Look for Historic and Rare Plants in College Woods at College Woods of William and Mary College

Sunday, 20 May, 2018


(Richmond, VA) – Join the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society to explore William and Mary’s historic campus park on May 20 at 3 p.m. Trip leader Caitie Cyrus has in-depth knowledge of the area’s flora. As a master of science candidate at the college, she spent many hours surveying for 680 historically documented plant species and mapping locations of all plant collections and rare populations.

With more than 10 miles of trails surrounding Lake Matoaka, the College Woods are a recreational and educational outlet for the community.  The Civilian Conservation Corps developed a majority of the trails in the early 1930s.

 Anyone with an interest in our native landscape is welcome, from novice to expert. The approximately two-hour walk is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To confirm your participation and have your questions answered, contact trip leader Caitie Cyrus at 410-693-6829 or cyruscd@gmail.com.

Meet on the corner of Brooks Street and Compton Drive.  Parking is available at the same intersection in a lot diagonal from the student rec center.  Wear sturdy waterproof shoes or boots in the event we go off trail. Bring your own snacks and water. In case of rain, contact trip leader to learn if walk is canceled.

 The Pocahontas Chapter is one of 12 Virginia Native Plant Society chapters, and serves the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.  In addition to the monthly meetings, the chapter conducts field trips, holds a May picnic and wildflower walk, hosts the annual Virginia Native Plant Society Winter Workshop, and sends a monthly newsletter.

 Membership in a chapter is available to anyone who joins the Virginia Native Plant Society.  VNPS members enjoy the natural world and support efforts to preserve Virginia’s native plants. Ranging in age from students to seniors, members are professionals, knowledgeable amateurs and many who are just beginning to learn about our flora. While some members join enthusiastically in activities, others help out occasionally or support the society solely with their memberships and their interest. All are welcome.

 For more information visit the chapter and state websites: vnps.org/pocahontas/.




College Woods of William and Mary College
corner of 400 Brooks Street and Compton Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
United States

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