In June 1996, seventeen people journeyed to remote Hart Mountain in south central Oregon, and camped for five days under primitive but botanically interesting conditions. Participants collected over 550 specimens (not counting replicates) to add to the Herbarium. Replicates will be used as exchange material.
A high point of the weekend was the spaghetti dinner prepared for the crowd by John Myers. Foray participants were: Richard Olmstead, Sarah Gage, Mildred Arnot, Alison Colwell, Amy Denton, Diane Ferguson, David Giblin, Katie Glew, Robert Goff, Judy Harpel, Randall Hitchin, Martin Meyers and friend, John Myers, John Stiller, Chuck Williams, Alan Yen.
An article about the Foray appeared in the Autumn 1996 issue of Perspectives, Newsletter of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences.
The 1996 Foray was followed by a series of six evening sessions held in late 1996 and early 1997, during which the specimens were organized and identified by Foray participants and other volunteers. All of the more than 550 specimens from 1996 were identified before the start of the 1997 Foray