Aug 17, 2017

Guide to Whitefish Trail Wildflowers Now Available

Sales benefit FVCC study abroad programs and Whitefish Legacy Partners

FVCC’s Biology department has partnered with Whitefish Legacy Partners and Montana Native Plant Society to produce “A Pocket Guide to the Whitefish Trail Wildflowers.” Available for purchase at the FVCC Bookstore, Whitefish Legacy Partners office and various retail stores in Whitefish, the guide contains color photographs and names of more than 125 flowering plants found along the Whitefish Trail.

FVCC student Danner Pickering and plant biology professor Dr. Mirabai McCarthy co-authored the guide, made possible thanks to funding from the FVCC Foundation and Montana Native Plant Society. The guide can be purchased for $7.95, with sale proceeds supporting FVCC study abroad programs and Whitefish Legacy Partners.

Under the guidance of Dr. McCarthy, Pickering conducted a survey of flowering herbs and shrubs in the forested landscape along more than 40 miles of the Whitefish Trail. The project provided Pickering with field research experience and greatly expanded his knowledge of local plants.

For more information about the guide or undergraduate research opportunities at FVCC, contact Dr. McCarthy at or 756-3624. For more information about the Whitefish Trail, visit