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April 9, 2008 > Spring Wildflower Festival

Spring Wildflower Festival

By Maureen Garrett
Photos By of flowers by naturalist Anthony Fisher

"All of the flowers, of all the tomorrows, are in the seeds of today" - author unknown

Join Sunol naturalists and volunteers as they celebrate the rebirth of spring during the sixth annual Spring Wildflower Festival on Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

According to naturalist Erica Herron, this event began five years ago at the request of visitors who wanted to learn more about the abundance of breathtaking wildflowers that bloom in Sunol during spring. Naturalist-led wildflower hikes will be offered throughout the day during the festival, and are geared for different ages and hiking levels.

Buzzing Bess and Balancing Butterflies, a hike for ages three and older led by naturalist Katie Colbert, will be offered from 11:15 - 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Butterfly Search with naturalist Anthony Fisher will be offered from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mother Nature's General Store, a hike for ages seven and above with naturalist Anthony Fisher, will run from 1:30 - 3 p.m. After Mother Nature's General Store, check out Botanical Wanderings from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. with naturalist Erica Herron and docent Mary Ann Hannon (ages 12 and older). Flower Dissection, an all ages hike with naturalist Katie Colbert, runs from 2 -4 p.m. and Blooms for Beginners - Little Yosemite, for ages seven and above with naturalist Cat Taylor, will take place from 2 - 4:45 p.m.

In celebration of Earth Day, Senator Ellen Corbett will be a special guest at this year's festival. Corbett, an avid gardener and friend of East Bay Regional Parks, decided to take this opportunity to meet with her constituents and hold a walking town hall meeting while enjoying the springtime colors. From 12:30 - 2 p.m. Senator Corbett will join the hike, led by naturalist Erica Herron, and will provide an update on environmental legislation.

This year's visitors will also enjoy face painting, arts, crafts, flower dissection, butterfly and wildflower slide shows, and nature exhibits. Traditional Irish, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Folk music will be played by the band "Extended Roots." Food will not be served at the park so bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors. It will be a fun event for all ages. The event is free to the public, but the usual $5 parking fee will be charged.

For more information about the festival, call the Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness Park at (510) 544-3240.

Spring Wildflower Festival
Saturday, April 12
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness Park
Old Green Barn Visitor Center
1895 Geary Road, Sunol
(510) 544-3240

Hikes at the Spring Wildflower Festival:

Buzzing Bees and Balancing Butterflies
11:15 - 12:15 p.m. & 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Butterfly Search
11:30 - 1 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting & Hike with Senator Ellen Corbett
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Mother Nature's General Store
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Flower Dissection
2 -4 p.m.

Botanical Wanderings
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Blooms for Beginners - Little Yosemite
2 - 4:45 p.m.

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