Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society
Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter
Updated Thursday March 23, 2023 at 11pm
Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, and all are welcome. (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) Now available
Now available for download - SCHEDULE COVER 2022 2023(PDF) , schedule inside 2022 2023 (pdf) and
Newsletter 2023 January
"You don’t have to be a plant expert to enjoy these trips and lectures. The locations are amazing and the atmosphere is casual. I’ve enjoyed every event that I’ve attended for many years!"- BB
What you missed- On Friday March 10, 2023 the Society had its annual meeting. The Society voted to approve donations of $500 each to the Western Wildlife Corridor, the Arc of Appalachia, and the Nature Conservancy of Ohio, for land acquisition. Mike Jagoditz and Pat Coyle were elected to the Board. Much thanks to retiring Jacob Keshtvarz and Jodi Sparks.
After the delicious potluck, Mark Zloba, ecological manager at the Edge of Appalachia presented a fine program about amazing creatures and ongoing research there, including rattlesnakes, woodrats, lightning bugs, … About 45 in attendance at Northern Hills (and more including zoomers).
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Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 2:00 pm: Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary (though we are carpooling from Farbach Werner Nature Preserve), Hamilton County, Ohio
Join hike leaders Nick Ludwig and Angela Carter as we look for early spring ephemerals, and hope to see salamanders along the creek. RSVP is required and group size is limited to 12. This is a moderate difficulty field trip, due to walking down and back from the very small parking area and several creek crossings.
Plan on meeting promptly at 2pm Sunday at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve (which has a large parking lot) and carpooling to the hike location which is Newberry Nature Sanctuary; the price of the annual Motor Vehicle Permit is $10 for a Hamilton County resident ($5 day pass) and $16 for a non-resident. Please RSVP to Angela Carter at email@example.com or 513-300-2787 or for any additional questions.
After carpooling to Newberry, we will walk approximately 0.4 miles roadside down the hill to access the woods and drop down to the creek then we will cross it twice to the second waterfall. Rubber boots are not required but I do recommend waterproof boots. If it's not raining and all are interested, we may walk through Farbach afterwards.
Directions: Google maps knows Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve which is located at 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251. This is about a mile south of Northgate Mall.
From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 33 and head south on US-27 S/Colerain Ave for 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Poole Road. Farbach Warner is on the left.
We will then carpool to Newberry about 5 minutes away, to the small parking area along Sheits Road.
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Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 10:00 am: Edge of Appalachia, Adams County, Ohio
Rich McCarty will lead this spring wildflower hike. This will be at minimum a moderate hike since we expect to be off trail with some bushwhacking.
Due to the unpredictability of spring weather, we will determine the location and additional details as we get closer to the date when a specific site and meeting place will be announced, and posted here.
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 10:00 am: Halls Creek Woods State Nature Preserve, Warren County, Ohio
Marjie Becus will be leading us on this 1.6 mile trail up the hill and through the woods. Halls Creek Woods has some fine native wildflowers including a good display of large flowered trillium. The woods is open and where we will be walking is relatively free of invasives. Most of the trail is easy, with a short section on a rocky farm road that may be wet.
Directions: Google maps knows the location "Halls Creek Woods State Nature Preserve"
From I-275 on the North side of Cincinnati, take the I-71 exit. Go north on I-71 and proceed 10.7 miles. Take the exit onto 48 south and proceed 3.24 miles to the intersection of St. Rt. 22/3 and turn left (east). Turn left on OH 22/3 and go 2.64 miles to the stop light to the intersection with Stubbs Mill Rd. Turn left (north) on Stubbs Mill Rd. and proceed 0.63 mile crossing the bike trail and the Little Miami River. Turn right onto Mason, Morrow, Millgrove Rd and go 1.15 miles to the Halls Creek parking lot on the left (hill side). Do not turn onto Halls Creek Rd. or turn into the Scenic Rivers parking lot to the right.
Sunday, April 23, 2023 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Caldwell Nature Preserve, Hamilton County, Ohio
Come join us for a wildflower wander to see spring ephemerals, learn identification and help the preserve enter wildflowers and whatever fungi, animals and insects that we may encounter along the trails. Cincinnati Parks will be having a weekend bioblitz on the following weekend so this an opportunity to get an early start on finding wildflowers.
Directions: Google maps knows the location Caldwell Nature Center, 430 W. Northbend Road
Take exit 9 from I-75 to OH-4 N/Paddock Rd and in 0.2 miles turn left onto E North Bend Rd. Caldwell Nature Center is 1.2 miles on the right at 430 W North Bend Rd.
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Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 10:00 am: Charles A. Eulett Wilderness Preserve, Adams County, Ohio
Marjie Becus, and Judy and Ray Komorowski will lead groups on this 2 1/2 mile trail. We will be hiking a narrow trail past various spring wildflowers with fern covered rock cliffs overhead. The hike is relatively easy with the possible exceptions of the occasional stream crossing where the rocks may be slippery. You might want to bring a walking stick. We hope to see lady slippers, large flower trillium, Indian paint brush and other beauties.
If you wish to bring a lunch, we can go to Adams Lake State Park after the hike and use their picnic tables.
Directions: From I-275 take exit 63 onto OH-32 E/State Rte 32 E toward Batavia for 33.9 miles Turn right onto OH-247 S/Main St and proceed for 9.7 miles then turn left onto W Main St
(passing by RadioShack on the left). After 0.6 miles continue straight onto OH-125 E/Sunrise Ave and follow OH-125 E for 7.2 miles. Turn left onto Lynx Dr. and follow for 0.4 miles until you reach Shivener Rd; turn left and the Wilderness parking lot will be in 0.6 miles.
Sunday May 7, 2023- Rinsky Woods Nature Preserve, Clermont Co, OH
Saturday May 13, 2023: Give Back Day - Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge SNP (on Corwin Road), Warren Co, OH
** Sunday June 4, 2023 - Picnic at Keystone Flora,
Hamilton Co, OH
Saturday June 10, 2023-Butterfly Ridge, Hocking Co, OH
Saturday July 22, 2023- Land Between the Lakes, Lyon
& Trigg Co, KY
Sunday July 23, 2023- May Prairie, Coffee Co, TN
Sunday July 30, 2023 - Huffman Prairie, Greene Co, OH
Saturday Aug 12, 2023Bloomfield Barrens, Spencer Co, IN
September 8, 2023 at 7:30 pm: Friday Program
Avon Woods Nature Center
In Person and Zoom Presentation
6:30 pm Optional Picnic Supper
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program
Fall 2023 events will be posted in Early September