Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 11 pm
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 Sunday April 24, 2016 Marjie Becus guided our small group of 14 to Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve, a beautiful lush valley along Rocky Fork Creek. Weather was fine. Christine Hadley reports "Had a fantastic time. We saw great displays of shooting star. The property has beautiful views where the creek cuts through the valley, and the wildflowers are plentiful. Oh! Don't forget the beaver dam!" Jim Mason adds "Birding was great. Scarlet Tanager, Cerulean Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush" .
Photos by CH & BB- Group Photo , map , beaver dam , view 1 , view 2 , view 3 , green violet , shooting star , 2 , Columbine 1 , Blue cohosh flower , leaves , Trillium Grandiflorum 1 , 2 , 3 , Golden ragwort 1 , 2 , 3 , bladdernut flower , leaves
For descriptions and photos of the our other missed events, scroll down on our Newsletter tab http://cincywildflower.org/main/page_newsletter.html
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**Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10 am: Gallagher Fen and Prairie Road Fen State Nature Preserves, Clark County, Ohio
David Kuehner and Preserve Manager Michelle Comer will lead this hike, which is a joint field trip with the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ONAPA). These are high-quality fens, some of the best examples of prairie fen communities in the state. We’ll also see a gravel hill prairie. Many state-listed species are found in these preserves. We are expecting to see the rare northern bog violet and native sweetgrass. For more info about Gallagher go to http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/gallagherfen
Pack a lunch. Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions and to let her know you are attending.
Directions: We will start at Gallagher Fen (which is just east of Springfield Ohio.)
From Cincinnati, head north on I-75 toward Dayton.
Take Exit 43 to get on I-675 North.
Drive about 25 miles and take exit 26A to merge onto I-70 East and head toward Springfield.
Take I-70 East for 15 miles to Exit 62 for US 40.
Turn right (east) onto US 40 and travel 0.2 miles.
Turn left onto Bowman Road.
Drive for 1.2 miles and turn left onto Old Columbus Road.Drive for almost 2 miles to the parking lot on the left. (There is a red bright red barn on right side just before the parking lot on your left)
Driving time from downtown Cincy about 90 minutes. You may type "Gallagher Fen State Nature Preserve" as destination into google maps.
After our walk at Gallagher, we will then drive 5 minutes to the nearby Prairie Road Fen.
**Saturday, April 30,2016 - 9am to 6 pm: Western Wildlife Corridor Twelfth Annual Wildflower Extravaganza,Kirby Nature Preserve
The Western Wildlife Corridor is combining its Flower-a-thon and Wildflower Festival into a true extravaganza this year.
The Flower-a-thon hikes will give you a great chance to learn about the wildflowers of our region. Experts will lead you on hikes through several preserves in the corridor, showing you the amazing variety of plants there. The $15 (pay when you arrive) includes breakfast and lunch. The morning starts at Embshoff Woods (http://www.greatparks.org/parks/embshoff-woods) at 8 am with breakfast. The morning hikes will start here. Lunch at festival, and afternoon hikes start at1:30pm, info at http://westernwildlifecorridor.org/2016-flower-a-thon-spring-wildflower-adventure-hike/
The free Wildflower Festival will be at the Kirby Nature Center (2 Main Street, Addyston, Ohio) from 11:30 am till 5pm. A native plant sale, hand-crafted items for sale, displays by local environmental organizations, and activities for children will all be included. Have fun and learn about nature. Contact Rebecca at 859-512-1983 to learn more about this enjoyable event or go to http://westernwildlifecorridor.org/you-dont-want-to-miss-our-wildflower-extravaganza/
Details of the following events with be posted here in April, and appear in our Spring Newsletter.
Sunday May 8, 2016 Field Trip at Richardson Forest Preserve, Hamilton Co., OH
Saturday May 14, 2016 Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve
**Saturday May 21, 2016 Field Trip at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Lucas Co., OH
-- 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
**Weekend July 8-10, 2016 Midwest Native Plant Society Conference, in Dayton, Ohio, http://www.cincinnatiwildones.org/event-calendar/
Saturday July 16, 2016 Field Trip at Smith Cemetery, Bigelow Cemetery & Milford Center Prairie State Nature Preserves, Madison Co., OH
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
Friday September 9, 2016 at Avon Woods Nature Center
6:30 pm Picnic Supper (optional)
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program
If you are not yet a member, you are welcome to attend events. 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