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, August 18, 2019

Our August field trip will be to the Burro Mountains (the original destination, Sacaton Mesa, was found to be still bone dry and dusty).

Our field trip leader, Hanna Blood, describes the outing: “We’ll head to Axle Canyon Preserve in the Big Burros, to the confluence of Axle and Mulberry canyons located on an 83-acre in-holding in the Gila National Forest. Axle Canyon Preserve is a special place well cared for by its owners. It will be a moderate/easy hike in sandy, open washes. Our drive will be 45 minutes each way: HWY 180 north from Silver City, Mangas Valley Road, Redrock Road, Axle Canyon Road. The dirt road is hard and fairly smooth, with some washboards and a few sandy places along the way. In the canyons, huge black cherry trees, grand Emory oaks and alligator junipers provide shade to white honeysuckle, canyon grapes, and other wonderful understory surprises. Herbaceous perennials are coming back since a couple of good monsoon rains drenched the Burros. Come and join me for a plant wander.”

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

All are welcome.  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

Emory oaks in Axle Canyon

Previews of coming attractions:

Sunday, September 15 – Fort Bayard Preserve