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Big Horn Mountains, WY

Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming: June 27 - July 1: "Plantsman's Tour" led by members of Denver Botanic Gardens staff : (5-day tour)

 

Following the successful tours in June/July 2016 this tour is being offered again in an extended form. The end of June and early July is peak season for flowers throughout the Rockies, but never more so than in the State of Wyoming, which may resemble Colorado in rectangular shape, but has a fraction of the human population ... although a good many more antelope.

Cody, our base for the tour, is pretty much equidistant from the Bighorn Mountains, Yellowstone National Park and the Absaroka Wilderness which is transected by the Beartooth Highway which leads to the Beartooth Pass. Our location will therefore give the group opportunities to visit the key wildflower sites of northern Wyoming.

We will stay at Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center – a beautifully situated complex with spectacular views of the Cody valley, and comfortable rooms. We will be hosted by the Center managers, Jay and Caroline Moody who have created lovely gardens surrounding the Center which are full of unusual native and adapted shrubs and perennials. The Center (tac.diowy.org) has many acres of pristine sagebrush steppe that are also well worth exploring.

On the first full day in Cody we will drive to the summit of the Bighorn Mountains, which are largely composed of dolomitic limestone in the area we will explore. This area is almost mythical for its wildflower displays – and there are many unusual and some very rare plants that are only known from here and a few neighboring spots: the gorgeous Jones' columbine (Aquilegia jonesii), Kelsey moss (Kelseya uniflora), and the regional endemic rock brake fern (Pellaea occidentalis), are just a few of the gems we shall see.

The next day will be a circle drive over Beartooth Pass – one of America's most spectacular highways which crosses many life zones and has spectacular montane, subalpine, and alpine flower displays – all of which should be at peak bloom. Here Purple Saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) has its nearly southernmost occurrence, as does purple heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis). For dozens of miles the road is ringed by a tapestry of wildflower color unequalled anywhere - a day you will remember!

The third full day will be dedicated to time at the Retreat Center, optional visit to the world-class museums in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and hikes in the cushion-rich steppe flora, with dinner taken on our own in Cody.

 

Guide: Member of the Denver Botanic Gardens horticulture staff

Price: $1450 per participant

Includes: Guide, all transportation from the base in Cody in a motorcoach, St Thomas Retreat accommodation, and all meals except one dinner.

 

 

 

 

Questions? Call 720-865-3613.

 

Brunquist Gulch Day Trip with Panayoti Kelaidis

Join the Denver Botanic Gardens and senior horticulturists to explore beyond the Gardens' walls. A short drive from Denver will find us in a woodland Shangri-La filled with unusual wildflowers, many (like Sarsaparilla: Aralia nudicaulis) characteristic of the Eastern hardwood forest. Several alpine plants grow here, thousands of feet below their usual limit

 

Guide: Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach

Price: $50, $45 members

Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Mammoth parking lot off I-70 at Morrison and will carpool to the trailhead. Participants will be emailed directions a week prior to the event.

Please bring layers, raingear, good hiking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a sack lunch. Be prepared to hike 2-4 miles on variable terrain.

 

Cherokee Fall Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

In Fall the Sumac and plums are turning color in the gullies, and the oaks are showing some burnished bronze. Fall is a fabulous season on Cherokee Ranch: Senecio, Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. The Spotted Towhee bird can be overlooked in the spring and summer, is more visible now since many of the spring and summer residents have started their fall migration. Two species of Jays – Scrub and Steller’s can now get the attention they deserve. They can be “missed” in spring and summer as we look at the other species.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

 

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Late Summer Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

Late summer is an excellent time to observe the bounty of both flora and fauna rolling through the hills of Cherokee Ranch: Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. Mid- summer bird activity continues at Cherokee as well. It is possible to see three species of hummingbirds as they stop to feed to store up energy on their way to Central America for the winter. The Mountain and Western Bluebirds have finished nesting and the young (juveniles) are seen throughout the Ranch property. There is no better place to soak up the sun than on a late summer plant hike and bird watching adventure at Cherokee Ranch.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Spring Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

 

 

 

Cherokee Summer Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure—you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier—for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

At the beginning of Summer the grasses have greened up, although there may still be snow on the higher peaks, when we walk through meadows full of the bounty of early summer this is the peak season for many of the loveliest wildflowers; including One-sided Penstemon (Penstemon virgatus), lupines and Monument plant. It is also peak season for the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that have made their way back from Mexico and Central America to nest at Cherokee. We will learn how to identify the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird just by hearing it fly as it darts between scarlet gilia trumpets. Two species of bluebirds and swallows will be active at this time as well as the tiny (4 ½ in) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that has returned from its winter grounds as far away as Central America to nest at Cherokee. Summer is prime time for viewing the plant and bird life at Cherokee, folks!

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure—you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier—for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

* Plants don’t really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure

*Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike

 

 

Trip - Natures' Adaptations: River to Desert with Denver Botanic Gardens

Join the Denver Botanic Gardens and Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc., for a leisurely, guided and outfitted, 31- mile canoe trip through the Escalante and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness Area on the Gunnison River. While canoeing, camping, and hiking along the scenic waters of the Gunnison River, learn, explore and create. We ll investigate the natural environment of the river and desert and learn how human, plant, and animal life in these special areas have adapted to this unique environment.  During our explorations, we'll investigate the river's vegetation, including hopefully spotting some populations of rare plants found only in this region. We'll be inspired by our natural surroundings to create arts and crafts using plants as our inspiration, and will try some of the edible plants found in the area. We will also spend time learning how local native cultures used the plant life found in the area. Join us for an ecological exploration on one of the West's most beautiful classrooms, the Gunnison River.

Paddle beside high walls of beautiful red sandstone and shale, deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. Interesting side trips into deep box canyons will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. Massive cottonwood trees stand on the river bends supporting huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles.

In addition to our guides, the trip will be lead by naturalist Karen Caddis, who has over 25 years of experience in wetland ecology.  

Instructor: Centennial Outfitters Inc. will provide the guides, gear, and expertise. Our wetland ecologist facilitator will be Karen Caddis. Karen is a certified wetlands and riparian delineator, who will teach participants about the ecology as we pass it along the river, including aquatic animals and plants.

 

Trip Level: No previous canoeing experience is necessary to join the trip.

Price: $450, $420 members

 

Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Gunnison River Escalante Bridge at 6:30am on August 4th, 2017. Participants will receive directions and additional information at least one week prior to the trip. Deadline is July 24th, 2017 to sign up.

Centennial Canoe Outfitters (CCO) will provide guides, all gear including food.

Personal camping equipment, personal clothes, and toiletries will need to be provided by the participant. Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, chair and pad can be rented from CCO for $74. Please contact CCO at 720-283-0553 and mention that you are registered for the Denver Botanic Gardens Trip.

 

Want to get excited? Watch this! https://vimeo.com/197828348

 

 

Trip - Photographing Mountain Lakes & Landscapes

Vail, Colorado

 

Lakes, rivers, and waterfalls -- Vail offers a great diversity of water features and sublime opportunities to photograph the mountains at their finest. Join Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens’ official photographer, for a multi-day photography excursion to Vail, Colorado. Take photographs, eat and explore our way through a myriad of visual offerings.

 

Tentative Itinerary

Friday, July 14th, 2017

4 p.m. - Meet at the Christiania for introductions.

5-6 p.m. Head out for a sunset field shoot returning after 9 p.m. - Possibly Shrine Pass or other location

 

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

5 a.m. - Meet to leave for our sunrise photo location, possibly Shrine Pass again - returning to Christiania by 9 a.m. for breakfast and a rest break

Afternoon - Head out to Piney River Ranch for a sunset shoot - returning after 9 p.m.

 

Sunday , July 16th, 2017

5 a.m. - optional sunrise shoot

9 a.m. - shoot at the Betty Ford Alpine Garden

11 a.m. - Tour of Betty Ford Alpine Garden

 

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens' official photographer

Price:

Single Occupancy: $675, $625 members

Double Occupancy: $525, $475 members

Special Instructions: Participants will get more information about the trip as the date gets closer.

Image: Scott Dressel-Martin Photography

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Mountain Bird Hike

Take a mid week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

June 28th.  Foothills to above Timberline 8 AM - 4 PM

 

Join expert birder, Lynn Willcockson, for an easy hike to explore the mountains and look for birds such as Clark's Nutcracker, Red Crossbill, Rufous Hummingbird, White-crowned Sparrow, Wilson's Warbler and many more.  On this hike participants will hike in four of the Colorado Life Zones starting near Bergen Park (Foothills Zone) and  move up to Summit Lake (Alpine Zone).  Each Life Zone has birds unique to that Zone.

Location: - Meet at Fillius Park at 8:30 AM, directions will be emailed to registered participants.

 

Instructor: Lynn Willcockson is a member of Denver Field Ornithologists and has led birding hikes for several years.

Price: $40, $35 members

Special Instructions: Bring your own binoculars, water and sunscreen. Please do not wear bright colors - no while yellow orange or red. Bring your own sack lunch for the June 28th hike, participants will have a picnic. Directions will be emailed prior to the trip.

Image: allaboutbirds.com

 

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