Virtual Wildflower Celebration


Virtual Wildflower Celebration

Did you know there are more than 850 species of flowering plants that grow in Shenandoah National Park? 70% of them are native and racing to bloom before overhead trees become fully leafed out and block the sunlight on the forest floor. With so much happening, spring is a magical time to visit the Park and learn about the many inhabitants that paint the landscape in which they thrive.

We're so excited about spring this year that we're not going to limit our celebration to just one weekend! Replacing our usual Wildflower Weekend, we're going to take you where the wildflowers (and other signs of spring) are all season long via virtual walks. Our first "walk" will be premiered on YouTube and Facebook on Friday, April 2. We'll also post them here after each premier.

During National Park Week, we'll premier a series of botanical watercolor art workshops so you can learn how to capture those spring epemerals through art. We hope you'll share what you create with us by uploading your art to a special Flickr page we've created! Before you start, be sure to review the list of Shenandoah's native wildflowers (see black box above). Remeber to bring a camera or your sketch pad to work from because you cannot pick the wildflowers in the Park. Stay tuned for more details and don't forget to join artist Betty Gatewood during National Park Week, April 17 through 24!

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Youth Wildflower Art Contest

If you are in grades K-12 and live in Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, or Warren county, you're invited to participate in our annual youth art contest!

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13 minutes, 50 seconds

Join Ranger Mara for the first video of a multi-part series on a virtual wildflower walk. Let's see what's blooming on the Lower Whiteoak Canyon trail!

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16 minutes, 4 seconds

Ranger Mara takes us on a second wildflower walk on the Rose River boundary. Join her as she discovers new blooms and old logs along the trail.

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16 minutes, 21 seconds

Some flowers old, some flowers new, something violets, something bluets! Ranger Mara is trekking down the Madison Run Fire Road in search of new wildflowers to show and tell.

Last updated: April 23, 2021

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