Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society
Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter
Updated Tues Sept 19, 2018 at 5pm
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.
For descriptions and photos of the our other missed events, scroll down on our Newsletter tab
NEWS- On June 21, 2018 the Society Board voted unanimously to oppose any proposed development in Burnet Woods, such as a new building for Clifton Cultural Arts. For more info, contact President Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or ChristineHadley@earthlink.net . You may sign and place comment on website https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/preserve-burnet-woods .
What you missed- On Friday Sept 14, 2018 at Avon Woods, we had our annual photo sharing meeting. Joe Bens presented on plants of the high plains, Karl Gross on Global warming & best future power sources, and Flower White on moths at Spring Grove and Florida Flora. 20 in attendance on warm 78 evening. Great food too.
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(NEW DATE)- Sunday, September 23, 2018 1:30 pm: Field trip to Oak Heritage’s West Harrison Property, Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve, West Harrison, Indiana (only 35 minutes from downtown Cincy)
Chrys Cook is a board member with Oak Heritage and wants to share this fabulous property, Hilltop Farm Nature Preserve, with us. She'll talk about the restoration of this Oak Heritage property as she leads us on the walk.
We'll see lots of Monarch butterflies along with New England aster, evening primrose (past its peak - a few weeks ago, part of the field was solid yellow!), what Chrys believes is Maximillian sunflower, late-blooming thoroughwort, goldenrods, and many others!
Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Directions: Take I-74 west out of Cincinnati into Indiana to exit 169 for US-52 W toward Brookville/W. Harrison.
Turn right onto US 52 East (Harrison Brookville Rd.).
Drive for 1.4 miles and turn left onto Johnson Fork Road.
Drive for 1.1 miles and turn right onto Kocher Road.
Turn right onto Dunevant Drive and drive to the end of the street.
Look for the yellow Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation sign.
(new) Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 10 am: Great Outdoor Weekend: Discovery before Recovery, New Oxbow Property, Dearborn County, Indiana
This 3-hour walk is our Society's event in the 15th Annual Great Outdoor Weekend (GOW), which includes a wide variety of nature activities in the Cincinnati area. We will explore the new 435-acre land purchase of Oxbow, Inc., preserving the wetlands at the mouth of the Great Miami and Ohio rivers.
You have an opportunity to see it as it is now, before restoration and recovery, with our guides, naturalist Dr. Wayne Wauligman and botanist Dr. Denis Conover. We will look at (and count) all life: plants, birds, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians to document what is there now and establish a baseline for restoration. We hope to revisit it in 5 years, to witness wonderful changes.
Please wear long pants, a hat or sunscreen. There may be mud. A great adventure for all.
See all the free GOW events in the Cincinnati area at http://meetmeoutdoors.org/greatoutdoorweekend/.
Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Directions: Note: This event is NOT at the usual entrance to Oxbow Inc. properties.
Google Maps notes the address of our hike as “Action Ln, Greendale, IN 47025”. Look for the Cincinnati Wildflower or Great Outdoor Weekend sign, because there is no street sign "Action Lane".
From I-275 on the western side of Cincinnati, take exit 16 for US 50 toward Lawrenceburg/Aurora.
At the bottom of the long exit, turn right onto US 50 East and drive 1.7 miles to the small road on your right. (This is before you drive under a train bridge.)
Turn right on this small rough road and drive 0.3 miles.
You will pass the Revolutionary-era “Miller Burying Ground” and then drive under I-275 to the gate where we will park and meet. Driving time from downtown Cincy is about 35 minutes.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:00 am: Eastview Barrens State Nature Preserve, Hardin County, Kentucky
The high-quality grasslands and open woodlands on this location are maintained by controlled burns to preserve a notable example of extensive prairie-like areas called barrens that used to cover much of Kentucky. Bill Edwards will lead us through the site on a two-mile path as we look for rare plants that bloom at this time, including prairie gentian (Gentiana puberulenta), Great Plains ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum), and silky aster (Symphyotrichum pratense). This field trip will be a great opportunity to see how the area responds to a burn done earlier this year.
Hike size will be limited to 15, so an RSVP is required. RSVP with Angela Carter at 513-300-2787 or email@example.com the names, email, and contact number. Eastview Barrens is approximately 2.5 hours from downtown Cincinnati; driving directions and meeting location information will be provided two weeks before the event.
Details of further events will be posted here in Sept 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.