Plans underway for fifth annual Nature Hop

Nature Hop is back and open for event submissions! This fan-favorite event will be coming to green spaces near you this September. The City’s Division of Environmental Services is currently seeking events from community partners to help make Sunday, September 18, an educational and fun day in nature.

In its fifth year, Nature Hop promotes getting people outside to enjoy the variety of green spaces found throughout Fayette County and to find new ways to experience these spaces.

The event is designed to:

  • Raise awareness of nature in our urban environment
  • Encourage Lexington residents and visitors to experience natural spaces in new ways
  • Publicize natural areas in Lexington that can serve for passive recreation

This year’s Nature Hop events will start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The staggered times allow residents to hop around to multiple activities if they wish.

Organizers are currently accepting event submissions on The deadline to submit an event is Friday, August 5. Events may be in person, self-guided or virtual. All events submitted for consideration should be free.

“Past Nature Hop events have included everything from art tours to bird watching to creek walks,” says Nancy Albright, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works. “It’s always inspiring to see the variety of ways our community partners celebrate nature as part of Nature Hop.”

The rain date for Nature Hop is Sunday, September 25.