Plants found on the alpine tundra are often found nowhere else. They have adapted to harsh climate conditions to survive. Remember that plants produce their own food using sunlight for energy in a process called photosynthesis.

Enjoy tundra plants responsibly when you visit- get down on your hands and knees to take a close look but don't pick flowers and watch your step! Try to walk from rock to rock if you leave the trail to avoid damage to these delicate beauties!

AND... Don't forget to bring a plant/flower field guide with you on your tundra visit!

Click on the photo below to learn about some strategies that plants use to cope with the cold, windy, dry conditions that lead to very short growing seasons.

Seek Shelter: Out of the Wind!

Perennials: Come Back Year After Year!