Join me for a wildflower hike at Richard T Anderson Conservation Area in Eden Prairie. This hidden gem features a maple / basswood “Big Woods” forest, two bluff prairies, and a spring-fed creek, and we should be able to see a nice diversity of both woodland and prairie wildflowers in bloom here. If you’d like a lesson in how to use iNaturalist and / or the Minnesota Wildflowers app as a field guide, download those on your phone before you come.
We will hike about 3 miles on dirt trails at a leisurely pace, taking time to look at nature, including about 200′ of elevation climbing up to the top of the bluffs where we’ll enjoy the prairie species and expansive views of the Minnesota River Valley.
Parking and meetup at 18700 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie. If the lot is full (has about 20 spots), you can park on the frontage road. There’s a biffy there and also a capped natural spring to get water if you wish.