Fields of Gold, Getting to Know Goldenrod at Pfeiffer Nature Center

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Event Date(s): Sat, 09/09/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
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Get to know Goldenrod with Pfeiffer Nature Center

When Sting released his classic “Fields of Gold” he was referring to fields of ripening barley. But if he were here in Western New York late summer, it would be hard not to apply that phrase to the expansive lush bounty of yellow gracing the roadsides and fields. 

The predominate yellow flower is Goldenrod…not one, but up to fifteen different species of Goldenrod in our area. They contribute to the rich summer ecosystem. Take a walk with Pfeiffer Nature Center and explore this important and beautiful plant. The walk will include an introduction to basic botanical terms, how to use a plant identification key, hands-on experience identifying several species of Goldenrods, and a bit of fact, folklore, and fiction about this summertime beauty.  

This event will be held at Pfeiffer Nature Center, 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville, NY 14770.  Fee:  Free for members and children under 13, $5 for non-members.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Register by 4pm Thursday, September 7th.  Sign up on the programs calendar on our website at or contact the office at 716-933-0187.   Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding. 

Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.  

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Lillibridge Property
1974 Lillibridge Rd.
Portville, NY 14770
United States
Phone: 716-933-0187
42° 5' 37.0896" N, 78° 19' 27.39" W
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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

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The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

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