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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.

Butterflies Flutter at Lost River Cave

One of the most unique features of the wooded, 70-acre valley at Lost River Cave is the Charlie Miller Butterfly Habitat.

Photo courtesy of Laura Kissinger

This gem, located approximately a quarter of a mile down the Blue Hole Trails, is the only butterfly habit open on an annual basis in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Make a special trip to witness hundreds of native Kentucky butterflies flutter around you as they land on specially selected vegetation.

During the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the habitat is open everyday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at no charge for guests.

On Sunday, June 27th, the annual butterfly celebration will take place! From 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. children will be able to release their very own butterfly into the habitat. Other activities include face painting, a butterfly talk, and the ability to walk around and enjoy the park.

Your children will be amazed as they take a butterfly into their hands and watch it fly away. The heat from the sun and the oxygen from the air give the butterfly the lift that it needs to soar through the habitat.

Many different types of butterflies fly around the habitat everyday including, painted ladies, monarchs, black swallowtails, red admirals, morning cloaks, gulf fritallry, and giant swallowtails.

Can you find all of them?

We hope to see you this Sunday at the Butterfly Habitat at 1 p.m.!

Laura Kissinger Designs