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Lake Mead rec area offering a wildflower wonderland with learning more about the desert

Wildflowers are in full bloom this year at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the public is invited to learn all about the native blooms. The National Park Service at Lake Mead is offering an hour-long wildflower walk 1 p.m. Sunday, April  14. (NPS Photo by Andrew Cattoir)

Wildflowers are in full bloom this year at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the public is invited to learn all about the native blooms. The National Park Service at Lake Mead is offering an hour-long wildflower walk 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14. (NPS Photo by Andrew Cattoir)

LAKE MEAD – Do you want to see the desert in its full color potential? There’s no better time than the present, and taking the Wildflower Walk with a ranger from the Lake Mead Recreation area at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 also gives the opportunity to learn about the desert. The walk will take an hour.

“We have a lots of families coming,” said Lake Mead Public Affairs Officer Laurie Smith. “Parents are bringing children to learn about nature and ecology. But older people come, too. Sometimes, they decide to finally learn about the desert. Or they just moved here and want to learn about the area.”

The walk will not be very challenging and is not far from the Lake Mead Visitor Center.

“Dress comfortably,” Smith said. “It’s getting hot out there. Make sure to bring a plenty of water and good shoes.”

And, naturally, a camera to try to immortalize the colors, including aggressive yellow, royal indigo and pinkish purple. If you can’t tell a Joshua tree from a cactus, invest in Mojave Desert Wildflowers by Jon Mark Stewart – available online at www.desertusa.com. You can also listen to Amanda Royal, a Lake Mead intern and an Interpretation and Education Technician from The Great Basin Institute.

For more information about the Wild Flower Walk, call 702-293-8990.

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