Wildflower Identification

You might be thinking, why should I learn about wildflowers? Well, learning about different species is important because it allows us to better understand the benefits they provide our ecosystem. Wildflowers improve soil health, water quality, enhance forage conditions, and help prevent erosion. On top of all of that, they are critical habitats for our pollinators who provide us with the food we eat!

Discussion: What are you looking to learn about wildflowers? Maybe you’re thinking of planting a pollinator garden, or maybe you just want to know what that cool looking flower on the side of the road is. Either way, the below handout is a great start to building your wildflower guide! The handout provides you with information about general wildflower ecology, specific identification, and reliable resources for you to use!

Handout: Wildflower Guide – videos included!

Activity: Wildflower Hike

  • Description: Head outside! Grab your Wildflower Guide handout and take a walk around your neighborhood or check out one of these local spots known for their wildflowers: Trillium Trail (Fox Chapel), Raccoon Creek State Park – Wildflower Preserve, Duff Park (Murraysville), Cedar Creek County Park (Westmoreland Co.), and Dead Man’s Hollow (Little Boston).
  • Materials
    • Sturdy shoes
    • Wildflower Guide handout
    • Map of the area
  • Next Step:
    • Continue to grow your knowledge about wildflowers in your area. Learn what threats those species are facing and what efforts you can do as an individual to help. From reducing your carbon footprint to growing your own pollinator garden, there are so many things we can do to help eliminate those threats!

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Special thank you to Venture Outdoors volunteer, Henry Schumacher, for creating these wildflower informational guides!

 

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