during the summer months the field trip destination may have to be changed owing to fire or washed-out roads. For further information contact hannablood@gmail.com

Previews of coming attractions:

Sunday, August 18 – Sacaton Mesa 

Sunday, September 15 – Fort Bayard Preserve

Field trip last August