Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society 

Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter
Updated Wednesday July 10, 2024 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.) ."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.

     -----July 2024-----

Sunday July 14, 2024 at 10am (prompt)- Shawnee State Forest and Park, Scioto and Adams Counties, OH

Please join experienced botanist and naturalist Dave Kuehner for a summer roadside botanizing tour.

Shawnee State Forest is the largest of Ohio's state forests comprising more than 60,000 acres in the unglaciated hills of Scioto and Adams County just north of the Ohio River. It is one of the most botanically diverse and significant natural areas in the Buckeye state.

The impressive plant diversity includes southern Appalachian species not found in other regions of Ohio. Our botanical adventure will target Canada Milk-Vetch, Astragalus canadensis, a state threatened species; Butterfly Pea, Clitoria mariana, a potentially threatened species; Purple Bergamot, Monarda media; Bee Balm, Monarda didyma; Yellow Wild Indigo, Baptisia tinctoria and additional wildflower delights.

What to bring- Plan on packing a lunch or snacks as well as plenty of water with the ongoing hot weather.

Directions- Please make every effort to carpool to the meeting location; the opportunities for parking will be limited during the day and we will be a long way from the point of origin at the end of the journey.

We will meet at the site of the former DOT (Dept of Transportation) rest area on the south side of U.S. 52, which is located 0.1 mile east of the Sandy Springs Cemetery. This is in Adams County 5 miles west of the Scioto County line. If you reach the Sandy Springs Campground just across U.S 52 from the Arc of Appalachia's Rock Run Preserve, you have gone a little too far.

After we arrive at our meeting place, we will then travel the forest roads as a vehicle caravan to the botanical hotspots and include some moderate walking in the day's activities.

Note: On some previous trips to Shawnee State Forest, we met farther north on Rt 125, but on this trip we are meeting near the Ohio River on Rt 52, the Ohio River Scenic Highway. The approximate coordinates of our meeting place are 38.60914898666445, -83.29535917973168. Google maps knows the Cemetery (which is just before you get to parking area) as “Sandy Springs Cemetery, Stout, OH 45684.” Drive time from Cincy is about one hour and 45 minutes.

Shawnee State Park is located within the larger State Forest. For a Shawnee State Forest pdf brochure with map click  On this map, our meeting location is at southern-most bend of the Ohio River.

What to bring- Plan on packing a lunch or snacks as well as plenty of water with the ongoing hot weather.

RSVP helpful (so we know who is coming, and can wait if you are late)- Please contact Angela Carter, or 513-300-2787, if you are interested in coordinating carpooling with this event; let me know if you are available to drive or interested in joining as a carpool passenger.

-----August 2024-----

Saturday Aug. 31, 2024
Field Trip
Pearl’s Fen, Greene Co, OH

-----September 2024-----

Friday Sept 13, 2024
Avon Woods Nature Center (&Zoom)
6:30 Optional Picnic
7:30 Photo-Sharing Program


Next Schedule will be available in Sept  2024




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--Quick look ahead 2024--
** means Non-Society event

Sunday July 14, 2024
Field Trip- Car Caravan to several locations in Shawnee State Forest, Scioto Co, OH

Saturday Aug. 31, 2024
Field Trip
Pearl’s Fen, Greene Co, OH

Friday Sept 13, 2024
Avon Woods Nature Center (&Zoom)
6:30 Optional Picnic
7:30 Photo-Sharing Program


End of list

** indicates events co-sponsored by the Society 

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

Call President Angela Carter at or 513-300-2787,

or Bob Bergstein, Communications Chairman at 513-477-4438 text/phone or email


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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