Visit Lolo Pass June 16-18 for cultural presentation on camas plant

Release Date: Jun 14, 2021

KAMIAH, Idaho: June 14, 2021—This week, Master Tribal Interpreter Roger Amerman will be at Packer Meadow, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests west of Lolo Pass Visitor Center at the Idaho-Montana state line, to share historical and cultural information about the camas plant. This iconic flower is blooming now at Packer Meadow, and Amerman will be teaching visitors about the importance of this plant to the Nez Perce people.

The “Camas is Blooming” event will be held June 16, 17, and 18 and take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PDT) each day. During the event, Amerman will share his in-depth knowledge of the cultural ecology of the camas plant and will bring traditional camas digging sticks and cooked camas for visitors to discuss and review. Guests will also be able to view and enjoy Tribal artifacts and artwork.

To get to Packer Meadow, take Forest Service Road #373 out of the Lolo Pass Visitor Center parking lot for approximately one mile. You will see the meadow and interpretive sign on your right. Drive slowly and be prepared to encounter other visitor traffic on the road to the meadow, as well as rocks and uneven terrain.

Always remember to Leave No Trace and Recreate Responsibly during your visit to Packer Meadow. Stay on established trails in the meadow, and do not pick camas flowers. Please keep dogs under your control and explain to your children the importance of staying on trails so as not to damage the meadow. We appreciate everyone’s respectful enjoyment of this historically, culturally, and ecologically important place.

Packer Meadow will offer ample space for social distancing among event participants. Visitors are encouraged to follow the latest CDC guidance on safety precautions due to COVID-19, as well as guidance set forth by the State of Idaho.

For more information about the Camas is Blooming event or other happenings at Lolo Pass, please call the visitor center at (208) 942-3113. The visitor center is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PDT).



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