Join botanist Bev Walters on a hike to see spring wildflowers in one of the richest woods in the Ann Arbor area, the 91-acre Scio Woods Nature Preserve. This oak-hickory forest sits on gently rolling hills and is interspersed with shallow vernal pools. Many common spring ephemeral plants, such as trillium and wild geranium, will be in bloom, along with some rarer gems like blue cohosh and waterleaf. Uncommon trees in the woods include pawpaw, bladdernut, and tulip tree, while spicebush and buttonbush can be found in wetter areas. Footpaths are unpaved and may be muddy after a rain. Please wear appropriate attire and sturdy walking shoes. Driving and parking directions will be provided in advance.
Please note: This is an in-person, off-site field trip. Enrollment is limited to 15 attendees.
Beverly Walters has experience both as a field botanist and a Museum Collection Manager at the University of Michigan Herbarium. Now retired, she helps maintain and improve the Herbarium’s Michigan Flora Online website (https://michiganflora.net), a popular resource for plant identification. Bev pursued her botanical studies at Michigan State University.