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.

 

Nature at Night: Moths of the Palisades - sold out (waiting list)

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Friday, July 28, 2017

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

Hiking level: Easy to Moderate

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. Join us for this program during National Moth Week, when 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!

 

 

Know Your Palisades Region: Elk Lick Creek - sold out (waiting list)

Hike Leaders: Beverly James, Josie Miller, Dr. Julian Campbell, Dr. Marty Parris

Suggested Donation:  $10-15/person

When:  Saturday, August 5, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate to Difficult

The Kentucky River Palisades region is one of the few remaining natural areas in Central Kentucky where a rich diversity of native flora and fauna can still be found. It begins near Fort Boonesboro and extends nearly 100 miles to Glenn’s Creek near Frankfort. Along the way, a number of tributaries enter the river, each watershed sharing ecological attributes with the others but also having their own unique features. For this program, we will start with an introductory slideshow about the Palisades, then head to the mouth of Elk Lick Creek for a creek walk upstream. Dr. Julian Campbell, a botanist, and Dr. Marty Parris, a geologist, will be joining us to discuss various findings along the way.

 

 

Elk Lick Creek Walk - sold out (waiting list)

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Friday, August 11, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate to Difficult (due to steep, uneven terrain and slick spots along the creek)
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. 

 

 

Caterpillar Hunt

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Saturday, September 9, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hiking level: Easy
Our annual caterpillar hunt provides a great opportunity to see a diverse array of insects and discuss their connections to our native plants. We always find a new surprise. The total hiking distance will be less than a mile.

 

A Citizen's Guide to Land Stewardship: Maintaining Biodiversity in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Landscapes

Program Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

Suggested Donation:  $15/person

When:  Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hiking level: Easy to moderate
This program consists of both indoor and outdoor learning components with an emphasis on the ecology and management of invasive species, the native species they impact, and practices that you can apply at home including native alternatives.

 

Fall Long Hike

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Hiking level: Moderate to Difficult (due to steep, uneven terrain)
Join us for our annual Fall long hike. This hike will cover about 4 miles and will feature the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, Elk Lick Creek, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County.

 

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 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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