Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Tues Aug 18, 2015 at 10 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.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10 am: Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson and Jennings counties, Indiana (3 miles east of Seymour, Indiana)
Dan Boone will lead this hike as we explore Muscatatuck's flat woods and swamps. The Refuge contains some nice mature stands of forest with unusual species like swamp cottonwood, swamp chestnut oak, and overcup oak.
There are even some sections of old growth, with quite impressive trees within. Muscatatuck's woods also are filled with some interesting and unusual plants you don't get to see in Ohio, such as aquatic milkweed, camphor-weed, climbing hemp vine, and catchfly grass, among many others.
Good opportunities exist for viewing birds, especially waterfowl, and wildlife—bald eagles and river otters are two potential sights. Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 as a refuge to provide resting and feeding areas for waterfowl during their annual migrations.More than 280 species of birds have been seen at Muscatatuck, and the refuge is recognized as a “Continentally Important” bird area.
Bring lunch and binoculars (if possible)
Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions and to let her know if you will be attending.
Directions: FromI-275 on the West Side of Cincinnati, take U.S. Rt 50 west toward Seymour, Indiana for a total of 59 miles. (The Refuge is 3 miles before you actually get to Seymour)
On Route 50, you will pass through Lawrenceburg, Versailles, North Vernon (where you turn left at the light to stay on Rt 50) . Several miles further, you turn left (at the stop sign) to stay on Rt 50.
After this stop sign, you will continue on Rt 50 for 6.5 more miles to the Refuge entrance on your left. If you get to I-65 or the town of Seymour, you have gone 3 miles too far.
The address is Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. U.S. Hwy 50, Seymour, IN 47274.
Meet at the nature visitor center. Muscatatuck NWR is about 1 hour and 50 min from Downtown Cincy ( map from downtown ) .Or about 1 hour and 20 minutes from I-275 at Lawrenceburg ( map from Lawrenceburg) . Please don't be late as we may be driving to our actual hike location.
For a PDF Map of the Refuge itself, click here.
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**August 27–29, 2015 : Flora-Quest, Mohican State Forest and Area
Twenty of Ohio’s top botanists and naturalists willconverge at Mohican State Forest to lead a variety of field trips for Flora-Quest. The conference and outings will explore the waterfalls, ferns ,mushrooms, and hemlock trees of the Clear Fork river gorge. Speakers include Steve McKee, Greg Lipps, and Jim Berry. For more information and to register, go to www.flora-quest.comor email or call 419-683-8952.
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Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm:Members’ Photo Sharing Program, Avon Woods Nature Center
Please bring your photos (on thumb drive or CD) 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 a Cincinnati 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.
Information about our fall events will be posted in early Sept 2015
September 12, 2015 :Saturday Field Trip
Spiranthes & Gentians of Adams County and Shawnee State Forest, Adams and Scioto counties, OH , details by sept 7, 2015
On Sat Sept 12, 2015 there is a non-Society all-day symposium at Dawes Arboretum (which is 20 miles eastof Columbus, Ohio). The subject is an interesting one, "Restoring Ohio’s Biodiversity, One Backyard at a Time". For more info, click here
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