Audubon Offering Wildflower Walk at Chautauqua

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The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a class on wildflowers at Chautauqua Institution. On Saturday morning, May 26, Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome will lead the walk on the grounds, where wildflowers like this trillium flourish. (Photo by Jeff Tome)

JAMESTOWN – Spring wildflowers flourish in the wild places on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution.

Audubon Center and Sanctuary Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, a longtime student of wildflowers, sees as many as 250 varieties each spring. While leading groups of local schoolchildren, he observed the large numbers of wildflowers on the Institution grounds.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 26, Tome will teach a wildflower class in the form of a walk at Chautauqua.

Participants will meet at the main gate of Chautauqua Institution. As they wander along the trails around and under Thunder Bridge in search of spring blooms, they will learn how to use a field guide to identify their finds.

The three-hour program will be divided into a field guide review to learn how a field guide works and what books are easiest to use to identify wildflowers, a short walk through the grounds looking at wildflowers in yards and grounds, then a foray into the wild parts of the institution around Thunder Bridge to find more wildflowers.

Class members are encouraged to bring a field guide if they have one, to wear sturdy footwear, and to be prepared to hike along the edge of a creek through the wilder parts of the grounds.

Taking place rain or shine, the class is offered in collaboration with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau’s Chautauqua in June series.

Cost is $10 for Audubon members, $12 for non-members.

Registration is required by Thursday, May 24. To register, go to www.tourchautauqua.com, click on “Chautauqua in June” and then the “Calendar.”