RiverLink offers series of guided nature walks

Press Release

From RiverLink:

RiverLink is proud to offer an opportunity for everyone to experience the beauty nature has to offer firsthand. RiverLink has developed a series of guided nature walks that will explore the beauty and splendor of the region. The 2014 series will begin in March and extend through August, with a new theme each month.

The theme for March is “Winter Tree ID.” Groups will be introduced to winter tree ID with a hands-on presentation of twigs and buds from species found in the area. The presentation will also include a slideshow on key identification features of each species, as well as general knowledge, know-how, tips and terms, on winter tree ID. The groups will then hit the trail to put their new skills to work. Come out and see just how many species of trees can be easily found along the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay.

The group will meet at the RiverLink office, located at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District, at 10:00 p.m. on March 15th. These outings are free and open to the public. They are designed to be beneficial and of great interest to beginners and experts alike.

The walks are free, but registration is required and easy at http://riverlink.org/march-15-nature-walk-sign-up/.

The 2014 program is lead by RiverLink volunteer Ben Marchman. Ben is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Education from Montreat College, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education and minor in Environmental Studies from Brevard College. He is also a certified arborist.

Schedule of future walks:
April 12 – Amphibians/Macroinvertebrates
May 17 – Wildflowers
June 14 – Summer Tree ID
July 12 – Bird sounds
August 16 – Herbaceous plants and invasive species

Time – 10 a.m. unless further noted.
Birdwatching meets at 07:00.

For more information, contact RiverLink’s Dave Russell at 252-8474, ext. 11 or dave@riverlink.org.

About Hayley Benton
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