SLADE, Ky. The Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend, April 19-21, is a chance for botanists, gardeners and nature lovers to enjoy the hundreds of species of native plants at Natural Bridge State Resort Park. 


Field trips and walks will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, April 19; 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20; and at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 21.  All field trips leave from the Hemlock Lodge lobby.


Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening in the Woodland Center, Dr. Jennifer Koslow, assistant professor of plant ecology at Eastern Kentucky University, will give a presentation about the EKU Running Buffalo Clover Project.  A wildflower activity and social hour will follow.


Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening in the Woodland Center, the Kentucky Native Plant Society will have their general meeting followed at 7 p.m. with a presentation titled “Rare Plant Conservation” by Deborah White, botanist and natural heritage coordinator for the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.  At 7:30 p.m. special guest speaker Rudy Mancke, naturalist in residence for the University of South Carolina and host of the TV show, “NatureScene”, will speak about “Connections and Biodiversity.” At 8:30 p.m., the Woodland Center will remain open for a social hour.


On-site registration fee is $10 per adult and $3 per child. Registration is open 30 minutes before all field trips and presentations. A detailed agenda will be available at registration.  For more information about Wildflower Weekend, contact Brian Gasdorf at brian.gasdorf@ky.gov or call 1-800-325-1710. For more information about the Kentucky Native Plant Society visit www.knps.org


Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the larger natural arches in the state and is surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, cottages and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information call 1-800-325-1710 or visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/nb


Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington and two miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.





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