The beautiful area around Natural Bridge is home to hundreds of native plant species; enjoy them this weekend with other botanists, gardeners and nature lovers.
Friday and Saturday field trips are for all levels of participation, from beginner to advanced wildflower enthusiasts and from short easy walks to longer hikes at Natural Bridge State Resort Park and the Red River Gorge.
There will be evening speakers on Friday and Saturday. The Wildflower Weekend at Natural Bridge is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Native Plant Society.
2014 WILDFLOWER WEEKEND AGENDA
-All field trips leave from the Hemlock Lodge lobby & evening speakers present in the Woodland Center
-$10/adult, $3/ages 13-17, free for ages 12 & under. Registration table open 1/2 hour before all presentations and field trips.
-Mileage listed for the fieldtrips is approximate.
***ALL FIELD TRIPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
FRIDAY, APRIL 11
-Wildflowers on Whittleton Branch Trail (1½ miles, moderate/difficult) - Zeb Weese, KHLCF
-Wildflowers on Rock Garden Trail (1.5 miles, moderate) - Bob Van Hoff, US Army Corp of Eng. (retired)
-Wildflower Motor Tour (several stops with short walks) - Brian Gasdorf, KY State Parks
-Trees, Shrubs, & Vines Walk (½ miles, easy) - David Taylor, United States Forest Service
-“The Future for Trees” - Dr. Ross Clark, retired Professor of Biological Sciences for EKU
SATURDAY, APRIL 12
8:30 AM -Wildflowers and Geology in the RRG (1½ miles, moderate) - Ron Jones, EKU and
Mark Sweet, Shield Environmental Associates
-Wildflowers along Indian Creek in the RRG (easy) - Rita Wehner, USFS
-Ferns & Mosses on the Rock Garden Trail (1 mile, moderate) - David Taylor, USFS
-Wildflower Survey (location TBA) - Tara Littlefield, KSNPC
-Wildflowers & Invasive Species on Hood’s Branch Trail (portion) - Zeb Weese, KHLCF
-Wildflowers along Rock Bridge Trail in the RRG (1½ miles, moderate) - Martina Hines, KSNPC
-Edible and Medicinal Plants (easy) - Mary Carol Cooper, KDFWR (retired)
-Plant Communities Hike (location TBA) - Rob Paratley, University of Kentucky
-Wildflowers and Wildlife - (location TBA) - Ron Vanover and Brian Gasdorf, KY State Parks
-Kentucky Native Plant Society’s General Meeting (everyone welcome)
-“Forests of Kentucky: an overview of their past, present, and future” Talk
Dr. William Martin, retired Professor of Biology and former Commissioner of the Department for
Natural Resources and Chairman of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board.
SUNDAY, APRIL 13
-Birds & Wildflowers (½ mile, easy) - Mary Carol Cooper, KDFWR (retired)
-Wildflowers along Henson’s Cave Arch Trail (1 mile, moderate) - Brian Gasdorf, KYSP