It is officially Spring so it is a good time to get outside and enjoy our wonderful cowmunity. A hidden treasure is Edgewood Park.
You can enjoy a docent led Wildflower Walk through Edgewood County Park and it’s free! This winter’s rain likely will provide one of the best wildflower seasons in several years. Knowledgeable docents from Friends of Edgewood guide the wildflower walk. These walks are offered on every Saturday and Sunday through June 4th. It is a moderate three-mile walk which begins at 10:00 and lasts until approximately 1:00. People meet at the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center near the park entrance off Edgewood Road. In April, additional walks are also offered on Saturdays at 10:00 from the Clarkia Trailhead. For those, meet at the parking area on Canada Road.
There are nature trails and picnic areas if you want to just relax or explore. You can become an Edgewood Weed Warrior. They operate under a permit issued to the California Native Plant Society. They meet regularly to remove invasive plants at Edgewood. This activity supports greater biodiversity, natural habitats, and exceptional wildflower displays. They have weeding session on a regular basis and welcome volunteers. Check them out here.
While you are there visit the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center located near the main entrance and see their interactive exhibits that explain Edgewood’s connection to the surrounding landscape and its history.
Edgewood County Park boasts of over 500 distinct plant species, four of which are federally listed as endangered or threatened. In addition, the fragile Bay checkerspot butterfly, a threatened species, has in the the serpentine grasslands. The various plant communities also provide habitat for frogs, lizards, foxes, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, deer, and over 70 resident and migratory birds.
The Friends of Edgewood is a wonderful organization that provides docent-led interpretive walks, including Junior Explorer walks for young people year round and other educational and restoration projects. Check them out.
The Bill and Jean Lane Education Center is open Wednesdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 am – 4 pm.
Go to Friends of Edgewood or call 1-866-GO-EDGEWOOD (1-866-463-3439) for more information.