The Celebrating Wildflowers program was created in 1991 by the USDA Forest Service in response to a public request for information about native plants and their conservation. Other agencies soon joined as botanists,  interpreters and the public became enthusiastic about the Celebrating Wildflowers program.

The Helena National Forest, in cooperation with the Montana Discovery Foundation and the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society, is now in the sixteenth year of Celebrating Wildflowers. The partners, working with area teachers, encourage 4th grade students to read the wild plant stories you’ll find on these pages. The students who participate are required to read and research the native plant of interest, then draw a picture to illustrate their selected story.

The winners from this competition are proudly displayed in a publication. Also, participating students hike on Mt. Helena to view first hand the unique and beautiful range of native plant species found virtually in their backyard.

Another part of the Celebrating Wildflowers program is an annual hike to Lewis & Clark Pass at the end of May. This hike lets participants view wildflowers along the historic corridor used by American Indians and their Road to the Buffalo.

To see the schedule for this and other spring wildflower walks, please visit our calendar