Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society
Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter
Updated Sunday April 22, 2018 at 9pm
Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) . All are welcome. Note: Home Tab above does not work correctly- fixed soon, I hope.
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On Saturday April 14, 2018, Bob Bergstein led a non-society hike for the museum at Devou park in N. Ky. 14 plus 3 babies and a dog on a nice spring day. Temp 55. Group Photo
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Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 am: Smoky Hollow, Adams County, Ohio
In 2017, in honor of Dr. E. Lucy Braun, the Society made a special $5,000 donation for our 100-year anniversary to The Nature Conservancy to help with the land acquisition of Smoky Hollow.
Join TNC’s Rich McCarty as he leads us on this field trip of this newly acquired property. The Lockhart Gaffin tract is nearly 1,000 acres of land drained by Smokey Creek. The property offers steep wooded hillsides, deep ravines, and dolostone cliffs.
We expect to see many of the typical spring species, such as dwarf larkspur, trout lily, Virginia bluebells, and white trillium, along the lower slopes. Along these slopes, we will find outliers of rock that support some species of ferns, stonecrop, rock cress, and columbine. The upper slopes and ridges have a chestnut oak canopy that should be just beginning to leaf out; there should be decent views of the river and good views of spring migrants.
It will be a strenuous hike to get upslope and enjoy the view. We will hope for views of flowering cross vine and false garlic roadside as we hike upslope. Be sure to pack a lunch.
Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 63 for OH 32 East. (Be aware that this intersection has been drastically changed.)
Travel 41 miles East on OH 32.
Turn right onto OH 247 South and travel for 17 miles through West Union, staying on OH 247 and continuing to US 52.
Turn left onto US 52 East.
Drive for 6.5 miles to the parking area on the left (look for traffic cones), which is across the road from a large tobacco barn which sits very close to the road.
Note that US 52 is the Ohio River Scenic Byway, the road along the Ohio River.
**Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00 am–8:00 pm: Western Wildlife Corridor Fourteenth Annual Flower-a-thon, Kirby Nature Center and Bender Mountain Nature Preserve
The Western Wildlife Corridor Flower-a-thon hikes give everyone a great chance to learn about the wildflowers of our region. Experts will lead hikes through several preserves in the corridor, showing participants the amazing variety of plants there. You will have a chance to see uncommon flowers such as drooping trillium, blue-eyed Mary, fern-leaf phacelia and, with a little luck, the green dragon and federally endangered running buffalo clover.
Contact Tim Sisson at 513-922-2104 for more information. Check out www.westernwildlifecorridor.org for details.
Saturday April 28, 2018 from 11am till 2pm- Spring Fest in the Woods at Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods.
Ready, set….Spring has arrived in Cincinnati Parks with all its colorful glory! Green leaves are already providing energy for the trees, the insects are enjoying the warmer weather and the forest floor is a carpet of wildflowers. Join us outside to celebrate these natural wonders at our Spring Fest in the Woods on April 28 from 11am – 2pm in Burnet Woods. This FREE event has activities for plant lovers such as guided wildflower walks with folklore plus medicinal uses shared by our Naturalists and wild edible cooking demonstrations with food samples of dandelion flower fritters, wilted wild greens salad and garlic mustard pesto. Face painting, crafts, live animals, vendors, live music and a food truck onsite make it a FUN family friendly event for all ages! For more information on this event, call 861-3435.
Directions: Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive (off of Ludlow=Jefferson), Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
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Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00 am: Portman Trail, Adams County, Ohio
Join Marjie Becus and Ann Geise in exploring the Edge of Appalachia’s newest trail, the Joan Jones Portman Trail. This trail passes through young cedar woods, prairie openings, and then older woods up to an overlook of the Ohio Brush Creek valley. We expect to see shooting stars and other late spring wildflowers. Portions of this 0.8-mile trail are steep. Then we’ll continue on the Buckeye Trail, stopping to eat our lunches along the way, and hope to see pink lady slippers.
For a preview: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/ohio/placesweprotect/tnc-eoa-portman-trail-map-and-guide.pdf
Contact Marjie Becus at 513-683-2672 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 63 for OH 32 East. (Be aware that this intersection has been drastically changed.) Travel 41 miles on OH 32. Turn right onto OH 247 South and travel for 9.7 miles to West Union. Turn left (east) onto Main Street (which is also OH 125). Continue on OH 125 (Sunrise Avenue) for about 6 miles. Turn right (south) onto Waggoner Riffle Road and drive for 2.3 miles to the gravel parking area on the right behind the board fence. Meet at the George Rieveschl Jr. Creek’s Bend Overlook, located on the west side of Waggoner Riffle Road. Additional parking is across the road.
Details of further events will be posted here in May 2018
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.