High Bridge Trail To Offer Wild Plant/Wildflower Walk

Published 2:05 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2011

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, High Bridge Trail State Park will offer a wild plant and wildflower educational walk on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. Trail volunteer and Chesterfield County Science teacher) Michael Stange will lead a 1.5 mile walk from the River Road access point towards Farmville, pointing out some of the many spectacular native plants and animals that call the park home.

Learn about many of the native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees along the trail, how to identify them, their historical, culinary and medicinal uses and learn to stalk the ever elusive wild asparagus. Also, learn about many of the naturalized and invasive species present along the trail, how to tell them apart from similar native species, the impact of invasive species on native ecosystems and what you can do to prevent their spread. Also learn about some of the many butterflies, bees, birds and mammals that call the park home and depend on a healthy ecosystem.

At the end of the walk, Michael will share tips on where to look for plants seen on the walk and how to properly identify them. He will also share recipes and cooking tips for using plants spotted along the trail and also for some basic wild teas for everyday maladies.

For more information call the Park Office at 434-315-0457.