A Wildflower Walk Wild flowers are beginning to bloom all over. Take the family out to explore the beginning of spring. Whether you do a spur-of-the-moment walk through your neighborhood or a more formal trip to a local park or secluded woods, the children will enjoy discovering the early spring flowers. Flowers are a natural for discussing colors and size or counting groups of flowers. An inexpensive guide to native flowers can be found at any bookstore if you want to add a little enrichment to your walk by identifying the plants. Your children will think you are a genius if you can identify dandelions, daisies, and roses.
Some suggestions for your walk:
- The Watershed Nature Center, a project of the Edwardsville Nature Preserve Foundation, near the N. O. Nelson School. There should be several varieties of wildflowers in bloom. Walk the half-mile section of the wooded path and see if you can find them.
- Pere Marquette State Park, located on the Great River Road, has playgrounds and hiking trails in addition to flowers and plants. The restaurant at the lodge serves a reasonably priced family style chicken dinner and a brunch on Sunday or there are picnic tables available if the weather is appropriate.