Wildflower Walk at Washington State Park
4/30/2016 and 5/1/2016
Hike time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Thunderbird Lodge
WASHINGTON STATE PARK
13041 State Hwy. 104, De Soto, MO
Join Washington State Park naturalist staff for our seasonal Wildflower Walk on April 30 and/or May 1! Celebrate the peak of spring with a hike along the Big River flood plain. The trail is approximately 1.5 miles and your guide will point out the unique natural landscape of the park, featuring parts of 1,000 Step Trail. Dress accordingly for this outdoor experience. In the case of river flooding, the hike will start at the Petroglyph Site.
All events are weather and conditions permitting and subject to change.
WILD EDIBLES HIKE at Sam A. Baker State Park
Hike time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
SAM A. BAKER STATE PARK
Rt. 1 Box 18150, Patterson, MO
Join a park naturalist for a leisurely stroll along the popular Shut-ins Trail while learning about the type of edible plants, how to identify them, their medicinal and edible purposes and historical folklore. The hike will begin at the Mudlick Trailhead across the road from the park store.
MAY ALL YOUR WEEDS BE WILDFLOWERS
Event times: 9 a.m. – Noon
ONONDAGA CAVE STATE PARK
7556 Hwy. H, Leasburg, MO
Join an experienced wildflower gardener, Master Naturalist and Onondaga Friends Association member for a guided hike on the beautiful Blue Heron Trail. On this ½-mile easy walk, you will look for and identify native wildflowers. Some of the wildflowers you may see, are columbine, blood root, wild ginger and spiderwort along with many more too numerous to list. Blue Heron Trail boasts some of the most diverse plant species in the park. Come learn the how and why of these native species and how you can incorporate them into your own native wildflower gardens. If time (and energy) permits, the group may opt to hike up to the glade on Oak Ridge Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks. After your guided hike, you might be energized to hit the other trails in the park.
PRAIRIE STATE PARK
128 NW 150th Lane, Mindenmines, MO
As spring gets going, the prairie is ablaze with color. Join a park naturalist at the park’s Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center for a walk among green grasses and colorful flowers to learn more about the amazing prairie ecosystem. Dress for the weather and hiking across the prairie; long pants, water, insect repellent and sturdy shoes are recommended. The hike will last about two hours covering approximately 1.5 miles.
For the even more hikes in and around Missouri, visit AllTrails
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