Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Montane
Montane Native Plants Hike - Staunton State Park
Spend the morning with a guide learning about the montane life zone and searching for montane wildflowers. This hike will occur at Colorado's newest state park, Staunton State Park, which is approximately a 40-mile drive from Denver. This park showcases pine forests and mountain meadows and an array of wildflowers including several species of penstemon, wild currant, raspberry, and rose, wild geranium and iris. There is also an abundance of wildlife, several streams, unique geology, and one waterfall. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered. This hike will be moderate and 4 miles or less.
Price: $25, $20 member
Instructor: Jen Toews
Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2015 as the Plant Recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She is an author of the recently published field guide Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region (2018) and has developed content for and taught native plants classes at the Gardens. She holds a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MA in English from CU Denver, and is a Native Plant Master®. Outside of work Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado's diverse plants and their habitats and writing about nature-themed adventures in her blog, Telesonix Times.