Idyllwild Nature Center Wildflowers 

Idyllwild wildflowers





The public is invited to the  Idyllwild Nature Center 30th anniversary celebration  honoring 30 years of wildflowers. 30th Anniversary Wildflower Extravaganza includes Wine,  Cheese & Hors D'oeuvre Reception and Opening Preview. Proceeds will benefit Friends of San Jacinto Mountains County Parks.


The Nature Center is hosting a free appetizer reception and movie preview with the filmmakers & photographers of “Season of the Sand Blossoms,” Peter and Melanie Rhalter.


An award-winning 12- minute environmental art program, the film immerses viewers in music, sights and sounds of the desert for an amazing wildflower experience. Identifying over 100 plants and animals in a compelling film,  Sierra Club San Gorgonio Chapter Chair, Ralph Salisbury, calls it the  perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day to coincide with the opening of the summer season at the Idyllwild Nature Center.

"Desert Gold" is an award-winning film that will also be shown at the event. Featured as part of the Everglades International Film Festival 2007, this 18-minute documentary, includes Native American tradition-keepers and scientists who tell the life story of desert wildflowers, explaining their ancient history and vital role in the web of life.

Attendees can  meet filmmakers Peter and Melanie Rhalter for Q&A and a DVD signing party. Partial proceeds of the DVD sales will benefit the Friends of the San Jacinto Mountains group.

The Nature Center's Wildflower Extravaganza will continue on  Saturday, May 24th at 1p.m. with another film showing. Families are invited to spend Saturday with Nature Center volunteers who have gathered wildflowers from the desert to the San Gorgonio Pass and the San Jacinto Mountain Range for display. Guest speakers will discuss species, characteristics of plants and gardening tips. Traditional Native plant usages will also be featured. Naturalist-led walks, kid-crafts and music throughout the Memorial Day weekend offer an exceptional experience honoring Idyllwild's rich heritage and beautiful, natural environment.


When visiting Idyllwild, there are many opportunities to explore the outdoors. Horseback riding, nature hikes, boating, fishing, horseback riding and mountain biking are a few. Each weekend in the town square music floats through the air at the indoor/outdoor cafes where guest musicians sing contemporary songs. A full calendar of events is listed on




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