Explore Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve and enjoy a naturalist-led hike to view the spring wildflower show. Jeff Johnson, ODNR Natural Areas Preserve Manager will lead this event. Visit with members of the Kleinmaier family who donated the property to AOA. The slopes are full of blooms including trillium, jack in the pulpit, solomon seal, and many others. We will look for the pink lady slipper orchids which are coming up. Native azaleas and rhododendrons are also located on the preserve.
Kleinmaier is a magnificent property that includes ridges, rock bluffs and a shallow valley. Owned by the Alliance, ODNR nature preserve rules restrict access by special permit – so, please take this opportunity to visit.
Pack a sack lunch as we will take a break to eat and enjoy the peace and serenity of the deep forest environs. Afterwards, participants are invited to roam the site and help remove any of the garlic mustard we find that is invading the site and choking out the wildflowers. We will provide bags and gloves for collection.
The Kleinmaier SNP hike and most other AOA events are free and open to the public. This event will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. Kleinmaier is located just west of Sugar Grove along Pump Station Road behind the Columbia Gas Plant. Park in the gravel parking area on the north side of the road across from the plant. The Google map address for the parking lot is 2455 Pump Station Road, Berne, OH.
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