Lowbush Cranberry
Lowbush Cranberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea blooms in woods, tundra and alpine slopes in June and July. The berries are tastiest after a September frost. Also known as Lingonberry. Photo by Glenn Brown

Field Trips

General Instructions: PLEASE Contact trip leader to let them know if you plan to attend and if your plans change. ALWAYS plan for Alaska weather: Carry rain gear, snacks and water. Participants on ALL field trips will be required to sign a LIABILITY WAIVER at the start of each trip. To include your event here notify the webmaster.

2017

April
28 April, Friday: Windy Corner on Seward Hwy Time: 6 PM Total Time: 2.5 hours. Location: Turnagain Arm Trail Description: Best place for early spring flora near Anchorage. So join us as we explore the hills and dales of Alaska to see the wonders of our native plants up close and personal. Youll have so much fun and may even learn something! Contact: dennis.ronsse@gmail.com for questions, location, car-pooling 5:30.
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May
9 May, Tuesday: Indian House Ridge Time: 6 PM Description: Expect to climb 1500 feet in 3 hours. (parts of trail steep with loose rock) Great area for spring flora because of wind and sun. Contact: dennis.ronsse@gmail.com for questions, location, possible car-pooling by 5:30.
16 May, Tuesday: Tragopogon Pull. Time: 6:30 PM Leader: James Sowerwine 334-2542 or james.sowerwine@gmail.com Place: Potter Section House Parking Area (Seward Hwy just past Potter Marsh) Description: Volunteers are needed to help to eradicate the invasive weed Tragopogon dubious (western salsify) from Alaska. This invasive plant grows only in a few places in Turnagain Arm, and is best removed by hand pulling. ANPS members meet every other Tuesday evening in the spring to search for and remove Tragopogon from the three primary locations it grows at or near. Volunteers should be prepared to walk or scramble rough terrain in and near active transportation corridors (the shoulder of the Seward Highway, steep adjoining hillsides, etc.) for up to two and half hours at a time. Please do not bring dogs or children. Helpful items include gloves, a sturdy dandelion digger or similar device adequate to loosen rocky compacted soil with, a trash bag to put plants into, and a bright, visible jacket or hat. Rewards include the amazing views over the Arm during quiet summer weekend evenings and the potential for complete eradication of an invasive species from our state by volunteer efforts only. Special Instructions: If planning to attend, please email or call James Sowerwine in advance at the contact information above, as outings may be rescheduled around weather or volunteer availability.
18 May, Thursday: Invasive Trees Time: 6:00 PM at the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead (off Campbell Airstsrip Road) Description: Group will search for invasive species such as Prunus padua and Prunus virginiana. Group will learn how to use the invasive weed app. Contact: Gino Graziano gagraziano@alaska.edu
21 May, Sunday: Bird Ridge Time: 9 AM at the Bird Ridge Parking Lot, Mi. 101.7 Seward Highway, $5 Chugach State Park pass Description: Watch the flowers go back to winter time as you slowly climb the ridge. Allow plenty of time to look at the flowers, and take photographs. Bring lunch and snacks. If the weather is nice, we may be out past dinner. Contact: Marilyn Barker mhwbarker@icloud.com
23 May, Tuesday: Dandelion removal for the Lowenfels Trail. Time: 7-9 PM Leaders: Anjanette Steer (anjsteer@gmail.com) or 414-7442 and Mary Stella (mstella@gci.net) Description: Helpful items to bring include dandelion digger, kneeling pad and a 5 gallon pail or plastic bag. Parking is available at the Benny Benson School
27 May, Saturday: Lazy Mountain (near Palmer) Time: 8 AM Leaders: Dennis Ronsse and Forrest Baldwin Description: The best spot for early flora in the Mat-Su and different from the Anchorage Chugach. Expect a steady climb 3,120 of feet, Total 6.5 miles steep & very slippery if wet. (This trip will be cancelled if it is too wet.) Contact: dennis.ronsse@gmail.com for details, location, possible car pooling
30 May, Tuesday: Tragopogon pull. Time: 6:30 PM Leader: James Sowerwine 334-2542 or james.sowerwine@gmail.com Place: Potter Section House Parking Area (Seward Hwy just past Potter Marsh) See May 16 for details.

June
3 June, Saturday: BLM National Trails Day. Time: Check in time 8:30 to 9:00 AM Sign up for the activity of your choice. Location: Meet at the East entrance of the BLM Science Center. Description: Volunteer to help with trail and garden maintenance. Free pizza at noon. NOTE: Be sure to let Louise or the BLM person in charge know you are with ANPS as this Service counts towards a price reduction for our meeting space for ANPS
4 June, Sunday: Mount Eklutna Time: 8:15 AM Leader: Dennis Ronsse Description: Expect 6-7 hours, Total 6.5 miles, Climbing 2800 feet (some steep loose rock) Contact: dennis.ronsse@gmail.com for details & location, possible car pooling
13 June, Tuesday: Tragopogon Pull. Time: 6:30 PM See May 16 for details.
14 June, Wednesday: Campbell Creek Science Center Work Party Time: 10 AM-12 PM Meeting Place: East entrance to Science Center Description: This is mostly weeding of the wildflower beds. Leader: Dennis Ronsse dennis.ronsse@gmail.com
14 June, Wednesday: Eklutna Calcareous Swamp Time: 6 PM Location: Meet at Eklutna Campground, Mile 10 Eklutna Lake Road, State Park fee Description: Expect 2 hours hiking, total .5 mile on family friendly, easy trail. Some parts swampy (boots helpful, not essential) Unusual plants: Sparrow egg Lady's Slipper, Round-leaved Orchis, Greenland Primrose, Simple Bog Sedge & Sticky False Asphodel Contact: Dennis Ronsse - dennis.ronsse@gmail.com for details, location, possible car pooling
17 June, Saturday: Hatcher Passpossibly Marmot Mountain Time: 9 AM Location: Meet at Turners (yellow) storePalmer-Fishhook Road, about Mile 9 Description: Moderate hike with up to 2000 foot elevation gain. Sturdy boots required. Come explore a new area and enjoy early blooming wildflowers.
22 June, Thursday: Dandelion removal for the Lowenfels Trail. Time: 7-9 PM Leader: Ginger Hudson growingtallllc@gmail.com or 382-0460 Instructions: Helpful items to bring include dandelion digger, kneeling pad and a 5 gallon pail or plastic bag. Parking is available at the Benny Benson School
27 June, Tuesday: Tragopogon Pull. Time: 6:30 PM See May 16 for details.
28 June, Wednesday: Campbell Creek Science Center Work Party Time: 7-9PM Meeting Place: East entrance to Science Center. Description: This is mostly weeding of the wildflower beds. Leader: Beth Baker - daisymae@mtaonline.net

July
2 July, Sunday: The Ball Park, Chugach State Park Time: 8:30 AM -4 PM Meeting place: Glen Alps Lower Parking Lot Description: Hike along Powerline Pass, cross South Fork Campbell Creek, climb up towards the saddle between Little O'Malley and O'Malley peaks and then wander back through the Ballpark. We should find some alpine plants. Wear sturdy boots for climbing on loose rock; dress in layers; bring rain gear, water, lunch. Please call or email if you plan to come. Level of difficulty: moderate to difficult (steep climb) Minimum Age: 12 Leader: Mel Langdon mellenlangdon@gmail.com 503-991-8282
9 July, Sunday: April Bowl Trail, Hatcher Pass Location: Meet 9 am near dumpster at new Fred Myers Store, Palmer Description: 2.2 miles round trip; elevation gain about 800 feet. Switchbacks take you through a small valley with a cirque lake and several small ponds. It soon turns into a ridge trail and is extremely narrow and rough, ending at Hatch Peak. Explore alpine plants with Jaime Rodriguez, extremely knowledgeable member of Rock Garden Society; bring lunch and water. Contact: Beth Baker, co-leader, if you plan to attend: daisymae@mtaonline.net
12 July, Wednesday: Campbell Creek Science Center Work Party Time: 10 AM -12 PM Meeting Place: East entrance to Science Center. Description: This is mostly weeding of the wildflower beds. Leader: Dennis Ronsse. Please contact dennis.ronsse@gmail.com
. 13 July, Thursday: Short Botany Hike, BLM Science Center Time: 6 PM Meeting place: Entrance to Campbell Creek Science Center Description: After a short botany hike, coordinated by Anjanette Steer, BLM will honor Verna Pratt with a short dedication of garden art
13 July, Thursday: Lecture
Time: 7 PM Place: Campbell Creek Science Center Topic: The World in Your Garden: A rock gardener and plant collector explores diversity and evolution. Presented by: Dr. Anthony Reznicek
18 July, Tuesday: Tragopogon Pull. Time: 6:30 PM See May 16 for details.
16 July, Sunday: Black Tail Rocks, Eagle River Time: 8 AM Location: Meet near dumpster at Carrs in Eagle River for possible car pooling Description: Great alpine wonderland; 10 miles round trip; bring lunch and water; hiking poles Contact: Beth Baker - daisymae@mtaonline.net
26 July, Wednesday: Campbell Creek Science Center Work Party Time 7-9PM Leader: Beth Baker daisymae@mtaonline.net Meeting Place: East entrance to Science Center. Description: This is mostly weeding of the wildflower beds.

August 9 August, Wednesday: Campbell Creek Science Center Work Party Time: 7-9PM Meeting Place: East entrance to Science Center. Description: This is mostly weeding of the wildflower beds. Leader: Ann Nevaldine
12 August, Saturday: Summit Creek Trail Time: Meet 9 am in Carrs Huffman parking lot, SW corner for carpooling. Leader: Jean Tam Contact: 248-3363 Description: Trailhead is at Mile 43.9, on the west side of the Seward Highway, just south of Summit Lake. See map and description in 55 Ways book, 5th Ed., page 100. Ambitious hikers can go all the way to the Resurrection Pass Trail (9 miles), but most of us will go about 3 miles up the trail. Good chance to see Gentiana platypetala in bloom.
We could have dinner at the Summit Lake Lodge after the hike. 19 August, Saturday: Hanging Valley off South Fork of Eagle River Time: 8 AM Location: Near dumpster Carrs Eagle River for possible car pooling Description: elevation gain 1,200 ft; moderate difficulty; 10 miles round trip; approx 6-8 hours; bring lunch and water, Contact: Beth Baker - daisymae@mtaonline.net
22 August, Tuesday: Dandelion removal for the Lowenfels Trail. Time: 7-9 PM Leader: Ginger Hudson growingtallllc@gmail.com or 382-0460 Instructions: Helpful items to bring include dandelion digger, kneeling pad and a 5 gallon pail or plastic bag. Parking is available at the Benny Benson School.
23 August, Wednesday: Campbell Creek Science Center Work Party Time 7-9PM Meeting Place: East entrance to Science Center. Description: This is mostly weeding of the wildflower beds. Leader: Beth Baker daisymae@mtaonline.net

September 9 September, Saturday Hope Point Time: 10 AM at Hope Point Parking Lot, Hope Description: A lovely new trail with lots of switch backs leading from coastal vegetation to alpine. Pace will be slow to allow time to appreciate the flowers and the stunning views. Be sure to bring a lunch and some snacks. The trail is endless on a beautiful day. Contact: Marilyn Barker mhwbarker@icloud.com for details, location and possible carpooling.
30 September, Saturday: National Public Lands day Time 8:30 AM Meeting Place: East entrance to Science Center. ANPS work part 9AM-12PM Description: This is mostly weeding and putting the garden to bed for the winter. Be sure to check in with Luise or BLM person in charge to let them know you are with ANPS as this service counts towards a price reduction for our meeting space. Free Pizza for lunch!

  • Bird Walks, Outdoor Week and more.... Check out the many year round events at the Campbell Creek Science Center.

  • Cooperative Extension Service. Many programs are offered throughout the year and around the state. Check their website for the latest events.

  • Public Lands Day. Some Saturday in September each year. This annual event is held at the Cambell Creek Science Center and affords fun events for the whole family as well as an opportunity to participate in conservation efforts such as tree planting and trail maintenance with other volunteers at the Campbell Tract.

  • National Trails Day. Some Saturday in June each year. This annual event is held at the Cambell Creek Science Center and affords fun events for the whole family as well as an opportunity to participate in conservation efforts such as trail maintenance with other volunteers at the Campbell Tract.

  • Eagle River Nature Center . At the end of Eagle River Road, this is a great place to go for local nature events. Check their website for calendar of events and directions.

  • Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats. This group also has local hikes. Click for a calendar of their events.

  • Alaska Botanical Garden. This is a great place to see native plants growing. Programs for adults and children.

  • Begich Boggs Visitor Center. Located in Portage Valley, the Begich Boggs Visitors Center has information about the Chugach National Forest, local ranger programs as well as a learning center for students.

Alaska Native Plant Society  PO Box 141613  Anchorage, Alaska 99514
Last updated May 15, 2012

Moneses uniflora
Single Delight, Moneses uniflora, growing with Star moss, Polytrichum sp. Also called Shy maiden, this woodland flower blooms in midsummer in much of Alaska.