Floracliff Nature Sanctuary

 

Photo of Herpetology Program with Price Sewell, 2007 by Beverly James
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Kentucky Insects and Spiders Workshop, 2013 by Beverly James
Floracliff offers a variety of hikes, programs and workshops year-round. All events require registration and many include a fee unless otherwise noted.


Pre-registration is required for all events, unless otherwise noted. Programs are limited to 15 participants. To help with programming costs, there is a suggested donation for each program. To register for a hike, please email info@floracliff.org and provide your name, phone number, and the number of people you want to register. Please allow 2 business days for a confirmation.

Global Big Day Bird Hikes

Hike Leaders:

     Ben Leffew & Laura Baird, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
     Mark Tower, Central Kentucky Audubon Society

     Nathan Skinner, LFUCG Environmental Services
     Beverly James & Josie Miller, Floracliff Nature Sanctuary

Suggested Donation:  $10/person; $5 for those 15 and under

When:  Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Hiking level: Easy, Moderate, & Difficult, depending on which hike you choose

Put on your Citizen Scientist hat and join us in counting and identifying the birds at Floracliff. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology organizes the Global Big Day, where more than 20,000 birders from around the world unite in a single day to celebrate birds. We will host 3 outings simultaneously at Floracliff and report all our birds through eBird.  Hikes:

1) Trail’s End trails to the Kentucky River floodplain (Moderate to Difficult)
2) Cooper Loop and Wilson Trail to Elk Lick Creek (Moderate to Difficult)
3) Trail’s End Driveway and birding from the lodge (Easy)

 

Mindfulness Hike: Sights, Sounds and Scents (Waitlist-hike is currently filled)

Hike Leader: Dan Stone

Suggested Donation:  $10/person; $5 for those 15 and under

When:  Sunday, May 6, 2018

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate to Difficult, due to steep uneven terrain

Join us for a 3-hour walk in the lovely woods of Floracliff. We’ll play with opening the senses to the full experience of the beauty of the outdoors. This trip promises a relaxing walk in the woods, and, help in learning to be fully present to the sights, sounds, and smells of the woodlands.

 

Herpetology Hike and Program (Waitlist-program is currently filled)

Hike Leaders: Zeb Weese, Executive Director of KY State Nature Preserves Commission

Suggested Donation:  $10/person; $5 for those 15 and under

When:  Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate (please note this program includes steep, uneven terrain)

Zeb Weese, Executive Director of the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, will lead this program for all ages to find some of our native frogs, snakes, salamanders, and turtles in the various habitats of Floracliff, including ponds, fields, and streams.

 

Nature at Night: Frogs and Toads (Waitlist-program is currently filled)

Hike Leaders: Beverly James & Josie Miller

Suggested Donation:  $10/person; $5 for those 15 and under

When:  Friday, June 1, 2018

Time: 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate (please note this program includes steep, uneven terrain)

Our native frogs and toads breed in shallow waters during Spring and the evenings are a great time to get close-up views of them. During this program, we will visit the ponds near the nature center to inspect the frog activity. We expect to find Cope's gray treefrogs and possibly a few others. All visitors need to bring a flashlight and wear close-toed shoes.

 

Butterfly I.D. for Beginners

Program Leader: Beverly James

Suggested Donation:  $5/person

When:  Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This indoor program will provide an introduction to butterflies of the region for those interested in participating in the Central Bluegrass Butterfly Count held at Floracliff and other sites on June 30th. Topics covered will include anatomy, identification tips, and look-a-likes.

 

Central Bluegrass Butterfly Count

Coordinator: Beverly James

Program Fee:  $3/person to participate; all proceeds go to the North American Butterfly Association

When:  Saturday, June 30, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - TBA

Calling all butterfly enthusiasts and citizen scientists! If you are interested in helping out with this event (as a participant or group leader), please contact Beverly James at bjames@floracliff.org. Count sites include Floracliff, Raven Run, Hisle Park, the Arboretum, McConnell Springs, and the Lexingotn Cemetery.

 

Pre-registration is required for all events. Programs are limited to 15 - 20 participants. To register for a hike, please email info@floracliff.org and provide your name, phone number, and the number of people you want to register. Please allow 2 business days for a confirmation.

 

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Floracliff Lecture Series

The Floracliff Lecture Series is a series of programs highlighting regional natural history through topics such as flora, fauna, ecology, archaeology, and more. Unless otherwise noted, all programs will be held indoors at the Winifred W. Haggart Nature Center and should last about 1-1.5 hours. Please email info@floracliff.org to pre-register and get directions.

There are currently no programs scheduled. More programs TBA.

 


The Floracliff Field Studies provides in-depth learning opportunities that highlight biodiversity through hands-on experience. Learn more about workshops here.


Wednesdays throughout the year. Please email info@floracliff.org to find out more about this regularly scheduled volunteer day.

Volunteer activities will involve assisting with the removal of exotic plants from the preserve. This is part of an ongoing effort to protect our native species and we rely on the help of volunteers. Please email info@floracliff.org to register and receive more information. If you are interested in helping out on another day, or in a different capacity, let us know, and we can work something out!

 
Floracliff Nature Sanctuary • P.O. Box 21723 • Lexington, KY 40522 • (859) 296-0986 • info@floracliff.org
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