Naturalist Ann Walter-Fromson is leading a series of Wednesday morning wildflower walks at area parks, preserves, and watershed trails again this year. You’re welcome to join in for any or all of these walks. We have four walks scheduled in April.
On April 5th, we will go to the Richardson-Taylor Preserve, where we will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. This will be about 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.
Our other wildflower walks in April are:
April 12 – Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.
April 19 – Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.
April 26 – Knight Brown Preserve: We begin on the Beechwood Bottom Trail and continue on the Creekside Loop trail to see which wildflowers are in bloom at this pristine site owned by Piedmont Land Conservancy. About 2 miles of walking, some of it hilly.
Participants should wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places, and many have exposed roots. Close-focus binoculars and a wildflower field guide would be helpful to have with you, as well as a walking stick, insect repellant (if the weather is warm), a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.
We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the Whole Foods parking lot at the end closest to Friendly Avenue between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at email@example.com if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.