Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society  
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 2pm

Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) Come learn about Cincinnati Native Plants. The Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society welcomes you to our great (and free) events. All are welcome.  

What you missed- On Saturday May 14, 2016,  the Society had its annual invasive removal event at Caesar Creek SNP. Much of the upstream area along Caesar Creek is clear of invasives and filled with native plants, though up hill areas are lower quality with much work to do. Eleven in attendance on drizzly 50 degree day. Group Photo (not shown Marjie B and Bob B.), What is this Mystery Fungus ?

For descriptions and photos of the our other missed events, scroll down on our Newsletter tab  

--May 2016--  

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11 am: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Lucas County, Ohio 

Join Dave Kuehner as he leads us through the Oak Openings, a globally rare ecosystem and thus one of Ohio’s most ecologically unique areas, located west of Toledo.

The sandy soils of the Oak Openings support a distinctive flora that is both diverse and abundant. More than one third of Ohio’s rare plant species are found there.

Restored oak savannas will be one of the plant communities we explore.One of the botanical highlights will be the transcendent wild lupine, a potentially threatened species conspicuous in its beauty.

We will also target Plains puccoon and Virginia dwarf dandelion, both threatened species. Moss phlox and sweet fern are only two of the many additional plants that will be on our radar.

Be sure to pack a lunch. Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or  to let her know if you will be attending or if you have any questions.


From Cincinnati, take I-75 north for 192 miles

Take left lane exit #192 onto I-475 North towards Ann Arbor/Maumee and drive 4 miles.

Take exit #4a for US 24 East(!)  towards Maumee and drive east for 0.7 miles.

Turn left (west) at the light onto Monclava Road and drive west for 6 miles to where Monclava Road (temporarily) dead ends.

Turn right onto South Eber Road and drive 0.1 miles

Turn left onto Monclova Road (Monclava restarts), and drive for 2.8 miles to Wilkins Road.

Turn left (south) onto Wilkins Road (stop sign) and drive 1.0 miles

At the end of Wilkins Road, turn right and look for the Mallard Lake parking lot on your right.

We will meet at the far (north) end of the parking lot.There will be restrooms there. Allow about 3 hours and 45 minutes from Cincinnati.

For a route map from Cincinnati click map from Cincy to Oak openings location 

For a map showing location only   Our oak openings location

For a Park map go to Parkmap


** Saturday May 21, 2016 Native Plant Workshop, Dayton Ohio info  


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Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10 am: Shawnee State Forest, Scioto County, Ohio

Dave Kuehner will lead this trip through Shawnee State Forest, well known among wildflower enthusiasts for the brilliant displays of orchids in early May and early August. Perhaps less well appreciated is the Shawnee flora of early June, when the abundance, diversity, rarity and beauty of the flowering plants make it one of the better times of the wildflower season to visit.

On the dry, acidic, forested slopes we should find in bloom American ipecac, devil’s bit, goat’s rue, goatsbeard, white milkweed, purple milkweed, poke milkweed, smooth phlox, lance-leaved coreopsis, and rose-ring blanket-flower. Our caravan will seek as many of these plants as time and interest permit. It would not be surprising to find lingering blooms of mountain laurel.

Besure to pack a lunch. Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions and to let her know if you will be attending.  

Directions: From I-275, take exit #63for State Route 32.

Take SR 32 east for 41 miles.

Turn right (south) on Ohio 247 at the McDonalds (south side of 32). Proceed 9.7 miles to West Union and turn left on Ohio 125 (Main Street).

Drive 22 miles to Shawnee State Park andturn right at the sign to the Lodge and Park Office.

Meet at the backpacker’s parking lot adjacent to SR 125, accessible from the road to the lodge. Restrooms are available at the Lodge. Allow 2 hours from Cincinnati.


**Sunday, June 5, 2016 at noon: Potluck Picnic with Northside Greenspace Inc. and CWFPS at Keystone Flora in Wooden Shoe Hollow, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

Join us at native plant nursery Keystone Flora, located in historic Wooden Shoe Hollow, whose greenhouses and truck farms once provided fresh produce to urban Cincinnati. There will be informal tours of the nursery, prairie, bioswale, and some of the properties that have been purchased by the native plant conservationists who are slowly colonizing the neighborhood. 

Bring a dish to share. Contact Diana Boyd at 513-921-2250 if you have questions, and Keystone Flora at 513-961-2727 if you get lost.

Directions: From either direction on I-75, take the Mitchell Avenue exit (exit 6). Head north on Mitchell Avenue (left if you were on 75 north; right if you were heading south). Turn left onto Spring Grove Avenue (the first major intersection). Turn right onto Winton Road (at second traffic light). Turn right onto Kings Run (at third traffic light). Turn left onto Winton Ridge (at first intersection). Veer left onto Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane (about 1000 feet from turn onto Winton Ridge). Follow Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane for 0.3 miles. The lane goes straight, then curves to the right, and goes straight again until it enters a wooded canopy area curving left. As soon as you come out of the trees you’ll see a red mailbox numbered 5081. The address for Keystone Flora is 5081 Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45232.


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(new) Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 1 pm: Chrys Cook’s Meadow, Dearborn County, Indiana

Chrys Cook has invited the Society to visit her property nearby in Indiana. Expect to see butterfly weed, common milkweed, purple coneflower, grey-headed coneflower, penstemon, wild bergamot, cup plant and more in bloom. Chrys will share her restoration efforts for this property with us.

Everyone should bring binoculars. Warblers, orioles, and buntings all make thei rappearance, as well as, of course, the butterflies. Whoever has 4-wheel drive is welcome to drive the mile up to the upper meadow.

Directions: Take I-275 to the west of Cincinnati and take exit 16 for US 50 toward Lawrenceburg/Aurora.

Turn left onto US 50 West/E. Eads Parkway. Travel for 6 miles on US 50 (into Aurora) to IN 56 West/Importing Street.

Turn left onto IN 56 West. Follow IN 56 as itjogs through Aurora. Travel on IN 56 for 2.3 miles and turn right onto E.Laughery Creek Road.

Travel for 0.7 miles. Address on Google Maps is 4286 E.Laughery Creek Rd., Aurora, Indiana 47001. Park about 0.1 mile before that driveway at the tractor road.

**Weekend July 8-10, 2016 Midwest Native Plant Society Conference, in Dayton, Ohio, 


**Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10 am: Smith Cemetery, Bigelow Cemetery & Milford Center Prairie State Nature Preserves, Madison County, Ohio

Join Dave Kuehner and Michelle Comer, DNAP Preserve Manager, who will lead this joint field trip with the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ONAPA). There are very few remnants of the prairie vegetation that was historically common on the Darby Plains in west central Ohio. Bigelow Cemetery and Smith Cemetery date from the early 1800s and today are outstanding examples of a prairie cemetery. Both sites have rich and diverse populations of prairie grasses and wildflowers.The stunning population of purple coneflower at Smith may be the finest in thestate. One of the few Ohio populations of the striking royal catchfly is at Bigelow. Milford Center Prairie is a railroad prairie that contains the large stand most diverse assemblage of prairie plants in the Darby Plains.

Be sure to pack a lunch. We’ll begin at Bigelow and go to Smith before lunch.We’ll eat lunch and head to Milford Center.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or  if you have questions and to let her know if you will be attending.  

Directions: Meet at Bigelow. Take I-71 north fromCincinnati to exit 75 for Ohio 38. Take Ohio 38 north through London to justsouth of Plumwood, where you will turn left on Rosedale-Milford Center Road.Travel for 6 miles and turn right onto Rosedale Road. Travel for 3 miles toBigelow Cemetery SNP, which is on the west side of the road.


To continue to Smith Cemetery SNP, head north on Rosedale Road and turn right on Ohio 161.Head east on Ohio 161 for 4 miles. Turn right onto Unionville Road, which becomes Boyd North Road. Turn left on Boyd Road and drive for 1 mile to Smith Cemetery SNP, which will be on the north side of the road.

Milford Center Prairie SNP is located off of Ohio 4 southwest of Milford Center.


----------------- August 2016-----------------


Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 10 am: Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve, Adams County, Ohio

Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) Chief Botanist Rick Gardner will lead this trip to the new addition of Chaparral and discuss the ecology of the site, its statewide significance, and identify the many fascinating plants. In 2014, DNAP partnered with the Arc of Appalachia in purchasing 60 acres adjacent to the 70-acre Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve. The new addition includes some fine examples of the globally rare Post Oak Opening prairie habitat. The hike will take public trails through the preserve, plus some off-trai lexploration to see some state rarities you won’t see along the trails. Large patches of dense blazing-star will be in full bloom. 

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 to OH 32 and go east for about41 miles. Turn right (south) on OH 247 and drive 5 miles to Cross Road. Turn right onto Cross Road and drive 2 miles. Turn left onto Hawk Hill Road and drive 1.3 miles. Entrance to the prairie is on the right.


Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1 pm: Pollination Appreciation Walk at Cox Arboretum, Montgomery County,Ohio

Cox Arboretum is a 189-acre Dayton Metropark  containing significant natural areas, including two high-quality mature woodlots, dense cedar glades, succession areas, planted tall-grass prairies, and a created wetland. There is a 2.5-mile trail through woodlands and meadows, but this is not the reason weare visiting this unique Metropark. 

The highlight of our visit here is to explore our lepidopterous pollinators in Ohio’s one and only Butterfly House. The Butterfly House enables people to view native butterflies and moths in all stages of metamorphosis. Species such as Painted Lady, Black Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Monarchs, Giant Swallowtails, Tiger Swallowtails, Luna moth, Cecropia moth, Polyphemus moth, and Pipevine Swallowtails are featured.

The Butterfly House also contains all the host plants for both the butterflies and moths, as well as a nice variety of nectar plants. 

After we visit the Butterfly House, those who are interested may join us on the above-mentioned trail through the prairie and woodlands. The trail is rated easy. 

Directions:Take I-75 north to exit 44 for OH-725 toward Miamisburg/Centerville. Turn right onto OH-725 E/Miamisburg Centerville Road (signs for Centerville). After 0.1 mile, turn left into Mall Woods Drive. At the traffic light (0.4 mile), turn left onto OH-741 N. Springboro Pike. The entrance to Cox Arboretum Metropark is on the left, 0.9 miles. The visitors and educational centers include the usual facilities. Meet in the parking lot. The address is Cox Arboretum Metropark, 6733 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH.

----------------- September 2016-----------------


Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm: Members’ Photo Sharing Program, Avon Woods Nature Center

Please bring your photos (on thumb drive or CD) and slides, to share with friends. We will have a digital projector and computer, and cookies and coffee, too. Come early, at 6:30 pm, and bring a picnic dinner, if you like. Call Bob Bergstein at 513-477-4438 for computer information and to let him know if you are sharing photos.

Directions: Avon Woods Nature Center is aCincinnati City Park at 4235 Paddock Road, Cincinnati 45229. From the Norwood Lateral (SR 562), drive 0.9 mile south on Paddock to the Avon Woods Park driveway. Turn sharp right onto the drive next to the park sign (on the westside of Paddock) and go to the lodge at the end of the long dark drive. 


**Saturday, September 17,2016 : ONAPA’s 4th Annual Meeting & Banquet, Cincinnati, Ohio (Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association)

Save the date! Join ONAPA in Southwest Ohio for their annual meeting and banquet. 

The theme Natural Heritage, Art, and Native Peoples will provide participants with opportunities unique to their particular interests in Ohio’s natural history. 

Field trip activities will be held at Fort Ancient State Memorial,Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve and Caesar Creek State Park, and the Cincinnati Nature Center throughout the day.

There will be ONAPA, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, universities, and local experts in all fields of natural science participating at each location. 

A social activity with hors d‘oeuvres and local Cincinnati-brewed beer will start at 3 pm at the Heritage Banquet Center in Goshen, Ohio, followed by a buffet dinner and special keynote presentation. 

See the ONAPA website at for details.   

All of our events are free and open to the public.  Of course if you enjoy our events, as we think you will,  it is nice to join to help support the Society. Our hikes and lectures are excellent, in a wonderful casual atmosphere.  You will have the opportunity to talk with our speakers after the meetings. Our hike leaders are knowledgeable and will be glad to point out the plants that we are seeing

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--Quick look ahead 2015-2016 
** is co-sponsored or non-Society event

--May 2016--  

** Saturday May 21, 2016
Field Trip at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Lucas Co., OH

new ** Saturday May 21, 2016 Native Plant Workshop, Dayton Ohio info   

--June 2016--  

Saturday June 4, 2016
Field Trip at Shawnee State Forest, Scioto Co., OH

 ** Sunday June 5, 2016  
Annual Picnic at Keystone Flora,
Hamilton Co.,OH

--July 2016--  

(new) Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 1 pm: Chrys Cook’s Meadow, Dearborn County, Indiana

**(new) Weekend July 8-10, 2016 Midwest Native Plant Society Conference, in Dayton, Ohio,   info


 Saturday July 16, 2016  
Field Trip at
Smith Cemetery, Bigelow Cemetery & Milford Center Prairie State Nature Preserves, Madison Co., OH

--August 2016--  

Saturday August 6, 2016  Field Trip at Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve, Adams Co., OH

Sunday August 21, 2016
Field Trip - Pollination Appreciation Walk at  Cox Arboretum, Montgomery Co., OH

--September 2016--

Friday September 9, 2016  
at Avon Woods Nature Center

6:30 pm Picnic Supper (optional)

7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program


 ** indicates events co-sponsored by the Society 

Questions about events, lost going to an event, need e-mail reminders of events?

Call Christine Hadley, President at 513-850-9585 email

or Bob Bergstein, Vice President at 513-477-4438, email is


All of our events are free and open to the public.  Of course if you enjoy our events, as we think you will,  it is nice to join to help support the Society. Our hikes and lectures are excellent, in a wonderful casual atmosphere.  You will have the opportunity to talk with our speakers after the meetings. Our hike leaders are knowledgeable and will be glad to point out the plants that we are seeing


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