Don’t know your trillium from a trout lily? Several parks are offering guided walks this weekend as well as naturalist kits and interpretive signs designed to help visitors get to know Minnesota’s wildflowers.
Eloise Butler Wildflower Sanctuary: Close to a dozen guided walks and activities are scheduled this weekend to highlight flowers and birds. 612-370-4903; www.minneapolisparks.org.
Interstate State Park: Look for several wildflower walks and birding events this weekend, including an adults-only trip along the Sandstone Bluffs Trail. Daily pass required. 1-651-465-5711; www.mndnr.gov.
Great River Bluffs State Park: The park offers a Mother’s Day wildflower walk at 2 p.m. 1-507-643-6849; www.mndnr.gov.
Carley State Park: Saturday’s Carley Bluebell Festival runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with wildflower card-making, trout fishing, archery and a guided walk into the woods surrounded by bends of the Whitewater River. 1-507-932-3007; www.mndnr.gov.
Wild River State Park: Take a guided wildflower walk along the St. Croix River this Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. 1-651-583-2125; www.mndnr.gov.
University of Minnesota Arboretum: Look for endangered dwarf trout lilies and other spring blooms in the Grace B. Dayton Wildflower Garden and the bog area. Admission to the sprawling 1,137-acre gardens is free Friday for National Public Gardens Day. 952-443-1400; www.arboretum.umn.edu.