Wildflower Weekend 2015

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This spring, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument have been treated to a spectacular display of wildflowers. We will host our first-ever Wildflower Weekend Friday, June 5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Alibates Visitor Center.

Friday- June 5, 2015

Join us at the Alibates Visitor Center as we kick-off the summer season with our new event, "Wildflower Weekend."

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Registration

7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentations and Awards

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Music in the Gardens

 

Saturday -June 6, 2015

8:30-10:00 Native Ecosystems -- Glenna Amerman, National Park Service Ranger

Join a ranger for a beautiful plant identification hike on one of our newest trails. Come learn and practice plant identification skills and discover the different ecosystems of Lake Meredith. Find out how you can help our native ecosystems stay beautiful and diverse. Dress appropriately; bring water and your camera.

  • Where: Harbor Bay Trail
  • Logistics: Meet at Alibates Visitor Center and caravan to Harbor Bay Trailhead
  • Length: 2miles Time: 1.5hours
8:45-10:15 Flower Photography - Charles Gillingham, Instructor, Frank Phillips College

It is not just as simple as point and click, if you want really good pictures. Join Charles to find out more about photography techniques such as framing your pictures, foreground, background and macro photography.

  • Where: Alibates Visitor Center
  • Logistics: Short walk around Visitor Center grounds
  • Time: 1.5 hours

10:00-11:30 The Wildflowers of Alibates -- Barbara Justice, National Park Service Ranger

Hike to the Alibates Flint Quarries as we identify and discover a treasure of spectacular wildflowers along the trail. Witness an exceptional multitude of plant habitats due to the recent moisture levels.

  • Where: Alibates Visitor Center
  • Logistics: Caravan to the Alibates Flint Quarries Trailhead
  • Length:1.5 miles
  • Time:1.5 hours

10:30-11:45 The Art of Wildflowers -- Julie Kerr, Artist and Instructor, Frank Phillips College

Nature provides beautiful scenes in all directions. From tiny wildflowers to majestic mesas, subjects abound in the Panhandle. In this workshop, local artist Julie Kerr will take time for close observation and study the line, form, and texture of the natural world. Whether keeping a journal or creating finished pieces of art, wildflowers and watercolor are a winning combination. Develop your skills and explore new techniques as you work from drawing simple subjects to landscapes.

  • Where: Alibates Visitor Center
  • Logistics: Alibates Visitor Center Theater/Alibates Gardens

11:15-12:15 Native Landscapes, Prairie Restoration – Arlene Wimer, Chief of Resources Management, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Whether you are seeking to preserve or enhance an existing native landscape, or you are looking for what once existed in our area, Arlene Wimer, Chief of Resources Management at Lake Meredith, will discuss howgoing native can be an exciting process that can bring years of enjoyment and satisfaction. Arlene will also discuss plant conservation and pollinators.You will also observe a prairie restoration project in progress and learn how to preserve the native plants defining our region.

  • Where: Alibates Visitor Center Theater
  • Logistics: Short walk to Prairie Conservation Site

12:00-1:00 Lunch -- Food trucks available or bring your own picnic lunch

1:00-1:45 Nature's Medicine Cabinet -- Joanne Toler, Master Naturalist

Utilizing plants for food and medicine connects us with our ancestors and empowers us to benefit from the wealth that nature has to offer. From roots to shoots, blooms to berries, join Master Naturalist Joanne Toler and explore useful plants that have an innate ability to optimize our health and vitality. This exciting, hands-on workshop will introduce many useful plants we can grow in our own gardens. Learn how such plants can beused to bring health and balance to ourselves, families, and community.

  • Meet in the Alibates Visitor Center Theater.

2:00-3:30 The Wildflowers of Alibates -- Jennifer Stegmann, National Park Service Ranger

Hike to the Alibates Flint Quarries and identify and discover a treasure of spectacular wildflowers along the trail. Witness an exceptional multitude of plant habitats due to the recent moisture levels.

  • Where: Alibates Visitor Center
  • Logistics: Caravan to the Alibates Monument Flint Quarries Trailhead.
  • Length: 1.5 miles
  • Time: 1.5 hours

2:00-2:45 Nature's Grocery Store -- Troney Toler, Master Naturalist

Native Americans were "Masters of Nature's Universe"--they knew when fruits, nuts, and seeds were ripe, which plants were useful (and which were poisonous), and how to prepare all of these foods. Learn about edible plants in the Texas Panhandle with Master Naturalist Troney Toler as he discusses identification, preparation, and cooking with native plants. You won't believe what you can eat from the wild!

  • Meet in the Alibates Visitor Center Theater.

3:00-3:45 Lost: Can you Survive? -- Barbara Justice, National Park Service Ranger

So you're stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last of your food two days ago, and now you're feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to eat is the question. Some plants will keep you alive and are chock full of essential vitamins and minerals, while some could make you violently ill….or even kill you. Join Ranger Barbara Justice to learn if you would survive.

  • Meet in the Alibates Visitor Center Theater.
 

Sunday –June 7, 2015

8:30-10:30 Nature's Landscape -- Glenna Amerman, National Park Service Ranger

Explore how nature speaks to you and inspires creativity. This moderate walk is a joyful investigation of Lake Meredith's iconic landscape of amazing wildflowers. During the hike on our newest trail, South Turkey Creek Trail, learn about the natural history of Lake Meredith.

  • Where: South Turkey Creek Trail
  • Logistics: Meet at Alibates Visitor Center, caravan to Harbor Bay parking area
  • Length: 2 miles
  • Time: 1.5 hours

12:00-1:00 Lunch -- Food trucks available or picnic lunch

1:00-1:45 Specialty Native Garden -- Neil Hinders, Owner of Canyon's Edge

Design your own butterfly and hummingbird gardens with an expert Master Naturalist, Neil Hinders. We do have hummingbirds passing through our area, and some who raise their young during the summer. Learn how you can easily attract both hummingbirds and butterflies to your property since both species enjoy similar habitats. A little forethought and preparation will allow you many seasons where you can sit and watch the colorful birds and insects travel throughout your garden.

  • Meet in Alibates Visitor Center Theater.

2:00-2:45 Xeriscaping -- Glenna Amerman, National Park Service Ranger

Perhaps you are new to xeriscaping garden design or need help with choosing plants for xeriscaping gardens. Join Ranger Amerman for tips and information on designing and maintaining xeriscaping landscapes. Learnwhich plants work well in a xeriscaping Garden. The garden at Alibates Visitor Center was developed using xeriscaping techniques.

  • Meet in the Alibates Visitor Center Theater.

2:00-3:30 The Wildflowers of Alibates -- Barbara Justice, National Park Service Ranger

Hike to the Alibates Flint Quarries and identify and discover a treasure of spectacular wildflowers along the trail. Witness an exceptional multitude of plant habitats due to the recent moisture levels.

  • Where: Alibates Visitor Center
  • Logistics: Caravan to the Alibates Flint Quarries Trailhead.
  • Length: 1.5 miles
  • Time: 1.5 hours

3:00-3:45 Plants That Fight to Survive – Jen Stegmann, National Park Service Ranger

Cacti are fascinating plants. They don't look like most plants – they don't have woody trunks like trees and are lacking branches with lots of green leaves inthe summer. However simple cacti look, they are complex in their fight tosurvive. They are an important component of the local ecosystem and we willlearn about a few key species and how they survive.

  • Meet in the Alibates Visitor Center Theater for a short presentation and take a short walk on the Mesquite Trail for a Cacti Hunt.

Last updated: June 4, 2015

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