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For more information, or to register for any of our events:
E-mail Jessica Wheatley at jwheatley@LouisvilleNatureCenter.org
or call us at (502) 458-1328


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Mondays October 5, October 12, October 19, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Uncover the multiple layers of Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve through the study of the land and the ecological communities that reside here. We will take a close look at habitat com-position, the land's history and what the vegetation tells us about land use. This class is for those who want in-depth knowledge of forest ecology. Expect to spend a lot of time in the woods.
Instructor, Carolyn Cromer, is an ecologist who has spent her career managing natural areas in KY and CA. With masters degrees in ecology and forest management, her passion is forest ecosystems. Take a walk with her and learn how to read the forest.
****October 5: Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve from the Ground Up
We will start in geologic time to look at the physiographic regions of KY and where Beargrass Creek Nature preserve fits in. We will look at the bedrock and soil, talk about the structure and function of the forest floor and discuss the preserve's land use history.
****October 12: Forest Structure and Function
Learn about forest structure from the canopy to the herbaceous layer. We will discuss what types of forest communities are in Beargrass Creek preserve and learn about specific plant species and their functions in the ecosystem.
****October 19: Fungi and Wind Storms and Critters, Oh My!
Our last class will touch upon the role of members of the various kingdoms in the forest, including animals, fungi and other decomposers. We will talk about disturbance, both natural and human-made, and its role or effect on the forest ecosystem. Last, but definitely not least, we will learn about primary invasive plant species, how they got there, and their effect on native plants.
COST: $20 per class/$45 prepaid for all three.



Wednesdays: October 28, November 4, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

What is Therapeutic Horticulture and how can it benefit you?
Find out in this fun three-part series.
Therapeutic Horticulture has been used for centuries. Today, it is a worldwide practice recognized, for all ages, as a tool for achieving social, physical and emotional balance. Anyone may benefit through active or passive involvement with plants and plant activities.
Instructor, Beth Hensley, has completed her certificate of merit award for Horticultural Therapy from the Chicago Botanic Garden and has several years of experience as a nature educator and teacher. She has worked with Hosparus using Therapeutic Horticulture and is engaged in landscape design and installation.

Students will create an accordion folded miniature book with flower pounded imagery and journaling and have the opportunity to learn about herbs and how to custom blend their own cup of tea.

****October 28: Aromatherapy
How can our most powerful of the five senses, smell, alter mood and affect brain activity? We will investigate aromatherapy and the power of scent as we delve into the history and botany of herbs and spices by creating potpourri sachets. Beth will also demonstrate making essential oils and students will take home a vial of essential oil. Pre-payment and registration before 10/19.
****November 4: Simmering Spice Greeting Cards
Autumn is the time of harvest when we celebrate the fruits of our cultivation. We will learn how to make personal handmade cards that will delight the senses and can be given as gifts. Symbolic objects of beauty such as Harvest Basket flower centerpieces will be demonstrated. You will leave with ideas for simple gift giving that will imbue your space with special memories. Pre-payment and registration before 10/26.
COST: $35 per class/$90 per class prepaid for all three.



Thursdays: November 5 and November 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Natural Gardening, a powerful current movement that looks to nature as a pattern for effective gardening, including native plants, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, transition zones, plant shapes and plant lifecycles, focusing primarily in the perennial world.
Pre-registration assignment: Identify gardening elements that drain and those that feed your soul.
Class includes planting templates, critique of participants' designs--before and after, distribution of plant lists, and door prizes!
This class is for anyone interested in gardening in harmony with nature. Instructor, Marsha Finley, is a Certified Permaculture Designer and co-organizer of the Louisville Permaculture Guild. She specializes in sustainable and regenerative landscapes of all sizes from patios to farms.
****November 5: Overview of Natural Gardening
Discussion of pre-class assignment with class survey about natural gardening. Review history and current status of this movement. Receive list of recommended resources and printed handout of illustrations/photos of natural gardens.
Assignment: bring picture of or actual plant that you have underappreciated based on its lifecycle forms.
****November 12: Designing with Plants
Form, leaf shape and color, in that order, are key elements in designing a natural garden. Review the "pallets of shapes" concepts and application. Discover the garden that looks wild is tame at heart. Appreciate the planting combinations that create mood and emotional response.
Assignment: design a corner/portion of your own garden using the principles discussed and plant list provided.
COST: $35 per class/$60 per class prepaid for both.


Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10:00am to 12:00noon

Uncover the magic of the natural world with educator and naturalist Cathy Neeley as the group explores the plants and animals of the Beargrass Creek Nature Preserve. We will be hiking, so please dress appropriately--no strollers.
COST: LNC member and volunteers: FREE!
Non-members: $4 per participant; groups of 4 or more, $15
Registration is required by 3:30 Friday, October 30.
Limited to a maximum of 20 people.


Saturday November 7, 2015, 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Join naturalist Rosemary Bauman at the Nature Center for an Owl Prowl. Light refreshments will be provided.
Recommended for ages 6 and up. Dress for the weather!
COST: LNC Member and Volunteers: $5 per person, $20 for groups of 4 or more;
Non-members: $7 per person; $28 for groups of 4 or more.
NOTE: Limited to 20 participants.
Registration required by Friday, November 6; payment due at registration.
Fees are non-refundable. A credit will be given in case of cancellation due to inclement weather.


Saturday, November 7, 2015, Time Frame: 9:30am to 4:00pm

Minimum and maximum number of participants: 5 - 10
Reservations are required. Deadline for registration is Nov. 1

COST: LNC member,$55; non-member, $60.
Come to this popular class at LNC and make a lovely double wine basket that is made to hold 2 bottles of wine -- or a bottle and long stemmed flowers! The divider in the center keeps the 2 bottles separated. It is woven with basic start-stop weave, and has a 'filled' bottom. A variety of colors will be available for accents. Finished size is approximately 4 1/2" W x 9" L x 14" H with handle.

Participants should bring the following if they have the supplies on hand. There will be extra tools, so no one needs to go out and purchase any supplies in order to attend. Pencil; Kitchen Scissors or shears; Cloth measuring tape; 10 to 15 plastic twist ties or cable ties; Awl or small flat screwdriver; 10 to 15 spring-type clothespins; An old towel and/or apron; Container to hold water (a plastic dishpan works); Spray bottle for water.
Bring a light lunch. Coffee and tea will be available.


Saturday December 5, 2015, 10:00am to 12:00noon
What's a bunch of big hungry herbivores doing in my neighborhood?
Join LNC naturalist Rosemary Bauman to learn about the amazing lives of white-tailed deer. We will start with a hike in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve to (hopefully) observe deer. A short presentation at the LNC will follow, to explore the biology, behavior, and eating habits and of this new urban neighbor.
For adults, and youth ages 6 and up.



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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