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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!


Click here for directions to the Louisville Nature Center

LOCATED AT: 3745 ILLINOIS AVENUE, Louisville, Kentucky 40213

Link to GoogleMaps: Directions to LNC

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!


Want to make a donation to LNC? Every dollar makes a difference in our continuing efforts to educate everyone in our community--adults as well as youth--about the natural world we all share.
Click here to make an online donation!

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Louisville Nature Center!



Click here to download LNC FALL ADULT SERIES brochure


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 party programs, 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 or Eagle Scouts/Gold Award projects, contact our director Kathy Morris kmorris@LouisvilleNatureCenter.org

or contact us by phone at (502) 458-1328.


LNC's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisville-Nature-Center/104585304681



Thank you for supporting the Louisville Nature Center! Your support will help us continue our mission to provide great nature programs and ensure trails, grounds and bird blind are safe and open free to the public.

Registration is simple! Just follow these directions:

1. Register online by clicking on this link:

2. Have your Kroger Plus card ready (if you do not have one, you may obtain one at the customer service desk at any Kroger)

3. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering an email address and a password.

4. Check your email for a confirmation and follow the link in the email.

5. Click on 'My Account' then 'Edit Kroger Community Rewards' and input your Kroger Plus card number.

6. Enter Louisville Nature Center or our number 87736.

7. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you should see "Louisville Nature Center" on the right side of the information screen.

8. Whenever you use your Kroger Plus card, a donation will be made to Louisville Nature Center!


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.


We are taking orders for rain barrels. 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; or $69 each for two or more. When we get thirty orders, we will call you to give you a deliver date and ask for payment.
The barrels come already assembled with a spigot, downspout adapter, and overflow spout. UAW donated their time again this year to build the barrels. Best of all, you can pick up your barrel right here at LNC. Call us at 458-1328 for more information. (download flyer)
100% 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.

At the Louisville Nature Center,
you can enjoy...
  • walking through our native wildflower gardens
  • seasonal 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!
LNC is located at: 3745 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40213
Phone: (502) 458-1328



Botanica http://www.waterfrontgardens.org/
Cultivating Connections http://www.cultivatingconnections.org/
Derby City Fly Fishers http://www.derbycityflyfishers.com/
Falls Cities Wood Carvers Guild http://www.fallscitieswoodcarvers.org/
Jeff Co. Master Gardeners Assoc. http://www.jcmgaky.org/
Jefferson Memorial Forest http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/parks/jeffersonmemorialforest/
KY Society of Natural History http://www.ksnh.org/
KY Herpetological Society http://www.kyherpsoc.org/
KYANA Geological Society http://www.kyanageo.org/
Louisville Audubon Society http://www.louisvilleaudubon.org/
Louisville Rose Society http.//www.thelouisvillerosesociety.org/
OlmstedParks http://www.olmstedparks.org/
Wild Ones http://www.wildones.org/

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