On Saturday, May 5, 2012, Wildflower Symposium at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bear Creek Hall.
The hope is this event will coincide with the blooming of our patch of Pink Lady’s Slippers, and not be too late for finding Spring Beauties. But aren’t all springtime flowers beauties? Yes, but not all are Spring Beauties, just like not all are Anemones or May Apples.
Guided walks will be offered to find and photograph some of our native spring ephemerals like this Spring Beauty.
The symposium will feature some presentations on flower identification, mapping and inventory, and the threat posed by invasive plants. There will also be guided walks along the park trails to find and photograph some of our native spring ephemerals – so called because the blooming stage doesn’t last very long. Informational brochures from the DCR Division of Natural Heritage will be available.
The symposium will feature presentations on flower identification, mapping and inventory.
There is a $5.00 per person fee, and pre-registration is recommended by contacting the park office at 804-492-4410 or by click here.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Lunch is not provided, but refrigeration is available at the Hall for those who bring their own. This year we will also feature a display of art work produced by the park’s own Madison Keller, and the Cumberland County Middle School.
Cynthia Wood, one of the presenters and a dedicated naturalist took the accompanying photographs last spring. Come find out what they are!
The park is located about 4.5 miles northwest of the town of Cumberland. From U.S. Route 60, go west on Route 622 and south on Route 629 to the park entrance.
Drive Time: Northern Va., three hours; Richmond, one hour; Roanoke, two hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, three hours.