Spring Wildflower and Botany Walk in Hopkins Memorial Forest

Media contact: Hopkins Forest Manager Drew Jones at (413) 597-4353 or [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 28, 2017—Hopkins Memorial Forest will host a spring wildflower and botany walk Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program will be led by Williams College Professor of Biology Joan Edwards who has been studying the flora of Hopkins Forest and the interactions between plants and pollinators throughout her career.

Early May is an especially good time to delve into the botanical wonders of the northern Berkshires. During this period many “spring ephemeral” wildflowers are in bloom; these species—which include bloodroot, trillium, trout lily, violets, and toothwort—flower early to take advantage of the abundant light that reaches the forest floor before the trees leaf out. By June many of these flowers and their foliage will have faded from view. This program will also give participants a chance to learn more about some of our other local wild plants—including trees and shrubs.

The spring botany program is free and open to the public. It will begin at the Rosenburg Center, near the entrance to Hopkins Forest, and continue along some forested trails. Good footwear and outdoor gear are recommended.

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

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