Earth Day 2016 Recap

Earth Day 2016 hike on Greensprings trail images by katie boehnlein © 2016

Earth Day 2016 hike on Greensprings trail images by katie boehnlein © 2016

Children eagerly stroked the animal pelts, bones, and feathers while studying with magnifying glasses. Several students exhibited high proficiency in recognizing the animals from which these originated. 
   Thanks to our Friends of CSNM volunteers who hosted our booth at Rogue Valley Earth Day on April 23, 2016! Parents and adults signed up for our Hike and Learn events, and joined our membership. Though the weather was chilly, breezy and intermittently sprinkling, it did not deter Earth Day enthusiasts this year!  Many folks requested maps and more information on hiking in the monument. 
We joined KS Wild to hike the Greensprings Mountain trail on April 24. Though the snowy weather discouraged most while approaching the monument, the hike was spectacular. 
   We saw lots of signs of spring life poking through the snow—flowering current, calypso orchids, blue dicks, snow queens, yellow and purple violets, larkspur, several varieties of yellow lomatium and trillium. Hikers watched clouds stunningly rise to reveal the green and purple hills of the Rogue Valley. 
   Following the scenic hike, hikers convened in the Greenspring Inn toasty warm yurt for a fabulous public lands video and talk by Dave Willis addressing the monument’s lands.

   -- Susan Roudebush, Friends of CSNM Boardmember