KETCHUM — Don’t miss the last Wildflower Walk of the summer.
“Three Big Trees” will be hosted by the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and the Idaho Native Plant Society from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept 9. Participants will meet at Sawtooth Botanical Garden, 11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum.
Participants will become “big tree hunters” and visit three of the largest trees in South Central Idaho. Participants will take measurements, which will then be submitted to the Idaho Big Tree Program run by University of Idaho. Instructors are John Shelly, retired Forest Service land manager and INPS chapter president; Lisa Horton, botanist and INPS chapter vice-president and Kristin Fletcher Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director.
Champion big trees have been recognized by American Forests Champion Trees program since 1940. With more than 700 species in the Champion Trees National Register, these big trees are found in the fields, forests, rangelands, and urban parks and yards of America. Idaho has participated in the Champion Trees program since the mid-1960s, with a shared mission of locating, measuring and recognizing the largest individual tree of each species.
Walks are free and will happen rain or shine. Bring sturdy walking shoes suitable for getting wet, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. The walk is considered easy to moderate with one site featuring 200 yards of uneven, rocky and shrubby terrain. Please leave pets at home and carpooling will be encouraged. For more information, call 208-726-9358.