Poppy Bloom: Volunteer at Antelope Valley

Want to help out in the Poppy Reserve this season? Here's your chance.

THE RAIN... of January 2017 will long be remembered, and definitely up in the mountains, where it meant snow, lots of snow, so much snow that Mammoth Mountain is declaring it a record-setting month. And down below, where the wildflowers grow? Well, that remains to be seen, but it shall be seen very soon. For it is nearly poppy time in the Antelope Valley, come March or so, and whether it is a here-and-there show, or a full-on, deeply orange, carpet-like spread, will be known to one and all. If the wet weather has you excited for a stand-out year, flower-wise, and you are hoping that 2017 goes above/beyond recent poppy blooms (which suffered from the drought), think about lending a hand, your talents, your knowledge of the area, your love of the California state flower, and whatever other wonderful things you can bring to the table. For the...

ANTELOPE VALLEY CALIFORNIA POPPY RESERVE... is hosting a "two-day volunteer training" for flower fans who want to help out during the season. The first training session is on Saturday, Feb 4, with the follow-up taking place on Saturday, Feb. 11, and, yep, you'll need to plan on being there on both days. Will you be able to bone up on your petal-based knowledge, as well as knowledge of the area? That's definitely part of the training. And, down the road, when the season revs up in March, you might help out in the gift shop, or assist at the visitor center, and you'll definitely meet lots of people (both local and from further on) who'll make the journey to see the orange-tastic show. It's a most excellent way to meet new people (other volunteers as well as visitors) and pursue your poppy passions, all at once.

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