Botany AB 2019

Botany Alberta 2019
Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2019

ANPC is excited for another year of botanizing, camping, and seeing old and new friends at Botany Alberta! Below you will find two events for August. Included is a list of suggested things to bring. We do have a waiver for everyone to sign before we head out each day.

Nisku Prairie and Bunchberry Meadows

Bunchberry Meadows is approximately 30km south west outside of Edmonton and is made up of wetlands, old growth forests and open meadows. It is quite unique due to its sand dune formations which are called Devon Dunes formed of deltaic sediments. Due to these dunes, the area has quite the unique group of plant species. See the website here.

Nisku Prairie is approximately 28km south of Edmonton and has aspen groves mixed with grasslands. It is one of the Alberta Native Plant Council’s stewardship areas (for more info click here), shared with Leduc County. The area is known for its plains rough fescue and numerous species of forbs.

Dates, Times and Locations:
August 17th We will be meeting at Bunchberry at 10am and aiming to finish in the late afternoon. Please make sure you bring a lunch and lots of water on both days.
August 18th we will be meeting at Nisku Prairie at 10am. Please be advised there are no facilities except at Nisku, on the corner of Hwy 2 and 625 or in Beaumont, a few km to the east and north.

Directions to Bunchberry Meadows from Edmonton:
Head west on Whitemud Drive.
– Turn south onto 215 St/Winterburn Road (6.5 km).
–  Turn west onto Highway 627/Maskekosihk Trail (1.6 km).
– Turn south onto Range Road 261/Fleming Drive (5.6 km).
– The entrance to Bunchberry Meadows will be on your right.
Bunchberry is about 6 km south on Hwy 261, on the west side of the road. (The sign is not easily visible coming from the north, so drive slowly at the 6 km mark.)

From Devon: Follow Hwy 60 north of Devon to Hwy 627 (an intersection with lights about 6 km north of the U of A Botanic Garden which will appear on your right). Turn right on 627 and then right again on 261. Travel for 6 km, with Bunchberry appearing on your right (west). Parking, washroom and picnic facilities are available at Bunchberry.

Directions to Nisku Prairie from Edmonton:
– drive south on Highway 2 (Calgary Trail)
exit onto the first turnoff for Nisku Industrial park, Secondary Highway 625 (exit before the airport exit)
– Turn left (east) on Secondary 625 / Twp Rd 504 (this is also the road to Beaumont).
– Travel east through Nisku Industrial Park; and continue across a wide, shallow valley (Blackmud Creek)
– On the hill on the other side move into a right-turning lane with a sign that indicates “Vistas South”; and turn right into the subdivision.  
– Travel south for about 0.8 km and look for Nisku Prairie on the right side of the road. It issigned behind a red steel entrance gate.
– Park on the shoulder of the road or on the shoulder of land close to the gate.

Car pooling to Nisku Prairie is advised, due to the limited parking opportunities.

Overnight accommodation;
Devon has a hotel called the Key West Inn, and there are tons of hotels and motels in Edmonton which is about a 35minute drive away.
Camping is available at Devon Lions Campground which is close to Bunchberry Meadows and is $31/night. Reservations can be made at http://devonlionscampground.activenuketoo.com/CampingRates.aspx

What to Bring:
Bring your backpack and personal field gear
·     weather appropriate clothing
·     sturdy boots
·     first aid kit
·     bug spray & sunscreen
·     Lunch, snacks and extra water
·     plant ID gear, hand lens, plant field guide
·     GPS

Be sure to bring lunch and enough snacks and water for a full day. If you are camping please make sure you bring everything needed.