Explore Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve and enjoy a naturalist-led hike to view the ongoing spring wildflower show. Retired ODNR naturalist and Preserve manager Jim Osborn will lead this popular event. Visit with members of the Kleinmaier family who donated the property to AOA. The slopes are covered in spring-time blooms including Trillium, Jack in the Pulpit, Solomon’s Seal, and many others. We will look for the pink Lady’s Slipper orchids which should be blooming. Native Flame Azaleas and Rhododendrons are also located on the preserve.
Kleinmaier is a magnificent property that includes ridges, rock bluffs and a shallow stream gorge. Owned by AOA, ODNR nature preserve rules restrict access by special permit – so take this opportunity to visit.
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. Those interested are invited to take a longer hike to visit the adjacent Kircher property in the afternoon and see a spectacular display of pink Lady’s Slippers and one of the few mature native azaleas in this region which should be in bloom.
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.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m.
What to Bring: Lunch, snacks, and/or drinks of your choice. We will take a break to eat at the head of the gorge and enjoy the peace and serenity of the sheer rock bluffs and deep forest environs.
Location: Kleinmaier SNP 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.