Events

I invite you to join me at upcoming activities:

Stewardship Walk – Peter Desrochers Memorial Country Knolls Trails

April 7 @ 1pm:  Led by Jennifer Viggiani, the Town of Clifton Park’s Open Space Coordinator, this walk will depart from the parking lot of the Country Knolls Community Park & Pool (also known as Burning Bush Park) located at 9 Burning Bush Boulevard.

Since I have recently compiled a wildflower field guide for Peter Desrochers Memorial Country Knolls Trails, I will tag along and we hope to find Leatherwood in bloom.  I hope you will join us.

Please consider accompanying Jennifer for each of her monthly walks; a different nature preserve or park in the Town of Clifton Park is featured each month.  Jennifer requests that you RSVP for each stewardship walk by calling (518) 371-6054.

Stewardship Walk – Hayes Nature Park

May 5 @ 1pm:  Led by Jennifer Viggiani, the Town of Clifton Park’s Open Space Coordinator, this walk will depart from the parking lot located off Moe Road.

Since I have recently compiled a wildflower field guide for Hayes Nature Park, I will tag along and point out some of the blooming wildflowers we observe along our route.  We hope to find Foamflower and Fringed Polygala in bloom.  I hope you will join us.

Please consider accompanying Jennifer for each of her monthly walks; a different nature preserve or park in the Town of Clifton Park is featured each month.  Jennifer requests that you RSVP for each stewardship walk by calling (518) 371-6054.

Wildflower Walks along Zim Smith Trail – A Trek Through Four Towns

I have compiled a wildflower field guide, featuring more than 400 species, for the Zim Smith Trail.  To help inform trail users about the myriad of wildflowers along its route, I will be hosting wildflower walks (approximately 2 hours each) along a segment within each of the towns through which that trail passes.

The kickoff for this series of wildflower walks will occur on the first Saturday of May along a Halfmoon segment followed by outings on the second Wednesday of each subsequent month:  a Ballston segment in June, a Malta segment in July, and ending with a Clifton Park segment in August.

The schedule for those walks will be as follows:

  1. May 6 @ 10am: We will depart from the current trailhead along Coons Crossing Road and hike to where the pond adjacent to the trail can be seen and then return (approximately 1.5 miles in all).  We hope to find Foamflower and Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal in bloom.
  2. June 14 @ 5:30pm: We will depart from the small parking area along Underpass Road and hike northward about one mile and then return (approximately 2 miles roundtrip).  We hope to find Bush Honeysuckle and Large Blue Flag in bloom.
  3. July 12 @ 5:30pm: We will depart at 5:30pm from the parking lot at Shenantaha Creek Park and hike to Ruhle Road South and then return (approximately 1.5 miles in all).  We hope to find Canada Lily and Wild Leek in bloom.
  4. August 9 @ 5:30pm: We will depart at at 5:30pm from The Mill Tavern’s parking lot along English Road (@ intersection with Route 9) and hike to where the trail crosses English Road and then return (less than 2 miles roundtrip).  We hope to find Hog Peanut and a variety of asters in bloom.

During each wildflower walk, we will focus on one side of the trail corridor in each direction.  By doing so, we will remain off the main trail surface during most of each outing.

I hope you will join me for each leg of this series of wildflower walks.

Stewardship Walk – Steinmetz Site

June 2 @ 1pm:  Led by Jennifer Viggiani, the Town of Clifton Park’s Open Space Coordinator, this walk will explore the 41-acre woodland along the Mohawk River.  Because parking space is limited, you must RSVP with Jennifer by calling (518) 371-6054.  She will then also provide more specific location information.

I will tag along and point out some of the blooming wildflowers we observe along our route.  We hope to find Honewort and Swamp Rose in bloom.  I hope you will join us.

Please consider accompanying Jennifer for each of her monthly walks; a different nature preserve or park in the Town of Clifton Park is featured each month.  Jennifer requests that you RSVP for each stewardship walk by calling (518) 371-6054.

 

If you missed it, here are some of my past outings:

Fall Colors…from a Different Perspective, Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve, Town of Colonie.

Canada Lily: Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Town of Clifton Park

Wildflower Ramble (part of 3rd Annual Open Space Day), Town of Clifton Park

Wildflower Walk and Slide Presentation, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

2nd Annual Open Space Day, Town of Clifton Park

1st Annual Open Space Day, Town of Clifton Park

Spring Wildflowers Presentation and Walk, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library

 

 

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