Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
March 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Leave the urban environment behind and explore the wooded ravines of this large state park for spring wildflowers. We will concentrate our time hiking along the horse trail where we should see all three varieties of Viola sororia: var. sororia (common blue violet), var. albiflorus (white wood violet), and var. priceana (Confederate violet) among other common spring ephemerals. If time allows, we may go to another paved walking/biking trail that has a large population of the uncommon ocean-blue phacelia (Phacelia ranunculacea) with its minute light blue bell-shaped flowers that easily can be mistaken for baby blue-eyes. This trail also has lots of wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum), and spring beauty (Claytonia virginica).
Meeting Place: Parking lot at the park Visitor Center 10:00 am Central Time
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. The horse trail does go down and back out of ravines and the trail can be muddy after a rain.
Facilities: At the Visitor Center and at parking area of hiking/biking trail.
Lunch: Bring to eat at picnic area in park.
Contact/Leader: Bart Jones
Phone/email: 901-485-2745, firstname.lastname@example.org