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.)

June 16, 2019

The Gila Native Plant Society will continue its summer program of field trips with “The Black Range in Bloom” on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Our field trip leader, Hanna Blood, will take us to Railroad Canyon off Route 152 up in the Black Range. Here is Hanna’s description of what to expect:

“We will wander along the bubbling Gallinas Creek running with this year’s abundant winter precipitation. It is a moderate hike at 7100 ft. elevation; the trail crosses the creek several times over rocks and winds through riparian and mixed conifer forest habitat. There is plenty of Alder (Alnus oblongifolia) with their sweet-smelling leaves and Blue Willow (Salix irrorata). The stream bank is home to herbs such as violets, wild strawberries, raspberries, Wood’s Rose and members of the mint family, many of which will be in bloom. Hidden in the understory we will find Meadow Rue (Thalictrum fendleri), False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) and New Mexico Alum Root (Heuchera novomexicana). We will even catch the end of a very spectacular Lupine bloom.”

Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

July 21 – The Pinos Altos Range

August 18 – Sacaton Mesa 

September 15 – Fort Bayard Preserve

Field trip last August