Field Trips

Koma Kulshan chapter Washington Native Plant Society field trips are generally free and open to the public. Exceptions are noted in the trip descriptions.

Spring 2018 Field Trips

March 31, Saturday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Washington Park

Washington Park, an Anacortes city park, contains some fairly open areas that provide a habitat for early spring wildflowers. Its forested areas, especially its colony of Rocky Mountain Junipers, are impressive. We will make a circuit of the park trails, walking somewhat more than two miles, and see what we can find. Meet at the Fairhaven west side park and ride at the south end of 32nd St. at 8:30 AM. If you have questions contact Jim Duemmel, or 360-733-3448.

April 21, Saturday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Spring Flowers on Vedder Mountain

Vedder Mtn. is just SE of Sumas. The area has some interesting plants not common elsewhere in western Whatcom County. The trail is lightly used and will be rough and steep in places. The round trip distance will be three+ miles depending on the trail we are able to take. Elevation gain 1040 feet whatever way we go. A plant list (202 species) is available on the WNPS state website. Meet at 8:30 AM at the southeast corner of Sunset Square Safeway parking lot. If you have questions contact Jim Duemmel at 360 733-3448 or

May 9, Wednesday, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Teddy Bear Cove Scotch Broom Removal

We will revisit Whatcom County’s largest publicly accessible Garry Oak grove and remove more of the Scotch Broom that is growing there. This should be easier than last year. Tools needed: clippers, loppers, pruning saws. If someone has a very long-handled pruning saw or lopping tool for the plants growing on the cliffs, that would be a great help. Gather at the North Chuckanut Mountain parking lot along Chuckanut Drive at the west end of Arroyo Park just north of California St. at 9:30 AM. If you have questions contact Jim Duemmel at 360 733-3448 or

May 12, Saturday, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Wild Edible Plants in the Spring

Finding wild edible foods in the spring before berries are ripe can be a challenge in our area. But, if you like greens, there are more than enough options. Who knows, we may even find other edibles. Jazmen Yoder and Jim Davis will lead this identify and taste hike along multiple trails in the vicinity of Larrabee State Park. We will carpool from the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at the end of 32nd St.) leaving at 9:30. Bring a lunch and wear appropriate clothing for the weather that day. We will return by about 4 PM. Please contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or if you have any questions.

May 19, Saturday, 11:00 AM to 4 or 5 PM

Marine Algae of Point Whitehorn

Point Whitehorn proper is Whatcom County’s best algae and invertebrate beach. We will approach it from the Birch Bay side, about 3 miles beach walking, return. Bring rubber boots, guidebook, snacks, water, hand-lens, hand towel, and ANTICIPATE MUCH COOLER conditions than in your garden. All knowledge levels and backgrounds welcome, for some this will be tutorial, others a seminar. I provide plant list; whatever guidebook you own is right for you. If buying, I suggest Druehl, Louis D. and Bridgette E. Clarkston, 2016, Pacific Seaweeds; ISBN 978-1-55017-737-4. Meet for carpooling at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot for an 11:00 AM departure, OR be at the S.W. corner of Birch Bay State Park by boat ramp and last toilet facility at 11:35, Discover Pass required. Questions? Bob Lemon or (360) 714-8629.

June 9, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Chilliwack Lake

Located north of Hannegan Pass just across the Canadian border, Chilliwack Lake was the original gateway to the North Cascades for British, American, and Native American surveyors, porters and guides in the late 1850s. We will drive there via Chilliwack, BC, and spend the day exploring the valley bottom old growth forests and climbing trails to the subalpine meadows towering over the lake. Bring passports, lunches, and $ to stop for dinner if we are returning late. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 8:00 AM. Contact Abe Lloyd at 360 303-1339 or to confirm.

June 23, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hannegan Pass Trail

This trail becomes a busy route to the back country after the snow melts out, but should be ideal for leisurely botanizing in late June. We will likely go 2 or 3 miles on the gentle valley bottom part of the trail before we are turned back by snow. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 8:00 AM. Bring a lunch and water, dress for the weather, and wear shoes suitable for crossing snow patches. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or to confirm.

Previous field trips are listed on their own page in case you’re curious about where the Koma Kulshan chapter has explored in previous seasons.