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.


Pre-registration is required for all events. Programs are limited to 15 participants. To help with programming costs, there is a suggested donation of $5 to $10/person. 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.

Wildflower Hike @ Trail's End - Sold Out (waiting list)

Hike Leader: Josie Miller

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Friday, April 21st, 2017

Start time: 1:30 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate to Difficult

Discover what's blooming on our new addition with the Floracliff staff. This hike will feature views of the Kentucky River and Elk Lick Creek.

 

Spring Migrants & Wildflowers Hike - Sold Out (waiting list)

Hike Leader: Rod Botkins and Beverly James

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Start time: 8:00 a.m.

Hiking level: Moderate

Get up with the birds and join us for this early morning program. Hike leaders will highlight both the birds and the wildflowers that are present in the Kentucky River Palisades at this time of year.

 

Herpetology Hike & Program - Sold Out (waiting list)

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

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Start time: 9:00 a.m.

Hiking level: Moderate

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. 

 

Host Plants of Butterflies and Moths

Hike Leader: Beverly James

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Start time: 11:00 a.m.

Hiking level: Moderate to Strenuous

As caterpillars, butterflies and moths have intricate relationships with our native plants. Some depend on the presence of one or two plant species to complete their life cycle while others will lay their eggs on many species. We’ll take a closer look at a variety host plants and see if we can find any eggs or caterpillars. This hike will also feature our new land addition, Trail’s End.

 

Nature at Night: Frogs

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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

Hiking level: Easy

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.

 

Pre-registration is required for all events. Programs are limited to 15 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.

 

Stay tuned for more programs and events. Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date.

 

Floracliff Lecture Series

The Floracliff Lecture Series is a new 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 call 859-296-0986 or email info@floracliff.org to pre-register and get directions.

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 any other day, 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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