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5th International Conference on Environmental Informatics
August 1-3, 2006, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
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Post Conference Tours

You may register and pay for optional tours by utilizing the online registration web site. Transportation is included as part of the tour price. There are minimum registration requirements for all optional tours.

Mammoth Cave Trip

Fee: $47 per person

Special Note: The following items are not permitted inside the Cave or Visitor Center area: Backpacks, child/Infant backpacks, camera bags or tripods, strollers, luggage, weapons of any kind, sharp instruments (scissors, box cutters, etc.), pepper spray/mace.

Special Recommendations:
• Jacket (the temperature of the cave is 56 degrees year round)
• Comfortable shoes with tread (flat sole shoes are not recommended)
• Small flashlight

Description: A trip to Mammoth Cave National Park is planned for Thursday, August 3rd, following the conference closing luncheon. Mammoth Cave National Park was established to preserve the cave system, including Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers, and a section of south central Kentucky. Beneath the sandstone-capped ridges of Mammoth Cave National Park lies the most extensive cave system on Earth. The full extent of this water-formed labyrinth remains unknown. With more than 350 miles of surveyed passageways, Mammoth Cave is at least 3 times longer than any cave known. Approximately 130 forms of life can be found in Mammoth Cave.

Web site for more information: http://www.nps.gov/maca/home.htm


GM Plant/Museum Tour

Fee: $36 per person

Special Note:
• Closed toe shoes (no sandals) are a requirement for all visitors
• No cameras or cell phones
• No children under 7
• No backpacks, purses, fanny packs or other containers may be brought into the plant except by special request (for medical reasons, etc.)

Description: A tour of the Corvette Museum and Plant is planned for Friday, August 4th - Bowling Green is known as the "Home of the Corvette" for good reason. It’s the only place in the world they make this classic car. This 68,000 sq. ft. showcase to America’s sports car features more than 75 Corvettes. You’ll see classics in mint condition, one of a kind prototypes that never went to production, racetrack champions, and modern-day wonders of engineering and design. Interact with educational hands-on exhibits, enjoy a film in the Chevy Theater, and see rare collectibles and memorabilia.

Web sites for more information: http://www.bowlinggreenassemblyplant.com
http://www.corvettemuseum.com/


Green River Immersion: WKU Upper Green River Biological Preserve and Canoe Trip

Fee: $32

Special Note: This full-day field trip will include walking along trails and a canoe trip. Lunch is included.

Special Recommendations:
• Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera
• Comfortable shoes for walking, and that can get wet while canoeing or wading (bring two pair if you prefer)

Description: A field trip is planned for Friday, August 4th, to the Upper Green River Biological Preserve with 800 acres of land located on both banks of the Green River, about 2 miles upriver from Mammoth Cave National Park. The habitats of the Preserve include bottomlands, uplands, barrens, caves, limestone glades, and of course, the river itself. The Preserve is located within a center of diversity for freshwater mussel, fish, and crayfish species, and is home to endangered bat and cave shrimp species as well. The Preserve hosts a mussel rearing facility and has numerous plant and habitat restoration projects underway, including participation in the Green River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. A leisurely canoe trip along the beautiful and diverse Green River will complete the day.

Web site for more information: http://greenriver.wku.edu/







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