"Dear to the moss": Emily Dickinson Wildflower Walk

Sunday, May 6, 2018 
Amethyst Brook Conservation Area
10am to noon

 Emily Dickinson observed nature keenly, distilling it into poetry. With botanist Connie Parks, we'll explore, as the poet did, Amherst's fields and woods, visiting Kestrel Land Trust's Spaulding Conservation Area on Amethyst Brook. On the walk, we'll encounter spring wildflowers and other botanical aspects of the landscape. Then, we'll return to theEmily Dickinson Museum for refreshments and readings of Dickinson's nature poetry.

Meet at 9:45 at the Emily Dickinson Museum tour center. For directions and parking, click here. Complimentary shuttle to the trailhead leaves at 10am. Sturdy footwear suggested. Thunder cancels. 

Registration Recommended for adults and youth 12 and up. Pre-registration required, as space is limited. Please email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to register. Payment will be taken at the door. 

$10 adults/$8 Friends/$6 Garden Volunteers (May 5-6), youth and students with valid college ID


This event is cosponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum and Kestrel Land Trust. Kestrel Land Trust, a nonprofit based in Amherst, conserves and cares for forests, farms, and riverways in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, while nurturing an enduring love of the land. Kestrel has been helping towns like Amherst create conservation areas for public enjoyment since 1970.

This program is also part of the Emily Dickinson Museum's  Gardener-in-Residence series. For more information, click here

About Connie Parks

Connie Parks has studied and taught plant science at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts, and Holyoke Community College. She credits Tedd Watt, who invited her to take over Wildflower Wednesdays at Mass Audubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, with getting her out in the field to learn plants that bloom outside the academic year.