Volunteers helping restore habitat at Lost River Cave for Earth Week

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- It’s the 2nd annual Earth Week at Lost River Cave.

It kicked off just yesterday, and the cave is inviting people to come out and celebrate their meadow and habitat restoration. 

They are asking for volunteers. 

“The scenery is just beautiful while you work. It can really get you motivated,” said volunteer Sierra Shourds. 

Some of the things they’ll be doing include removing invasive and exotic plants which destroy the wildflowers and the wildlife habitat. 

Specifically they are looking at removing one plant called winter creeper in particular. 

“It eats away at the nutrients for a lot of trees. And within those trees you know we also have wildlife and habitats that get to use those little spots too. So as that Winter Creeper vine goes through it takes away a lot of nutrients for the surrounding wildflowers and wildlife,” said tour staff and volunteer manager Chad Singer. 

Singer says this is a good way for people to get out and enjoy nature while helping out at the same time. 

“You know with everything that’s going on, to have just an experience that is outside and kind of low key and spread out and it’s all for a good cause. We heard a lot of gratitude yesterday for having the event and of course a lot of gratitude from us too, we were just happy to see people again, especially kids,” said Singer.  

All volunteers will receive a free boat tour pass and the first 300 participants will receive a free Earth Week 2020 T-shirt. 

Volunteers will be helping out every day this week between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and there’s still time to sign up if you want to help out.