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Audubon wildflower festival set April 14

March 30, 2012
Shepherdstown Chronicle

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold its annual spring Wildflower Festival on Saturday, Apr. 14 at the Yankauer Nature Preserve. The festival, which is held to coincide with the peak of the spring wildflower season, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

It will include guided wildflower walks through the preserve for advanced and beginner/families, children's activities and refreshments.

Guided walks will leave the pavilion on the hour, though visitors are welcome to explore the trails on their own as well.

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Admission to all these events will be free and everyone is welcome.

For the fifth year in a row, the festival will also include a special Poetry Walk component-poems that focus on spring themes will be posted all along the preserve's Kingfisher trail where the majority of wildflowers are found.

Mid- to late April is traditionally the best time to view early spring wildflowers at the preserve. Some of the wildflowers on display should include 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 leave the wildflowers for all to enjoy.

For directions to the preserve go to the PVAS website at For more information contact PVAS at 304-676-3397 or

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.



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