Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory
A 1,700 acre natural area and wildlife refuge nestled in the Knobs Region of Kentucky, Maywoods is located 22 miles southwest of Eastern Kentucky University's (EKU) Richmond campus and straddles parts of Garrard and Rockcastle Counties. As EKU's Environmental and Research Laboratory, the facility provides research opportunities for the University's students and faculty, as well as environmental educational opportunities for the University community, surrounding county schools and community groups.
Facilities at Maywoods, include:
- A lodge with semi-private dormitory accommodations for 40, a central meeting room and fully equipped kitchen
- Wireless internet service in lodge
- Outdoor classroom shelter
- Lake Edmiston (Fishing permitted from the shore; April 1 to October 31. Valid fishing license required. Fishing regulations posted on site)
- 5 self-guided hiking trails under 1 mile, plus a 4.2 mile self-guided hiking trail
Maywoods is open to the public for fishing and hiking, Tuesday - Sundays: 8am - 5pm. Maywoods is closed on Mondays
Directions to Maywoods.
Group Reservation Information and Fees:
Maywoods' facilities are available to university groups, area schools and community groups with an environmental or outdoor education component. In accordance with Maywoods' Reservation Policy, the first full week of classes for each semester EKU classes have reservation priorty. After the first full week of classes, reservation are on a first come, first serve basis. Below is the chart of facility fees for groups interested in reserving Maywoods:
Classes & Organizations
$40 Refundable Deposit;
Outdoor Education Focus
Facility Fee: $40/day
Overnight Fee: $8/person/night
$40 Refundable Deposit
K-12 School Groups
Facility Fee: $40/day
*Note: As of January 1, 2013, there will be an increase in the fees. Click "Fees" for the complete list of changes.
Additional Information for Teachers and Environmental Educators
To provide teachers and environmental educators, formal and non-formal, resources to enhance their group's experience at Maywoods, the Division of Natural Areas has developed a Leader's Manual and educational activity kits. The Leader's Manual is designed to help all group leaders have a successful and enjoyable outdoor, environmental educational experience with their group at Maywoods. The Activity Kits are available for teachers and other environmental/outdoor education leaders to use during their Maywoods' visit. Each kit is design to explore one of Maywoods ecosystems.
Homer Strong, Manager
447 Maywoods Road
Crab Orchard, KY 40419