Camp Timbercrest

Girl ScoutsThere is no place on the planet that feels more like home to me than Camp Timbercrest.  The land for the camp was purchased in 1963.  By 1967, it was a fully operational day and residence camp.  I attended day camp in 1965 and 1966, and residence camp several summers starting in 1967.  (That’s me, second from the left.)  Somehow, when high school and college came around, I got disconnected.  I returned as a counselor in the summer of 1982.

StrawberryWhen my daughters were old enough, they began attending.  Both will spend a good part of this coming summer at camp, the eldest as a junior counselor, the youngest as a CIT (counselor in training).

Today, I had the extreme pleasure of leading a Spring Wildflower Walk at my “home”.  Nine adults and three children signed up to walk with me looking for ephemerals at Camp Timbercrest.  Many were former or current Girl Scouts.  It was a gorgeous spring day – just warm enough to be very pleasant, sunny, delightful.

We saw over 30 species of flowering plants.  Most were in bloom; a few we recognized by their leaves or fruits.

Fringed PolygalaFlowers seen on May 18th (I went out the day before to make sure the trail was OK) and 19th, 2007:

Strawberry, Dandelion, Colt’s Foot, Field Mustard, Barren Strawberry, Toothwort, Early Low Blueberry, Starflower, Bristly Black Currant, Foamflower, Hooked Crowfoot, Miterwort, False Hellebore (buds), Violets – purple, Violets – yellow, Violets – white, Trillium – white, Trillium – painted, Trillium – red, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Blue Cohosh, Indian Cucumber Root, Goldthread, Pink Lady Slipper (Buds), Orchid (leaves and buds only – round-leaved maybe?), Spring Beauty, Canada Mayflower, Dwarf Ginseng, Wild Geranium, Fringed Polygala, Golden Ragwort, Wintergreen (leaves, berry), and Partridge Berry (leaves only).

I find it so gratifying to teach adults who have selected the class.  It’s fun to have the kids at the Center:  they have so much enthusiasm and energy.  Often when children ask a question, they don’t have the attention span to wait for an answer!


Adults ask, then wait for the answer, then test themselves further down the trail… “Now, is this another Starflower?”  Yes it is!  Good job!

To see photos of most of the flowers we saw, click here:

One thought on “Camp Timbercrest

  1. Sounds like a lovely walk, and a great variety of wildflowers seen! I like how many of your photos include the foliage – I too often wind up with photos of just the flower, only to find that its the leaves that distinguish one species from another.

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