The Beauty of Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

2020 Winter Night Walk on Feb. 22 at 6:00 PM!

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On Saturday, Feb. 22nd, the Central KY Wildlife Refuge will host its inaugural Winter Night Walk.  The event will start at 6:00 pm, meeting in the parking lot and then moving on to an orientation at the Cheek Nature Center.  We will then make the short walk to the meadow by Island Pond where, weather permitting, we will observe Winter constellations and other night sky objects.  We will also take a short walk through the woods to the Woodland Pond to observe nocturnal wildlife.
This event is open to the public and free of charge.  Interested parties should meet in the parking lot at 6:00 pm.  The parking lot is located at 604 Carpenter Creek Rd. in the Forkland area of Boyle County.
Please dress for the weather!
Here are some other upcoming CKWR events, as well:
Mar. 7th     Geology Walk Through Time at 10:00 am
Apr. 4th      Spring Wildflower Walk #1 at 10:00 am
Apr. 18th    Spring Wildflower Walk #2 at 10:00 am
Apr. 25th    Guided Hikes (in conjunction with Earth Day) at 11 am and 1:00 pm

Dec. 21 – Winter Birding Hike

On Saturday, December 21st, CKWR will host a winter birding hike. We will “warm up” by starting at our bird blind. We will then go for a short hike through varied bird habitat. The event will start from the parking lot at 10:00 am. Binoculars are recommended, but not required. As always, dress for the weather. Free and family-friendly!

Second Fall Color Walk for 2019 on Saturday, Nov. 2nd!

Back by popular demand, the CKWR will host a second Fall Color Walk on Saturday, November 2nd at 10am. Come out and see nature’s palette with a walk through woods and open fields. As always, there is no charge for participating and dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot at 10 am.

2019 Fall Color Walk

71299357_1178886855639442_6519690781152772096_oOn Saturday, Oct. 19th at 10 am, CKWR will host the annual Fall Color Walk. This will be a short walk through the woods and open meadows. Participants will marvel at the colors on nature’s palette. Normally the fall colors reach their peak during the third week of October in the knobs region. However, with the extremely hot and dry summer and fall, this year will be hard to predict. Come down and join us to see how it turns out. A kid-friendly event!

As always, there is no charge for participating and dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot at 10 am.

2019 Night Walk on August 24th!

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Once a year the Central KY Wildlife Refuge is open to visitors after dark. This year the Night Walk will be held on August 24th. Visitors should meet in the parking lot at 8:00 pm. The exact nature of this walk will depend on the weather. If we have clear skies visitors will have the opportunity to view celestial objects through a telescope. One of the objects that will be viewed is Jupiter and its moons. We will also have amateur astronomers who will lead the visitors on a tour of the constellations. If the weather is cloudy we will go for a short walk through the woods, looking and listening for night creatures. The event will only be cancelled in case of lightning in the area. As usual, visitors should dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. For this particular event it would be helpful for visitors to bring binoculars and/or a flashlight with a red lens. For more information about this event and the Central KY Wildlife Refuge please visit our website: ckwr.org or visit our FaceBook page.

Birding Hike on May 4th at 9 a.m.

 

 

Central KY Wildlife Refuge will host a birding hike on Saturday, May 4th beginning at 9 am. The hike will start with a visit to the bird blind for orientation. Participants will then hike through varied habitat looking for migrating song birds as well as our resident species. The total length of the hike will be about two miles over easy trails. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Upcoming Events for Spring 2019!

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge will host a Beginning Birdwatchers event on Saturday, March 30th. This event is for anyone who would like to learn the basic skills needed to participate in one of the most popular pastimes in America. The event will start at 10 am in the parking lot. We will start with an orientation in the bird blind. After the orientation we will go for a short walk through varied habitat looking for migrating songbirds as well as our resident birds. This event is suitable for children. Participants should provide their own binoculars and dress for the weather.

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge will be hosting our annual Spring Wildflower Walks on April 6th and 20th. Both walks will begin at 10 am and participants should meet near the Martha B. Clay Wildflower Trail on Carpenter Creek Rd. The first walk will be lead by Dr. Anne Lubbers, Professor of Biology at Centre College. The second walk will be lead by Rob Pendygraft, Co-director of Education for CKWR. The trail is level and about a quarter of a mile long, making it suitable for people of all ages. Participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and to dress for the weather.

Holiday Hikes

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The Central KY Wildlife Refuge is offering an opportunity to escape the inevitable stress that comes with the holiday season.  On Saturday, December 22nd the Refuge will host two separate hikes.
The first will start at 10 am and will be the more strenuous of the two.  This hike will go up the Ridge Trail and around the Circle Trail.  Due to the steepness of the Ridge Trail this will be a moderately strenuous hike.
The second hike will leave the parking lot at 2 pm.  Hikers will go up the Blue Trail, down the Brooks Hollow Trail, access the North Rolling Fork via the Roy Ellis Fork Trail, and return on the Woodland Pond Trail.
Both hikes will be approximately two miles in length.  Participants should dress for the weather.

August 11th – Night Walk!

Once a year the Central KY Wildlife Refuge is open to visitors after dark for our night walk. This year the walk will be held on August 11th. The exact nature of the walk will depend on the weather. If the skies are clear enough we will go for a short nature walk and then gather in the meadow by the Island Pond. Weather permitting, we will have access to a telescope for viewing celestial objects. We will also watch for the Perseid meteor shower. If the weather is wet or cloudy we will go on a longer nature walk around the ponds and wetlands area looking and listening for nocturnal creatures. Either way this is always one of the highlights of the year.
Participants should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. We will meet in the parking lot about 8:00 pm.

Creek Walk on July 18th!

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On July 18th from 10am to Noon the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge will host a fun and educational event for participants of all ages. We will meet in a parking area near the bridge on Carpenter Creek Road. From there the participants will take an easy walk down into the North Rolling Fork. Leaders will discuss the many values of the stream and measures to protect it. We will also perform some chemical and biological tests to assess the stream’s health. We will finish up with information about Water Watch, the state’s volunteer water monitoring program . There will be picnic tables available if participants wish to bring their lunch. Learn more on our Facebook event page HERE.

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