• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park


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Shenandoah National Park Sponsors Wildflower Weekend

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Date: May 3, 2007
Contact: Mara Meisel, 540-999-3282

Native flowers will be in the spotlight during Shenandoah National Park’s 21st annual Wildflower Weekend, May 12 and 13, 2007. Visitors will have a chance to meet woodland beauties such as wild geranium, trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and many others on a variety of naturalist-led hikes.

The Feature Program this year will be a digital photography workshop for beginners with an optional Filed Session, presented by Rob and Ann Simpson.

Hikes include Millers Head, Mill Prong, Pocosin Mission, Gravel Springs-Bluff Trail, Limberlost, Appalachian Trail, Stony Man-Passamaquoddy Loop, and South River Falls trails. There will also be bird walks, a butterfly walk, children’s programs, a wildflower identification hike for beginners, and more. Click here for the complete program schedule (pdf, 18 kb).

Programs are free, and there is no registration required. There is a $15-per-car entrance fee to the park, good for seven days. For more information about Wildflower Weekend, call the park at 540-999-3283.

Did You Know?

o	The leathery grape fern, one of the rare plants in Big Meadows, has a fertile frond bearing small grapelike clusters of spore cases.

Shenandoah National Park has 431 rare plant populations representing 66 rare plant species. The highest concentration of these is in the park’s Big Meadows area