News


Floracliff’s response to the programming and outreach challenges of the last two years has produced an unexpected outcome. In 2021, we achieved our highest program participation to date! Read more about this year’s highlights, new wildlife records, as well as volunteer opportunities at the sanctuary.

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The Summer 2021 newsletter highlights the results of the City Nature Challenge and other work we do with our partners to discover, document, and share Kentucky’s biodiversity.

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Floracliff is bringing the City Nature Challenge to Lexington for the first time this spring. The City Nature Challenge is a global community science event that mobilizes urban residents and visitors to observe, document, and celebrate wild nature in and around urban areas. This focused and collective effort increases our awareness and understanding of urban biodiversity around the world.

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We are excited to announce a seasonal part-time position at Floracliff Nature Sanctuary for 2021. We are hiring a Land Stewardship Technician to work on stewardship and restoration projects, community science, and education and outreach. The position will start in May and end in late July/early August. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 2, 2021.

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Like everywhere else, the past year at Floracliff has been a year of adapting. Read more about the year’s highlights in our year-end newsletter. Additional features cover recent archaeological finds as well as information about the upcoming City Nature Challenge 2021: Lexington.

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Our 2020 summer newsletter features updates on spring conservation projects and highlights new discoveries from land snail and beetle surveys at the sanctuary.

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Each year at Floracliff brings new visitors, new programs, and new projects. During 2019, we 
hosted more visitors and offered more hikes and programs than ever before. Learn more about the year’s highlights in our year-end newsletter.

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Our summer newsletter features the recent listing of Trail’s End on the National Register of Historic Places as well as current projects to document Floracliff’s biodiversity.

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Trail’s End, a former girls’ camp, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 2019. The 59-acre tract owned by Floracliff encompasses the former camp lodge, the surrounding forest used for camp activities, as well as remnants of additional camp facilities.

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Following a year of expansion at Floracliff, 2018 has been a year of cultivating ideas and bringing plans to fruition. Our 2018 year-end newsletter features highlights of 2018 as well as information about upcoming programs.

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In the first half of 2018, we expanded our ash tree conservation efforts and our citizen science projects. Learn more about this and upcoming programs in our Summer 2018 newsletter.

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2017 was a milestone year for Floracliff. We added new land and trails and it was a record-breaking year for our educational programs.

Learn more in the 2017 Year-end Review.


What are we working on now that we have closed on the Trail’s End tract? Learn more about what’s next for Trail’s End, volunteer projects, research projects and partner project in our Summer 2017 Newsletter.

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Floracliff recently acquired an adjacent 59 acres, bringing the total acreage of the sanctuary to 346 acres. The addition, known as Trail’s End, is protected with a conservation easement provided by the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.

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