Elk Refuge to host free wildflower walk tomorrow

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Teton Chapter of the Wyoming Native Plant Society is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer a wildflower walk on the National Elk Refuge tomorrow, Friday, June 17. Local botanists Frances Clark and Susan Marsh will lead the rare opportunity to explore several off-road habitats of the 24,700-acre wildlife refuge. On the walk, the group will visit dry, rocky slopes and wetlands in the Miller Butte area to discover what species can be found there and what is in bloom in mid-June. Participants should expect to hike one to two miles off-trail and in steep terrain, accessing areas generally not open to the public. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the historic Miller House, located on the Refuge Road ¾ mile north of the Refuge entrance on Broadway. Participants can expect to carpool from there and should bring both water and lunch. The excursion is scheduled to conclude by 2:00 pm. Space is limited; please make reservations by emailing by noon on Thursday, June 16. The program is free of charge. The Teton Chapter, Wyoming Native Plant Society, was established in 1992 to encourage the appreciation and conservation of the native plants and plant communities of the region. The Chapter offers field trips and programs throughout the year. All events are free and open to the public. More information about the organization can be found on the Teton Plants web site at *Feature Photo: The Sego Lily, Calochortus nuttallii, is a bulbous perennial that grows on open grass and sage rangelands in the Western United States. They are one of many stunning wildlflowers that grow on the National Elk Refuge. h/t USFWS / Ann Hough, National Elk Refuge volunteer /