Field trips of the Arkansas Native Plant Society are for current and future members. (That’s right: Everyone is welcome!) Botanists from around the state lead these enjoyable and informative walks. If you are planning to attend, please inform the trip leaders in advance so they will know to expect you.
Uncertain of the weather? Be sure to call the trip leader to confirm.
Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m. Ouachita Huckleberries. Leader: Susan Hooks (501-282-5365)
Meet at 10 a.m. at Burl’s Smokehouse on U.S. Hwy 270 in Crystal Springs, west of Hot Springs. U.S. Forest Service botanist Susan Hooks will lead us to one of the few known populations of black huckleberry, Gaylussacia baccata, the only true huckleberry in Arkansas. (All the other “huckleberries” are just ordinary blueberries.) We’ll also see Ozark chinquapin and cucumber magnolia (with luck, we’ll catch the cucumber tree in bloom), and a host of spring wildflowers. The trip will be more driving than walking; we’ll carpool at Burl’s and be back there for lunch around 1 p.m. Or bring a sack lunch.
Invitation to new members – Join Arkansas Native Plant Society
Nothing to do this spring? Check out the calendar and join us for a hike.