On walks this week through Gettysburg National Military Park, I have encountered beautiful blooming Pennsylvania native wildflowers. These shots are from April 16 and 17, 2013 at Culp’s Hill, Power’s Hill and at the park Museum and Visitor Center.
Spring only seems to stay for a few short weeks so if you can, get out and enjoy these flowers. One needs only to walk or jog along Gettysburg’s historic avenues and roadways to enjoy them.
Even the trees and shrubs are blooming, including the native landscaping around the Museum and Visitor Center.
The variety of habitats within the park ranging from forests to wetlands provides home to 553 species of vascular plants, 410 of which are native. The Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory has also listed 23 of these plants as endangered, threatened, or species of special concern. For more information about plants in the park go to: http://www.nps.gov/gett/naturescience/plants.htm.
By taking a walk or jog through the park, you’ll improve your own health and well-being. To learn more about National Park Service initiatives to encourage park visitors to make healthy lifestyle choices, check out “A Call to Action.”
Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, April 18, 2013