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Area State Parks Hosting June 9 'BioBlitz'

Area State Parks Hosting June 9 'BioBlitz'

Area state park naturalists will help conduct "BioBlitz". Photo provided.

Children across the Commonwealth have an opportunity to learn about and assist in scientific work at Kentucky State Parks while helping make a positive impact on our environment.

On June 9, state parks across Kentucky will hold a "BioBlitz" – a short period of time when students, teachers, scientists and others conduct an overall count of animals, plants and other organisms in a designated area. Park naturalists and other experts will be on hand to help.

“The bioblitz will help open your eyes to the diversity of the natural world around you,” said Carey Ruff, special events coordinator for Kentucky State Parks. “These citizen-scientists will help our parks build a database of the plants and animals in the parks.”
Participants will learn about plants and animals at the parks as well as meet other people who know and teach about them.

Participating state parks include Kentucky Dam Village, Kenlake State Park and Lake Barkley State Park.

The BioBlitz is also part of one of the quests in the Kentucky State Parks’ Family Adventure Quest program, which provides a set of questions or “quests” to teams and families who visit state parks. Prizes are available to teams that correctly complete enough quests. For more about Family Adventure Quest, visit http://parks.ky.gov/family-adventure-quest/

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