The Palouse Prairie Foundation and the White Pine chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society are sponsoring a program on the historic and botanical importance of Whelan Pioneer Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The tour will start at the home of Joan Folwell, near Pullman. Email Folwell at rjfolweel@pullman.com to reserve a spot. Lunch will be provided.

Pamela Brunsfield, retired Stillinger Herbarium curator and systematic botany instructor, will discuss the history of the cemetery and lead a botany tour. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants to protect from insects and scratches. Sunscreen, hats and gloves are recommended.

Remnants of the Palouse Prairie are often found at pioneer cemeteries, since they weren’t allowed to be plowed, according to a PPF news release. These areas provide a snapshot of species diversity in a vanishing ecosystem.

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