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OCVN Skunk Cabbage Hike

Join the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association for a hike as they explore the landscape of Beaver Creek Wetland Nature Reserve & Phillips Park in winter.

Spring is almost here and nothing is more an indicator than the Skunk Cabbage, one of the first plants to emerge in the spring. Skunk Cabbage has a remarkable ability to produce heat that allows it to emerge and bloom even when the ground is still frozen. During the winter when temperatures are freezing, the flower buds can warm up to 70 degrees, which melts the snow around the plant. We will walk the boardwalk of Siebenthaler Fen looking for it and other signs of spring.

Please dress for whatever temperature Mother Nature hands us. The trail is easy but may we may encounter standing water, mud and/or ice.

Parking area located on Fairground Rd just east of Beaver Valley Rd. Learn more here.