Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941 to protect the unparalleled underground labyrinth of caves, the rolling hill country above, and the Green River valley. Since then, ongoing study and exploration have shown the park to be far more complex than ever imagined, hosting a broad diversity of species living in specialized and interconnected ecosystems. The park's challenge is to balance these remarkable and sometimes fragile living networks with the public's enjoyment of them. Research is the key; park staff use the best available science to plan and evaluate management actions.


Plants to Monitor

Want to help? It’s easy. Choose from the plants below and track when they flower, leaf out or set seed.

Beefsteak plant
Perilla frutescens
Eastern redbud
Cercis canadensis
Eastern serviceberry
Amelanchier canadensis
Flowering dogwood
Cornus florida
Garlic mustard
Alliaria petiolata
Podophyllum peltatum
Lindera benzoin
Tulip poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera
Virginia bluebells
Mertensia virginica
Virginia creeper
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

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