Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society 
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)  

Updated Wed Jan 17, 2018 at 11 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 at our many hikes and lectures. All are welcome. Note: Home Tab above does not work correctly- fixed soon, I hope.

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--January 2018--

(New Date) Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center

The Oil Spill & Cleanup at Oak Glen Nature Preserve          

by Bret Henninger, Natural Resources Director, Great Parks of Hamilton County

On March 17, 2014, an interstate pipeline carrying crude oil ruptured adjacent to Oak Glen Nature Preserve in Colerain Township, Ohio.

More than 20,000 gallons of oil were released, impacting a half-mile stretch of stream and a forested wetland. Learn about the incident, damage to streams and wetlands, and impacts to natural resources on the site.

Directions to Avon Woods Nature Center:

Most of our meetings are held at Avon Woods Nature Center, a Cincinnati park located at 4235 Paddock Road, 45229 in the Paddock Hills/North Avondale neighborhood.

From the Norwood Lateral (route 561) drive 9/10 mile south on Paddock. (You pass across Tennessee Ave. and little Egan Hills Drive or your right)

Turn sharp right into the park driveway next to the park sign (on the WEST side of Paddock)

Follow the long dark driveway to the lodge at the end.

To see a google map, click here

Typical Meeting 

During a typical meeting, we have a short, entertaining 15-minute business meeting first, then the featured speaker, and then excellent refreshments. Visitors are welcome at all events and the refreshments are good! Bring something to share.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 am: Indoor Tour, Miami University’s Turrell Herbarium, Hefner Natural History Museum & Limper Geology Museum, Butler County, Ohio

Join us as we visit several scientific hotspots at nearby Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. RSVP REQUIRED to Bob Bergstein at 513-477-4438 or Bergstein123@gmail.com.

First at 10 am, Curator Dr. Mike Vincent will show us the Turrell Herbarium (79 Upham Hall), Ohio’s largest herbarium, which has a collection of 660,000 specimens of vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, algae, lichens, fungi, and plant fossils dating back to the 1790s.

At 11 am, Director Steve Sullivan will guide us through the Hefner Museum of Natural History (100 Upham Hall). More than 60 years ago, Robert A. Hefner, Zoology Chair, established a museum to display the department's 53,000 specimens and artifacts.

At noon, we will break for lunch at Armstrong Student Center.

Then we will walk to the Karl Limper Geology Museum (126 Shideler Hall) for our 1 pm tour with Director Dr. Kendall Hauer, who will show us the new, much renovated museum, including many Cincinnati fossils as well as minerals, rocks, fossils, and meteorites from around the world. For more info, Google “Turrell Herbarium,” “Hefner Museum,” or “Limper Museum.”

Directions:  From I-275, on the north side of Cincinnati, take US 27 North into Oxford.

In Oxford, Route 27 turns left at High Street (traffic light). Do NOT turn left. Instead, continue straight (north) for one more block, to Withrow Street.

Turn left onto Withrow. Take the third driveway on your left and drive into the below ground garage ($).

After noting your parking level, take the elevator to the Ground Floor, exit the building at the glass doors, and walk south across High Street. Keep walking straight to Upham Hall (#143), which will be on the right at the bend of the horseshoe walking path, past Laws Hall (#75). Hughes Hall (#67) will be to your left.

The Herbarium is at 79 Upham Hall, and the Hefner Museum is located in Upham Hall on the 1st floor, Rm. 100. The walking time from the garage to the herbarium is about 10 minutes.

Map of Miami 10MB PDF

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Info sheet (directions for Nat History)

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center

The “Birds & Bees” of Butterflies & Spiders

Dr. Nathan Morehouse, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Ever wondered how butterflies choose mates? Or how spiders see the world? Dr. Morehouse will talk about new insights from his research group into the colorful lives of these small but important creatures.

Directions to Avon Woods Nature Center:  

Most of our meetings are held at Avon Woods Nature Center, a Cincinnati park located at 4235 Paddock Road, 45229 in the Paddock Hills/North Avondale neighborhood.

From the Norwood Lateral (route 561) drive 9/10 mile south on Paddock. (You pass across Tennessee Ave. and little Egan Hills Drive or your right)

Turn sharp right into the park driveway next to the park sign (on the WEST side of Paddock)

Follow the long dark driveway to the lodge at the end.

To see a google map, click here

Typical Meeting 

During a typical meeting, we have a short, entertaining 15-minute business meeting first, then the featured speaker, and then excellent refreshments. Visitors are welcome at all events and the refreshments are good! Bring something to share

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm: 100th Anniversary Celebration Event, Winton Centre Auditorium

Sisters of the Mother Forest: A Story of Lucy & Annette Braun

Dr. Alice Jones, Eastern Kentucky University

Please join us for our special 100th anniversary celebration. We will begin at 6 pm with a social hour with heavy hors d'oeuvres and discussion about the history of the Society. A one-woman play, Sisters of the Mother Forest: A Story of Lucy & Annette Braun, written and performed by Dr. Alice Jones, will start at 7 pm. In the 1930s, what began as a botanical research trip propelled two scientist sisters from Cincinnati into the fight to save the virgin forest of eastern Kentucky, and forever changed the history of ecological science and modern environmental conservation. The play tells the groundbreaking story of famed plant ecologist Dr. E. Lucy Braun and her sister Dr. Annette Braun, both of whom were illustrious members of the CWFPS.

Directions: The Winton Centre is located at 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231. From I-275 exit 39, head south on Winton Road and drive for 3 miles. Turn right onto Valley View Road. Drive for 0.1 miles. Winton Centre will be on the left.

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Friday, March 9, 2018 : Potluck, Annual Meeting & Lecture, The Gathering at Northern Hills (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

Plant Discoveries of Lewis & Clark

Dick Moseley, retired Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

On April 30, 1803, the United States acquired new western territories from France through the Louisiana Purchase. In anticipation of this purchase, President Thomas Jefferson initiated an expedition to explore these new territories and find a way to the Pacific Ocean in March 1803 when he secured congressional approval for the journey. Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis to lead this western expedition, as he was a proven military leader and had knowledge of natural history and the West and its native people. William Clark was selected by Lewis to accompany him on this important mission. Together they and their 43 men of the Corps of Discovery traveled 8,000 miles through six geographic regions in 3 years and 23 days. The Lewis & Clark Expedition on their journey collected and/or described 178 species of plants and 122 species of animals previously unknown to science, and met 48 tribes of Native Americans. Come and discover the amazing plants and animals that they saw on their journey to the Pacific.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 1 pm: Oak Glen Nature Preserve, Hamilton County, Ohio

Oak Glen Nature Preserve, a Great Park of Hamilton County, is the site impacted by a 20,000-gallon crude oil spill in 2014. Dan Boone, Jessica Spencer, and Bob Mason will lead this trip and discuss the impact of the spill. Oak Glen provides a variety of habitats including mature forest, wetlands, ponds, early successional forest, brushland and grassland. It is home to a population of the state-endangered cave salamander and the state-endangered lark sparrow. Many uncommon native species and a lack of non-native exotic plants suggest that past land disturbance at Oak Glen Nature Preserve was minimal. The 402-acre preserve boasts a rich diversity of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers across rugged hills. Some examples of the flora are gooseberry, wild senna, black cohosh, blue-eyed grass, wild comfrey, zigzag goldenrod, partridgeberry, and downy skullcap.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or christinehadley@earthlink.net if you have questions.

Directions: Oak Glen Nature Preserve is located at 8350 East Miami River Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247. From I-275, take exit 31 for Blue Rock Road. Head west on Blue Rock Road for 2.8 miles. Turn left onto East Miami River Road and drive for 1.65 miles to the gravel drive on the left side of the road. (Note that Google Maps does not take you to the correct location using the 8350 East Miami River Road address. Please use these instructions.)

Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 10:00 am: Highland Cemetery, Kenton County, Kentucky

Join hike leader Rob Repasky for a walk through the Highland Cemetery, a tract of more than 250 acres, half of which is presently undeveloped and used for nature trails. The facility contains three lakes, hundreds of large trees, and rolling hills, waterfalls, and streams. 150 acres are currently managed to enhance wildlife habitat, with snags left in place and nest boxes added for various songbirds and raptors. There are more than four miles of hiking trails, routed to minimize disturbance.

The Highland Cemetery natural area is one of Greater Cincinnati’s best places for spring ephemerals, and if current weather trends prevail we should be seeing them around their peak. The preserve is a rugged, hilly patch of land crisscrossed by streams, so it is geologically as well as botanically interesting. A few pioneer features, such as a stone springhouse, can also be seen.

Please let Christine Hadley know if you will be attending at 513-850-9585 or christinehadley@earthlink.net.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-75 south entering Kentucky to exit 188 (Fort Mitchell, Dixie Highway South). Off the exit, turn left onto Dixie Highway and drive about 0.4 mile, crossing over the highway, and turn left into the cemetery; its white gates are located directly across from Kroger and Expressway Plaza Shopping Center. Take all right-hand turns after you enter the cemetery to find the trailhead and park there. The address is 2167 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00 am: Abner Hollow, Adams County, Ohio

Join Dave Kuehner as he leads us on this spring wildflower hike at Abner Hollow, one of the jewels of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. Located in a remote area in the heart of the 20,000-acre preserve, it is highlighted by a mature deciduous forest, rich understory stream, and dolomite cliffs. It will be a real treat to experience early spring exploring a natural treasure that is not open to the public. Early spring wildflowers will be the focus of our adventure.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or christinehadley@earthlink.net if you have questions.

Directions: 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 to West Union. Turn left (east) onto Main Street (which is also OH 125). Continue on OH 125 (Sunrise Avenue) and travel about 7 miles toward Lynx. Turn right (south) onto Tulip Road and travel 3.2 miles to a stop sign. Turn right on West Fork Road and travel 1.3 miles. Turn right onto unmarked Abner Hollow Road and travel 0.8 miles to a pull-off on the right side of the road.

**April 13–15, 2018 : The Arc’s 13th 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 services@arcofappalachia.org, or go to www.arcofappalachia.org/arc-events/ for more info.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:00 am: Crane Hollow Nature Preserve, Hocking County, Ohio

Crane Hollow Nature Preserve is a dedicated state nature preserve owned and managed by Crane Hollow, Inc., a private, nonprofit corporation. The preserve features varied native vegetation, along with cliffs and ravines formed in Black Hand Sandstone. Because this ecosystem is fragile, Crane Hollow Preserve is only open by restricted access. There are over 20 fern species and we could see blue cohosh (Caulophyllum giganteum), Indian cucumber root (Medeola virginiana), dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), miterwort (Mitella diphylla), long-spurred violet (Viola rostrate), and sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis), as well as many other acid-loving flora.

Joe Moosbrugger, the Assistant Preserve Manager, is planning on leading a 4–5-hour field trip along with another naturalist. The hike will largely be off trail and will have several stream crossings. Be aware that Crane Hollow does not have a trail system. We will follow stream beds, old logging roads, game trails, or sometimes no trail at all. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Walking sticks are recommended for the rugged terrain. We will lunch out in the field, so bring a sack lunch and beverage with you. Hike size will be limited to 30, so an RSVP is required. RSVP to Angela Carter at amcarter@fuse.net or 513-300-2787. Crane Hollow is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati; directions will be sent when you RSVP.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 am: Smoky Hollow, Adams County, Ohio

In 2017, in honor of Dr. E. Lucy Braun, the Society made a special $5,000 donation for our 100-year anniversary to The Nature Conservancy to help with the land acquisition of Smoky Hollow. Join TNC’s Rich McCarty as he leads us on this field trip of this newly acquired property. The Lockhart Gaffin tract is nearly 1,000 acres of land drained by Smokey Creek. The property offers steep wooded hillsides, deep ravines, and dolostone cliffs. We expect to see many of the typical spring species, such as dwarf larkspur, trout lily, Virginia bluebells, and white trillium, along the lower slopes. Along these slopes, we will find outliers of rock that support some species of ferns, stonecrop, rock cress, and columbine. The upper slopes and ridges have a chestnut oak canopy that should be just beginning to leaf out; there should be decent views of the river and good views of spring migrants. It will be a strenuous hike to get upslope and enjoy the view. We will hope for views of flowering cross vine and false garlic roadside as we hike upslope. Be sure to pack a lunch.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or christinehadley@earthlink.net if you have questions.

Directions: 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 17 miles through West Union, staying on OH 247 and continuing to US 52. Turn left onto US 52 East. Drive for 6.5 miles to the parking area on the left (look for traffic cones), which is across the road from a large tobacco barn which sits very close to the road.

**Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00 am8:00 pm: Western Wildlife Corridor Fourteenth Annual Flower-a-thon, Kirby Nature Center and Bender Mountain Nature Preserve

The Western Wildlife Corridor Flower-a-thon hikes give everyone a great chance to learn about the wildflowers of our region. Experts will lead hikes through several preserves in the corridor, showing participants the amazing variety of plants there. You will have a chance to see uncommon flowers such as drooping trillium, blue-eyed Mary, fern-leaf phacelia and, with a little luck, the green dragon and federally endangered running buffalo clover.

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

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00 am: Portman Trail, Adams County, Ohio

Join Marjie Becus and Ann Geise in exploring the Edge of Appalachia’s newest trail, the Joan Jones Portman Trail. This trail passes through young cedar woods, prairie openings, and then older woods up to an overlook of the Ohio Brush Creek valley. We expect to see shooting stars and other late spring wildflowers. Portions of this 0.8-mile trail are steep. Then we’ll continue on the Buckeye Trail, stopping to eat our lunches along the way, and hope to see pink lady slippers.

For a preview:  https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/ohio/placesweprotect/tnc-eoa-portman-trail-map-and-guide.pdf

Contact Marjie Becus at 513-683-2672 or marjieb1@gmail.com  if you have any questions.

Directions: 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 to West Union. Turn left (east) onto Main Street (which is also OH 125). Continue on OH 125 (Sunrise Avenue) for about 6 miles. Turn right (south) onto Waggoner Riffle Road and drive for 2.3 miles to the gravel parking area on the right behind the board fence. Meet at the George Rieveschl Jr. Creek’s Bend Overlook, located on the west side of Waggoner Riffle Road. Additional parking is across the road.



 

Details of further events will be posted here in May 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.

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--Quick look ahead 2017-2018
** is co-sponsored or non-Society 
"New" is event added

--Jan 2018--

 

(New date) January 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm: Friday Program - Avon Woods Nature Center

The Oil Spill & Cleanup at Oak Glen Nature Preserve

Bret Henninger, Natural Resources Director, Great Parks of Hamilton County

February 3, 2018 : Saturday Indoor Tour, Miami University Herbarium Tour -Geology & Natural History Museums, Butler Co., OH

February 9, 2018 at  7:30 pm: Friday Program

Avon Woods Nature Center

The "Birds & Bees" of Butterflies & Spiders

Dr. Nathan Morehouse, Univ. of Cincinnati

February 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm: Saturday Program 100th Anniversary Celebration Event

Winton Woods Auditorium

Sisters of the Mother Forest: A Story of Lucy & Annette Braun

Dr. Alice Jones, Eastern Kentucky University

March 9, 2018 : Friday Potluck & Lecture

The Gathering at Northern Hills

5:15 pm Appetizers and fellowship

5:45 pm Covered dish potluck dinner

7:00 pm Annual Meeting and Program

Plant Discoveries of Lewis & Clark

Dick Moseley, retired Chief of DNAP

(NEW) March 25, 2018 Sunday Field Trip: Oak Glen Nature Preserve, Hamilton County, Ohio

March 31, 2018: Saturday Field Trip
Highland Cemetery, Kenton Co., KY

April 7, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Abner Hollow, Adams Co., OH

April 21, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Crane Hollow Nature Pres., Hocking Co., OH

April 28, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Smoky Hollow, Adams Co., OH

May 5, 2018: Saturday Field Trip

Portman Trail, Adams Co., OH

May 12: Saturday Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve

May 19, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Oak Openings & Kitty Todd Nature Preserve, Lucas Co., OH

** June 3, 2018 : Sunday Field Trip

Picnic at Keystone Flora, Hamilton Co., OH

June 16, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Singer Lake Bog & Northern Kingsville Sand Barrens, Summit & Ashtabula Co., OH

June 23, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Leadingham Prairie Preserve & Estel-Wenrick Wetlands, Clark Co., OH

July 1, 2018 : Sunday Field Trip

Chrys Cook’s Meadow, Dearborn Co., IN

July 7, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Siebenthaler Fen & Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, Greene & Champaign Co., OH

July 14, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Yahoo Falls, McCreary Co., KY

August 11, 2018 : Saturday Field Trip

Ottawa NWR, Ottawa Co., OH

August 24, 2018 : Friday Field Trip

Bats at Fernald Preserve, Hamilton Co., OH

September 7, 2018 , 7:30 pm: Friday Program

Avon Woods Nature Center

 

 ** 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, Communications Chairman 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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