PO Box 152
Danville KY 40423-0152
Contact Information
Address PO Box 152
Danville, KY 40423 0152
Phone (859) 5164908
Contact Name Ben Miles
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1966
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can mail a check to:
CKWR Treasurer
P.O. Box 152
Danville, KY  40423 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and managing the preserve called the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge in the knobs of Boyle County, and ensuring that the preserve is an educational resource utilized by the public for research, observation, and enjoyment.
Background Statement

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a 500-acre preserve, located 13 miles from Danville in the knob land and bordering a stretch of the beautiful North Rolling Fork. The refuge is open to all as a protected area for the enjoyment and study of nature in its many fascinating forms — a large area of Boyle County set aside as a permanent sanctuary for plant and animal forms native to Central Kentucky, to be enjoyed by future generations. It is open year-round from dawn to dusk.

If you like the outdoors, you will discover here a chance to escape the crowds and traffic and find enrichment in the simple beauty of nature. Birds, animals, plants and other forms of wildlife may be seen on each visit, and they vary with the changing seasons. Over seven miles of trails are open to the public, ranging from mowed paths to challenging climbs. The Mary Ashby Cheek Nature Center houses information about the area, displays, and educational materials. The Fred Loetscher Bird Blind near the caretaker’s home provides close-up views of feeding birds for study and photography.

The property was purchased in the 1960s by concerned citizens who wanted a “place to view wildflowers, birds and other native wildlife in a natural setting.” An initial 480 acre tract of land was procured, with local banks joining forces to loan money for the purchase. A Board of Directors was formed, and articles of incorporation for the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge were signed in September 1965.

Over the years, several ponds have been built on the property to improve habitat, and innumerable trees have been planted. Several of the fields, which were once leased out for farming to pay the mortgage on the property, are now in various stages of transitioning to native warm season grass habitat.

Scheduled wildflower walks, hikes, and star-gazing events are open to the public. Partnerships with Centre College and local schools result in numerous field trips and outings every year to the Refuge.

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit organization and relies on volunteers and donations for its upkeep. Thanks to the vision and efforts of those early advocates, as well as the earnest work on the part of many coming thereafter, the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge fulfills the original purpose more than 50 years later to offer an irreplaceable resource to both the people and wildlife of this area.

Impact Statement The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is open to the public every day, and usage increases each year. We continue to improve our trails, with bridges and benches added in 2017. Over 100 volunteers have already participated in volunteer work days in 2017, and we anticipate many more to come out and lend a hand in the months to come. We recently received grant funding to transition two additional fields into warm season grassland habitat, restoring more native ecosystems on the Refuge. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Environmental Education
Tertiary Organization Category Environment / Forest Conservation
Geographic Areas Served
Boyle County
The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is located in Boyle County, but sees visitors, researchers, and school groups from across the state and region.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is an island of protected public land in the knobs of Boyle County. Our organization maintains this 500 acre preserve property without any dedicated funding stream from government agencies. We leverage hundreds of volunteer hours every year to remove invasive species, maintain trails, improve habitat, and enhance the visitor experience. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Andrew Crown-Weber
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Jim BredarCommunity VolunteerVoting
Melissa Burns-CusatoCommunity VolunteerVoting
Andrew Crown-WeberCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ginny EcklundCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dr. Michael HammCentre CollegeVoting
Jamie HesterBoyle County SchoolsVoting
Kevin LambCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dr. Ann LubbersCentre CollegeVoting
Mark MorganCommunity VolunteerVoting
Kay RichardsonGarden ClubVoting
Rose-Marie RoesslerCommunity VolunteerVoting
Sandy SmockCommunity VolunteerVoting
Lindsay SpatolaCommunity VolunteerVoting
Emily ToadvineCommunity VolunteerVoting
Amanda WheelerCommunity VolunteerVoting
Allen WhiteCommunity VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director N/A N/A
Term Start Jan 2015
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge has educated the public about natural resources and the environment since its creation in the 1960s. Strong partnerships have been built over generations with Centre College, Danville & Boyle County Schools, and other surrounding schools.
The Education Directors at the CKWR offer a variety of guided hikes & community programs at the Refuge, from wildflower walks to night hikes. The Nature Center is open every weekend, often staffed by a volunteer from Centre College, and features diverse educational displays and guides for the public.
The Refuge has also been the site of innumerable research projects over the years, particularly for students and classes from Centre College, but also for graduate students from University of Kentucky.
Local groups of schoolchildren regularly come to the Refuge for field trips and outdoor 'lab' experimentation. The CKWR Education Directors facilitate these important learning experiences for the children of our region. 
The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a 500 acre nature preserve that is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. There are almost 7 miles of public trails, a part of the North Rolling Fork River, fields in various stages of management, and several habitat restoration projects. In addition, the Refuge also has some problems with non-native invasive species (like any property in Ky), erosion, and occasional trespass. All of these assets and issues requires active management to ensure that the Refuge continues to offer high-quality wildlife habitat and a safe and educational experience for the public that visit the property. 
The Land Manager of the CKWR & the Caretaker cooperate to ensure all required management of the property is done efficiently and effectively. Over 100 volunteers participate in land management activities every year, from invasive species removal to trail work. All of these efforts have helped manage this public land for generations with very limited funds. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $24,700.00
Projected Expenses $24,300.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$5,705$4,087$2,626
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,972$7,036$7,230
Membership Dues$1,805$2,345--
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$18,242$17,378$21,705
Administration Expense$659$130$73
Fundraising Expense$168$116$131
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.130.990.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$591,210$558,621$565,088
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities$591,210----
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets--$558,621$565,088
Form 990s
2016 990-N
2015 990-N
2014 990-N
2010 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 152
Danville, KY 404230152
Primary Phone 859 5164908
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A
Board Chair Andrew Crown-Weber
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer