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Nature walks scheduled for May

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:30 AM

There are no fees for these walks and advance registration is not required. Walks are for adults and families, last about 90 minutes, and are canceled if it is raining. Bring insect repellent and dress for the weather.

Early May is a great time to see wildflowers in the parks. Join naturalist Karin Neils on one of these Wildflower Walks starting at 2 p.m.

• May 1 at Hager Park — Located in Georgetown Township. From the intersection of 28th Avenue and Bauer Road, travel south on 28th to the park. Meet in the VanderLaan Room parking lot, first building on left.

• May 3 at Grose Park — Located in Chester Township. Take Hoover Street to 24th Avenue, then travel south on 24th  to the park entrance. Meet at the Forest Picnic Shelter.

• May 6 at the Rosy Mound Natural Area — Located in Grand Haven Township on Lakeshore Avenue, south of Rosy Mound Drive. Meet in the parking lot.

On May 19, naturalist Kristen Hintz will lead a walk called Amazing Anurans beginning at 7 p.m. at the Crockery Creek Natural Area. Bring waterproof boots or shoes that can get wet for this hike that will focus on listening to frog calls, catching frogs, and discussing their life histories and unique adaptations for life in the water and on land. The Crockery Creek Natural Area is located in Crockery Township. From the intersection of Leonard Street and Wren Drive, travel west on Wren Drive to the parking area at the end of the road.

The final hike in May will be an Orchid Hike on May 26 beginning at 1 p.m. at Riley Trails County Park. While most orchids are tropical, there are more than 50 species in Michigan. Join this hike that will focus on orchids and searching for the pink-lady’s-slipper. Riley Trails is located in Park Township on Riley Street between 160th and 168th avenues. Meet in the parking lot.

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