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Wildflower Weekend, McCormick's Creek State Park

By Department of Natural Resources

Friday, April 16, 2021 5:30pm to 7:00pm

+ 2 dates

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:00am to 2:00pm
Shooting Star on Cliff

250 McCormick's Creek Park Road, Spencer, IN 47460

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McCormick's Creek is a wildflower mecca! Join us for hikes led by experts through different botanical hotspots in the park.

Friday, April 16

5:30pm-7pm: Event Kickoff at MYPath - Get a special tour of the MYPath trail at 788 Pottersville Road in Spencer. Enjoy some delicious treats, meet fellow plant lovers, and get a tour from Owen County SWCD staff and Friends of MYPath of their Monarch Waystation, Food Forest, and their tree plantings. Visitors receive free samples of native seeds to take home!

Saturday, April 17

8am: Early Morning Hike to a Botanical Hotspot - Meet plant expert David Mow at the natre center to be introduced to Echo Canyon Natural Area, part of the park recently given added protection because of its rare plants.

9am-4pm: Native Plant Sale - Friends of McCormick's Creek are bringing native plants from their homes and properties for you to purchase and take home! Add some native color to your yard and support Friends at the same time. Sale is set up outside the Nature Center.

10am: Wolf Cave NP Wildflowers - Tom Swinford, Deputy Director of DNR Nature Preserves, joins us at the Wolf Cave Parking Lot to lead you through the popular Wolf Cave Nature Preserve and catalog the plants seen blooming in this unique area. You are sure to learn something new!

11am-1pm: Edible Plant Demonstration with Monique Philpot - Come to Centennial Shelter to celebrate spring and learn how to add some unique flavors, textures, nutrition, and fun to your meals with local, wild edibles! We will go over how to identify, harvest, collect, and cook some delicious foods from our local ecology.

1:30pm: Spread the Word, Not the Plant! - Meet Invasive Plant Specialist Amber Slaughterbeck at the Beechgrove Shelter (just let the campground gate attendant know where you're going!) to identify some of the common invasive plants that threaten the diversity in rech ecosystems like MCSP.

3pm: Pollinator Habitat Basics - Devin Brown, Director of Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District, will demonstrate the recent Monarch Waystation planting that provides habitat for monarch butterflies throughout their complex life cycle. Free native plant seeds given to participants! This program is at the MYPath Trail head at 788 Pottersville Road in Spencer.

Sunday, April 18

10am: Traditional Trail 7 Hike - Join the founder of Wildflower Weekend, Andrea Oeding, at the Wolf Cave Parking Lot on a hike that begins on the canyon rim and traverses down to the lower White River. Along the way, hikers will see abundant wildflowers within multiple ecosystems. This Sunday hike is a Wildflower Weekend tradition!

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