This year, because the Preserve is being honored by joining the national Old Growth Forest Network (see above), the Trout Lily Trail Walk will be a 2-day event. Come either day anytime between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. and follow the Trout lily stations down into the forest, along the creek, and up to the little meadow.
Tom Frey, regionally acclaimed naturalist and Society mentor will be with us again for the 31st annual Trout Lily Walk. Stroll on our trails to find Tom at the Trout lily field. Trout lilies are one of the first plants to flower in the spring. The tiny flowers are only in bloom from about mid-February through mid-March. Then, they disappear until next year.
Walk through the Trout lily fields, down to the creek, and up to the meadow. We always have new information about our Preserve and its ecology as you walk through our fabulous Preserve meeting regional experts.
- Come on either Saturday or Sunday, February 24 or 25, any time between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
- When you arrive, volunteers at the pavilion will welcome you and give you introductory information. Then, we will send you along the clearly marked trail to the Trout lily field. Tom Frey, our adviser, mentor, and friend will be at the Trout lily field.
- After you have seen the lilies and talked to Tom, you will walk along to the next marked spot, where we will have another knowledgeable naturalist that will tell you about the significance of that area of the Preserve. The volunteer naturalists will be at several stations along the trail from 2:00 until the last walkers go through.
- This format helps solve the problem of so many folks in line on the walk that they can’t hear the information. It also allows folks to go at their own pace rather than having to follow a group; no one gets impatient waiting for others to catch up and each can spend as much time at a station as they want. Some like to spend a lot of time taking photos and discussing the forest. Others like to hear just a little bit and then move on. With this walk format, it is your choice.
We hope to see you there!
Society Members, we apologize there is no Trout lily walk exclusively for members this year since we decided to plan the induction into the Old Growth Forest Network on Saturday. We so hope we will see you at the ceremony on Saturday at 1:00.