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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. 

Taylor Fork Ecological Area Nature Exploration Series - Spring Programs - CANCELLED

Taylor Fork - Nature Exploration Spring Series Information Flyer

Due to the University's policy concerning COVID-19, the remaining sessions in the series have been cancelled.

Please check back in the fall for a new series of sessions.

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: 

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....

National Weather Service Honors Lilley Cornett Woods' Manager

Demonstration of how the LCW Weather Station is used

On October 4, 2012, in a ceremony at the EKU Manchester Campus, officials from the Jackson office of the National Weather Service presented the John Campanius Holm Award to Robert Watts, manager of Lilley Cornett Woods.  The award was in recognition of Mr. Watts' 38 years of service as a volunteer cooperative weather observer. 

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