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8th Annual Earth Day Invasive Plant Pull

It’s time to root out and destroy pesky plant invaders with at the 8th Annual Invasive Plant Pull!  In celebration of Earth Day, Lost River Cave and Valley invites you to spend an afternoon to help re-invigorate the valley floor, on Saturday, April, 23th from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Bring your entire family and join other community members as they band together in an attempt to eradicate invasive plants from the Lost River Valley.

Pre-register so we can plan a plant plot for you to help pull pesky plants from the valley. Early-bird registrants will receive free Invasive Plant Pull t-shirts, Free Boat Tours, Door Prizes, and Gift Shop Discounts.  Volunteers can pre-register by visiting us online at to download the application. Applications can also be picked up at Lost River Cave and Valley located at 2818 Nashville Road in Bowling Green, KY or calling us at 270-393-0077.

The Invasive Plant Pull is an annual event at Lost River Cave & Valley offering individuals a chance to gain volunteer experience while teaching you to detect invasive plant species wherever you see them. With your help Lost River will one day be rid of the pesky sprouts that run rampantly over the 25-acre valley floor. Clearing plants like winter creeper and privet is easy work that provides much needed elbow room for our long suffering native plants. Your handiwork will be rewarded when you see that sunshine, rain and nutrients are helping to re-invigorate the forest floor with a carpet of ferns and native flowers that provide food and shelter for the valley’s native and migrating animals.


FRIENDS OF LOST RIVER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization is committed to environmental education, community building, and natural resource preservation. Lost River Cave has been visited by travelers from all over the world who come to experience Kentucky’s Only Underground Boat Tour.

Reclaiming Wildlife at Lost River Cave: One Songbird at a Time!

Partridges running to the valley.

Last week brought great excitement to the 70-acre Lost River nature park.   Marylyn Simmons, of Smiths Grove, Ky., and her grandson Jarrod Knight, arrived at Lost River Cave with one goal in mind: to repopulate the area’s depleted bird population.

“You just don’t hear the chirping that you used to,” said Simmons, in an interview with the Bowling Green Daily News. “People have over-hunted and the birds are losing their habitat.”

After making arrangements with Annie Holt, operations supervisor of Lost River Cave, Simmons and Knight arrived early Wednesday morning with  three coveys (small flocks of birds) in tow and a hope of hearing birds singing throughout the entire valley.

Simmons has had experience raising birds before, but her populations were continuously preyed upon by other animals near her home.  She decided that the area around her home was not safe enough for the birds and says that she took great care in selecting a site that will provide a sanctuary from flying predators.

Simmons, and Lost River Cave staff chose three places in the valley to release the three-month-old partridges. These non-migratory birds will join with other birds, squirrels, rabbits, butterflies, and fox that live in the valley’s protective habitat that is filled with places for animals to hide.

An additional three pheasants were left in the operations office to be raised for a few months until they are ready to be released into the valley with the other birds.

“These new members of the Lost River Cave family are an added bonus to the park,” says executive director Rho Lansden. “I can only imagine the happy chirping we will be hearing within the coming months.  The valley will literally come to life with the sweet songs that fill the air!”

Check out these photos of the songbird release at Lost River Cave and Valley!

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“Get Down with Dueling Pianos” was a MAJOR success!

After 20 years of hard work preserving and protecting the historic Lost River Cave & Valley, the awesome celebration, “Get Down with Dueling Pianos,” was well earned. Enjoy these pictures from last Friday night’s event! If you missed out this year, or just can’t wait to see the “Dueling Pianos” again, don’t fret! Dueling Pianos International will be back in full force next year!

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All photos by Laura Kissinger

“Cache in Trash Out” Geocaching, Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, KY

As we continue to celebrate 20 years of the “Friends of the Lost River” it is important to remember to give back to the park. Join our staff, community members, and other outdoor enthusiasts as we participate in the first annual Cache In Trash Out event at Lost River Cave & Valley.

On Saturday, July 24th people from across the region will be gathering to beautify the 70-acre park by removing litter, enjoy a delicious cookout with great friends, and conclude with one of Lost River’s acclaimed Geocaching 101 events, once again led by local expert, Danny Bays!

Arrive at Lost River around 3:00 p.m. to register. All of your necessary equipment will be provided by the park. Cleanup processes will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.
Once a substantial amount of trash has been collected and everyone is tired and hungry it will be time to begin the cookout, featuring favorite picnic dishes!
After dinner, at approximately 6:00 p.m., join up with Danny and get ready to learn about geocaching. Whether you are an expert or a newbie, this event will be exciting, educational and entertaining. Geocaching is the interactive sport that is gaining popularity every day.

Bring your GPS unit or borrow one of ours for this unique 101-style course.

With any questions about CITO, please email

We hope to see you at this wonderful event!