Learn about early spring wildflowers at April 25 MDC virtual program

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Some of the first signs of spring in this region are wildflowers that bloom in forested areas.

People can learn more about these early spring bloomers at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Wildflowers: Wonderful Wildflower ID.” This free online program will be April 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. and is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin. This program is recommended for ages 12 and up. People can register at:


 At this program, MDC Naturalist Jessie Ballard will describe the different types of native wildflowers that are beginning to show their blooms at this time of year. Plants in forested areas frequently bloom earlier in the year than do plants on prairies, pastures, and other open areas. Blooming early in the spring allows plants in forest areas to utilize sunlight that would not be available in late spring and summer when leafy tree canopies block out much of the sunlight. Ballard will explain how these wildflowers provide a great reason to get outside and explore the outdoors at this time of year.

Though the April 25 program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and other nearby MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Shoal Creek Center can call 417-629-3423.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.