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.

Nature at Night: Moths and More

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

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

When:  Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Hiking level: Easy

Floracliff has a diversity of moths that come in many different sizes and colors. These insects play an important role in the ecosystem, having intricate relationships with our native plants, birds, and bats. For this program, we will have a couple of light stations set up with sheets to get a close-up look at our moths and other nocturnal insects. Bring a flashlight!

 

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.

 

Forest Watersheds Creek Walk

Hike Leaders: Claudia Cotton & Jon Walker, U. S. Forest Service

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

When:  Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hiking level: Difficult

Join Jon Walker and Claudia Cotton for this trek up Elk Lick Creek. Along the way, they will highlight forest health and watersheds, and explain how it’s all connected. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

 

Creek Walk Exploration (waitlist--program is full)

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

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

When:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate to Difficult

Join Floracliff staff on this trek along a section of Elk Lick Creek to experience the heart of Floracliff and look for macroinvertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and more.

 

Leopold Educaton Project: An Educator Certification Workshop

Instructor: Jennifer Hubbard-Sanchez

Workshop Fee:  $20

When:  Friday, September 21, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate

Experience the interdisciplinary nature of the Leopold Education Project, an environmental and conservation education curriculum based on the writings of Aldo Leopold, "the father of conservation." All participants will receive a copy of A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, the curriculum guide Lessons in a Land Ethic, and a packet of Leopold Exploration Cards. Hands-on activities and discussion will enhance the use of literature-based environmental education and correlations to English and Language Arts Kentucky Academic Standards. This educator workshop will be held outside, so come prepared to hike around and use the outdoors as your classroom! Please bring your lunch and plenty of water for the day.

 

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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