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April 6, 2018


SLADE, Ky. – (April 6, 2018) – Learn about wildflowers and enjoy the spring season at Red River Gorge with the Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend April 13-14 at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

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The annual event includes hikes at the state park and in Red River Gorge on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for ages 13-17. Ages 12 and under are free. More information is available at

Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade has a lodge, cottages and restaurant.

There are several other wildflower opportunities at Kentucky State Parks during April and May. They include:

*  Second Saturday Hike on wildflowers at Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz on April 14 starting at 10 a.m.
Spring Wildflowers and Wild Edibles Hike at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park at Calvert City on April 14 at 10:30 a.m.


*  Wildflower Extravaganza at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson on April 14. Hikes start at 9 a.m.


*  Wildflower Pilgrimage at Carter Caves State Resort Park at Olive Hill on April 21.


*  Wildflower Hikes at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park near Dawson Springs on April 7 and May 3 at 10 a.m.
Wild Wonderful Wildflower Hikes at Pine Mountain State Resort Park at Pineville on April 21 starting at 9 a.m.


For more information about these wildflower events, visit For more information about Kentucky State Parks, including lodging and camping reservations, visit





Six Trips Offered In April and May


OLIVE HILL, Ky. (March 30, 2018) – Plan a spring adventure on Tygarts Creek on a canoe or kayak with a 6-mile excursion hosted by Carter Caves State Resort Park.

The park is offering guided trips on six dates in 2018 – April 14, 21, 29 and May 2, 6 and 12.

The 3.5-hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges.The 3.5-hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges.

The 3.5 - hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges. The park will provide canoes or kayaks, paddles, life vest, transportation shuttle from and back to the Welcome Center, and guides for your trip. The fee is $40 per person. (The fee is $30 a person if you bring your own canoe or kayak.)

Participants should have some paddle experience before signing up for these trips. Along the way participants will see high cliff sides and the natural beauty that the spring has to offer. There will also be a side trip into one of Kentucky’s largest natural limestone tunnels.

Guests should wear proper attire for cool weather paddling, a complete change of clothes, treaded footwear, flashlight (for natural tunnel visit), sack lunch, bottled water and a dry bag for your supplies. You must be at least 12 years old to participate and paddlers ages 15 and under must be with a legal guardian.

Participants will meet at the park Welcome Center and should be ready to leave at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is required. To register, visit: For questions, call the park at 606-286-4411.


Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill has a lodge, cottages, restaurant, campground, gift shop, cave tours and many recreational activities. For more information about the park, visit


March 6, 2018

Louisa, KY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Yatesville Lake invites you to participate in the Ninth Annual Spring Cleanup.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9 a.m. until noon.


The Clean-Up is being hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to ensure environmental responsibility and to preserve the inherent beauty of the lake for all to enjoy.

Over 300,000 people visit Yatesville Lake each year to participate in a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. Keeping the lake and surrounding areas litter-free serves to benefit visitors as well as the local community, now as well as future generations. Litter will be picked up from multiple locations around the lake, including Rt. 32, Rich Creek Boat Ramp, and Arrington Branch.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate. Volunteers with boats are encouraged to bring them to remove trash along the shoreline that may not be easily accessible from land.

The event will begin at the Lawrence County Park, Picnic Shelter No. 3, at 9 a.m. Prior to beginning work all participants will be required to check-in, obtain directions, and participate in a short safety discussion.

Trash bags, gloves, and safety vests will be provided. Free t-shirts will be given to all registered volunteers while supplies last. Volunteers will be served a complimentary lunch at the picnic shelter at 11:30 a.m.

The lunch is provided free by local sponsors.

If you wish to participate or need additional information please contact the Yatesville Lake Project Office at 606-686-2412. You can also visit us on the internet at


Whitney Lehrer
Natural Resource Specialist, Student Trainee
Big Sandy Area
606-686-2926 ext. 8156


April 5, 2018

Higher Ground will present an original one-act musical drama, Needle Work, at two locations on Saturday April 14th.

The first will take place at the Louisa Senior Citizens Center at 101 West Pike Street in Louisa, KY at 11am.

NEEDLE WORK APR 14 LOUISA and PIKEVILLE . Be there.NEEDLE WORK APR 14 LOUISA and PIKEVILLE . Be there.The second will be at 7 pm in Pikeville, KY at Chrisman Auditorium at 147 Sycamore Street at the University of Pikeville.

The performances will include stories collected in eastern Kentucky communities and music from the cast and local band the Kudzu Killers.

Needle Work examines the pros and cons of needle exchanges, where substance abusers can exchange dirty syringes for clean ones without fear of legal consequences, as a way of stemming the spread of diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDs.

The play centers on a mountain woman who has lost a daughter to drug abuse, and starts a needle exchange out of her home. Her friends are shocked when they find out, and dramatic behavior ensues. There are comic moments along the way, and songs are sung, and stories light and heavy are told that reflect the humor and beauty present in our collective struggle to find our way through difficult circumstances.

Needle Work was commissioned by USAP, a Letcher County coalition of community volunteers, including health care providers, partnering agencies, educators, and citizens dedicated to reducing the harmful effects of substance abuse in our communities. The April 14th performances are supported by a grant from the Chorus Foundation.

Higher Ground is a community performance group coordinated by the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Appalachian Program. Since 2005, Higher Ground has created seven original musical dramas out of oral histories collected in eastern Kentucky. Its shows are performed by community residents and include local music, celebrate local strength and confront local challenges.

The Needle Work performance is free of charge.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Robert Gipe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Alexia Ault at 270-791-1593 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.