We will tour the Coolbough Nature Preserve to see the spectacular varieties of fall blooming plants on this dry sand prairie. There are splendid areas of grasses, Prickly Pear Cactus, and many other prairie plants. This large preserve is located north of Newaygo and has bogs, streams and woodlands plus the large prairie.
The Foray will be held in the Porcupine Mountain area in the Upper Peninsula. More details will be in the spring Arisaema.
We will see the Eastmanville Bayou which is part of the Ottawa County Parks system with a naturalist. We will explore this riparian system which features many southern species at the most northern part of their habitat including Kentucky Coffee Tree and Pawpaw. There is an impressive display of Virginia Bluebells. The bayou area walk is fairly flat and is located on the south shore of the Grand River, west of GVSU.
Our first field trip this year will be at Loda Lake Nature Preserve which is located north of White Cloud. This huge sanctuary has forests, streams, a lake, bogs, and prairies, and in the spring it is a wonderland of ephemeral plants! The paths are excellent and marked by posts for identifying the wild plants. A naturalist will lead us.
Stephen Ross will present a program on Venezuela. His program will show some of the amazing flowering plants in this northern country on the coast of South America. You will also see geography and rural life in this country. Steve is our well-known traveler who has taken us on many visual trips throughout the world with his excellent photographs and lectures.