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For more information, or to register for any of our events:
E-mail us at LNC@bellsouth.net or call us at (502) 458-1328


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Nature's Works and Quirks (NW&Q) is a Saturday program focused on nature for families and children of all ages. They are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Educators and Naturalists from LNC choose the topic and invite our members and friends to join them in exploring the different aspects of Nature.

All NW&Q programs are FREE for LNC members; $3.00 for non-members; and $12 for a group of 4 or more.

For planning purposes pre-registration is required..
Register by contacting the Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328
or email LNC@bellsouth.net



Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00am to 1:00pm

Jefferson County Master Gardener Association members will be on hand to provide information on the tree varieties and to help with selection. Other gardening related information, including raised bed gardening, will be available.
800 trees will be given away: Dogwood, River Birch, Washington Hawthorn, Bald Cypress, Pecan, White Oak and Southern Red Oak.
NOTE: There is a limit of 3 trees per person.
Questions? Contact:  jcmgaevents@gmail.com
Sponsors: Jefferson County Master Gardener Association, Highlands-Douglass & Deer Park Neighborhoods and The Louisville Nature Center.
Click here for 2014 Arbor Day Tree Giveaway Flyer


Week of April 12 to April 20, 2014

The Louisville Nature Center is offering volunteer opportunities in forest restoration, clean-up and gardening at various times throughout the week of April 12th to April 20th. No experience is necessary. Most activities are held outdoors and are dependent upon weather conditions.
Call the Louisville Nature Center at 458-1328 to get the dates/times and descriptions of activities.
Pre-registration is encouraged.


(Located at the corner of Brownsboro Road and Story Avenue in front of the Beargrass Creek Pumping Station and at the trail head for the Butchertown Greenway.)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12noon to 1:00pm
An Earth Day lunchtime celebration of the future potential of Beargrass Creek as a natural corridor, neighborhood asset, and a healthy restored stream at Karen Lynch Park.
Events include: Dedication of Beargrass Falls; Demonstration of research projects sponsored by UofL, MSD, UK extenstion, and WaterStep; UofL's honors seminar on Beargrass Creek recommendations; Voyageur Canoe trips (before and after the celebration); Interpretative walks on Beargrass Creek Greenway; Community boathouse display of local natural history and local maps.
Click here for 2014 Earth Day at Beargrass Falls Flyer


STORY WALKS at the Louisville Nature Center
Dates and Locations Listed Below.

Come to the Louisville Nature Center and walk our gardens while reading some great children's literature. No registration is required, and the self-directed walk is FREE.
In the case of inclement weather the walk will be postponed.

Saturday, March 22, 10am to 3pm, The Story of Frog Belly Ratbone, by Timothy Basil Ering
Saturday, April 19, 10am to 3pm, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce
Saturday, May 17, 10am to 3pm, Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library to promote literacy, physical activity, and family time in nature.
The StoryWalk® Project combines wonderful children's picture books with all the joys and benefits of a walk outdoors. Though designed for families with young children, people of all ages enjoy this opportunity to read the books in natural settings.


Dates and Locations Listed Below.

Join botanist and author Patricia Haragan as she leads plant identification strolls through Louisville's Olmsted Parks and Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. Explore with Patricia, author of the book The Olmsted Parks of Louisville: A Botanical Field Guide, as she points out the characteristics of a variety of plants and discusses the history and folklore of our flora.

Patricia's extensive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm have been known to leave novices and experts alike wanting more, so Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Nature Center are happy to offer these outings!

The strolls are presented rain or shine so dress appropriately for outdoor activity. In the event of severe weather, the event will be held indoors at the Louisville Nature Center.

NOTE: Registration and prior payment is required. Classes are limited to the first 12 registrants.
COST for each stroll: $10 for Members, Louisville Nature Center or Olmsted Park Conservancy; $15, Non-members.
Register online today by visiting The Store at: http://www.sagepayments.net/eftcart/products.asp?M_id=354775129255
or call Sarah at 502-456-8125.

Wednesday, March 12, 1:00 to 3:00pm, Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, March 15, 1:00 to 3:00pm, Hogan's Fountain, Cherokee Park
Wednesday, April 9, 1:00 to 3:00pm, Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, April 19, 1:00 to 3:00pm, Maple Road and Scenic Loop, Cherokee Park
Wednesday, May 21, (tentative) 1:00 to 3:00pm, Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, May 24, 1:00 to 3:00pm, Ledge Road small parking lot, Cherokee Park
Wednesday, June 4, 1:00 to 3:00pm, Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, June 7, 1:00 to 3:00pm, Hogan's Fountain, Cherokee Park


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Time to start thinking about Spring!! And dreaming of your beautiful spring and summer gardens! LNC, Dropseed Nursery, and Jefferson Co. Master Gardeners bring you the 2014 Gardenaganza -- Spring Plant Sale.
Click here for the listing of plants that will be offered and start your planning now!


A 6-Month Program Promoting
Time In Nature, Physical Movement, and Local Foods
Part of the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Movement
October 2013 - April 2014

FAMILY PROGRAM: Cost: $72 for 6-month program; $15 per class for drop-ins
All Family Programs are from 10:00am to 12noon and include healthy movement, so dress for outdoor fun!
February 15: Water & Your Health with LNC Staff
March 15: March in the Garden with Jefferson County Master Gardeners
April 12: Nature Games with LNC Staff

ADULT PROGRAM: $60 for 6-month program; $15 per class for drop-ins
All Adult Programs are from 10:00am to 12noon and are led by Kathleen O'Neil, MSW, Certified Health Coach. Each class includes a 30- to 40-minute hike on LNC trails, so come dressed for the outdoors!
February 1: Foods to Fight Inflammation
March 1: Spring Cleaning: Detoxifying Foods and Decluttering Your Kitchen
April 5: Spring Salads and Sandwiches

Registration and pre-payment are required for the 6-month program
Call the Louisville Nature Center at 458-1328 to register.
Click here for program dates and details of each class: Living Lively Program Flyer.pdf


And, naturally, you are welcome anytime to stop by for a leisurely hike,
enjoy the bird blind, visit the gardens, relax while you read in the library,
or just unwind on the gazebo!


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