2013 Markow Scholarship/Small Grant

Download the following announcement for the 2013 Markow Scholarship/Small Grant here.

The Wyoming Native Plant Society promotes appreciation, understanding and conservation of native plants and plant communities through its annual scholarship/small grants program. Thesis research may address any aspect of botany, including floristics, taxonomy, ecology, genetics, plant geography, range science, paleontology, pollination biology, physiology, and mycology. In addition, other projects like botany curriculum development, public native plant gardens, and other research will be considered.

Project or study proposals must pertain to native plants of Wyoming. Preference will be given to proposals expected to generate research data or promote public understanding. Up to $1,000 of expenses may be covered per proposal. Awards defray direct project costs, excluding labor or conferences. Eligible expenses include:

  1. Direct costs of travel, meals, and lodging for research or education projects.
  2. Supply and service expenses used for the sole purpose of the project (e.g., consumable supplies such as laboratory chemicals, soil and nursery stock, and services such as phone and computer time).

The deadline for proposals is February 15. The grant competition is open to residents of Wyoming or members of WYNPS. Scholarships/small grants will be announced in April.

The grant proposal should be no longer than two pages and should include the following information:

  • Contact person and organizational affiliation, as appropriate
  • Mailing address, telephone number, and E-mail
  • Short abstract of the study or project (2-5 sentences)
  • Description of the study or project: objectives, methods, description of final product, and short description of past similar work (if applicable)
  • Description of how the study or project will benefit native plant conservation in Wyoming
  • Overall budget showing amount requested from WNPS ($1,000 or less) and the intended purpose of the funding, as well as other funding sources
  • Time frames for completion of the study or project
  • Brief statement of applicant’s qualifications or biography
  • Name, address, email address or phone number of two people as references.

Successful scholarship or grant applicants will be required to submit a final report documenting the study or project accomplishments to WYNPS, suitable for publication in the Castilleja newsletter, along with an accounting of how the funds were used.
Please send completed applications to:

Wyoming Native Plant Society
P.O. Box 2449
Laramie, WY 82073


Mailing Address Change!

Our mailing address is changing from P.O. Box 2500 to P.O. Box 2449.  We have used box 2500 for a long time but when the post office remodeled some years ago, 2500 became a larger box that costs more.  The Post Office let us continue using 2500 but actually put our mail into box 2449, a smaller one.  Recently we received a note in our box saying we can no longer continue to do this so we have opted to use the less expensive box that has been meeting our needs for years.

Guernsey State Park Events

Jill Wellborn will be leading two events this summer at Guernsey State Park (307-836-2334), which is something of a hidden gem with a wonderful flora.

  • Saturday, June 9th at 10:00 am – Native Plant Scavenger Hunt for kids and families featuring wildflowers and other plants of the short grass prairie ecosystem.  There will be a short hike around the hills surrounding the museum as we hunt for native plants.  Fun for all ages!
  • Saturday, August 4th at 10:00 am – Native Plant Hike. Check back for details.

2012 Plant Hikes across Wyoming

All field trips are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  Important: For all outings – bring plenty of water and food and wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sun hat. Bring appropriate clothing for all types of weather.  Difficulty varies with each outing.  All hikes are full day events unless otherwise stated, and you should bring lunch.  Above all, be safe and enjoy Wyoming’s plants!

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June 10, Sunday, 9:00 am – Penrose Trail, Bighorn National Forest, Story, WY. Take Fish Hatchery Rd, up through Story to Penrose Lane on the right. The trailhead is at the end of Penrose Lane. Wildflower hike lead by Jennifer Williams, 307-672-8246, whiteboulder@earthlink.net.

June 22-25, Friday thru Monday – Wyoming Native Plant Society Annual Meeting, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. Held jointly with American Penstemon Society.  On June 23-24 – Three hikes; repeated on both Saturday and Sunday –Laramie Range, Dodge Mountain, Snowy Range and Saratoga. Saturday banquet option, banquet speaker – Craig Freeman, Penstemon author in Flora of North America.  Note: This is the only 2012 event that requires pre-registration, has a fee to cover costs ($100), and is open ONLY to members of WYNPS and American Penstemon Society (APS).  Fri-Sun registration is through APS:  http://apsdev.org/aps/meetings.html. A separate Monday hike will explore dunes with blowout penstemon, Wyoming’s only Endangered plant.  No cost, but please pre-register so that we don’t leave without you! Email: wynps@wynps.org ; meet 9:00 am at Sinclair Truck Stop. More information is in the March newsletter. Lead by a galaxy of Wyoming botanists!

June 23, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – noon/1:00 p.m.: Teton Pass area trails. Join long-time resident and naturalist, Jean Jorgensen, for a leisurely walk to learn about the uses and stories of plants. Meet at Owen Bircher Park in Wilson. Jean Jorgensen, 307-733-5625.

June 30, Saturday, 9:00 am – Steamboat Rock, Bighorn National Forest, meet at the Steamboat Rock Parking Lot, above Dayton, WY (HWY 14). Wildflower hike lead by Dick Birkholz, 307-674-4303; birkhozds@bresnan.net.

July 14, Saturday, 9:00 am – Sheep Creek, Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Join author Orval Harrison to explore the headwaters of Sheep Creek and Wyoming Range history.  Meet at 9:00 am at the Bridger-Teton Natl. Forest boundary parking lot (just east of Alpine) to carpool/drive up Greys River.  [People camping in the area might also meet at 10:00 am at the junction of the Greys River Rd and Sheep Creek Rd; FS Roads 10138 and 10125.] Cold drinks and refreshments will be provided!!  Cosponsored by Nature Conservancy and Star Valley Historical Society. More information is in the March 2012 newsletter.

July 14, Saturday, 9:00 am – Burgess Junction Visitor’s Center, Bighorn National Forest, above Dayton, WY (HWY 14).  Wildflower hike lead by Claire Leon and Jean Daly (307-674-9728, djdaly@fiberpipe.net).

July 20, Friday, 8:00 a.m.: Hanging Canyon to Lake of the Crags, Grand Teton National Park. Very difficult, day-long hike; approx. 6 miles round-trip with 2700’ elevation gain with some low angle slabs and boulders along the way. Hiking poles would be helpful. Stunning views & interesting plants.  Meet at Jenny Lake Boat Dock. Park and boat fees apply.  Beverly Boynton 307-733-9649.

July 28, Saturday, 9:00 am – Piney Creek Trail, Bighorn National Forest, Story WY, Fruit and Seeds hike lead by Ami Erickson. Take Fish Hatchery Rd, up through Story to Thornerider Rd. Trailhead is at end of road.  Ami Erickson, 307-683-3412, ami.erickson@gmail.com.

August 4, Saturday, 9 a.m.-2p.m.: Phillips Canyon Trail, Bridger-Teton National Forest.  A loop hike that leads to Phillips Pass and down to Ski Lake before returning to trailhead. Difficult hike due to  high elevation and steep terrain. Fireweed displays are typically phenomenal in this area.  Park on the south side of Hwy 22, which is part way up Teton pass and across the road from the trailhead. Susan Marsh 307-733-5744.

September: To be announced:  Dugout Gulch, Black Hills National Forest. Explore one of the two designated special interest areas on the Black Hills National Forest that are in Wyoming.  Beth Burkhart, 605-673-3159; www.wynps.org.