Nodding Ladies' Tresses Orchid (Spiranthes cernua), seen on guided bog walk

Bog Walk

Southern Appalachian bogs are the crown jewels of Blue Ridge natural communities. Join us for a 2.5 hour excursion to one of these endangered bogs, chock-full of rare and beautiful plants, including pitcher plants, sundews, and several rare orchid species. This small bog-fen has been studied and managed for decades by botanists and herpetologists (it is a renowned habitat of the elusive bog turtle). This bog is on private land; in order to preserve the integrity of the fragile ecosystem and out of respect for the owners, we conduct only a few of these walks each year. This opportunity is as rare as the ecosystem itself. May-June. 

Pitcher Plant Flower (Sarracenia), seen on guided bog walk
Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia) seed pod, carnivorous bog plant
Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia), seen on guided bog tour
Muddy bog walkers' feet afterg guided hike
Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), carnivorous plant seen on guided tour