Wildflower Weekend April 21-22

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Date: March 23, 2007

(MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – March 23, 2007)  Wildflower Weekend, April 21-22, 2007, offers free guided walks, talks and special programs that celebrate the wildflowers, wildlife and human history of Mammoth Cave National Park. 

“Mammoth Cave National Park is a beautiful place, above and below ground,” said Superintendent Patrick Reed.  “The cave itself gets most of our attention throughout the year, but in the spring we raise our sights above ground.  The park’s rugged ridges and valleys are home to a host of plants and animals just waiting for you to enjoy.”

“We have guided wildflower walks along popular trails, a birding walk, a session on sketching wildflowers, activities for kids, and an evening program on edible plants and folk medicine,” added Ranger Paula Alexander, organizer of the event.  “Volunteers play a large role in Wildflower Weekend – we are grateful to naturalist Ed Craft for leading the walks to Cedar Sink, Susan Berdeaux for presenting the raptor program on Saturday, and our friends from the Glasgow Garden Club.”

It is against NPS regulations to pick flowers, so Glasgow Garden Club members bring wildflowers from their home gardens to display in the visitor center.  “They’ve been doing this for a number of years and visitors really enjoy it,” said Alexander. 

The schedule is as follows.  Cave tours will continue on their regular schedule.

Saturday, April 21:

Anytime            Pick up a wildflower checklist at the visitor center and take your own hike at your leisure.  The list was developed based on spring bloomers along the Green River Bluffs trail, but can be used at any location.

7:30 a.m.          Finding our Feathered Friends, bird walk in the visitor center area. One hour; meet at the visitor center flagpole; binoculars suggested.

9:00 a.m.          Ridge to River Nature Walk, 1-mile walk to River Styx Spring and back.   1 – 1 ½  hours; meet at the visitor center flagpole.

9:15 a.m.          Sketching Wildflowers, drawing workshop with artist Ranger John Yakel.  1 ½ hours; meet at the visitor center flagpole.

9:30 a.m.          Wildflowers in the Garden, display by the Glasgow Garden Club. Until 2:00 p.m.; under the visitor center ramada; wheelchair accessible.

10:30 a.m.        Birds of Prey, captive red-tail hawk and barred owl presented by Susan Berdeaux, raptor specialist.  One hour; meet at the visitor center ramada.

1:45 p.m.          Slavery and Mammoth Cave, 1/3-mile African-American history walk.     1 ¼ hours; meet at the visitor center flagpole; wheelchair accessible.

2:30 p.m.          Kids Hike, ranger-led hike for young nature lovers and their families.  One hour; meet at the visitor center flagpole.

3:30 p.m.          Water and Wildflowers, a 2-mile hike to Cedar Sink with wildflower enthusiast Ed Craft.  About 2 hours; meet at the Cedar Sink trailhead on Cedar Sink Road (Hwy 422).

8:00 p.m.          Wild Edibles and Folk Medicine, open-air, ranger-led evening program.  45 minutes; meet at the amphitheater adjacent to the steam locomotive display.

Sunday, April 22

Anytime            Pick up a wildflower checklist at the visitor center and take your own hike at your leisure.  The list was developed based on spring bloomers along the Green River Bluffs trail, but can be used at any location.

9:00 a.m.          Ridge to River Nature Walk, 1-mile walk to River Styx Spring and back.   1 – 1 ½  hours; meet at the visitor center flagpole.

9:30 a.m.          Burns and Blooms, ranger-led program on prescribed fire at Mammoth Cave.  About 30 minutes; meet at the visitor center flagpole.

10:30 a.m.        Old Days Walk, ranger-led history walk about Mammoth Cave communities prior to the establishment of the park. One hour; meet at the visitor center flagpole.

11:30 a.m.        Hunting the Mighty Morel, ranger-led slide program on the elusive morel mushroom.  30 minutes; meet at the visitor center flagpole for a short walk to the Mammoth Cave Hotel Rotunda Room.

1:00 p.m.          What’s Invading the Park, learn about invasive species and control methods from a park scientist on this short walk.  One hour; meet at the visitor center flagpole. 

2:30 p.m.          Kids Hike, ranger-led hike for young nature lovers and their families.  One hour; meet at the visitor center flagpole.

3:30 p.m.          Water and Wildflowers, a 2-mile hike to Cedar Sink with wildflower enthusiast Ed Craft.  About 2 hours; meet at the Cedar Sink trailhead on Cedar Sink Road (Hwy 422).

 

 



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