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FRANKFORT — Kentucky State University’s Land Grant Program (LGP) will open the doors of its Environmental Education and Research Center (EERC) to the public for an exciting community event. The Center will host an open house event Sunday, April 15 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the more than 300-acre property in Henry County.

Families and community members are invited to join the University for guided wildflower walks—departing at 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. — as well as fishing, hiking and exploring the picturesque outdoors.

The LPG acquired the EERC in 2005 and has been working to expand the Center’s educational and outreach offerings in recent years. Open to educators, school groups, summer camps, and other community organizations, the EERC provides undisturbed wooded-land, as well as a multiple ponds and access to Six Mile Creek. This collaborative-learning facility connects visitors to the environment through meaningful learning opportunities.

“The Center has something for everyone,” Jennifer Hubbard-Sánchez, state specialist for sustainable systems and manager of the EERC, said. “Whether you’re an active hiker or a passive nature observer, there are many trails to walk, ponds to observe and lots of natural features to admire and to learn from.”

The EERC is actively managed with environmentally-sound management practices and aims to protect, enhance and educate about Kentucky’s wilderness. In addition to Extension and educational outreach opportunities, the Center hosts research projects, including forestry research on the American Chestnut tree.

“We’re excited to show off some of the great work going on at the EERC both in research and Extension,” Dr. Kirk Pomper, director of Land Grant Programs and interim dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems, said. “This is a great way for the community to experience this one-of-a-kind center and to take part in fun, educational activities.”

RSVP is needed for wildflower walks only. All other events are free and open to the public from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. For additional information or to register for wildflower walks, contact Hubbard-Sánchez at Jennifer.sanchez@kysu.edu or (502) 597-5813.

The EERC is located at 1371 Little Dixie Road in Pleasureville, KY, about 30 minutes from downtown Frankfort.

ABOUT KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land-Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, Kentucky State offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in nursing. Kentucky State has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students.