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Wish they had one of these when I was a kid. What the heck, I'm still a kid at heart, so I can enjoy it anyways.
This is where wildlife (flora and fauna) and the classroom meet. The park has been open for about 10 years (1995). The layout is a visitor center with dioramas and live acquariums and indoor exhibits of animal habits and habitat. Then you take one of the hiking trails to see the animals where they live.
You will be introduced to a sample of the diverse environment where wildlife live in Kentucky. Streams, ponds, marshes and wetlands, brush fields and woodlands are all on the trails in this park. On the "education" trails (easy walking), you will be able to see examples of the wildlife and there are exhibits that show how we can help that wildlife survive and what we need to do to keep the environment from being destroyed. Parts of the park are like an open-air zoo where animals are exhibited without danger of being interfered with by the people on the trails.
Conservation, ecology and meshing wildlife within today's technologically driven world are the underlying themes of everything that happens at the Center.
The park encloses a small lake where children can learn how to fish and what species are in the area and what they eat and where they go in the winter.
There are also more strenuous trails aimed at the experienced/hardy hiker which take you into areas where the animals are free to roam.
All of this does not come cheap.... you must donate something or go away with your conscience bothering you. The park is only available to the public because of state-complemented private donations.
There are restroom facilities around the property and they have a couple of shelters that can be rented by the hour or for the day. (fairly cheap.... like $50 a day)
Address: US60 west of US127
Directions: I-64 exit 53 to US127 north, take US127 to US60, head west for 2 miles and look for the Kentucky Wildlife signs
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