Signs of spring (Mar. 17)

March 8, 2008

In a normal year, signs of spring would be everywhere by now. Yet our daffodils are just finally sending up a few inches of leaves, our tulips are still barely jutting up, and our hyacinths don’t seem to want to do more than break the surface of the mulch. I know all this because we are out there in the yard literally every day, rain or snow, checking on our flowers.

If you don’t have your own backyard science experiment going on, check out the nature hike at the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragswold Road in Kirkwood on March 17. Ages 3 to 6 are invited to start out in the classroom at 10 a.m., then tackle the Hickory Ridge Trail through the 112-acre forest to look for mosses, wildflowers and other plants during the “It’s Easy Finding Green” hike. And hopefully by St. Patty’s Day it will be easy to find emerald-hued evidence of spring! To reserve a spot for the free hike, call 314.301.1500.

Older kids ages 7 to 12 have their chance to spot signs of spring at a similar hike later in the month: March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3:30 p.m. The hike is likewise free; reservations can be made after March 13 at the same phone number.

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