by Julie Arrington, Marys Peak Group (MPG) Outings Leader and Executive Committee member
Twenty-five hikers were lucky on two counts on May 6th. The sun finally made an appearance, and we had an enthusiastic botanist with us to tell us the names and histories of the flowers and plants we were discovering in Peavy Aboretum, just north of Corvallis.
Ian Silvernail of the Instituted of Applied Ecology kept the young people entertained and answered questions while hikers took notes and photos. Robert Verhoogen’s list of flowers seen last year on this hike was very helpful in making identifications. Yellow violets, purple irises, sword ferns with fiddleheads uncurling, fairy bells, mushrooms and invasive stinky Bob geraniums were some of the plants found along the trail. And of course, there was lots of poison oak to avoid. Exploring a stream at the end of the trail made for a fun conclusion to our hike.
The Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club has a diverse outings program, from easy local hikes to multi-day backpacks, check out their calendar for upcoming outings: http://oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/marys_peak/events/