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Open classroom planned for Research Center

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By Rebecca Roscoe

 An addition is planned for the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center.

LaRue County Community and Economic Development Director Bob Simms said an open classroom, restrooms and picnic tables will be built on the Leafdale Road site, about two miles from Hodgenville. 

Grant money from the Department of Local Government in Frankfort was awarded to the center for the addition. Construction of the outdoor facility will begin within the next couple of weeks and should be complete in a month. 

The classroom project has been in the works for the past few years. Simms hopes the new addition will entice more people to visit the center. 

“We want people to be able to come out here and see what we have to offer and the best way to do that is to accommodate them the best we can,” said Simms.

Visitors and students can already visit an indoor “learning center” – the old Pearman homestead – at the center. 

The land was purchased from the Pearman family a decade ago and set aside as a preserve. It includes a Mesonet network, which provides up-to-date weather information, a 4,400-foot walking trail and educational opportunities in ecology, genetics, forestry, natural resource conservation and wildlife management. 

Simms hopes by having an indoor and outdoor area for visitors to meet, that more people will extend their stay at the LCEERC. 

“It can be hard for visitors to come here and experience everything in a day,” he said. “We want to have it set up to where groups can come and stay longer; so they can get a chance to see everything in one day.”

The LaRue County Environmental Education & Research Center is located three miles from downtown Hodgenville at 635 Leafdale Road or KY  1794.

For more information, contact Sims at 270-358-9903, Ext. 1010.