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Field Station Hosts Annual Nature Adventure Day


September 18, 2019— Research and Education Field Station (REFS) invites the community to its annual Nature Adventure Day on September 28 from 1–5 p.m.

Family and friends visiting the field station will spend the afternoon exploring the unique nature features across the St. Anne Wetlands, part of a 155 acre conservation easement on and near the Ohio River. The Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers will be on hand to demonstrate and teach fly tying to imitate natural fish foods and teach fly casting. Exciting activities like scavenger hunts and turtle races happen throughout the afternoon.

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“Adventure Day is great for our community. I love seeing the excitement on people’s faces when they experience nature on this level,” said Dr. Richard Durtsche, REFS director. “If you want to take a break from the activities, our students’ research will be on display inside the field station, and you can always join a wetlands hiking tour.”

Nature Adventure Day is presented in tandem with Take a Child Outside (TACO) Week and Green Umbrella’s Great Outdoor Weekend– all designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors.

  • What: REFS Nature Adventure Day
  • When: September 28, 1-5 p.m.
  • Where: 99 Harrison Court, Melbourne, KY 41059

For those who want a deep dive into nature, REFS’s Wetlands Management micro-credential is being offered this upcoming year. Learn to identify wetland plants, assess wetlands biodiversity and learn wetlands delineation through investigation of critical areas. To learn more about the course criteria, visit here

NKU’s REFS provides an operation base for a wide range of field research. The facility, which opened in Spring 2017, is located adjacent to and facilitates the use of the St. Anne Woods and Wetlands Natural Area. REFS is where research, education and nature merge.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit