Camas lily is a key cultural resource as well as an important ecological component of wetland communities. Camas lily was historically one of the most widely utilized plant foods of the Nez Perce people and remains so for many tribal members today.
To help the park monitor the health of the camas community, local high school students work hand-in-hand with scientists and resource professionals. The park get’s vital data to help it manage the camas populations at its Weippe Prairie site and the students have the opportunity to learn about the Nez Perce and careers in science.
Every year, scientists, park service staff, and high school students descend on Weippe Prairie, Idaho to count and monitor Camas Lily. This plant, a traditional food for the Nez Perce Indians, used to thrive. The NPS is monitoring the health of this population and use the information to craft a management strategy.