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The Trails Are Open!

Hi Refuge Fans! Our trails are back open, though the Bird Blind and Nature Center remain closed. To help keep our community safe, please follow these guidelines when visiting the Refuge: * do not congregate in groups of more than 10 people who do not reside in the same household * maintain a distance of …

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We Are Temporarily Closed

Effective immediately, the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is temporarily closed for two weeks. We will reevaluate as we approach the end of the two week closure period, with Tuesday, April 14th hopefully being our reopening date. We did not want to have to close but we believe it is the right thing to do for …

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Geology Day: March 14 at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, March 14th, the Central KY Wildlife Refuge will host its first Geology Day.  We will meet in the parking lot at 10:00 am.  Participants will make the short walk to the Cheek Nature Center for a short orientation at which time the participants will decide which activities we will choose for the day. …

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2020 Winter Night Walk on Feb. 22 at 6:00 PM!

On Saturday, Feb. 22nd, the Central KY Wildlife Refuge will host its inaugural Winter Night Walk.  The event will start at 6:00 pm, meeting in the parking lot and then moving on to an orientation at the Cheek Nature Center.  We will then make the short walk to the meadow by Island Pond where, weather …

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Dec. 21 – Winter Birding Hike

On Saturday, December 21st, CKWR will host a winter birding hike. We will “warm up” by starting at our bird blind. We will then go for a short hike through varied bird habitat. The event will start from the parking lot at 10:00 am. Binoculars are recommended, but not required. As always, dress for the …

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Second Fall Color Walk for 2019 on Saturday, Nov. 2nd!

Back by popular demand, the CKWR will host a second Fall Color Walk on Saturday, November 2nd at 10am. Come out and see nature’s palette with a walk through woods and open fields. As always, there is no charge for participating and dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot at 10 am.

2019 Fall Color Walk

On Saturday, Oct. 19th at 10 am, CKWR will host the annual Fall Color Walk. This will be a short walk through the woods and open meadows. Participants will marvel at the colors on nature’s palette. Normally the fall colors reach their peak during the third week of October in the knobs region. However, with …

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2019 Night Walk on August 24th!

Once a year the Central KY Wildlife Refuge is open to visitors after dark. This year the Night Walk will be held on August 24th. Visitors should meet in the parking lot at 8:00 pm. The exact nature of this walk will depend on the weather. If we have clear skies visitors will have the …

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Birding Hike on May 4th at 9 a.m.

    Central KY Wildlife Refuge will host a birding hike on Saturday, May 4th beginning at 9 am. The hike will start with a visit to the bird blind for orientation. Participants will then hike through varied habitat looking for migrating song birds as well as our resident species. The total length of the …

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Upcoming Events for Spring 2019!

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge will host a Beginning Birdwatchers event on Saturday, March 30th. This event is for anyone who would like to learn the basic skills needed to participate in one of the most popular pastimes in America. The event will start at 10 am in the parking lot. We will start with …

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