Wildflower Festival

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Yankauer Nature Preserve

What: Annual Wildflower Festival at Yankauer Preserve

When:  Saturday, April 18, 2015. Rain or Shine!

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Yankauer Nature Preserve

This festival, which is held to coincide with the peak of the spring wildflower season, will include guided wildflower walks through the preserve for advanced and beginner/families.  Children's activities and refreshments will be located at the pavilion.  A StoryWalk will be posted on the Cedar Loop. 

Guided walks will leave the pavilion on the hour, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  though visitors are welcome to explore the trails on their own as well. 

A walk at 12 noon will be led by Dr. Carl Bell and designed for "advanced botanists" wishing to learn more about plant taxonomy. A similar walk by Joe Metzger will leave the pavilion about 1 p.m.  Both of these walks will be longer than the normal guided walks.

Admission to all these events will be free and everyone is welcome. No pre-registration is required.

For the seventh year in a row, the festival will also include a special Poetry Walk.  These poems, contributed by local poets, focus on spring themes and will be posted all along the preserve's Kingfisher trail where the majority of wildflowers are found.  Children are encouraged to submit artwork celebrating "Flowers of Spring" that will be posted at the pavilion.

During early April, a wide variety of wildflowers should still be on display, including bloodroot, spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches, and rue anemone.

The trails at Yankauer are primitive, so wear sturdy walking shoes. Please leave pets at home.  And thank you for leaving the wildflowers for all to enjoy!

           © 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Yankauer Nature Preserve (Berkeley County)
Eidolon Nature Preserve (Morgan County)
Stauffer's Marsh (Berkeley County)
Cool Spring Nature Preserve (Jefferson County)

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397 

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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