American Penstemon Society Annual Meeting 2024

June 21-24 2024

Updated 7/6/24

Additional resources from the 2024 Annual Meeting

2024 Schedule

2024 Field Trips

2024 Attendee Documents


This year's annual APS meeting will be in Pullman Washington from Friday June 21 to Monday June 24, 2024 to explore the Blue Mountains.  Preparations are underway by the APS Board and meeting coordinator and additional details will be posted here and updated as they are made available.

More details to come!


Meeting coordinator:

Walter Fertig, Collections Manager of the Marion Ownbey Herbarium, Washington State University


Annual Meeting field trips:

Update 6/13/24: Field trips have changed.
Due to ongoing changes and to highlight the Field trips, information has been moved to the Annual Meeting Field Trip page.


Packing List

Don’t forget to pack your field trip essentials. Hiking boots, poles, water bottles, clothing layers, hat and sunscreen, sunglasses camera, personal first aid kit, hand lenses and any emergency items.



For those traveling by car to the meetings, there is construction on routes to Pullman and Moscow. Check the Washington Department of Transportation and the Idaho Transportation Department websites and prepare for delays

The main roads in the Blue Mountains are all pretty good - sedans with good tires should be fine. The Blues are remote, though, and folks will want to make sure to gas up before leaving Clarkston or Asotin.  Car-pooling is encouraged to save gas, ease crowd control, and promote camaraderie.



Updated 6/18/24

People staying at McEachern dorm on the weekend do not need a parking permit.
Anyone with a disability plate can get a special pass online to park at most of the lots on campus for $2. This pass is only for people with an official disability license plate.
The university no longer issues prepaid passes to hang on your rear view mirror. Everything is done electronically via the WSU transportation website or the AMP app that you can download at designated parking sites (there are many on the street and a visitor lot near the Owen Science library at the corner of College Ave and Idaho). Rates are hourly, but only apply from 8 to 5.
Consult the WSU transportation website for more info.
There is free parking on Wilson Road off Stadium Way (across from the football stadium) after 5 for evening events at the CUB. It is a walk uphill to the CUB, but this is the closest lot. Pullman is a hilly town - which is why it is called the San Francisco of Whitman County.
Info provided by Walter Fertig, meeting coordinator. 


Cost for meals associated with the Friday reception and the Saturday evening banquet are included in the registration fee. All other meal arrangements are the responsibility of attendees. Pack a lunch and carry it with you on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday field trips. Most field trips involve travel into somewhat isolated areas. It is critical that you begin each field trip with enough food and water for an all-day excursion.



UPDATE 5/18/24:


The Society Vice-President, Randy Tatroe, has contracted with Washington State University to allow meeting attendees the option to rent dorm rooms on campus.

Details of the dorm rooms:

  • Rooms are in McEachern Hall, 1506 Olympia Ave, Pullman, WA 99163
  • Rooms are private and single occupancy
  • Two rooms share a bathroom
  • Meeting attendees can stay 1-4 nights (Thursday 6/20 through Sunday 6/23)
  • Rooms include a basic linen set
  • Rooms must be reserved through the APS (room registration is now closed)

For maps of the WSU campus and surrounding area, see the meeting attendee documents page.

Lodging in the dorm rooms is OPTIONAL.

If you do not want to lodge in the dorm rooms, please make your own reservations for lodging near Pullman, WA. Early booking is encouraged.



Events and meetings will be held in room CUB 210 in the Compton Union Bldg (Room CUB 210 -Jr. Ballroom) on the Washington State University campus, close to the football field.

For maps of the WSU campus and surrounding area, see the meeting attendee documents page.


Evening Talks:

New this year! We will be streaming the evening talks by zoom. See the links below and on the Meeting schedule page.

Friday evening, June 21, 7:00 PM PDT
Penstemon and other interesting plants of the Blue Mountains
Speaker: Walter Fertig, collections manager of the Marion Ownbey Herbarium at Washington State University, will speak about “Penstemons and other interesting plants of the Blue Mountains”.  The Blue Mountains of SE Washington is the smallest ecoregion in the state but has a rich flora influenced by the Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, and Palouse grasslands.  This powerpoint presentation will highlight the dozen Penstemon species known from the Blues and vicinity in Oregon and Idaho, as well as other rare, unusual, or beautiful wildflowers we are likely to see on field trips this weekend.

Zoom meeting recording link

Saturday evening, June 22, 7:00 PM PDT
Geology and Plants of the Blue Mountain Eco-province - Intersections and Connections

Speaker: Mark Darrach, former botanist on the Umatilla National Forest and a research associate at the University of Washington Herbarium, will speak on "Geology and Plants of the Blue Mountain Eco-province - Intersections and Connections".  This talk will focus on recent geologic discoveries in the Blue Mountains and the impacts of geology on the composition of the flora and vegetation.

Zoom meeting recording link:

For more information about the schedule, see the Annual Meeting Schedule page.