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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 E-mail LNC@bellsouth.net or call us at (502) 458-1328


Saturday, October 4, 2014, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
The Louisville Nature Center and Cultivating Connections are proud to bring Earth Art Adventures to the Louisville area for a free public event! We are inviting the community to explore "Earth Art Adventures" with Will McCollough, Executive Director. This unique "Art for All" program believes all people, especially children, are natural artists. Earth Art is designed to keep the wonder of our arts alive. We are pleased to share with you a "living multi-media art form" that can breathe new life, interest, and participation in the arts. Please join us for the kick-off to this wonderful program and share our excitement!

Discover how easy it is to seek and find art inspiration everywhere! Experience the excitement of connecting with your world and creating amazing art. People of all ages will delight in using their imaginations and finding hidden pictures in the landscape. Participants will learn to "draw on nature", photograph, print and craft art images, and learn to share inspired stories.
Bring your friends and family and join in all the fun!
No previous art experience necessary.
COST: LNC Member and volunteers: $3/person, $15/groups of 5 or more;
Non-members: $5/person; $25/groups of 5 or more.
Pre-registration is required by October 4, 9:30am. Limited to 30 participants. For more information please contact the Louisville Nature Center: E-mail us at LNC@bellsouth.net or call us at (502) 458-1328


AT Louisville Nature Center!
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 6:00pm

Click here for more information on "Hoots and Hops."
Please join us on Saturday evening, September 20, at the Louisville Nature Center's for our annual fundraiser "Hoots and Hops!"

Come and discover the Louisville Nature Center at night! Your admission includes:
a local brewery beer tasting and featuring a home-brew demonstration; local barbeque buffet dinner provided by Slab Daddy BBQ, with vegetarian options and additional beverages available for purchase throughout the event; great live music all night by Small Time Napoleon; a silent auction offering bargains and surprises!

This year's nature exhibits feature LIVE native animals. And you and your friends can express your wild side in our "owl calling challenge."
It's going to be a real HOOT!

COST: $45 LNC members; $50 non-members
Reservations and pre-payment due by Friday, September 12.
Note: This is an adult only (21 and older) event that will happen rain or shine.
To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact LNC: E-mail us at LNC@bellsouth.net or call us at (502) 458-1328


1) Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00pm to 9:30pm at Louisville Nature Center,
2) Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:00am to 6:00pm at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area
850 Otter Creek Road, Brandenburg, KY

Have you always wanted to hunt for your own food, or are you trying to protect your farm or garden from deer damage?
Join Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources staff and members of the Derby City Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association for a hands-on course designed to give first time hunters basic instruction on acquiring a free-ranging sustainable source of meat.
The course includes one night of classroom instruction, followed by a day-long field course, which will include processing a deer from field to table--into venison steaks, chops, roasts and more.
The cost of the course is $30, and includes a 2014-2015 Combination Fishing and Hunting License for Kentucky residents. (This fee will be waived for Kentucky residents who show a current annual Kentucky combo hunting and fishing license.)

1) The classroom portion of the workshop will be held at the Louisville Nature Center and will cover a variety of topics including deer biology and behavior, the history of whitetail deer in Kentucky, finding a place to hunt and basic hunting strategies. The classroom portion of the course will be limited to 30 participants.

2) The field portion of the course, will be held at the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Meade County, and will include an introduction to firearms and archery equipment, deer processing and preservation, tree stand safety, hide tanning and the identification plants and habitats important to deer.

All workshops are recommended for ages 16 and up, and participants are encouraged to attend both the classroom session and field portion of the workshop.
To register for this course or for more information,
contact Jason Nally at (502) 477-9288 or E-mail Jason at Jason.nally@ky.gov
****The deadline to register for this course is September 26, 2014****.


Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1:30 to 3:00

Join local author Tiffany Robinson as she guides the StoryWalk and reads part two of her book, Zoe's Sidewalk. Tiffany will also sign books that are offered for purchase at the event.
Zoe's Sidewalk is the story of a girl's journey to make a difference for someone she loves and almost lost.
Tiffany Robinson is dedicated to inspiring children to use reading to develop a sense of self-worth, self-respect, and the belief that they can make a difference.


Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:00am to 12noon

Second part of the two-part series of walks in the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve.
Poisoners, stabbers, stranglers -- plants are not as helpless as they seem! In fact, one of the most common plants in the preserve actually killed Abe Lincoln's mother! Join LNC naturalist Rosemary Bauman to learn the amazing strategies some plants have evolved to defend themselves.
Adults and older youth invited. Heavy rain cancels this event.
COST: LNC members and volunteers: $10; Non-members, $20, for the two-part program.


A walk in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:00am to 12:00noon
Many of the native plants in our parks and landscapes are declining or have vanished due to invasive plants and deer browsing. But, fortunately, they can often be revived with environmentally safe management strategies. Join LNC naturalist Rosemary Bauman to learn about our efforts to help the native flora rebound. Includes information on deer-resistant plants and strategies.
COST: $5 LNC members and volunteers; $10 non-members.
NOTES: Please pre-register by Friday, Oct. 24 at 4:00pm;
Limited to 20 adults: Heavy rain on the scheduled day cancels this event.


Saturday, November 1, 2014, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Owls at Beargrass Creek begin to think of love at this time of year! They are more likely to answer calls and are easier to spot with fewer leaves on the trees. The evening will include an Indoor presentation with light refreshments, followed by the hike in the preserve.
NOTE: Small red lights or flashlights only please.
COST: LNC members, $4 per person or $12 for group of 4 or more;
Non-members, $5 per person, or $20 for group of 4 or more.
NOTES: This hike is limited to 15 participants.
Please pre-register by 4:00 on Friday, Oct. 31:
payment due at registration


Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00am to 4:00pm
(with official re-dedication taking place at 11:00am)

The Louisville Nature Center is holding an open house to celebrate its newly enhanced bird blind. Guests will have an opportunity to check out the amazing bird blind updates, spend time in the visitors' center, hike the trails and wander the grounds. The bird blind re-dedication will take place at 11:00am followed by a brief presentation about the variety of birds that are often found at the feeders.
Light refreshments will be served.
This event will be held rain or shine and is FREE and open to all ages.
No registration required.


Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join naturalists Susan Wilson and Chris Bidwell at the Louisville Nature Center for an Owl Prowl.
The evening will begin with an brief, interesting presentation
followed by the "prowl".
COST: LNC members, $4 per person or $12 for group of 4 or more;
Non-members, $5 per person, or $20 for group of 4 or more.
NOTES: This hike is limited to 15 participants.
Please pre-register by 4:00 on Friday, Nov. 7;
payment due at registration.


Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Join fellow nature lovers for an energetic Saturday morning, helping manage invasive plants and transplanting small trees to recovery area.
Tools and gloves provided, bring water and pruning shears if you have them.
NOTE: Adults and teens. If heavy rain occurs, the workday will be rescheduled. COST: FREE!


Saturday, December 13, 2014, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Enjoy this holiday tradition at LNC with hot chocolate and snacks while you make wreaths, swags, table decorations, and topiaries from all natural greenery.
COST: LNC members: $25 topiaries**; $20 wreaths; $15 swags or table decorations; Non-members: $30 topiaries**, $25 wreaths; $20 swags or table decorations. **Topiary supplies are limited so get here early if that is your first choice.



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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