Meadow Restoration


To reestablish a self-sustaining meadow ecosystem on the Karst valley floor.

The Meadow Restoration Project is a long-term initiative to improve the habitat of native flora and fauna in Lost River Cave’s Karst valley. This multi-year project has been a continued partnership between LRC staff and volunteers, including Wild Ones SoKY Chapter, boy scouts, local school children, WKU students, and community members.









The Story


Although the meadow is not yet a self-sufficient ecosystem, there has been so much progress!

Sounds of Life

Before the restoration project, the meadow area was quiet.

Listen to what it sounds like now!


Next time you hike past the meadow, look for the chronolog sign. Your photos can contribute to this multi-year time-lapse.

Plants are the Foundation

Some of these featured native plants were re-introduced by volunteers, but others have come by themselves. To learn more about these plants, check out meadow science.

Insects Return

The return of a healthy insect population is an indication of significant improvement in the overall health of the meadow. Here are a few featured insects (and other invertebrates) that we are excited to find in the meadow.

Birds are Back

Diversity of bird species in an area can be an excellent indicator of ecosystem health. Volunteer birders came to the meadow to help document some of the species we can now see and hear in this restored area.

Get Involved

This work is made possible by the incredible community around Lost River Cave.

Explore the ways you can partner with us.


There are many ways you can get involved as we pull, plan, plant, inventory, pull, plan, plant, inventory…. Contact us to schedule your group or club volunteer activity!


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Partner with us to support the work being done at the park.

The 72 Society specifically supports the protection and conservation of Lost River Cave’s 72 acres, including habitat restoration projects like this one.

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Plant Natives

Choosing native plants over invasive ones has a significant impact on habitat quality wherever you live.

Plant Wild Ginger

Instead of winter creeper…

Plant Native Dogwoods

Instead of bush honeysuckle…

Free, downloadable resources to help you use native plants at home.

Meadow Science

The meadow is a fascinating place! Learn more about what makes it unique and worth saving.

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Connect with Wild Ones!

This community is passionate about the needs of native species in Southern Kentucky. Explore their website for more information about specific activities. Wild Ones volunteers have been instrumental in the entire Meadow Restoration Project, particularly the BioBlitz events, where their plant identification knowledge has been invaluable.