Hopkins Memorial Forest to Host Spring Wildflower and Botany Walk

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 26, 2013—Hopkins Memorial Forest will host a spring wildflower and botany walk on Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The walk will begin outside the Rosenburg Center, near the entrance to Hopkins Forest and continue along some forested trails. The event is free and open to the public. Good footwear and outdoor gear are recommended.

The program will be led by Williams College Professor of Biology Henry Art.  Art has been studying plant ecology in the forest and surrounding landscapes for more than three decades.

Early May is an especially good time to explore the botanical attractions of the Northern Berkshires because during this period, many “spring ephemeral” wildflowers are in bloom. These species, which include trillium, trout, lily, violets, and toothwort, bloom early in order to take advantage of the abundant sunlight that reaches the forest floor before the trees leaf out. By June, many of these flowers and their foliage will have faded from view. The program will also give participants an opportunity to learn more about some of the forest’s perennial plants, including trees and shrubs.

Hopkins Forest, owned and operated by Williams College, is located at the junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road in Williamstown.

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