Offsite Tour: North Dixboro Road just south of US-23, Ann Arbor
Enrollment for this field trip is limited to 15 attendees. A waitlist will be available.
Local botanist Bev Walters will lead a spring nature walk starting at the Goodrich Preserve on Dixboro Road and venturing into the Horner-McLaughlin Woods just to the west. The abundance and diversity of spring wildflowers here make this area stand out among the natural areas of Washtenaw County. Expect to see twin leaf and tulip trees as we hike through the oak-hickory woods, while buttonbush abounds in some of the wetlands. These two parcels are the northern part of a 300-acre complex of nature preserves and may inspire you to engage in future nature exploration. The walk will be on fairly level but unpaved footpaths, so please wear appropriate attire and sturdy walking shoes. Driving and parking instructions will be sent to registrants a few days prior to the tour.
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. Beverly pursued her botanical studies at Michigan State University.