Our town has a municipal forest, which consists of about 100 acres of woodland with a stream running through it. It is home to many wildflowers and interesting plants. As part of our natural sciences studies, we are trying to find as many of the plants as possible during the changing seasons. With summer coming to a close, we trekked in to look for September blooms.
We consulted our map to find a trail that would lead through some of the meadow areas, hoping to see as many flowers as we could.
We spotted some ducks as we crossed the bridge over Yellow Creek.
Just over the bridge, we found our first flowers: the small white asters.
We also found a plant we weren’t quite sure of. I didn’t get a good enough picture of the leaves to decide if this is a woodland sunflower, or possibly a coneflower of some type. We’ll have to do some more research on this one.
A bit further on, we came to a pine grove. The kids noticed the different smell and the needles covering our path. S7 found a branch with sap on it.
She also found one of the biggest acorns we’ve ever seen!
The girls were excited to find landmarks on their map as we hiked.
They also spotted some fungus and some berries, which we’ve not yet identified but are pretty sure some of the forest residents will be enjoying soon.
We crossed through some of the wetter areas to get up to the meadow, which is where we spotted most of our wildflowers.
Up on the meadow, we found jewel weed, also known as touch-me-not:
some goldenrod, which I believe may be Sweet Goldenrod:
a pretty bluish-purple flower which may be Lobelia (note the bit of orange jewel weed visible above the purple bloom):
some Evening Primrose:
more small Aster:
even more Goldenrod:
and some thistle down.
In the end, we managed to find a large number of plants on our list (as well as some that weren’t), and enjoyed a beautiful late summer day in the process. The girls celebrated at Throwing Rocks Place.
- New England Aster
- White chelone (turtlehead)
- Bull thistle
- Large-leaved goldenrod
- White goldenrod
- Elm-leaved goldenrod
- Small white aster
- Beech drops