Laramie Area and the Rocky Mountain Herbarium
June 25-27, 2021
Save the date for June 25-27 in Laramie! We have the Hidden Valley Group Tent Site, just east of Laramie, reserved. A description of the event we had planned for 2020 is below – the 2021 meeting will likely have similar trips and presentations. We are working to plan an annual meeting with lots of unknowns about what June 2021 may look like, so check back here for more updates as the dates get closer.
This year we return to the Laramie to explore vegetation from the basin to the alpine. We’ll also tour the Rocky Mountain Herbarium to see the largest collection of Rocky Mountain plants in the world! And, University of Wyoming botanists will share some insights on how plants survive the harsh conditions of Wyoming. Tour options include several local endemics: Laramie columbine (Aquilegia laramiensis), Laramie false sage (Artemisia simplex), Whiproot wind clover (Trifolium dasyphyllum var. anemophilum), and White larchleaf penstemon (Penstemon laricifolius var. exilifolius).
Camping: Yellow Pine USFS Campground. $10/night/site. Conveniently located only a few miles east of Laramie in the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow NF, Yellow Pine CG has 19 sites and pit toilets. There is no potable water at Yellow Pine—the closest water is available at the Lincoln Monument, approximately 3 miles from the campground. We will attempt to save some sites at Yellow Pine. Other campgrounds include Tie City and Vedauwoo (also $10, also no water) and the KOA in town.
Lodging: There are many options for lodging in Laramie!
Note on parking near campus: Parking should not be difficult on a summer weekend. However, some street parking requires a city parking permit—watch for signs indicating those blocks! The fine for parking there without a permit is steep–$50.
Check in: 12-3:30 pm, Yellow Pine Campground
4-7 pm, Rocky Mountain Herbarium, open house with light refreshments
6:00 pm Tour of the Herbarium
7:30 pm Evening stroll at a valley overlook, on our way back to Yellow Pine campground
Trips will leave from the parking lot by Planet Fitness, 654 N. Third St. (This is the same shopping center as Safeway.) Park at the north end of the lot. Please plan to carpool as much as possible—your car will be safe in this lot all day.
1. Laramie Peak
Head north for a long day of botanizing to Laramie columbine at friend Park (Laramie Peak area), with many options for return trip stops to see endemics along the way. Roundtrip ca. 250 miles!
Leader: Bonnie Heidel
2. Snowy Range
Travel west from Laramie to the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains. Highway 130 is one of the most scenic roads in the country, reaching an elevation of 10,500 ft. Short walks (or crawls) from our vehicles will deliver us to outstanding subalpine floral displays, including a miniature cushion plant community. Exact destinations will be determined by snowmelt.
Leader: Ernie Nelson
Saturday evening dinner and presentation: 6 pm Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, 10th and Lewis Sts., University of Wyoming campus. Catered dinner. Sorry, but no alcohol is allowed.
Presentation by Dr. Brent Ewers, Department of Botany, will begin at 7.
Two hikes to be announced.