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NKU REFS Nature Day

Sept. 28, 2023 - Northern Kentucky University’s Research and Education Field Station (REFS) invites the community to its annual Nature Adventure Day on September 30 from 1 p.m. to 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. Exciting activities like scavenger hunts, “What’s in your pond?”, and turtle races to name a few will happen throughout the afternoon. 

“Nature 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 30, 1-5 p.m.
  • Where: 99 Harrison Court, Melbourne, KY 41059 

NKU’s REFS provides an operation base for a wide range of field research. The REFS facility 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, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit