Floracliff Nature Sanctuary

 

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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 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.

Trail's End Open House

Location: 8000 Elk Lick Falls Rd., Lexington, KY 40515

Hike Leaders: There will be many guest hike leaders throughout the day

Suggested Donation:  $10/person

When:  Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join Floracliff and the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund in celebrating the 59-acre Trail's End addition to Floracliff Nature Sanctuary. On Saturday, October 28th, Floracliff will be open for guided hikes and programs throughout the day. 

Hikes will be limited to the first 20 people who sign up that day. Registration sheets will be available 30 minutes before hikes. Pre-registration before the 28th is not required.

***Parking is limited at Floracliff, so carpooling is strongly encouraged.
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Hike and Program Schedule:


Morning Hikes (2-3 hours):
9:00am

1) Upland Bird Hike w/ Rod Botki
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2) Lowland Bird Hike w/ Mark Tower (Central KY Audubon)
9:30am
1) Elk Lick Falls Hike w/ Rob Paratley (UK)
2) Trail’s End Hike w/ Joyce Bender (KSNPC)

12:00pm

Welcome Gathering w/ Beverly James and Zeb Weese in the Trail’s End Lodge

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Poetry Reading w/ Eric Scott Sutherland in the Trail's End Lodge

 

12:30

Mid-day Hike to Elk Lick Falls w/ Martina Hines (KSNPC)

1:15pm - 2:00pm

“Native Peoples of the Bluegrass - from Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers"

 presented by Gwynn Henderson and David Pollack in the Trail’s End Lodge

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Interactive Stations in the Trail’s End Lodge:
      Insects w/ Paul Baker (UK)
      Amphibians and Reptiles w/ Michaela Lambert (UK)
      Host Plant Connections w/ Vicki Reed (Wild Ones)
      Backyard Bird Feeding w/ Nic Patton (Wild Birds Unlimited)
      Tree Snap and the FERN Citizen Science Network w/ Ellen Crocker (UK)

       Bats w/ Shelby Fulton and Carson McNamara (EKU)
      Boone Creek Outdoors

Afternoon Hikes (2-3 hours):
2:30pm

1) Macroinvertebrate Program in Elk Lick Creek w/ Melanie Arnold and Alicia Jacobs (KY- DOW)
2) Trail’s End Hike w/ Tara Littlefield (KHLCF/KSNPC)
3:00pm
Geology Hike to Elk Lick Falls w/ Marty Parris (UK)

 

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10 AM Fall Long Hike - sold out (waiting list)

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 Trail's End, the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, Elk Lick Creek, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County.

 

11 AM Fall Long Hike - sold out (waiting list)

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 Trail's End, the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, Elk Lick Creek, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County.

 

Thangsgiving Eve Long Hike - sold out (waiting list)

Hike Leaders: Floracliff Naturalists

Suggested Donation:  $5-10/person

When:  Wednesday, November 22, 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 Trail's End, 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.

 

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 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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