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Dripping Springs on a sunny day


The Las Cruces Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico organized a nature walk at Dripping Springs Natural Area Sunday, Feb. 13. There were about 40 people gathered at the trailhead just a short distance from the visitors center. Each person was given a sheet with plant information on it. The hike started shortly after 1 p.m. with John Freyermuth leading it.

The hike was along a well-developed gravel path. It went down to La Cueva about 1 mile away. Along the trail, Freyermuth pointed out the varieties of grasses, bushes, trees and cacti which were growing in the area. The day was sunny with no wind. The temperature was pleasant and warm, although at two well shaded places along the trail had some snow that had not yet melted.

The event was one of the efforts the Plant Society makes to educate the public about native New Mexican plants. More information about the society can be found on the web site at www.npsnm.org.