Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society
Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter
Updated Thurs May 16, 2019 at 6pm
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.) . 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
What you missed- On Saturday May 11, 2019, at Caesar Creek Gorge SNP, fourteen Intrepids removed a small truckload of garlic mustard and other invasive plants from this beautiful preserve on Corwin Road. ODNR has had other workers there earlier in the year, from the visible results along the trail. Nice day followed by lunch at nearby Village Family Restaurant. Beautiful sunny day, temp 63. Special thanks to all who helped. Group Photo (10 of the 14).
Our Next Event
Sorry, this event is filled.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 11 am: Kelleys Island, Lake Co., OH (or arrive at prompt 10:40 to take ferry from Marblehead to Kelleys Island). Please RSVP. (sorry, event filled)
Dr. Jim Bissell, Curator of Botany and Director of Natural Areas for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will lead our trip through the 50-acre Scheele Preserve with the only rock elm (Ulmus thomasii) on Kelleys Island, Alvar Cliffs on the north side of the Museum's 21-acre Long Point Preserve on the island and the newest Cleveland Museum of Natural History preserve, 25 acres west of the Kelleys Island Glacial Grooves and Kelleys Island State Park Alvar Preserve. The 25 acres includes wave-splashed Alvar cliffs along the northern shoreline of Kelleys Island and some of the most spectacular Alvar opening on Kelleys Island.
There are several hundred lakeside daisies, tussock sedge (Carex stricta), northern ragwort (Pachera paupercula), outstanding buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) ponds and golden fruited sedge (Carex aurea) and patches of big bluestem (Andropogon geradi)-indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) prairie.
The forest along the western edge of the 25-acre tract is dominated by hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), yellow oak (Quercus muhlenberii), blue ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata), black maple (Acer nigrum) with a local stand of Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) and blue ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata). The Alvar wave-splash cliffs along the Lake Erie shoreline is dominated by ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) and basswood (Tilia americana).
With special permission we also hope to see the only smooth rose (Rosa blanda) stand on limestone cliffs above the Alvar flats.
Be sure to pack a lunch and bring a water bottle.
Contact Christine Hadley (513-850-9585 or email@example.com) or Angela Carter (513-300-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know if you will be attending or if you have any questions about accommodations or carpooling. If you would like to carpool, please let us know in what area of town you are located, and we can try to help arrange rideshare.
Please plan on arriving promptly and early by 10:40am at the parking lot for Marblehead Lighthouse State Park on 110 Lighthouse Dr, Marblehead, OH 43440 so that we may gather for the short drive to catch the 11am ferry to Kelleys Island. Several members have planned to stay on the island overnight on Friday. Please contact Angela C about accommodations and to make sure you connect with our group. Be sure to RSVP to Angela and Christine.
Directions (modified on May 16): From Cincinnati, take I-75 North and drive 179 miles.
Take exit 179 to get onto US-6 E and drive 24 miles
Turn left at the light to continue on US-6 E (and start of Rt 53 North) for 4.0 miles. (Going straight thru an odd traffic circle to stay on Rt 6E &53N).
Take exit 101 to continue on OH-53 N (leaving US 6) for 0.5 miles
Bear right at bottom of the long exit to stay on OH 53 N (towards Port Clinton and passing US 90) and drive for 12.7 miles.
Take an exit to continue on 53 N (and start 2 E) towards Lake Erie Islands for 7.2 miles (don’t take exit 124 since you are finally leaving Rt 53, as you continue on Rt 2)
Take exit 125A onto OH-269 N towards Marblehead and drive 2.7 miles
Turn Right onto Rte 163 E (which is still OH-269 N) and drive for 8.7 miles
Turn left onto Lighthouse Dr in Lakeside Marblehead (where the lighthouse is) and drive in and park.
The plan is to meet promptly at 1040 and drive the short distance to the ferry. Please be sure that Angela and Christine know where and when you are arriving.
Please allow a minimum of 3.75 hrs. travel time from Cincinnati.
Details of the following events will be posted in May 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019 11 am: Portland Arch, Fountain Co., IN
**Sunday, June 2 , 2019 at noon: Potluck Picnic (with Northside Greenspace) at Keystone Flora in Wooden Shoe Hollow, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11 am: Cumberland Falls State Nature Preserve, McCreary and Whitley Co., KY
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 10 am: Pine Mountain State Park Nature Preserve, Bell Co., KY
Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 10 am: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Fairfield Co., OH
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:00 am: Herrick Fen, Triangle Lake & Kent Bog, Portage Co., OH
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 10 am: Slate Run Metropark & Lake Hope State Park, Fairfield & Vinton Co., OH
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 2 pm: Miami Whitewater Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10 am: Hazeldell Meadow, Pulaski Co., KY
Saturday August 10, 2019 Invasive removal at Warder Perkins Preserve, Hamilton County, OH
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10 am: Crooked Creek Barrens State Nature Preserve, Lewis Co., KY
Friday September 6, 2019 – Photo Sharing Program at Avon Woods Nature Center, Hamilton County – Note: date for this meeting is one week earlier than usual.
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00 am: Oak Openings, Lucas Co., OH
Details of further events will be posted here in Jan 2019
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.