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The Louisville Nature Center Welcomes You

A truly unique community resource, the Louisville Nature Center offers wonderful opportunities for nature study and recreation--right in the heart of the city!
Bring a lunch and relax at our picnic tables or under the covered gazebo.

Among our unique features are: a native wildflower garden and pond, gardens that attract seasonal butterflies, hiking trails through the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, a one-of-a-kind bird blind, wildlife exhibits, Beargrass Creek watershed exhibit, a meeting room, a nature gift shop, and our library--a great place to do research and spend some time indoors when the weather is too hot, too cold or rainy to study nature outside.

Our mission is to provide nature education and encourage stewardship in an urban forest. We look forward to your visit!


EDUCATION CENTER OPEN: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BIRD BLIND OPEN: Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CLOSED: Sundays and Holidays

LNC TRAILS: OPEN sunrise to sunset every day!
Click here to download TRAIL MAP and INTERPRETIVE GUIDE
Admission is FREE, but donations are always greatly appreciated!

Click here for directions to the Louisville Nature Center
located at 3745 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40213
Link to GoogleMaps: Directions to LNC


To register for programs/events, schedule room rentals for group events, or for general questions contact our office manager Jessica Wheatley jwheatley@LouisvilleNatureCenter.org

For information on birthday parties, summer camps, or education programs contact our education coordinator Judy Gardner jgardner@LouisvilleNatureCenter.org

For questions about billing and public media contact our bookkeeper Ellie Block eblock@LouisvilleNatureCenter.org

For information on volunteering with LNC contact our director Kathy Morris by email at: kmorris@LouisvilleNatureCenter.org

or call us at (502) 458-1328.


Join LNC's FACEBOOK GROUP! by clicking on this link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/

LNC's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/louis.naturecenter.org


The Louisville Nature Center is happy to announce it is now enrolled in the
Kroger Community Rewards Program (KCR)
Kroger will contribute to Louisville Nature Center an amount that is equal to a portion of the total eligible purchases made by eligible Kroger Plus cardholders who choose to support LNC.
Simply register online by clicking on this link:
then select "Louisville Nature Center".

The Kroger site has additional information about the program if you would like to learn more.
It takes only a few minutes to sign up! Your support will help us continue our mission to provide great nature programs and ensure the trails, grounds and bird blind are safe and open free to the public. Thank you for your continued support!


You can help save trees!!
Just click on this link: to see how you can help save trees in our area!


You can now purchase Personalized Engraved Bricks that will border LNC's Sensory Garden walkway. This is a wonderful way to show your support, or to honor or memorialize a loved one. Click here for more information on purchasing your personalized engraved brick today.


Click here
http://vimeo.com/38754118 to see the
Louisville Nature Center Promo by Bloom Media Club
Video narrated by Adison Schanie for the Louisville Nature Center. Includes footage of the Nature Center, interviews with Judy Gardner, Rosemary Bauman, and several Bloom Elementary students. Produced by the Bloom Elementary Media Club, Patrick Fitzgerald, Director. Features music by Contratopia, used with permission.


Our annual donation drive is going on now! Please consider donating!
Your contribution helps us continue to provide the community with an inviting educational space and safe hiking trails. The green space and opportunities for daily exercise contribute to healthy living. In addition, members of the community participate in fun and educational activities in a uniquely well-preserved setting.

Remember... It is your donations and memberships that enable us to maintain our free activities and offer youth summer camps and the many other educational opportunities for children and adults.
Please consider a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation today!
We depend on your support!!
We accept checks, cash, and credit cards.
You may call in your donation (502) 458-1328; or mail your donation to us at:
3745 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40213


Rain barrels collect, store, and divert rooftop runoff during a rain event. They are good for the environment and help save money on your water bill. The Louisville Nature Center has rain barrels available for $74 each (tax already included), or $69 each for two or more. The barrels come already assembled with a spigot, downspout adapter, and overflow spout. The assembly work is done for you by LNC volunteers and staff. Best of all, you can pick up your barrel right here at LNC. Call us at 458-1328 for more information. (download flyer)
One hundred percent of the rain barrel proceeds go toward helping LNC continue its mission.


The Nature Center's Meeting Room can be rented as a unique meeting place for groups who want a peaceful, natural setting! Perfect for reunions, retreats, or company gatherings. (Click on the "Group Events" button for more information.)

At the Louisville Nature Center,
you can enjoy...
  • walking through our native wildflower gardens
  • butterflies and dragonflies in our gardens
  • viewing our indoor exhibits and mural
  • observing wildlife up-close in our bird blind
  • books and activities in our library
  • hiking in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve

Enjoy a hike on our trails!
Enjoy the sights and sounds on our trails!
3745 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40213
E-mail Director Kathy Morris at kmorris@LouisvilleNatureCenter.org
or call us at (502) 458-1328

Jefferson Memorial Forest http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/parks/jeffersonmemorialforest/
Louisville Audubon Society http://www.louisvilleaudubon.org/
Wild Ones http://www.for-wild.org/chapters/louisville/
KY Herpetological Society http://www.kyherpsoc.org/
KYANA Geological Society http://www.kyanageo.org/
Derby City Fly Fishers http://www.derbycityflyfishers.com/
KY Society of Natural History http://www.ksnh.org/
Louisville Rose Society http.//www.thelouisvillerosesociety.org/
Jeff Co. Master Gardeners Assoc. http://www.jcmgaky.org/
Falls Cities Wood Carvers Guild http://www.fallscitieswoodcarvers.org/
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