More Information Booths and More Activities to Choose From at the Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival.

The festival is four weeks away!! My how time flies!

Since my last entry, three more information booths have been added: Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Maramec Springs Park and the Bonebrake Nature Center. Susan Wrasmann will be staffing the Citizens’ Climate Lobby booth and will be able to talk with you about their group. They are sponsoring a 3 part film series on climate change, beginning August 22nd, that is open to the public. The first showing will be at 6:30 pm at the Phelps County Courthouse. Kendra Swee, the new Interpretive Services Coordinator for Maramec Springs Park, will have information about the park outside of St. James for our newcomers. She will also be able to talk about new programs that will be offered at Maramec Springs Park. The Bonebrake Center is located in Salem and is another valuable local resource for budding and current naturalists.

We will not be having a presentation on medicinal plants as previously advertised, but Colleen Smith will be happy to talk about some local medicinal plants at her Turtle Earth Healing and Arts booth and on her Medicinal Plants walk. Hamilton Native Outpost will not be participating in this year’s event due to a schedule conflict.

Prairie Hill Farm will be an additional native plant vendor this year. Between them and Doolittle Gardens, there will be a wide variety of wildflowers and grasses to choose from. Remember, the best selections go quickly, so be sure to do your shopping early that morning. Parking shuttles will start at 7:45 am and the festival opens at 8:00 am.

That’s all for now, folks! Check in again before September 7th!

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