This spring, head outside and learn to identify both common and rare Appalachian wildflowers.

Led by Joe and Mary Standaert, local historians and members of the Western Carolina Botanical Club, this hike will take a short, leisurely walk in our diverse woodlands. Along the way, we hope to see many of our showy early spring wildflowers such as Bloodroot, Hepatica, Toothworts, Trillium and many more. You will  learn their names and natural history and cultural uses.  The walk will also include a discussion of plant identification tools, basic botany terms, the use of field guides and community type identification. Plant checklists and a bibliography will be supplied for folks to take notes on the plants seen on the walk and for further education.

Difficulty: Moderate, >2 miles; The hike is moderate and will be slow, looking at and identifying wildflowers along the way. 

Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Some fees apply.