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Wildflower Festival set for April 22

April 10, 2006

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) will hold a Wildflower Festival on Saturday, April 22 at its Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.

The festival, which is being held to coincide with Earth Day and the arrival of spring, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It will include refreshments, children's activities and storytelling, guided walks, local artists showing and selling their artwork, a performance by dancer Kitty Clark, artist demonstrations, and music.

Admission is free.

"Spring is a magical time of year at Yankauer" said Kristin Alexander, the director of the preserve. "There are no leaves on the trees so everything is still quite brown except for the blooming forest floor."

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Mid- to late April is traditionally the peak of the early spring wildflowers at the preserve. Some of the wildflowers on display should include bloodroot, spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches, and rue anemone, Alexander said in a news release.

The 100-acre preserve is north of Shepherdstown on Whiting's Neck Road. PVAS co-owns and manages it in partnership with The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia.

The preserve has two miles of walking trails, river views and an education pavilion. It is open to the public from dawn to dusk daily.

The trails at Yankauer are primitive, so those who wish to walk them are encouraged to wear sturdy walking shoes. Please leave pets at home.

The preserve is named for Dr. Alfred Yankauer and his wife Marian, who donated the land in 1967. Dr. Yankauer died in June 2004.

To get to the preserve from Shepherdstown, take W.Va. 480 north toward Sharpsburg. Just past the Shepherd University football field, turn left on Shepherd Grade Road. Drive 1.7 miles and turn left on Scrabble Road.

Stay on Scrabble Road for four miles (the road turns left at 1.9 miles) through Scrabble, and then turn right on Whiting's Neck Road. The Preserve is about a half mile on the right.

This route is clearly marked with brown "Wildlife Viewing Area" signs that begin at Shepherd Grade Road and lead motorists directly to the preserve.

To learn more about the Wildflower Festival and PVAS, see the PVAS Web site at www.potomacaudubon.org or call 304-676-3397.

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