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Fall Bird Walk

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

This early morning walk will focus on observing and identifying migratory and resident birds of Floracliff's fields and forests.

$10.00

Bring the Bluegrass Home

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

In this program, we’ll visit some of the small trees and shrubs growing at Floracliff that support our birds, butterflies, and other animals. We’ll discuss how you can add these vital native plants into your yards, replace those pesky invasives (honeysuckle, burning bush, and pear, oh my!), and welcome Bluegrass biodiversity back into our neighborhoods. 

$10.00

In the Company of Trees: A Contemplation Hike w/ Lucia Gilchrist

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

This contemplation walk through the Floracliff forest will provide an opportunity to reflect on the roles of trees and the relationships they support. There will be an opportunity for quiet contemplation and personal expression through writing, drawing, photography, or meditation.

$10.00

Bearing Fruit: Dispersing Seeds and Tree Identification w/ Rob Paratley

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Meet with botanist Rob Paratley for a two-part program at Floracliff Nature Sanctuary. We will have a look at a number of fruit types of native trees. Then we will hike a portion of the Preserve to see some of the fruit of the trees and shrubs in the field.

$10.00

Tree Week Golden Hour Hike to Elk Lick Falls

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

End your day with a quiet and relaxing “golden hour” hike at Floracliff while the early evening sunset shines through the trees. This hike will feature Elk Lick Falls and one of Kentucky’s oldest trees.

Free

Tree-lationships Hike

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Trees have intricate relationships with their environment as well as other living plants, animals, and fungi. This hike will highlight the various relationships and benefits trees provide, from hostplants and nest sites to stream health and human health. Join us on a hike through the forest to Elk Lick Creek to learn about these connections and deepen your own relationship with trees.

$10.00

Golden Hour Hike to the Kentucky River

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

End your day with a quiet and relaxing “golden hour” hike at Floracliff while the early evening sunset shines through the trees. This will head down to the Kentucky River floodplain, where setting sun lights up the palisades.

$10.00

Fall Molds and Mushrooms w/ Megan Buland

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Come join us as we explore the fantastic world of fungi found at Floracliff. We will discuss mushroom biology and ecology, and highlight the basics of how to identify different kinds of fungi. We will also highlight the many roles fungi can play in ecology and forest health, from the good, to the bad, to the downright creepy.

$10.00

Fall Long Hike

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Our "long hikes" provide a great opportunity to see a lot of Floracliff in one day. In late fall, most of the leaves have fallen, making way for scenic views of the Elk Lick Valley. This hike will cover about 5 miles and will feature Trail’s End, the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, and Elk Lick Creek.

$10.00

Thanksgiving Eve Long Hike

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Our "long hikes" provide a great opportunity to see a lot of Floracliff in one day. In late fall, most of the leaves have fallen, making way for scenic views of the Elk Lick Valley. This hike will cover about 5 miles and will feature Trail’s End, the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, and Elk Lick Creek.

$10.00

A Tour of Floracliff’s Old Oaks

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Floracliff's forested ravines are home to some of the oldest known trees in Kentucky. This hike will feature many of these 17th- and 18th-century chinquapin oaks. We will discuss the characteristics of old trees, the uniqueness of Floracliff’s old trees, and their significance to the region.

$10.00

New Volunteer Orientation

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Floracliff depends on a regular group of dedicated volunteers who commit to participating in volunteer opportunities at least once each month. We offer New Volunteer Orientations twice annually–in March and September–as well as ongoing training for committed volunteers. Detailed descriptions of ongoing volunteering opportunities are included on our Volunteer page.

Free

Webinar: Urban Nature Connections with iNaturalist

iNaturalist is a community science app and website used by professional and amateur naturalists around the world to document and learn about biodiversity. It's not only an important tool for projects like City Nature Challenge and National Moth Week, but also a resource to learn about what is in your own yard or neighborhood. Anyone can contribute to and participate in iNaturalist by uploading observations of plants, animals, fungi, and more. This webinar will go over the basics of how to use iNaturalist and the benefits it provides to individual knowledge and global biodiversity information.

Free

Golden Hour Hike to Elk Lick Falls

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

End your day with a quiet and relaxing “golden hour” hike at Floracliff while the early evening sunset shines through the trees. This will feature Elk Lick Falls and one of Kentucky’s oldest trees.

Free

Golden Hour Hike to the Kentucky River

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

End your day with a quiet and relaxing “golden hour” hike at Floracliff while the early evening sunset shines through the trees. This will head down to the Kentucky River floodplain, where setting sun lights up the palisades.

Free

Wildflower Hike w/ Beverly James

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Join us for an early spring wildflower hike to see the first blooms of the season. This hike will highlight identification, ecology, and pollinator relationships of our spring ephemerals.

$10.00

Wildflower Hike to Elk Lick Falls

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Join us for a wildflower hike to Elk Lick Falls. Hopefully, we will see some of our earliest spring wildflowers, such as bloodroot, trout lilies, and spring beauties. This hike will highlight identification, ecology, and pollinator relationships of our spring ephemerals.

$10.00

Wildflower Hike w/ Laura Baird

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

We are happy to be hosting Laura Baird, Assistant Naturalist at Shaker Village, for this wildflower hike. She'll be covering natural history, folklore, pollinator relationships, and other information about some of our early spring ephemerals.

$10.00

iNaturalist in Action: A hands-on demo at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3885 Raven Run Wy, Lexington, KY

Join staff of Raven Run and Floracliff nature sanctuaries for this hands-on demonstration using iNaturalist in the field at Raven Run. We’ll spend some time exploring, and we will cover the benefits of nature observations, basics of the app, and effective photos for species identification. To register: email Anna Wiker at awiker@lexingtonky.gov

Wildflower Hike w/ Josie Miller

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Learn to identify some of our spring ephemeral wildflowers. Along the way we will discuss natural history, pollinator relationships, and more.

$10.00

Canceled Wildflower Hike w/ Joyce Bender

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Celebrate spring’s beauty and explore some of the connections between spring wildflowers, their habitats, and us.

$10.00

Canceled Wildflower Hike w/ Josie Miller

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Learn to identify some of our spring ephemeral wildflowers. Along the way we will discuss natural history, pollinator relationships, and more.

$10.00

Canceled Wildflower Hike w/ Beverly James

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Join us for a wildflower hike during peak bloom. This hike will highlight identification, ecology, and pollinator relationships of our spring ephemerals.

$10.00

Wildflower Hike to Elk Lick Falls w/ Josie Miller

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Learn to identify some of our spring ephemeral wildflowers. Along the way we will discuss natural history, pollinator relationships, and more.

$10.00

Wildflower Hike w/ Beverly James

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

The peak wildflower display will continue through mid-April. Join us for this weekday hike, which will highlight the identification, ecology, and pollinator relationships of our spring ephemerals.

$10.00

Golden Hour Hike to the Kentucky River

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

End your day with a quiet and relaxing “golden hour” hike at Floracliff while the early evening sunset shines through the trees. This hike will head down to the Kentucky River floodplain, where setting sun lights up the palisades.

Free

Wildflower Hike w/ Heidi Braunreiter

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Join botanist Heidi Braunreiter for this wildflower hike on Floracliff's showiest wildflower trail. She'll cover natural history, folklore, pollinator relationships, and other information about our native spring flora.

$10.00

Canceled Community Conservation: Garlic Mustard

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Join us for this Stewardship Saturday hand-pulling invasive garlic mustard. Help us restore habitats for wildlife by removing this plant that outcompetes wildflowers and affects our natural communities.

Free

Wildflower Long Hike

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Experience Floracliff in full bloom! Join us for a rare opportunity to view the abundance of spring ephemeral wildflowers on display throughout the sanctuary. We’ll cross Elk Lick Creek to see what’s blooming along the rich north-facing slopes and trek to the Trail’s End floodplain to bask in the bountiful wildflowers alongside the Palisades cliffs. Throughout the hike, we’ll stop to highlight some of our favorite wildflowers.

$15.00

Golden Hour Hike to Elk Lick Falls

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

End your day with a quiet and relaxing “golden hour” hike at Floracliff while the early evening sunset shines through the trees. This will feature Elk Lick Falls and one of Kentucky’s oldest trees.

Free

Easy Earth Day Wildflower Walk & Bird Watch

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Celebrate Earth Day at Floracliff with a easy stroll through the forest to see spring wildflowers, migrating birds, and more. This hike will be mostly on a paved 1/3-mile driveway to the Trail End Lodge. Seating will be available outside the Lodge to relax and view the bird feeding stations for an hour.

Free

City Nature Challenge 2022: Lexington

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, Lexington Parks & Recreation, and NABA-Central Kentucky are thrilled to be co-hosting the City Nature Challenge 2022 for Lexington. This year, we are competing with Louisville Metro and Madison County to observe the most species, recruit the most participants, and contribute the most observations during the 4-day challenge. Join the challenge to help us document Kentucky's biodiversity!

City Nature Challenge: Nighttime Exploration w/ Shelby Fulton

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Calling all community scientists! This program will focus on exploring Floracliff’s ponds and forest edges after dark for the City Nature Challenge. We’ll focus on discovering and documenting frogs, moths, and more. We recommend that each registered party have at least one member who has, or can create, an iNaturalist account in advance of the program.

Free

City Nature Challenge: Herpetology Hike w/ Zeb Weese

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Calling all community scientists! This program will focus on exploring Floracliff’s field, forest, and aquatic habitats in search of reptiles and amphibians for the City Nature Challenge. We recommend that each registered party have at least one member who has, or can create, an iNaturalist account in advance of the program.

Free

City Nature Challenge: Creek Exploration w/ Mike Compton

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Calling all community scientists! This program will focus on exploring a section of one of our creeks to discover and document aquatic life for the City Nature Challenge.

Free

Forest Birds of the Palisades w/ Ben Leffew & Michael Patton

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Kentucky birders Ben Leffew (Shaker Village) and Michael Patton (KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources) will lead this hike featuring the diversity of birds that use the forests of the Kentucky River Palisades.

$15.00

Golden Hour Hike to the Kentucky River

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

End your day with a quiet and relaxing “golden hour” hike at Floracliff while the early evening sunset shines through the trees. This will head down to the Kentucky River floodplain, where setting sun lights up the palisades.

Free

Golden Hour Hike to Elk Lick Falls

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

End your day with a quiet and relaxing “golden hour” hike at Floracliff while the early evening sunset shines through the trees. This will feature Elk Lick Falls and one of Kentucky’s oldest trees.

Free

A Tour of Floracliff’s Old Oaks

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Floracliff's forested ravines are home to some of the oldest known trees in Kentucky. This hike will feature many of these 17th- and 18th-century chinquapin oaks. We will discuss the characteristics of old trees, the uniqueness of Floracliff’s old trees, and their significance to the region. We will also stop to appreciate spring wildflowers blooming on the forest floor. We are thrilled to offer this special hike for free thanks to the generosity of sponsors David and Kathy Rees Johnson!

Free

Sedges of the Palisades Hike w/ Kentucky Nature Preserves Botanists

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary – specific meeting location will be emailed to all attendees –, KY

Many of the grass-like plants one may encounter in Kentucky’s natural areas are not actually grasses. Although similar, they are members of an entirely different family of plants. This hike will focus on the largest genus within the sedge family (Cyperaceae), the genus Carex. With close to 150 species in this genus found in Kentucky, the diversity of sedges (Carex) is astounding and they can tell us a lot about the natural communities upon which they are found. Join OKNP botanists Devin Rodgers and Vanessa Voelker on a hike to learn some of the most common sedges found in the Bluegrass.

$10.00

Refund Policy: Refunds are permitted for cancellations made at least two weeks in advance of the event.
No refunds or ticket transfers will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event.
To request a refund, email info@floracliff.org.

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