The Beauty of Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge


The Fred Loetscher Bird Blind at the Refuge is now stocked with bird seed and ready for visitors. Thanks to Caretaker Aaron Roessler, there should be lots of action there as fall becomes more and more apparent. Follow the signs from the parking lot.

Late summer is a beautiful time to hike the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and open houses at the Cheek Nature Center provide even more incentive to enjoy a morning or afternoon there.
There are two open houses in September: Saturday, September 5 and 19, and both are from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The Nature Center houses information about plants and animals that may be seen at the Refuge, including examples of bird feathers and nests, rocks, an insect display, educational materials for teachers, posters, maps, and a photo gallery about the Refuge. J. P. and Jane Brantley, Education Directors, will be on hand to answer questions about the Refuge and to help teachers who want to bring a school group for a visit get a look at the Refuge and the learning possibilities there.
Travel grants of up to $150 are available for school groups. For more information and an application form, go to and click on Educational Resources.

There will also be open houses on October 3rd and 24th, and November 7th and 21st.

If you want to help keep the Refuge beautiful, join one or more of the work days on September 19 and 26, and/or October 3. For more information and to volunteer, contact Rose-Marie Roessler at

JP and Jane Brantley
Education Directors

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge officially came into being on September 9, 1965. Keep an eye on this spot for more information the golden anniversary celebration.

JP and Jane

Spring Cleaning Day is May 9

Spring Cleaning at the Refuge

Please join us 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9

We will have over 40 hard-working young men out to volunteer!

Projects include:

Removal of old fence wire

Placing barriers at specified sites

Autumn olive removal

A few wonderful members who have already agreed to join us and lead a team of students and we certainly would appreciate a few more!

Any member interested in helping on May 9th , please contact Rose Roessler at 859-332-2220 or email her at


Saturdays in May at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

The May 2nd work day at the Refuge has been CANCELLED.
JP Brantley

May 9 – International Migratory Bird Day: a great opportunity to visit the Bird Blind at the Refuge and check for migratory birds passing through our area. See for more information. This is not an “official” Refuge event, but it’s a good excuse to come to the Refuge.

May 16 and 30 – Open Houses at the Mary Ashby Cheek Nature Center, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Drop by during your hike and see the displays. Teachers are welcome to stop by and discuss a possible fall field trip for your class.

May 23 – Really see Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, the stars, and a partial moon in the Woodland Pond Meadow through an excellent telescope provided by amateur astronomer Tom Bryant. Gather at 8:30 pm in the parking lot. Bring a flashlight and wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes. Insect repellent is advised.

JP Brantley
Education Director


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.

The Wildlife Refuge Now Has a Facebook Page

From Facebook, Search for Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and click on the one that has 600 Carpenter Creek Road as its address.

Once there, Like us and let us know what you would like to see on Facebook and/or the website, share comments and/or photos, etc.

Fall Work Days Announced

If you would like to help with Refuge upkeep and have a wonderful time in the outdoors at the same time, here’s your chance.
All dates and times are Saturday, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm and
all needed materials will be provided.

The dates and tasks are:
September 20 – Finish the weather sealant on benches and bridges
October 11 – cut back Autumn Olive
October 25 – cut back Autumn Olive

For more information, contact

42 Enjoy Annual Members Picnic on Saturday, August 23

The annual Members Picnic included lots of visiting, sandwiches from Junction City Produce and More, and reports from Emily Toadvine, President; J. P. and Jane Brantley, Education Directors; Rose-Marie Roessler, Land Manager; and Aaron Roessler, Caretaker. We also heard from Michael Hamm, Treasurer, who reminded us that annual memberships run from April 1 – March 31, although donations are welcome any time of the year (and can be made on the website).

Following the “formal” meeting, Linda Porter led the dedication of our new Monarch Way Station on Bluebird Trail.

A Reminder:
2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, so there are some exciting things to look forward to next year.