Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Tuesday July 12, 2016 at 8 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 July 3, 2016 a small party of 2 enjoyed the prairies and meadows at Chrys Cook's property, south of Aurora Indiana. The large and diverse prairie restored by Chrys is a great success. Weather forecast was dismal, but rain varied during the 3 hour walk. Temperature a pleasant 70.
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, July 16, 2016 at 10 am: Bigelow Cemetery, Smith Cemetery, & Milford Center Prairie State Nature Preserves, Madison County, Ohio (15 miles west of Columbus, 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 the state.
One of the few Ohio populations of the striking royal catchfly is at Bigelow. Milford Center Prairie is a railroad prairie that contains the largest and 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 our lunches nearby and then head to Milford Center.
Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or ifyou have questions and to let her know if you will be attending.
Directions: Meet at Bigelow Cemetery. Take I-71 north from Cincinnati to exit #75 for Ohio 38.
At the end of exit ramp, turn left (north) onto Ohio 38 North and drive 23 miles. (As you pass through the town of London, there are several turns to stay on Route 38.)
Turn left on Rosedale-Milford Center Road. (This road is the first road on your left, just past the 4-way stop where route 29 and 38 intersect, and is before route 38 enters town of Plumwood)
Travel for 6 miles on Rosedale-Milford Center Road and turn right onto Rosedale Road (in the town of Rosedale).
Travel for 3 miles to Bigelow Cemetery SNP, which is on the west (left) side of the road.
Driving time from Downtown Cincy is about 2 hours. On Google maps you may enter "Bigelow Cemetery Prairie" (or 662 Rosedale Road, Irwin,Ohio) as the destination. There are alternate routes using I-75.
After Bigelow, we will go to Smith Cemetery. 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.
After lunch we will go to Milford Center Prairie SNP is located off of Ohio 4 southwest of Milford Center.
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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.
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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 www.onapa.org 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