Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society 
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)  

Updated Wed January 18, 2017 at 7pm

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 at our many hikes and lectures. All are welcome. 

What you missed- On Friday January 13, 2017 , Dr. Kathryn Morris of Xavier University spoke to us on "Eavesdropping on Plant Conversations” about chemical communication from plant to plant by means of mycorrhizal fungus, and her experiments that confirm this. A good crowd of 48 on a cold night of almost freezing rain. See nice article http://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/citywiseblog/kathryn-morris-xavier-university/      
Photos-
After the meeting ,   Dr. Morris and Vince A.

For descriptions and photos of the our other missed events, scroll down on our Newsletter tab http://cincywildflower.org/main/page_newsletter.html

 
----------------- February 2017 -----------------

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center

“The Prairies of Adams County, Ohio”

Paul Knoop, Aullwood Audubon Center (Retired)

The CWFPS is honored to have Paul Knoop do a lecture program for us; he'd much rather be outdoors, leading a hike—which he will in fact do for us this coming August at his Adams County property, Spring Glen, which is adjacent to Lynx Prairie (near the town of Lynx, Ohio.)

Among Paul’s particular conservation enthusiasms, he is a pioneer in prairie restoration and management, so we are pleased to have his perspective on our beloved Adams County prairies. Paul and Kathy Knoop together received the 2016 Ohio Environmental Council Lifetime Achievement Award.

 
Directions to Avon Woods Nature Center:  

 Avon Woods Nature Center (a Cincinnati city preserve) is located 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, which is in the middle of the Avon Fields golf course.

Turn sharp right onto the drive next to the park sign (on the west side of Paddock) and go to the lodge at the end of the long dark drive.

(If you’re coming the other way, the driveway is 0.4 mile north of Paddock’s intersection with Reading Road.)

To see a google map, click
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Typical Meeting

During a typical meeting, we have a short 15-minute business meeting first, then the featured speaker, followed by excellent refreshments. You will have the opportunity to talk to our speaker after the meeting.

Visitors are welcome at all events and the refreshments are good!
 

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Friday, March 10, 2017: Potluck, Annual Meeting & Lecture, The Gathering at Northern Hills (formerly Northern Hills Fellowship), 460 Fleming Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Come to any part or all of the annual meeting.

5:15 pm Appetizers and fellowship

5:45 pm Covered dish potluck dinner

7:00 pm Annual Meeting and Program

“The History of Plant Occurrences at Fort Hill”

John Watts, Franklin County (Ohio) Metro Parks

Fort Hill is well known as an outstanding remnant of old growth forest. Its vegetative wealth was famously documented by Dr. E. Lucy Braun in her 1969 publication; many additional species have since been catalogued.

John Watts, an expert in rare species monitoring and habitat restoration and management, followed up on Lucy’s work for three years, 1991–1994. He will discuss the botanical history of this wonderful area. Prepare for John’s April field trip to Fort Hill by joining him at this lecture.

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11:00 am: Chalet Nivale Preserve, Adams County, Ohio

Join hike leaders Diana Boyd and Randy Johnson for a walk through the Chalet Nivale Preserve of the Arc of Appalachia Preserve system.The preserve is well known for its display of snow trilliums, which we hope will be at their peak at this time. We also expect to see harbinger of spring and walking fern on the rocks.

Pack a lunch to eat after our walk. RSVP to Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or .

Directions: Chalet Nivale is located at 1272 Bacon Flat Road, Peebles,OH 45660.

From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 63 and head east on State Route 32 for 53 miles.

Turn left onto Portsmouth Road and go 0.3 miles.

Turn right onto Plum Run Road. Continue onto Bacon Flat Road for 1.2 miles.

The preserve is on the left.

(An alternative is to turn left on State Route 73 and left onto Bacon Flat Road. The preserve would then be on the right after a short distance.)

It takes about 80 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.

 

(new) **Friday, March 24, 2017 from 8am – 4 pm: Ohio Botanical Symposium, Columbus, Ohio

Cost ~$45, includes continental breakfast and lunch buffet. It’s a great way to hear updates on Ohio plant news. The keynote address is “What Are the Big Questions about Alvars?” by Dr. Paul Catling, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (An alvar is a biological environment based on a limestone plain with thin or no soil)

Registration information will be at http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/stay-informed/ohio-botanical-symposium.For more information, contact Rick Gardner at  or by phone at 614-265-6419.

Register early . This is the best meeting place of Ohio's botanists and naturalists. The fine talks are at a popular level.

Our Society is one of the sponsors of this event and we will host a silent auction of beautiful nature photos to support DNAP (Department of Natural Areas and Preserves).

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 pm: California Woods Nature Preserve, Hamilton County, Ohio

Marjie Becus will lead this field trip at this wonderful, local preserve. California Woods is a Cincinnati Park of 113 acres near the Ohio River, with south-facing hillsides where you can see the earliest spring wildflowers of the area.

The park features 53 species of trees and more than 200 species of herbaceous plants. We are gambling that spring will be arriving by this date.

Expect moderate climbs on the hilly terrain. There are several trails we can take, hiking for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Restrooms are not available.

This is perhaps the best of Cincinnati's City Parks, a lost world of steep ravines and beautiful nature.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or  if you have questions.

Directions: California Woods Nature Preserve is located at 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230.

From I-275, take exit 72 (Kellogg Avenue). This exit is in Ohio, just north of the Ohio River, on the east side of Cincinnati.

Drive northwest (toward Cincinnati) on Kellogg Avenue for 1.3 miles to the preserve entrance.

Turn right into the preserve. Go slowly around the curve on Kellogg or you’ll miss it.

Driving time from downtown Cincinnati (I-471 to I-275 to Kellogg) is about 15 minutes.

 

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Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm: Bender Mountain Nature Preserve, Hamilton County, Ohio

The “Mountain” is glorious in the spring! Hillsides here are covered with many species of beautiful wildflowers. Of particular interest is the carpet of the uncommon blue-eyed Mary. During the hike, we will climb to the top of Bender Mountain to reach old-growth forest and a nice view of the Ohio River.

400 vascular plant species have been recorded at this site owned by Delhi Township and the Western Wildlife Corridor. This field trip will be led by Dr. Denis Conover, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, and Tim Sisson, President, Western Wildlife Corridor. 

Dr. Conover considers this the best place in our area to see our native woodland wildflowers. 

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or  if you have questions.

Directions: Take US Route 50 west from Cincinnati.

Stay on Route 50 (River Road) for about 9.5 miles.

Turn right onto Bender Road and travel for about half a mile.

Meet at the gravel parking lot on the right.

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm: Ohio River Bluffs Preserve and Whipple State Nature Preserve, Adams County, Ohio

Dave Kuehner will lead this spring wildflower hike. The most outstanding early spring wildflower display in Ohio is arguably at the Arc of Appalachia's Ohio River Bluffs Preserve. The display of Virginia bluebells is beyond stunning.

The field trip will also include Whipple State Nature Preserve, which has wildflowers not seen at the Bluffs, including twinleaf. An optional trip to the Arc's Gladys Riley Preserve to see the state-endangered gold star lily will be offered.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or  if you have questions.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 63 and head east on State Route 32 for 37 miles. Turn right onto State Route 136 South and drive for 19 miles to Manchester. (Note: Stay on State Route 136 South through Cherry Fork to Bentonville, turning left just southwest of Bentonville, following the signs for State Route 136 South. This is where State Route 41 and 136 separate. Follow State Route 136 South another 5 miles until you reach Manchester.) Turn right onto US 52 West. As you leave the corporation city limits on the westside of town, set your odometer. It is one mile to the parking destination. After leaving Manchester, look for a road to your right called Yates Road, and immediately after Yates, Gilkison Hollow Road. Continue on 52 past both these roads. The slope on the right is now the hill containing the Ohio River Bluffs Preserve. Look for cars on your right roughly one half mile further on 52 from Gilkison Hollow Road. A wide shoulder offers ample parking off the road. This is not a formal trailhead and will not be signed, but you should see red flags hanging off the trail’s entrance if you look closely. If you come to Owl Hollow Road on your right, you’ve gone a bit too far.

 

(New) **April 13–15, 2017 : The Arc’s 12th 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, email  ,or go to www.arcofappalachia.org/arc-events/ for more info.

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:30 am: Red River Gorge, Powell County, Kentucky

Join Dave Kuehner as he leads us in quest of the excellent spring wildflower displays in the Red River Gorge - Natural Bridge area of eastern Kentucky. We will hike the Martin’s Fork Trail in Red River Gorge and the Rock Garden Trail at Natural Bridge State Park.

There will also be an optional hike on the Whittleton Branch Trail of Red River Gorge. The floral highlights will include showy orchis, red trillium, yellow mandarin, dwarf crested iris, purple phacelia, and many others. Be sure to pack a lunch.

RSVP to Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or .

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-75 South to I-64 East. Be sure tostay on I-64 East heading toward Winchester, as I-75 and I-64 split on the eastside of Lexington. Take exit 98 for the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway East. Drive for 32 miles on the Combs Mountain Parkway to exit 33 (Slade) for State Route 11. Turn left onto State Route 11 North and drive for 0.1 miles. Turn left onto State Route 11/15 North and drive for 1.5 miles to State Route 77 (Nada Tunnel Road). Turn right onto State Route 77 North and drive for 3.2 miles to the Martin’s Fork parking lot on the left, where we will meet at 10:30 am. The Martin’s Fork parking lot is about 3/4 mile past the Nada Tunnel.

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am: Fort Hill Nature Preserve, Highland County, Ohio

Join John Watts as he leads us on this half-day field trip at Fort Hill. In 1969, Dr. E. Lucy Braun published her work related to Fort Hilland considered her plant list to stand at about 650 species. John followed upon Lucy’s work for three years, 1991–1994, and added approximately 25 species to that list. Some were non-native arrivals and a few of the plants previously listed, especially prairie species, could not be relocated.

In 1994, the plant list for Fort Hill stood at 674 species. We will search for a number of spring wildflowers and hope to find signs of snow trillium, as well as mid-spring species such as Walter's violet.

The hike will be 4–5 miles and moderately strenuous. We will discuss the history of the preserve, its present management status, and other spring species we discover. Pack a lunch, which we will enjoy along the trail.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or  if you have questions.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 63 and head east on State Route 32. Drive 50 miles into and through most of Adams County and turn left on State Route 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 45 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.Or, if you prefer to go through Hillsboro, from there take State Route 124 for 15.5 miles and turn left onto State Route 41, go 3 miles and turn left onto Fort Hill Road. Go 0.8 miles and take the left fork to the parking lot. There is a latrine near the parking lot, but no other facilities.

 

(New) **Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 am–8:00 pm: Western Wildlife Corridor Thirteenth Annual Flower-a-thon, Kirby Nature Preserve and Bender Mountain

The Western Wildlife Corridor Flower-a-thon hikes will give you a great chance to learn about the wildflowers of our region. Experts will lead you on hikes through several preserves in the corridor, showing you the amazing variety of plants there.

Contact Tim at 513-922-2104 for more information. Check out www.westernwildlifecorridor.org for details.

 

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Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00 am–5:00pm: Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve (Agave Ridge) & Scioto Brush Creek Float, Adams County, Ohio

Martin McAllister of The Nature Conservancy will be our guide for the day. Dr. E. Lucy Braun studied hundreds of areas during the course of her extraordinary career. As far as we know, only one of her transects has ever been re-established in order to better understand prairie restoration. Join us as we hike at Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve, visit the transect she called “Agave Ridge,” and hear the unlikely story of how it was rediscovered.The half-mile hike will be easy and take about an hour.

Following the hike and enjoying a sack lunch in the field, we will caravan a few miles to Chalet Nivale Preserve, where we will launch our boats for a 5-mile float on Scioto Brush Creek. Along the way, we will see wildflowers, cliffs, a natural arch, and a heron rookery in this spectacular riparian corridor.

The stream is all Class I water, and therefore suited to novice (but not first-time) paddlers. Narrow twists and turns combined with the potential for obstacles such as log jams may require frequent short portages but pose no serious hazard. For this reason, this trip is not suggested for those who have never kayaked before. 

If water levels or weather prevent us from paddling (or if you have no boat and would rather hike solo while the rest of us float), a wonderful trail at Chalet Nivale Preserve will provide an excellent secondary option.

Meet at Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve at 10:00 am.

RSVP to Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or   as we must limit the number of participants and arrange for kayaks.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 63 and head east on State Route 32 for 50 miles. At the junction of State Route 32 and State Route 41, southof Peebles, follow State Route 32 approximately 1.2 miles further east to SteamFurnace Road. Proceed south (right) on Steam Furnace Road 0.3 miles to Davis Memorial Road. Turn left (east) on Davis Memorial Road for 2.8 miles until reaching the parking lot on the right.

The float should be finished by around 5:00 pm. If you wish to join us for the float only, directions to Chalet Nivale are as follows: From the junction of State Route 32 and State Route 73, turn left (northwest) onto State Route 73. Follow State 73 for 0.5 miles to Bacon Flat Road, which will be the first road on the left immediately after crossing the bridge over the Scioto Brush Creek. It’s a bit hard to see because the road is narrow and dips down out of sight. If you see Frog Hollow Road, you’ve gone too far. Turn left on Bacon Flat Road and drive 0.3 miles. Chalet Nivale is the first driveway on the right.

Details of further events will be posted here in May 2017

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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--Quick look ahead 2016-2017 
** is co-sponsored or non-Society 
"New" is event added since Sept Schedule
 
---FEBRUARY 2017--

Friday February 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program at Avon Woods Nature Center 
The Prairies of Adams County
by Paul Knoop of Aullwood Audubon Center

---MARCH 2017---

Friday March 10, 2017: Potluck & Lecture at Northern Hills Fellowship

5:15 pm Appetizers and fellowship

5:45 pm Covered dish potluck dinner

7:00 pm Annual Meeting and Program 
The History of Plant Occurrences at Fort Hill 
presented by John Watts, Franklin County Metro Parks

 

Saturday March 11, 2017: Field Trip Chalet Nivale Preserve, Adams Co., OH

  
(New) **Friday, March 24, 2017 from 8am – 4 pm: Ohio Botanical Symposium, Columbus, Ohio 

  

Sunday March 26, 2017: Field Trip 
California Woods Nature Preserve
, Hamilton Co., OH

  

---APRIL 2017---

Sunday April 2, 2017: Field Trip 
Bender Mountain
, Hamilton Co., OH

Sunday April 9, 2017: Field Trip 
Ohio River Bluffs Preserve
, Adams Co.,OH

 
(new) **April 13–15, 2017 : The Arc’s 12th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage, Southern Ohio

 

 Saturday April 22, 2017: Field Trip 
Red River Gorge
, Powell Co., KY

Saturday April 29, 2017: Field Trip 
Fort Hill Nature Preserve
, Highland Co., OH

(new) **Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 am–8:00 pm: Western Wildlife Corridor Thirteenth Annual Flower-a-thon, Kirby Nature Preserve and Bender Mountain

 

---MAY 2017---  

Saturday May 6, 2017: Field Trip
Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve (Agave Ridge) & Scioto Brush Creek Float, Adams Co., OH

  

Saturday May 13, 2017:Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve

  

Saturday May 20, 2017: Field Trip 
Mt. Airy Forest, Hamilton Co., OH

---JUNE-2017

** Sunday June 4, 2017:Annual Picnic at Keystone Flora, Hamilton Co., OH

  

Saturday June 24, 2017: Field Trip Adams Lake & More, Adams Co., OH

---JULY 2017---

Sunday July 2, 2017: Field Trip -Chrys Cook’s Meadow, Dearborn Co., IN

  

Saturday July 15, 2017: Field Trip
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Chelsea Flatwoods Nature Preserve & Charlestown State Park, Jefferson Co. & Clark Co., IN

---AUGUST 2017---

Saturday August 5, 2017: Field Trip 
Spring Glen & E. Lucy Braun Lynx Prairie Preserve, Adams Co., OH

  

** August 25-27, 2017: Shawnee Weekend Workshop 
On the Trail of E. Lucy Braun,
 Scioto Co., OH

---SEPTEMBER 2017---

Friday September 8, 2017 - Program at Avon Woods Nature Center

6:30 pm Picnic Supper

7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program

 

 ** indicates events co-sponsored by the Society 

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

Call Christine Hadley, President at 513-850-9585 email christinehadley@earthlink.net

or Bob Bergstein, Vice President at 513-477-4438, email is bergstein123@gmail.com

  

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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