My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“I'm a firm believer in getting students out of the classroom and into experiences in nature. If students get out of their element, in a new place that stimulates their senses, that's where the best learning happens.”
Natural Sciences Assistant Professor Nick Baer

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

Canada Mayflower or Wild Lily-of-the-Valley Mianthemum canadense
Lily Liliaceae family

Look for 2 or sometimes 3 leaves that are shiny, and deeply cleft in a heart shape.



Flowers are white, growing in a small raceme, and if you look very closely, you will notice they have 4 petals.




Berries are white with spots initially; later they turn a pale red.

Form/Habitat:Canada mayflower is a small, very common woodland plant, 2-6" high. Look for it in patches (which will be fragrant when there are many together)alongside wooded roads growing with yellow clintonia, starflower, trillium, goldthread, among others.

Blooms in May.

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