Events of April 6, 2019

Wildflower Walk

John Parrish and RG Steinman will once again lead the annual Sycamore Island Spring Wildflower walk on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - RAIN or SHINE!

We will be exploring a new place along the C&O Canal near Great Falls - the high terrace gravel areas off the Gold Mine Loop Trail, in the hills above the Berma Road (which runs along the north side of the C&O at Widewater, from near Old Anglers Inn to just above Lock 16). These forested, high terrace gravel areas were left behind when the ancient Potomac River receded to where it is today. Together, we will discover what Spring Wildflowers occur in these soils, and we will also identify the upland forest trees that occur here. The winter snows will finally have given way to the Spring Wildflowers, and we hope to encounter such delights as Spring Beauty, Toothworts, Wood Anemone, Woodland Buttercups, and maybe even Bloodroots.

We will meet at the newly constructed bathroom building in the parking lot across from the Old Anglers Inn on MacArthur Blvd, at 9:50 a.m. and depart at 10:00 a.m. Since parking there can be difficult on weekends, especially when the weather is nice, be sure to arrive a little early so that you can find a spot and get to the meeting place on time. Bring a lunch or snack, water, and dress for the weather. If you have any questions, feel free to call - 301-565-2025 or email rg at

All members and club applicants are invited to attend.