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Fall 2021 Nature Exploration Series!

Fall Nature Exploration Series at Taylor Fork!

Register for Monarch Butterfly Tagging on Sept 18th here

Registration for future events coming soon! Or email naturalareas@eku.edu to register!

Wilderness First Aid Course Offered this Fall!

Wilderness First Aid Course EKU Division of Natural Areas

EKU’s Emergency Medical Care Program and Division of Natural Areas are partnering to offer a Wilderness First Aid Course this fall!

Extreme Blackberry Picking is Back at Taylor Fork Ecological Area!

Wild Blackberries Ripened

Looking for high adventure with a sweet reward?  Head to Taylor Fork Ecological Area on EKU's south campus.  Taylor Fork Ecological Area is open for blackberry picking through the first three weeks of July. 

EKU Copperhead Research Project

EKU Students Safely Observing a Copperhead Snake

Research opportunities abound at Eastern Kentucky University. With grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service and NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, several EKU Biology students are participating in a research project to learn more about the Copperhead Snake. A species native to Kentucky. 

Summer Research Experiences at EKU

Class Discussion

EKU Faculty recently received a National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduates (REU) grant to support undergraduate student internships 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!

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: 

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