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Leadville local and wildflower expert, Robin Dunn and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) are inviting the public along for an educational wildflower identification hike from  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sat. July 17. The event explores the alpine meadows above the east side of Leadville.

Participants will enjoy a slow meander above treeline and hear white-crowned sparrows, Lincoln sparrows, and possibly ruby-crowned kinglets while learning some of the flowers’ folk names including Columbine, Subalpine Larkspur, Lupines, Elephant head Lousewort, and more.

Rocky Mountain Bee flower. photo credit-Sandy Hobbs

Dunn is a lifelong learner who invites participants to bring their own sense of fun, questions, ideas, joys, and stores of knowledge to share with one another.  Dunn hopes participants will all learn from each other as they climb. The hike includes a brief lunch to separate and enjoy the silence of nature. Once lunchtime concludes, participants will learn a song to honor the beautiful Earth before heading back to the start.

Participants will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 299 McWethy Drive in Leadville, and carpool from there. Each hiker should bring appropriate hiking gear, a raincoat, lunch, water, and sunscreen.

Each of these hikes is five dollars for GARNA members and 10 dollars for non-members. Click here to learn more and to register. Space is limited and those with questions are asked to contact Programs Coordinator, Kelsey Kirkwood at or call 719-539-5106.