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5th Annual Wildflower & Wind Power Hike

Wild Horse Wind & Solar Facility

Explore spectacular wildflower displays on guided hikes led by local naturalists and native-plant enthusiasts. Hikes begin at the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center, 25905 Vantage Highway, Ellensburg. Map it

Information and schedule

Download the event poster.
Visit us at Facebook.com/WildHorseREC.
Call 509-964-7815 for details and free registration.

April 27th

Ron Bockelman: WTU Herbarium Resources, Plant Identification, and Photography Tips.

Ron is the Environmental Project Manager for David Evans and Associates, and will demonstrate how to navigate through the Burke Museum WTU Herbarium Plant Gallery and use their Plant Identification tools. Ron will also share a few quick and easy photography tips for taking wildflower photos with point and shoot digital cameras.

Dick Ambrose: Shrub Steppe Hikes

A retired U.S. Forest Service ranger, Dick writes hiking and outdoors articles for the Daily Record in Ellensburg. His presentation will highlight the views, plants, and other unique aspects of local shrub steppe hikes.  Learn about the variations in shrub steppe ecosystems, and the ecology of these different zones.

May 11th

Angela Buck: Wanapum Lifeways Food Gathering

Angela is the Museum Director for the Wanapum Heritage Center, and also helped to develop a heritage and food plant display at the Renewable Energy Center.  The shrub steppe at Wild Horse is very diverse, and includes numerous edible and medicinal plants. Join us for Angela’s presentation on food gathering in this region.

Jack Powell: Geology of Central Washington

Jack works as a geologist for the Department of Natural Resources. He will discuss various geological features in the area including the Missoula floods, lava flows, sandstone deposits, petrified wood, and chert. See how the geology of the area creates several distinct plant environments at Wild Horse.

May 25th

Kittitas County Master Gardeners: Native Plant Gardening

Learn how to use native plants, shrubs, and trees in your yard. These plants are beautiful, hardy, and require little water, making for a sustainable garden. Get started with the free wildflower seed packet from the Wildflower Walk!

Jack Massie: Central Washington Lichen

Jack is a botanist with the Cle Elum Ranger District who specializes in lichen. While not as showy as many wildflowers, these unique and often colorful organisms play an important role in the shrub steppe ecosystem. View samples of local lichen and learn to identify a few species in the field.