Division of Natural Areas
The Division of Natural Areas manages three EKU properties including Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Research Station, Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory, and Taylor Fork Ecological Area. These outdoor areas are available to university groups, school groups and the general public for environmental research, education and recreation.
The Science Building provides state-of-the-art laboratory and instructional spaces well-suited for engaged and transformative learning and cutting-edge research.
Observatory and Astronomy Deck
The Astronomy Deck provides research opportunities for faculty and students, as well as astronomical viewing for the general public at open house events.
Meadowbrook Farm was established by EKU in 1974 for the purpose of providing practical experience for the students studying agriculture or related subjects while serving as a learning resource for the general agriculture community. The farm consists of 720 acres of gently rolling land suitable for various livestock and crop enterprises.
The farm is a teaching laboratory that supports academic programs within the EKU Department of Agriculture and also provides outreach to the community. Students and visitors have a unique opportunity for hands-on experiences and to observe practical applications of agricultural practices. Whether you are an individual, a prospective student, or associated with a group, stop by and see what Meadowbrook Farm has to offer.
Forensic Science Crime Scene House
EKU’s crime scene house is a facility that allows students in the forensic science program to gain hands-on experience by utilizing detailed mock crime scenes. The crime scene house allows students to participate in the collection and analysis of evidence to gain a better understanding of their future career.
Central Kentucky Regional Airport
Located just 15 minutes south of campus, the Central Kentucky Regional Airport is the home of EKU’s flight training operations. Since 2011, EKU has also served as the airport’s Fixed Base Operator (FBO), which provides students with a variety of advantages over other programs including reduced operating costs, dedicated facilities and employment opportunities.
The airport features a 5,000 ft. runway, medium intensity lighting system, ample parking areas, dedicated fuel services and onsite aircraft maintenance. With more than 100 operations a day, the majority of which are EKU Aviation aircraft, the Central Kentucky Regional Airport is among the busiest and fastest growing airports in the state.
The Arnim D. Hummel Planetarium, located next to the Perkins Building, can simulate the night sky by projecting over 10,000 stars on its 20.6 meter (67.5 feet) dome. Our shows previously used a star ball that measures one meter in diameter, but we recently upgraded to a Definiti projection system. Our DigitalSky uses high-resolution video streams stitched into one seamless 360-degree picture, immersing audiences on journeys to micro-sized worlds or to the edge of the universe. The planetarium hosts shows for EKU students as well as shows for the general public. With a wide variety of shows which can be presented, students get a one-of-a-kind astronomical experience.
Kentucky State Police Digital Forensics Lab
The Digital Forensics Laboratory at EKU is a first-of-its-kind digital forensics lab that acts as a satellite to the Kentucky State Police’s (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch in Frankfort, Kentucky. The partnership between the KSP and EKU allows for students who are interested in digital forensics to work with a sergeant and two full-time computer forensic examiners from the KSP to provide them with a unique learning experience.