Guided Wildflower Walk in Governor Basin

Learn about the wildflowers in the Upper Uncompahgre Watershed

Are you aware that many plants have been historically used for medicinal, cultural, or nutritional purposes? Do you recognize the relationship between native plants and animals? Do you have questions about specific plants found in the San Juan Mountains?

Walk among the native plants of the subalpine vegetation zone with guide Mary Menz. Mary will identify wildflowers, share historical uses of native plants, and talk about the role native plants play in the ecosystem—including areas with acid mine runoff.

Please bring your lunch and water bottle. We’ll bring some cookies!

Appropriate footwear, clothing layers, rain gear, and sun screen are suggested. Feel free to bring cameras and notebooks.

A maximum of 20 participants will carpool from Ouray to Governor Basin via Camp Bird Road. This is a high elevation walk, but the distance will be less than two miles.

Mary Menz is co-author of Common Wildflowers of the San Juan Mountains. Mary is a Colorado Native Plant Master® and teaches the course on the Western Slope for Colorado State University Extension. She lives in Ridgway with her husband of 30+ years, and is the UWP Board Secretary.

Mary’s book will be available at the walk. All profits from books sold that day will be donated to UWP. A donation fo $35 per person ($20 per child) is requested to support UWP’s activities. Mary is generously donating her time for this event.

Reservations Required: Tanya at tanya@uncompahgrewatershed.org or 970-325-3010.

Questions: Tanya at tanya@uncompahgrewatershed.org or 970-325-3010.

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