The Beauty of Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge

Christmas Eve Hike!

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)

Hunting Season- Be Safe!

Hello, everyone!

 

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

 

Thanks!

~H.

Fall Color Walk

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!

Summer Night Walk

 

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 forĀ our Fall Color Walk on Saturday, October 22nd. Details to follow.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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!

We will be announcing upcoming dates soon! Please check back to stay posted!

For more information, contact rose-marie.roessler@centre.edu.

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.