Kentucky's Natural Heritage

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An exploration of Kentucky's varying natural habitats and special wild places, from Lilley Cornett Woods in Letcher County to Murphy's Pond at the western end of the state to the Red River Gorge and the watershed of Cumberland Falls. Designed for middle and high school students, the programs examine the unique biological and geological characteristics and distinctive natural features of each location. A KET production.

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The Bluegrass

10:19 | #108

Since the antebellum years, the Bluegrass region has been a center for breeding quality livestock, especially Thoroughbred race horses.

Panther Glade

12:30 | #107

Panther Glade, on the edge of the Elizabethtown Karst Plain, is a haven for distinct flora and fauna.

Mammoth Cave

10:51 | #106

Mammoth Cave, part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky, is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 390 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name - Mammoth.

Swan Lake

11:10 | #105

At 300 acres, Swan Lake in Ballard County is the largest natural lake in Kentucky. It is part of a twelve-lake confederation known as Cummins Tract Lakes.

Murphy's Pond

14:30 | #104

Murphy's Pond is 175 acres of bald cypress swamp and a haven for rare plants and animals. Murphy's is reputed to be the home of the world's largest concentration of cottonmouth snakes (also known as water mocassins).

Cumberland Falls

14:37 | #103

Sometimes called the Little Niagara, the Niagara of the South, or the Great Falls, Cumberland Falls spans the river at the border of McCreary and Whitley counties, the waterfall is the central feature of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

The Red River Gorge

14:40 | #102

Explore the Red River Gorge, a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Much of the Gorge is located inside the Daniel Boone National Forest and has been subsequently reserved as the Red River Gorge Geological Area. It has been designated a National Natural Landmark.

Lilley Cornett Woods

14:31 | #101

The Lilley Cornett Woods National Natural Landmark and state wildlife refuge is one of Kentucky's few remaining tracts of virgin forest. Of the 90 species of trees and shrubs found here, the oldest pre-date the pilgrim's arrival at plymoth Rock.

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