Cat’s Ear got your tongue? Crazy for daisies? Does checkermallow make you mellow?
Join DNR ecologist, Keyna Bugner, and members of the Native Plant Society for a fun and free day of hiking, exploration, and fantastic views at Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve (NAP), near Wenatchee, Washington.
What is an NAP?
Natural Area Preserves are managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect priority native species and high-quality ecosystems. Camas Meadows NAP is home to rare plant species found only in the mountains southwest of the city of Wenatchee.
Curious what an endangered and threatened plant look like?
Keyna Bugner will help you identify the rare Wenatchee Mountain Checkermallow, a federal endangered species, and Wenatchee Mountain Larkspur, a species of concern. She also will talk about restoration and research that have been going on at the preserve.
Want to impress your friends?
Develop your plant identification skills with the Native Plant Society members who will be available, field guide in hand, to name the diverse plant species along the hike. Bring your own field guide and start crossing plants you have always wanted to see off your list. Also, don’t forget your binoculars in case we spot local birds or other wildlife in the area.
What should you bring?
Pack yourself a hearty sack lunch and plenty of fresh water. This quest into the ‘wilds of Wenatchee’ will take you hiking up an old logging road in the early afternoon to experience the astounding views of the Camas Meadow and the mountains. Make sure to bring your Discover Pass, you’ll need it to park at the site!
Where do we meet, when, and should I call to let DNR know I’m coming in the adventure?
From the south, there are two spots to meet and we’ll head out to the meadows together. Parking is limited so carpool if you can to one of our meeting spots and we’ll caravan:
9:00 a.m. Ellensburg Super 1 parking area
9:30 Parking area at junction of HWY 97 and 970.
10:00 Camas Meadows NAP
From the north, from Wenatchee junction of Highway 2 and HWY 97, take 97 south about 5 miles. Turn left onto Camas Creek Way. Drive about 3-4 miles and parking area is just past Forest Service 7200 road on the right.
If possible, call Keyna to let know you are coming, and she also will answer questions you may have. 509-607-1851
This day of discovery should end mid-afternoon, depending on the group and their thirst for knowledge and nature. For More Information
Don’t forget your sturdy hiking shoes, layers of clothes—just in case, your favorite hiking buddy, and your sense of adventure. We hope to see you there.
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