2019 Annual Meeting

2019 Wyoming Native Plant Society Annual Meeting, June 14 -16

Atlantic City Area

Registration is now available online! Register here by June 1.

This year we return to the southern Wind River Mountains and surrounding areas! Our gathering place is the delightful Miners Delight Inn (B&B) in Atlantic City. The Inn has a few rooms available, plus camping options. We will also attempt to reserve camping sites at Big Atlantic Gulch BLM campground, which is less than three miles from Atlantic City.
We have a great line up of hikes and leaders, including: Oregon Buttes, Beaver Rim, Shoshone NF, South Pass City and Red Canyon; John Mionczynski, Emma Freeland, Bonnie Heidel, Kassy Skeen, Maggie Eshleman, and Jack and Diantha States!

Cost is $10 per person. Please register by June 1.

CampingBig Atlantic Gulch BLM campground, $6/night/site.

LodgingMiners Delight Inn 290 Atlantic City Road, Atlantic City. Inn will be open just for the meeting. Price list is available here; reservations need to be made directly with the Inn; 307-714-0100 or minersdelightinn.com.

Gasoline – Gas is NOT available in Atlantic City. Closest gas stations are in Lander (30 miles) and Farson (48 miles).

Friday, June 14

Check-in 2 – 6 p.m. Miners Delight Inn, 290 S. Pass Road, Atlantic City.

Evening Stroll
Meeting Location: Miners Delight Inn
Meeting Time: 6:30 p.m.
Leaders: Emma Freeland & John Mionczynski
Description: An evening stroll through the sagebrush, aspen, and limber/lodgepole pine stands to see the wildflowers of Atlantic City.

Saturday, June 15

Hikes For all hikes: bring water, snacks, sunscreen and rain gear. For all-day hikes, also bring lunch. No dogs, please, on any of the hikes.

1. Oregon Buttes – all-day hike
Meeting Location: Miners Delight Inn
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m. (high clearance vehicles and carpooling are encouraged)
Leader: Bonnie Heidel
Description: A strenuous hike to the top of Oregon Buttes, a landmark of the Oregon Trail, to view summit panoramas, 1849 journal recount of the same hike, and floristic meeting grounds (weather-permitting).

 2. Desert Yellowhead and Other Rarities – all-day hike
 Meeting Location: Miners Delight Inn
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m.
Leader: Emma Freeland
Description: A moderate hike of about 3 miles through sagebrush to see desert yellowhead (Yermo xanthocephalus), a threatened species endemic to the Beaver Rim area. On the hike we will also see a handful of other regional endemic plants, including as Beaver Rim Phlox and Cedar Rim thistle.

3. Shoshone NF – Limestone Lovers – morning hike
Meeting Location: Miners Delight Inn
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m.
Leader: Kassy Skeen
Description: An easy to moderate plant walk of a few miles to see sensitive endemics in the limestone layers of this region.

4. South Pass City area – afternoon hike, $3/person for entrance to historic site
Meeting Location: Miners Delight Inn
Meeting Time: 1 p.m.
Leaders: Jack and Diantha States
Description: An easy hike on a 2-mile section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail at the South Pass City Historic Site.

Saturday Evening Potluck Dinner, 6 p.m.Miners Delight Inn
Bar will be open for beer, some mixed drinks, single malt scotch.
Saturday Evening Keynote Presentation, 7:30 p.m. – John Mionczynski: The Ancient People of South Pass, and Their Plants
Miners Delight Inn dining room

Sunday, June 16

Business meeting, 8 a.m.
Miners Delight Inn
Everyone is welcome! Please come–the Wyoming Native Plant Society exists to make you happy. Let the board know how we can achieve that goal! We love new ideas, especially for the location of the 2020 meeting. Food provided!

Hikes For all hikes: bring water, snacks, sunscreen and rain gear. For all-day hikes, also bring lunch.

 1. Clovers of the Canyon – morning-early afternoon hike, bring a lunch
Meeting Location: Miners Delight Inn
Meeting Time: After the business meeting
Leader: Maggie Eshleman
Description: A moderate, ~3 mile round-trip hike through scenic Red Canyon to see Barneby’s clover, a species endemic to the area. This hike will include some light rock scrambling.

2. South Pass City area – morning hike, $3/person for entrance to historic site
Meeting Location: Miners Delight Inn
Meeting Time: After the business meeting
Leaders: Jack and Diantha States
Description: An easy hike on a 2-mile section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail at the South Pass City Historic Site.

3. Sinks Canyon – all-day hike
Meeting Location: Bruce’s Bridge Trailhead Parking Lot in Sinks Canyon
Meeting Time: 10:00 a.m.
Leaders: John Mionczynski
Description: An easy walk through the diverse habitats of Sinks Canyon, with a focus on ethnobotany.

A map of the locations–Atlantic City and Big Atlantic Gulch CG–is available here.