Friday, April 24, 2015

Shenandoah National Park Hosts Wildflower Weekend 2015

Native spring wildflowers and children's creativity will be celebrated during Shenandoah National Park's 29th annual Wildflower Weekend, May 9-10, 2015.

Special hikes and programs will focus on the diversity and value of hundreds of species of flowering plants that are protected by the Park. Visitors may also view the winning entries in the Park's first "Youth Art in the Park" wildflower art contest. The top-winning works will be exhibited at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) on Wildflower Weekend, and later at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6).

Featured programs during Wildflower Weekend are "Bee Wild and Go Native ~ How to Create Your Own Wildlife Habitat," a PowerPoint presentation by Jack Price;and "Simply Beautiful," a nature photography workshop by Ann and Rob Simpson. Both programs will be on Saturday, May 9, at Byrd Visitor Center.

On Sunday, May 10, Park Botanist Wendy Cass will lead a hike on the Fox Hollow Trail (mile 4.6), highlighting a new program funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust to control invasive plants and restore native ones in targeted areas of Shenandoah National Park.

There will be additional to hikes to waterfalls, peaks and other favorite wildflower trails, a bird walk, wildflower identification for beginners, and a program designed for children ages 7-12. New programs include a short hike down to Jeremy's Run and a hike around the summit of Bearfence Mountain.

All programs are free and no reservations are needed. The complete program schedule is posted here.



Jeff
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