Mother’s Day wildflower walk

Date(s) - Sunday, May 08, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bentley Sanctuary


Continuing a decades-long tradition, naturalist Jack Gulvin will lead the Audubon Nature Center’s annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Bentley Sanctuary, Bentley Rd., Jamestown.

Meet at 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Bentley Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located at the end of Bentley Road, off Fluvanna Road (State Route 430) to the right (if heading north), near the Fluvanna Community Church in Greenhurst.

Bring sturdy, mud-proof footwear and dress for the weather. With the wonderful background information Gulvin provides, a pencil and paper are often welcome accessories. Since it is also a great time for birds, consider bringing binoculars.

The hike features all the spring flowers, from Spring Beauties to False Mermaid. You can learn which are native and which were brought here by Europeans eager to see a familiar sight from the home country. You will also learn about some that tagged along uninvited.

The fee is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15. Reservations are not required.

Gulvin is a naturalist at Chautauqua Institution, where he leads nature walks Friday mornings at 9 a.m. during the Chautauqua season. He also oversees the purple martin colonies, leading walks the first four Fridays of the season at 4:15 p.m.