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WKU Volunteers at Lost River Cave

Q: What is Big Red Blitz?

A: Big Red Blitz is held once a year during August for first-year, WKU students who are attending M.A.S.T.E.R Plan to provide 4 hours of community service to local nonprofit agencies.

Q: What has Big Red Blitz and Lost River Cave done together?

A: Big Red Blitz usually has up to 25 WKU students pulling invasive plants at Lost River Cave. There is also a discussion with the participants on the importance of nature and about how to keep it intact.

Q: How long has Big Red Blitz and Lost River Cave been partners?

A: Lost River Cave is one of the oldest partners of Big Red Blitz, having been a partner since 2008.

Q: What is the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnership?

A: The WKU ALIVE CCP is committed to bringing the campus and community together for the enrichment of both higher education and public life.

Q: What projects have been completed between Lost River Cave and the WKU ALIVE Center?

A 1: In 2010, the WKU ALIVE center funded a project with WKU’s Department of Geology and Geography along with partners of Mammoth Cave National Park, Friends of Lost River Cave, Citizens for the Karst, Karst Conservancy, Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, and Cave Research Foundation to present; “Developing an International Community-Based Online Assessment Tool for Anthropogenic Impacts on Karts Environments.”

Synopsis: The project’s aim was to create an online instructional and resource tool database to measure the amount of impact on karst (caves, springs, sinkholes) landscapes for the use of the community. This online tool engages the community by providing both a forum for sharing of knowledge, data, and resources, as well as a user-guide and method by which local communities can assess anthropogenic impacts and important karst-related issues.

A 2: In 2011, the WKU ALIVE Center partnered for another project with Hoffman Environmental Research Institute and Mammoth Cave National Park, Hoffstra University, Lost River Cave to present; “An Online Geotour-based Forum for promoting Communication, Sustainability, and Outreach in Iconic Karst Landscapes”.

Synopsis: This pilot project will develop a cooperative platform for federal, state, and local land management agencies, tourist sites, researchers, and educators to develop an educational “geotour” that provides users with both physical and virtual learning experiences regarding significant karst sites in south-central Kentucky in a trail-type format (The Great Karst Trail).