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37th Annual Wildflower Weekend at Shenandoah National Park on May 6-7

The much-awaited 37th annual Wildflower Weekend at Shenandoah National Park (Virginia) is scheduled for May 6-7, 2023. 

According to a news release by the National Park Service (NPS), this event aims to celebrate the diverse array of spring wildflowers and other seasonal transformations, providing an engaging and informative experience for visitors.

The weekend will kick off with a recognition ceremony for the winners of the park’s “Youth Art in the Park” wildflower art contest at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) on Saturday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. Following the ceremony, attendees can enjoy an exhibition showcasing the winning artwork, which captures the beauty of the park’s flora.

Throughout the weekend, guests can participate in guided hikes and explore various trails within the park. 

These hikes include Passamaquoddy Loop, Mill Prong, Skyland-Big Meadows Horse Trail from the Upper Hawksbill region, Millers Head, Snead Farm, the Appalachian Trail from Milam Gap to Tanner’s Ridge, Hightop Mountain, and South River Falls. 

Some hikes will emphasize the presence of spring birds and amphibians, providing a unique educational opportunity for nature enthusiasts.

In addition to the guided hikes, renowned watercolor artist Betty Gatewood will lead a botanical art and journaling workshop on both Saturday and Sunday. The workshop welcomes participants of all skill levels, and all materials will be provided.

The Wildflower Weekend offers a valuable experience for campers, outdoor recreationists, and RVers looking to explore the natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park. With its rich biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes, the park attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Admission to all Wildflower Weekend programs is free, and no reservations are required. However, there is a $30 entrance fee to the park, which is valid for seven days. The event caters to adults and children alike, ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

For more details and a complete schedule of programs, visit the park’s website at https://go.nps.gov/WildflowerWeekend.

As the 37th annual Wildflower Weekend approaches, Shenandoah National Park invites visitors to witness the splendor of spring in full bloom. The event provides an excellent opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to connect with nature, learn about the park’s unique ecosystem, and create lasting memories with friends and family.

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John Clark
John Clark
February 24, 2024 3:02 am

I ponder if the Wildflower Weekend at Shenandoah National Park also offers enlightening programs and volunteer-led stewardship activities? I heard they provide a deeper understanding of the natural environment and opportunities to contribute to the park’s preservation.

March 16, 2024 11:12 am

Have you heard about the 37th Annual Wildflower Weekend at Shenandoah National Park on May 6-7, 2023? It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of spring wildflowers, with guided hikes, educational workshops led by experts, and even a sunrise yoga session in the meadows. Don’t let this wonderful experience pass you by!

March 19, 2024 12:39 pm
Reply to  nina_sings

That weekend at Shenandoah National Park in May sure sounds like a beautiful time to celebrate nature and soak in the beauty of wildflowers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the scenic wonders of the park and appreciate the natural world around us. Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.

April 5, 2024 4:34 am

Isn’t it exciting that the 37th Annual Wildflower Weekend at Shenandoah National Park offers such a great chance to explore the beauty of spring? I think the guided hikes and art workshops sound like a fantastic way to really appreciate the park’s natural wonders. Who else is up for this adventure?


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