Field Studies Workshops

In 2012, we developed the Floracliff Field Studies Workshop Series to highlight biodiversity in the region and give people unique hands-on field experiences in Central Kentucky. Workshop topics have covered mushrooms, aquatic diversity, ferns, herpetology, insects and spiders, geology, spring flora, and more. Workshop participants gain experience in species identification, biological surveys and collection techniques, and field observations. Indoor activities cover natural history, ecology, life cycles, species behavior, paleontology, and more.

While the workshops are open to anyone, we think they will be of particular interest to naturalists, biology students, science educators, and land managers as well as those with a strong passion for the subject. Workshop fees covers instruction and a book or other resource for everyone who attends. Please inquire about scholarships by sending an email to

Workshop events

There are no upcoming events.

To register

Please fill out the registration form below and mail to the listed address with the payment. Early registration is encouraged. Workshops are limited to 15 participants unless otherwise noted. All workshops include moderate to strenuous hiking on uneven terrain with elevation changes.

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Workshops are $60 each. Please make checks payable to “Floracliff” and send with
registration form to:
Floracliff Nature Sanctuary Field Studies Program
c/o Beverly James
P.O. Box 21723
Lexington, KY 40522

Registration Information

Cost: Workshop fees will cover a book or materials chosen by the instructor and will allow us to purchase additional materials that will be used by the participants.
Cancellations: Workshop fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the workshop.
Registration: Workshops are limited to 15 participants. Early registration is encouraged to reserve a spot. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. If a workshop is full when you register, you will be put on a waiting list in case of a cancellation.
Location: Workshops are held at Floracliff Nature Sanctuary and other regional field sites. Directions and other details will be sent out about one week before the workshop.
Expectations: Participants should be able to handle moderate hiking on a variable terrain. Please be prepared for the weather forecast for each workshop. Hiking sticks, extra water, hiking boots, and rain gear are strongly encouraged. Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch.

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