Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Tues March 24, 2015 at 9 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 Saturday March 21, 2015, the Society had it's rescheduled hike to Caesar Creek SP. Our leader Dr. Bob Klips showed us many lichens right in the Gorge parking lot. We then crossed the creek and found both lichens and various mosses, collecting small samples for later examination. After a hot lunch at the visitor center, we used microscopes to explore what we had found. About 30 in attendance, partly cloudy and 45-55 temperature. Photos- Group Photo , Dr. Bob Klips , hairy lichen , yellow lichen , green lichen , moss, Back at the Visitor Center
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10 am: Fort Hill State Memorial, Highland County, Ohio
Marjie Becus will lead this moderately difficult hike. Fort Hill is named for the hilltop enclosure presumed to have been constructed by the Hopewell Culture 2,000 years ago. Dr. E. Lucy Braun of the University of Cincinnati described it in her monograph “The Vegetation of Fort Hill.”
This natural area includes 1,300 acres and preserves an estimated 800 vascular plant species. Visiting at this time of year will allow us to see the impressively large trees, snow trillium, and the scenic Baker’s Fork Gorge.
The trail is more than four miles and is moderately difficult. In addition to its length, there are numerous ups and downs, and small stream crossings. It will probably be wet and icy in the hollows, so hiking boots and a pole are strongly recommended. This hike will take several hours, so bring lunch and plastic to sit on. There is a latrine near the parking lot. For a trail map, click here
Contact Marjie Becus at 513-683-2672 or with any questions, and to let her know you are attending.
Directions: From I-275 on the east side of Cincinnati, take exit #63 (Route 32) and turn east on OH 32. (Be aware that this intersection has been drastically changed.)
Drive 50 miles into and through most of Adams County and turn left onto OH 41.
Drive 14.7 miles, crossing into Highland County, and turn left on Fort Hill Road.
Go 0.8 miles and take the left fork to the parking lot at the end of the road.
Allow 1 hour and 45 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. For a map from Cincy, click here
OR, if you prefer to go through Hillsboro- from Hillsboro take OH 124 for 15.5 miles and turn left onto OH 41, go 3 miles and turn left onto Fort Hill Road. Go 0.8 miles and take the left fork to the parking lot. For a map from Hillsboro to Fort Hill, click here
The approximate Google map address is 13400 Fort Hill Rd, Hillsboro, OH 45133
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Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 am: Tower Park, Campbell County, Kentucky
Judy Komorowski will lead this hike. The trails of Tower Park are hillside trails in a riverside forest. There are lots of Yellow Buckeyes and a good view of the Ohio River below.
The trail section of the park has been and is currently going through an ecologica lrestoration. Bush honeysuckle is being cut in almost all areas of the trails,which is good news. The forest is nice (especially with a lot of the honeysuckle cut). There are deep ravines that are sure to be excellent habitat for beautiful spring wildflowers.
The trails can be muddy and challenging in spots, with trees fallen across trails or roots and rocks jutting up from the worn path, so this is a moderate-to-difficult hike.
There is a shelter with picnic tables, but no public restrooms (or port-o-lets) in sight. Hikers are expected to meet at 10:00 am. This is not a large area so we should finish by noon if you would like to bring your lunch. Contact Judy at 859-757-6094 or if you have questions and to let her know whether you will be attending.
Directions: Take I-471 South to Exit 3, Newport/Fort Thomas. Turn LEFT on North Grand Avenue into Fort Thomas. After 1.8 miles you will come to a three-way intersection; go straight (which means veering slightly right) onto Route 1120. Travel 0.3 miles and take a left onto Douglas Drive. Follow this into the park and go right onto Cochran Drive for 0.02 miles and park at the tennis court parking lot.
**Friday, April 17, 2015, 6–9 pm: Western Wildlife Corridor Wildflower Festival, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio
A great family event! Buy locally grown native plants and enjoy the camaraderie of other conservation organizations. Check out www.westernwildlifecorridor.org for more details, or contact Rebecca at 859-512-1983 or .
**April 17–19: The Arc’s Tenth Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage, Southern Ohio
A weekend of guided hikes to botanical hotspots in the Arc of Appalachia Preserves (Highlands Nature Sanctuary) and surrounding area (southern Ohio) at the peak of wildflower season. This is a major event; the natural areas are of extremely high quality and the hike leaders are experienced naturalists and botanists. Call 937-365-1935 or go to
www.arcofappalachia.org/events/wildflower.html for more info.
**Saturday, April 25, 2015, All Day: Western Wildlife Corridor Annual Flower-a-thon, Delhi, Ohio
This fundraiser event, sponsored by Western Wildlife Corridor, is educational and fun for all. There is a choice of two start times and small groups led by experienced wildflower enthusiasts. Contact Tim Sisson at 513-922-2104 or for more info. For more details check out
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1 pm: Whipple State Nature Preserve, Adams County, Ohio
Marjie Becus and Dave Kuehner will co-lead this spring wildflower hike. We (CWFPS) visited a part of Whipple last August with Rick Gardner, but don’t assume you’ve seen it all. The public-access section of Whipple has profusions of celandine poppies, large flower trilliums, Virginia blue bells, miterwort and various other spring ephemerals. The leaders think you’ll be impressed with the colorful array. The loop trail is two miles and has some hills, but we’ll bemoving slowly to take in all the flowers. Contact Marjie Becus at 513-683-2672 or if you have questions and to let her know you are attending.
Directions: Meet at Walmart in West Union to carpool to Whipple, as there is limited parking at the preserve. 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. Turn right onto West Main Street (which is also OH 41 and OH 125) and travel for 0.1 miles. Turn left onto South Manchester Street/OH 41South and drive 1.1 miles to Walmart, located on the right, where we will meetin the parking lot to carpool. The Walmart address is 11217 OH 41, West Union,OH 45693.
Details of the following events will appear in our May 2015 Newsletter
May 9, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Orchids of Adams County and Shawnee State Forest, Adams and Scioto Counties, OH
**Tues May 12-May 30- "Wildflowers and Trees of Ohio", Course at UC and in the field. Tues, Thurs and Saturday, Taught by Dr. Denis Covover. A great compact course when all is blooming. Discounted price. For info click here
May 16, 2015 : Saturday Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve
** June 7, 2015 : Sunday Field Trip
Picnic at Keystone Flora, Hamilton Co., OH
July 11, 2015 : Saturday Field Trip
Kamama Prairie, Adams Co., OH
July 18, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Shawnee State Forest, Scioto Co., OH
August 8, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Hazeldell Meadow and Daniel Boone National Forest, PulaskiCo., KY
August 22, 2015: SaturdayField Trip
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson and Jennings counties, IN
September 11, 2015: Friday Program
Avon Woods Nature Center
6:30 pm Picnic Supper
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program
September 12, 2015 :Saturday Field Trip
Spiranthes & Gentians of Adams County and Shawnee State Forest, Adams and Scioto counties, OH
If you are not yet a member, you are welcome to attend events. 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