by Cori Hilsgen
The third annual Lady Slipper Nature Ride held in conjunction with Avon’s Spunktacular Days will take place on the Lake Wobegon Region Trail on Saturday, June 21.
Check in and registration is from 8-10 a.m. at the Wobegon Park in Avon. Helmets are required.
When they are in full bloom, the Minnesota State Flower – the Pink and White Lady’s Slipper – can be seen along the trail. The plant develops slowly, often taking up to 16 years before producing its first flower. Some can live up to 50 years. It’s illegal to pick or dig up this protected wildflower.
Riders can also enjoy St. John’s Outdoor University, which includes the Stickwork Sculpture completed by artist Patrick Dougherty, students and volunteers from the area. Minnesota Master Naturalists will be at the outdoor university and along the trail answering questions about the biological and natural beauty found in the Avon Hills Area.
This ride is a leisurely ride, between 6 to 20 miles round trip. Rest stops are located at the Avon Trailhead, St. John’s Outdoor University and near the Stickwork Sculpture.
Avon Spunktacular Days events include many activities, such as a craft fair, food vendors, 5K run/walk, a parade, fireworks and more.
To register, visit www.LakeWobegonTrails.com.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.