Plants are everywhere, and we literally depend on them for survival. Yet many do not know how to identify them. During the Wildflower Walks, participants will learn how to identify common plants and flowers while visiting beautiful natural areas in the Shawnee National Forest. Attendees will also learn about the basics of plant identification and will be provided handouts about plant identification terminology, field guides and web resources, along with information on invasive species.
During the summer and fall, a total of five hikes will be offered:
Hike #1 –July 12 at 1:00pm Rim Rock, Karbers Ridge, IL
Meet at parking lot and trailhead on Karbers Ridge Road
Hike #2 –July 26 at 1:00pm Cave Hill, Harrisburg, IL
Meet at the Shawnee National Forest Headquarters building in Harrisburg
Hike #3 –August 8 at 11:00am Bell Smith Springs, Ozark, IL
Meet at the parking lot and trailhead
Hike #4 –October 24 at 11:00am Atwood Ridge, Jonesboro, IL
Meet at the Shawnee National Forest office in Jonesboro
Hike #5 –October 25 at 1:00pm Lusk Creek Canyon Wilderness, Eddyville, IL
Meet at the gas station in Eddyville
All of the hikes will last up to 4 hours. No previous experience is necessary. Reservations are not required but are encouraged. The hikes will be limited to the first 20 participants. To reserve your spot for any of the hikes, contact Chris Benda at firstname.lastname@example.org.