Wildflower Weekend coming up at Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park is hosting its 37th Wildflower Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.
The wildflower weekend includes a variety of events, introducing guests to trilliums and songbirds, jack-in-the-pulpits and artists. The festivities include several guided hikes. Interpretive Specialist Claire Comer explains those are led –
CLAIRE COMER: … either by volunteer naturalists or by rangers. So they take you along some of our trails that are best known for a variety of wildflowers, and talk about the flowers in detail.
The hikes range from one-half to three miles in length. A few short walks will focus on bird-watching and amphibian-spotting.
COMER: In addition to that, we have a couple special programs having to do with art: … a botanical art workshop … our current artist in residence will also be doing a program. Hers has to do with writing and poetry, she's a poet.
There will also be a youth art exhibit at the Byrd Visitor Center, with contest winners being announced Saturday at 12:30.
All the activities are open to children and adults, and they're free once you're in the park. Entry fees and a full schedule of events are listed on their website.