Natural Bridge State Resort Park, near Slade, and the Kentucky Native Plant Society will host the annual Wildflower Weekend at the park on April 19 through April 21, 2013.
Field trips and walks will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. on Friday; 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday; and at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. All of the field trips will leave from the Hemlock Lodge lobby. The field trips are for both the beginner to the advanced wildflower enthusiasts.
Informational lectures will begin on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodland Center with Dr. Jennifer Koslow, assistant professor of plant ecology at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Koslow will give a presentation about the EKU Running Buffalo Clover Project. A wildflower activity and social hour will follow Dr. Koslow’s talk.
On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the Kentucky Native Plant Society will have their general meeting in the Woodland Center. At 7:00 p.m., Deborah White, botanist and natural heritage coordinator for the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, will present “Rare Plant Conservation” followed by a presentation from Rudy Mancke, naturalist in residence for the University of South Carolina and host of the TV show, “NatureScene.” Mancke will speak about “Connections and Biodiversity.” The Woodland Center will remain open for socializing until 8:30 p.m.
This event is a chance for botanists, gardeners, and nature lovers to enjoy the hundreds of species of native plants found in the Red River Gorge area.
On-site registration is $10.00 per adult and $3.00 for children. A detailed agenda will be available at registration.
For more information about the Wildflower Weekend or to make reservations at the lodge, call (800) 325-1710.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Red River Gorge area of the Daniel Boone National Forest, the sandstone arch that is called Natural Bridge has stood for millenniums and some geologists believe the arch is at least a million years old. The arch is 78 feet in length, 65 feet high, 12 feet thick, and 20 feet wide.
The Hemlock Lodge at the park features 35 rooms, each with a private balcony, and the Sandstone Arches Restaurant. The lodge is just a short, but very steep, hike up the hillside to the Natural Bridge.
Other facilities at the park include cottages, gift shop, ski lift to the Natural Bridge, an outdoor swimming pool, and over 18 miles of hiking trails.
Just a little over 100 miles from Metro Louisville, Natural Bridge State Resort Park is located in east central Kentucky near the Mountain Parkway on KY-11. More detailed driving directions can be found at www.maps.google.com.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
2135 Natural Bridge Road
Slade, KY 40376-9701
Telephone: (606) 663-2214 or (800) 325-1710