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Blackberry Picking at Taylor Fork Ecological Area

Wild Blackberries

Taylor Fork Ecological Area is open for blackberry picking through the first three weeks of July.  This is not casual, farm-style blackberry picking.  These are wild blackberries in thick brambles. The area has poison ivy, ticks, chiggars, and limited shade.  There are no restrooms or water fountains.

Summer Research Experiences at EKU

Class Discussion

EKU Faculty recently received a National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduates (REU) grant to support undergraduate student interships to study the ecological effects of anthropogenic and natural disturbances in Central Appalachia.  To learn more about this REU opportunity and/or apply,

Letcher County Central High School Studies Water Quality at LCW

Water Chemistry at LCW

On October 12, 2016, 60 Letcher County Central High School Students studied watershed quality at Lilley Cornett Woods.  Click here for more information.

Taylor Fork Ecological Area, A Bluegrass Roadtrip Destination

Rolling hills at Taylor Fork Ecological Area

If you are looking for a bit of a challenge on your next hike, coupled with great birding and a variety of plants and wildlife, then Taylor Fork Ecological Area may be exactly what you are looking for.  For more information,

LCW Research Center and Bunkhouse Construction Completed

View of completed LCW Research Center and Bunkhouse

The Division of Natural Areas is pleased to announce the completion of the Research and Learning Center and bunkhouse at Lilley Cornett Woods. This project's success is directly due to the tremendous support from the University and National Science Foundation.  Thank you!

EKU 2016 Summer Field Courses Posted

Summer Field Course

This summer (2016), the Department of Biological Sciences and Division of Natural Areas will be offering four field-based courses primarily out of Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory.

Student Research Grants Awarded

Field Research at Lilley Cornett Woods

The "Grant-in-Aid" program offered by the Division of Natural Areas is designed to assist with funding for student research in EKU's three natural areas. Two students were awarded research grants for 2013-14 academic year: 

EKU's Environmental Education Endorsement Program Nationally Recognized

EKU Class CMN799

EKU's Center for Environmental Education offers an environmental education endorsement program, which recently received national recognition by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  It is one of only two programs to be nationally recognized.  To learn more....

Wilderness First Responder Course at Maywoods

For 9 days in the early part of January, Maywoods was home for 19 people enrolled in the Wilderness First Responder Course. The course was offered by EKU  Campus Recreation's Adventure Program in partnership with....

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Maywoods Becoming a Popular Destination

Maywoods EKU's Environmental and Educational Laboratory has always provided research opportunities for EKU faculty and students.  Recently, the Division of Natural Areas has expanded the opportunities at Maywoods by providing environmental educational programing for area school groups.  In a recent EKUpdate, Dr.

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