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Mother's Day Flower Walk | DeKalb County

purple and yellow flowers in green grass
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Russell Woods Forest Preserve- NREC

“Visitors often ask us to come outside and help them identify one of the many beautiful spring wildflowers in the forest preserve,” says Peggy Anesi, University of Illinois Extension Educator. “Spring is crucial for these delicate plants. Spring wildflowers grow in wooded areas and emerge early to capture sunlight and make food for themselves. If the plants wait too long, the shade of the trees blocks the precious light they need.”

On Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, May 11, Extension staff and volunteers are offering their annual Mother’s Day Flower Walks from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Natural Resource Education Center (NREC) in Russell Woods Forest Preserve, located one mile west of Genoa on state route 72.

The walks leave from the NREC on the hour starting at 10 a.m. and the last walk leaves at 1:00 p.m. Two local botany enthusiasts, Karen Matz and Brian Hale, will lead the flower walks and talk about all that is blooming. Visitors will want to be sure to dress for the weather. This would be a great activity if you have guests in from out of town.

The NREC is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those who wish to come inside to explore the exhibits while they wait for the next scheduled flower walk.

Russell Woods is located one mile west of Genoa on Ill. Route 72. For more information, call 815-784-2000.


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