Patapsco Valley State Park Spring Flower Hike

Hi everyone! Hope you are holding up well as the quarantine continues. Last week was my first day "back to work". In Maryland we have transitioned to online learning, so teachers in Anne Arundel County spent the last week in training to use online resources and setting up their Google Classrooms. Thankfully my department had already been using Google Classrooms, so I feel very comfortable with the transition.

Since my last journal post, I decided to start taking more initiative using my iNaturalist account. I've started posting observations more regularly and contribute to identifications when feeling confident enough.

I've even gotten the kids involved. After learning about the Seek app, I downloaded it for both my stepdaughters to use. It served as a useful tool for a science lesson my oldest had to complete. I sent the girls each a picture of different flowers we found on our hike yesterday. I told them, the first to correctly identify their flowers wins a prize. Not sure what that prize is yet, but we'll figure it out. Feel free to make suggestions!

Our hike yesterday was at Patapsco Valley State Park. Our original plan was to hike the Chevrolet Trail Loop, a 6 mile trek with moderate elevation, on the east side of the Patapsco River. I was very excited to add a new trail recording to my AllTrails app. Upon arrival to the trail head, there was a number of cars parked and too many people in one location for our comfort. So much for social distancing...

Instead we decided to check out one of our favorites, the McKeldin Switchback Trail. A shorter hike, only 4 miles, located on the west side of the river just across from the Chevrolet Trail. I was very happy we went with plan B. On our hike I was able to add 15 new species to my collection! Spring beauties and a number of other wildflowers were in full bloom throughout the hike. Everyone else hiking was very respectful of each others' space and did a fantastic job navigating the trails safely. After getting home I uploaded my finds to the Patapsco Valley State Park project. We still have plans to explore the Chevrolet Trail, but on a day less crowded.

I've included a link below to check out my AllTrails profile. Unfortunately, I did not record our hike yesterday. However, previous recordings can be found under my history tab. You can also find maps to both trails mentioned earlier under my lists, PVSP (Patapsco Valley State Park).
https://www.alltrails.com/members/emily-hall-54?ref=header

Continue to stay safe and healthy.

-Em

Posted by ehall1994 ehall1994, April 06, 2020 15:12

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Spotted Wintergreen Chimaphila maculata

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April 5, 2020 01:13 PM EDT

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Rue Anemone Thalictrum thalictroides

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Slender Toothwort Cardamine angustata

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Yellow Trout Lily Erythronium americanum

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Early Saxifrage Micranthes virginiensis

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April 5, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

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Downy Yellow Violet Viola pubescens

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April 5, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

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Virginia Spring Beauty Claytonia virginica

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April 5, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

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Star Chickweed Stellaria pubera

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Pale Corydalis Corydalis flavula

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Summer Snowflake Leucojum aestivum

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Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis

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Slender Toothwort Cardamine angustata

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Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum

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Eastern Skunk Cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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Virginia Spring Beauty Claytonia virginica

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