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Wildflower Weekend coming up at Shenandoah National Park

A Hepatica flower blooms in Shenandoah National Park.
Brett Raeburn/NPS
A Hepatica flower blooms in 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.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.