Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission to host hike at Floracliff State Nature Preserve

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 06, 2009  
Contact Information:  Leslie Isaman or Don Dott 502-573-2886 or Beverly James 859-351-7770  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2009) - You’re invited to join the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and lead botanist Deborah White, co-author of Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky, on a hike to learn about Kentucky's native wildflowers through Floracliff State Nature Preserve in Fayette County, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11.  The hike will take place on the trail along the north-facing slope of Elk Lick Creek. Hikers will get a good view of the creek from the trail as well as a chance to see spring wildflowers including celandine poppies, dwarf larkspur, wild blue phlox and Dutchman’s breeches.

The hike should last about two and one-half to three hours and be approximately 1.5 miles in length.  The hiking level will be moderate, due to some changes in elevation.  Participants are encouraged to bring water to carry with them, as well as wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

Attendance is limited to 15 participants and preregistration is required.  To register and receive directions, contact Beverly James at 859-351-7770. The cost of this event is $4 per person.

The hike is among activities surrounding Kentucky’s celebration of Earth Day, which is Wednesday, April 22.  Visit the state Earth Day Web site at www.eec.ky.gov/educationoutreach/earthday/ to learn more about Kentucky's Earth Day celebration.