Nature Hour: Discovering Our Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers

Come learn all about these natural beauties that light up the woods in the springtime!

Spring ephemeral wildflowers bloom in early spring before the forest canopy leafs out as part of their strategy to capitalize on sunlight availability. They do all of their growing and reproduction during the time when sunlight reaches the forest floor, which is an ingenious survival and reproduction strategy. In the process, they create beautiful landscapes of color that they get to enjoy! This presentation will explore the magical world of spring ephemeral wildflowers, examine their survival and reproductive strategy, and provide tips to identify the most common beauties.

Recommended for ages 8+. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is being held at the Lancaster Public Library, located at 151 N. Queen Street. Parking is available at the Christian Street Garage, anchored by the library. Presentations occur in the Community Room located in the rear of the building.

About Your Presenter

Keith Williams is the Vice President for Engagement and Education for Lancaster Conservancy. Keith is an environmental educator, naturalist, writer, and photographer. He has a BS in Environmental Biology from Kutztown University and MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning from the Lesley University Audubon Expedition Institute. Keith was the founding Director of Education and is the past Executive Director of the NorthBay Education Foundation, one of the largest outdoor education programs in the US. He has served on the National Social Emotional Learning in Environmental Education Working Group, was appointed to the Maryland Governors Environmental Literacy Committee, and served on the Board of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education for 12 years.

About Nature Hour

Nature Hour is a lecture series presented by Lancaster Conservancy, taking place on Wednesdays throughout the winter. Initially a virtual series, this year they are adding in-person events to the lineup. The one-hour lectures, that include a Q&A with the expert presenter, cover a wide range of conservation, environmental, and nature-related topics impacting our community, region, and world to an audience of all ages of learners.

To find out about other events in the series please follow this link:

To see recordings of past Nature Hour lectures, please visit the Conservancy’s YouTube Channel:

Thank you to their host Lancaster Public Library!


Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Lancaster Public Library

151 North Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603

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