Lady Slipper Hike
Did you know that there is a native pink orchid in our area that blooms in May? Come join us as we search for Cypripedium acaule, commonly known as the Pink Lady’s Slipper or Moccasin Flower. It is found growing in acidic soils in the woodlands and bogs of CT. This beautiful wildflower is becoming difficult to find. It is a favorite food of deer. Plus it is losing ground to land development and people collecting it. Beside the slippers, we will look for other wildflowers like trillium, may apple, and solomon seal.
Please note this is a photo safari. No Picking or Returning to dig them up! Spring wildflowers are quickly disappearing from Connecticut's landscape. Lady Slippers in particular are becoming rare. They require special soil and don't survive transplanting. Plus they wilt quickly.
Reservations are Necessary
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Hike is of moderate difficulty over rocky and hilly terrain, approximately 2 miles
What to bring: Good hiking shoes, water and bug repellent - Dress for the weather
Where to Meet: Meet at 1:15 pm at the CVS/Ancona’s Wines parking lot at 720 Branchville Rd. in Ridgefield to carpool the short distance to the Scott Nature Preserve in Redding. Parking is limited so reservations are necessary