Tin Mountain Conservation Center is pleased to have botanist, orchid enthusiast Paul Martin Brown lead the Tin Mountain nature program “Spring Flowers of the White Mountains” on Friday, June 17, 10 AM through 3 PM.


Now in full bloom, surviving the harshest of terrain and climatic condition, alpine flowers dot the slopes of the mountain with their delicate petals of brilliant color.


In this program, five stops on the Auto Road provide viewing of nearly all spring flowers from upper woodland to sub-alpine to alpine habitats. They include Dwarf Cinquefoil, Bluebells, Alpine Golden Rod, Labrador Tea, Bilberry, Bluets, Lapland Rosebay, Diapensia, Bog Bilberry, Mountain Avens, Bog Laurel, and Azalae. Bring a camera, lunch, beverage, and be prepared for weather changes. Since there is no extensive hiking, this trip is inclusive for those with limited mobility and families. Bring lunch and fuel up your car ahead of time. The cost for the program is simply that of the Mount Washington Auto Road Admission. Space is limited, reservations requested.  Reserve now by calling Tin Mountain Conservation Center at 603-447-6991.


Paul Martin Brown is a research associate at the University of Florida Herbarium at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida and a summer resident of Acton, Maine. He has spent over 50 years exploring the wilds of New England and much of North America in search of wild orchids. He received his M.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and is the founder of the North American Native Orchid Alliance and the editor of the North American Native Orchid Journal. He contributed many treatments of genera to the Flora of North America (2002) volume on the orchids. Paul is leads a number of Herbarium workshops where participants search, collect, document and learn to identify plant species, one such program was conducted on the Tin Mountain property in Albany, NH.


Paul has published Wild Orchids of the Northeastern United States from Cornell University Press in 1997, Wild Orchids of Florida in 2002, The Wild Orchids of North America North of Mexico in 2003, Wild Orchids of the Southeastern United States, North of Peninsula Florida in 2004, Wild Orchids of Florida, updated and expanded edition in 2005, Wild Orchids of the Canadian Maritimes and Northern Great Lakes Region, Wild Orchids of the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies, and Wild Orchids of the Prairies and Great Plains Region of North America in 2006, and Wild Orchids of the Northeast: New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey in 2007 and A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Texas–all from the University Press of Florida. In addition Paul has authored and developed a series of laminated pocket guides to the wild orchid of the continental United States and Canada published by the University of Iowa Press.

Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit environmental education organization serving the Mount Washington Valley for over thirty years. The Nature Program Series are generously sponsored in part by LL Bean, and the Evenor Armington Fund. To learn more about Tin Mountain Conservation Center visit www.tinmountain.org, call 603-447-6991.