Our very own outdoor expert, Wendy Langhans, has a proposal. Go to your computer, click on your wildflower of the day, then go outside and find it in its natural habitat!
“What better way to celebrate the New Year than with a wild and improbable experiment,” she said. “Some people make resolutions, I think of new things to do.
“The Wii is being marketed as a family device where you can play together. Maybe we could use social networking as a way to get people outside to get away from their computers for a minute and breathe some fresh air.”
She pondered what it would take to get people outside.
“Can we use Facebook to encourage people to get up from their computers and go outside?” Langhans asked. “What if we gave people the information they needed? What if they knew where to go, what to look for, and who’s going. Would they do it?
“So I decided to try an experiment here and call it ’90 Days of Santa Clarita Valley Wildflowers.’ Anybody could put up with something for 90 days and if they didn’t, I would only look foolish for 90 days.”
Langhans selected 90 different wildflowers and parsed them over a three-month span, posting a picture and a link to information on the wildflower or a map to a park.
“People want to know ‘how do I get there, how steep is the hike, are there wild animals there?” she said. “I just wanted to give people to do more, to try something new.”
The site also allows people to post their own pictures from their hikes and share their new discoveries.
“My hope is, over these next 90 days, you go outside and explore the beauty of nature in your own neighborhood,” Langhans said. “And take a friend with you.”