Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wildflower Public Lecture April 19th!

Spring is here and that means wildflowers are blooming.  Do you sometimes wonder what they are?  Do you see pictures and wish you could see them in person?  Do you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and wonder what wildflowers are where and when?  
Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of VMN invite you to this special event!
Learn more about the wildflowers of Virginia April 19th in Rocky Mount!
Come to this public lecture to learn about "Wildflowers throughout the Seasons on the Blue Ridge Parkway" Presented by Richard “Butch” Kelly.
The lecture is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Foothills And Lakes (BRFAL) Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program.  It will take place Thursday April 19th at 7 PM in the Franklin Center, Rocky Mount, VA. It has been moved next door to the library to a larger venue. There is no cost, but reservations are required.  Please contact BRFAL by phone: 540-365-4613 or email: to make a reservation.  The lecture will count as Advanced Training for Certified Master Naturalists.

Butch Kelly has a Biology degree from WVU (1972) and a Masters of Ed in Science Curriculum & Instruction from VPI& SU (1976).   He taught Middle and High School Science for Roanoke County Schools for 26 years and served 9 years as the schools' system energy manager.  He spent 13 seasons as a national park service ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   His interests are in exploring outdoors, botany, birds, photography, hiking and biking. He spent 4 years as president of the New River Chapter of VA Master Naturalists.

His program is "Wildflowers throughout the Seasons on the Blue Ridge Parkway". The slide program will discuss the Blue Ridge Mountains and what nature has to offer on the Blue Ridge Parkway with an emphasis on wildflowers.

This lecture is scheduled just a few days before Earth Day (Apr 22nd) and BRFAL members will be participating in more Earth Day activities at Fairystone State Park on Saturday Apr 21st.  These will include sampling invertebrates in a stream, planting seeds in a pot, a scavenger hunt for seeds and a tree identification walk.  Other related opportunities will also be available.

For more information about BRFAL visit or the VMN main website here to find a chapter near you!

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