Sah-Wah-Be Chapter (Southeast Idaho) Events

Sah-Wah-Be Chapter has four more group opportunities in June to enjoy our great outdoors and its flora. The first two (*) are sponsored by groups other than INPS, but we’re invited to participate with them. July features a very special opportunity for a longer trip to Steens Mountain in SE-Central Oregon. All INPS chapter members and other interested folks are invited to participate. See below.
*June 16 – Thursday – Audubon meeting featuring slide show about native plants in our area and how they affect the wildlife, especially the birds. Presenter, Dr. Karl Holte. 7:30 pm in the lecture room of the Idaho Museum of Natural History at ISU. (Use the door in the SW corner of the building.) All INPS members and the public are invited.
*June 18 – Saturday, 6-10 pm – Idaho Music & Wildflower Festival at Pebble Creek. See the press release in the Idaho State Journal ( from Pebble Creek. Enjoy the music, flowers, and the view for a nominal fee.
June 20 – Monday – The changing flowers of the Scout Mountain area. Dick Anderson will be our guide to see the changing flowers of the West Fork of Mink Creek and Scout Mountain campground. Karl Holte led our group through this area a month ago. Let’s go see what has replaced the Spring Beauties and Glacier Lilies. This will be an easy, slow walking trip. To carpool and caravan, meet at 6:00 pm by the Bison in the ISU Student Union parking lot.
June 25 – Saturday – Flower walk including Cress Creek Nature Trail, Heise Hot Springs, and the Kelly Canyon Area. This will be a full day outing led by Wendy Velman, BLM botanist and former president of our chapter. The highlight of this trip will be seeing one of the most interesting orchids in the West, the Giant Helleborine (Epipactis gigantea). Call or e-mail Wendy for more detailed information: 208-237-7549, pooh at 07 dot myrf dot net.
July 16, 17 – Saturday, Sunday a.m. – See the wonders of STEENS MOUNTAIN in SE Oregon with leader and botanist Dr. Karl Holte. Karl taught Field Botany on Steens Mountain for over 30 summers and still enjoys revisiting the area as often as possible. This year’s trip will be similar to the 2004 trip, except that it is three weeks earlier in the season and thus should afford a better display of flowers. Read the details about this trip in the Sah-Wah-Be chapter section listed at the top of the home page. For more details e-mail Karl at ardysholte at cableone dot net or phone 232-6563 or 241-8358. Please advise Karl asap if you intend to participate in this trip! See the chapter page for more details.
July 25 – Monday – Summer Flowers on Scout Mountain, starting at Crestline Trail. This evening walk will be our third visit to the Scount Mountain area to see the seasonal progression of flowers. To carpool and caravan, meet at 6:00 pm by the Bison in the ISU Student Union parking lot.