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Lost River Cave announces plans for new Nature Discovery Center

Rhonda J. Miller

A Bowling Green attraction that offers outdoor education and recreatonal experiences announced plans Tuesday for a major development project. 

Lost River Cave released architect’s drawings and plans for a new Nature Discovery Center that will provide expanded space for classrooms, exhibits and community events.

Executive Director Rho Lansden said in 2019, before the pandemic disrupted visits, 5,700 students from 60 schools came to Lost River Cave. 

“About eight years ago, when we got real serious into finding out what teachers need help with, to have their children have a better understanding of science, we found out that we can provide that for teachers.,"Lansden said. "And we work hand-in-glove with teachers to establish programs that they need from us.”

While the cave is the namesake of the 72 acre natural area, it also includes woodlands, wetlands and wildlife. 

Credit Lost River Cave
The Nature Discovery Center is planned for Lost River Cave in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Loraine Lacey is District Behavior Coach for Warren County Public Schools and a Lost River Cave board member. She says the new center will allow the park to increase its 200 daily visits from students to 600. 

“There’s going to be more opportunity for hands-on science. More opportunity to explore the nature trails," said Lacey. "And we know that when you’re out in nature that really helps with mental health, anxiety, just everything. The hands-on experiences, it’s really important for our students.”

The park is also a popular site for weddings with many of those from out-of-state. The new center will provide more event space for weddings and a variety of community gatherings.  

The kickoff for the planned Nature Discovery Center was spurred by a one million dollar gift from an anonymous donor. The estimated cost of the project is $4.2 million. 

There is no timeline yet for construction of the project.

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