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Autumn Wildflower Walk

Brett Engstrom

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Autumn Wildflower Walk: About Us

Fall is here and it is time to get outdoors to enjoy the signs of season’s-end.  Please join us for this free wildflower walk led by field ecologist and botanist, Brett Engstrom, who has over a dozen years of experience studying the flora, fauna, geology and soils of Weeks State Park.

Brett has led nature walks at the park for many years. Meet at the parking lot at the start of the scenic auto road up Mount Prospect at 1 PM. Bring a hand lens and flower guide if you like and dress for the weather. A paper list of common fall wildflowers will be provided at the assembly point. 

The free program ends at 4 PM. 

Brett Engstrom is a self-employed field ecologist and naturalist. He compiles inventories of natural communities and rare plants in New Hampshire and Vermont. Brett received his B.S. degree in biology from Earlham College in Indiana, and his M.S. degree from Univ. of Vermont in the field naturalist program. Brett is working with other ecologists on the Northern Forest Atlas. 

More information can be found at this link:

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Asters and Goldenrods

Fall is the season when asters and goldenrods take center stage.  We have about a dozen or so species of both at Weeks State Park.

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Bulblet fern and herb Robert

Our walk took us from the carriage house, behind the lodge and tower and then down the road to look at a special fern – the bulblet fern. Matt showed the reverse side of the frond where the small bulblets are attached. This fern has a neighboring plant here, herb Robert. A couple of its flowers were visible yesterday.

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Maidenhair fern

Taking a short walk down the carriage road trail, we spotted another fern that enjoys the rich soil of Mt. Prospect – maidenhair fern.

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Blue Cohosh

Just across the trail was some blue cohosh.

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