Due to the dismal weather forecast, the Last Spring Wildflower Walk scheduled for 4/22/2017 has been cancelled.
We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Bird Walk on Saturday, May 6th!
All are welcome to join us for our Annual Bird Walk on Saturday, May 6th! Granville Cos, a local ornithologist, will be leading the walk by Woodland Pond to Fork Trail!
The plan is to meet in the parking lot and leave from there! Please bring your own binoculars to help ensure the best experience! Be sure to dress appropriately and wearing bug spray is always recommended for spring hikes!
For updates, feel free to check here or follow us on Facebook at Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge!
In two Saturdays, we will have a booth at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College to celebrate Earth Day with the community. If you come by, stop by the booth with any questions you may have! There will be lots of great opportunities and information, and we would love to see some folks stop by.
The event is from 11-3 on Saturday, April 22nd!
A thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who worked this past Saturday to clear trash from the roadside, clear out some and invasive species, and do other work that was needed. Three groups from Centre College attended, and we were able to get in a couple solid hours of work!
We will be hosting future work days later in the year, and don’t forget about our upcoming Wildflower Walks on April 8th and April 22nd! You can see more information here https://www.facebook.com/events/246154972516368/
Coming up on Saturday, April 8th and Saturday, April 22nd, we will be hosting our Wildflower Walks at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge! It is open to everyone and a chance to see some of the beautiful species growing at the Refuge!
All interested folks should meet at the parking lot at 10 a.m!
We are hosting a Christmas Eve Hike this year, with our Education Directors Jim and Rob, leaving from the Refuge parking lot at 10:00 a.m. on December 24th! We will have a couple of hiking options for different levels of hiking difficulty, and all are encouraged to attend and enjoy the beauty of the Refuge!
This event is free, and there is more information on our Facebook Page @ Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge! If you have any questions, please feel free to message us or contact us here at the Refuge!
We hope to see you there! (Dressing like Santa Claus is, of course, welcome)
While there is no hunting on Refuge Property, there are nearby neighbors who do take part in Kentucky’s Deer Hunting Season! Please be sure to wear bright colors when you are out on hikes, especially ones that will take you near the back line of the Refuge. We have not had any problems, but we want everyone to be safe and enjoy your time with us.
Hunting Season Dates: November 12th through November 22nd
We hope everyone enjoyed coming out for our next scheduled event, the Fall Color Walk on October 22nd!
We hope to have a large crowd again for our Wildflower Walk this spring!
Join us at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 27th at 8:30 PM for our summer night walk.
The type of program will depend on the weather. If the weather is clear we will have a star party in the meadow by the Island Pond.
There will be amateur astronomers there with telescopes to share with the participants. Lacking clear skies we will have a “night sights and sounds” walk.
Either way participants should come prepared for a short walk.
Dress appropriately and keep in mind that chiggers and mosquitoes come out at dusk.
Also make sure to mark your calendar for our Fall Color Walk on Saturday, October 22nd. Details to follow.
Saturday, April 11, will be a busy day at the Refuge:
Spring Wildflower Walk #2 (10:00 am), Garlic Mustard Pull (following the walk), and Nature Center Open House 10 am to 2 pm.
The Wildflower Walk is on the Martha Clay Wildflower Trail, just past the first bridge on Carpenter Creek Rd. off KY 37. Parking will be available in the field on the left side of the road just past the Trail entrance and at the main entrance to the Refuge. Dr. Anne Lubbers, Professor of Biology at Centre College and an expert on plant ecology, will lead the walk.
Immediately following that event, Dr. Lubbers will lead a Garlic Mustard Pull along the roadway toward the main Refuge entrance. Bring a good pair of garden gloves. Instructions will be provided.
For both events, wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather.
During and after the wildflower walk and pull, the Cheek Nature Center will be open for visitors (10:00 am to 2:00 pm). Drop by and see the exhibits, ask questions about the Refuge, and take a rest stop.