Many school groups visit the Louisville Nature Center and have a great time all while learning about our natural environment. All of our programs align to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Plan your fall, winter, or spring field trip to Louisville Nature Center. School classes, scouts, nature enthusiasts, senior citizens, and home-school groups are welcome to spend a couple of hours learning about the native flora and fauna of our area. Spots fill up quickly–often months in advance–so contact us early!
LNC staff are always happy to work with you to design a program that meets your specific needs!
For information on our education programs or to schedule a program, please contact our education coordinator Tank Percentie at 502-458-1328.
Check out all of our educational programs for school and scout groups below!
LNC also offers fun and useful Professional Development for teachers. We have trained facilitators and can cerify your teachers in Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, Project Wet and Project Learning Tree for Early-Childhood. Contact Tank Percentie for more information at 502-458-1328.
All About Plants
Explore the mysteries of the plant world. Students will investigate and observe the anatomy and life cycle of a plant, and the purpose of each part. This program includes a walk through the sensory garden, and a hike.
How Many Legs?
Discover the different ways that animals move through their environments and find out how animals use their legs and other body parts to survive. Students will investigate and experiment with locomotion. This program includes a visit to the bird blind, a hike, hands-on activities and live organisms.
Birds in the Hood
Let’s talk about the function of birds body parts. Students will experiment with different tools to gain an understanding of how birds beaks function. This program includes a visit to the bird blind, and a hike.
Animals in my Backyard
Foster your student’s natural curiosity as they learn about the basic needs of animals that live in an urban habitat. Students will learn interesting facts about some of Kentucky’s backyard animals. This program includes a visit to the bird blind, a hike, hands-on activities and live organisms.
It's Not Just Dirt
Students dig deep to explore the processes of weathering and erosion. We’ll explore how land is shaped and how rocks and soil is broken into smaller particles. Activities include hiking, observing soil bugs and soil samples.
Energy in Ecosystems
Students will explore how energy flows through an ecosystem. They will learn about different types of energy and through a game simulation focus on light and chemical energy. This program includes a visit to the bird blind, and a hike.
Trouble in River City
The city is threatened by erosion of the river bank and your task is to decide how best to stabilize it. Using the RiverLab stream table students will observe how streams develop and conduct hands-on experiments on stream bank stabilization.
Students review the layers of the Earth and explore the tectonic plates and the phenomena caused by them. This program includes a hike, hands on activities, and experiments.
Louisville Nature Center offers a unique learning opportunity for all scout groups to experience nature in an interactive environment. Consider LNC when planning outings for your scout group or looking to fulfill badge requirements.
Our scout programs provide a structured approach to earning a badge in a fun environment. Most programs offered allow the scouts to earn the badge in a single two-hour session.
For Cub Scouts, LNC offers a program to help satisfy the requirements for their Bear rank.
For Webelos, LNC offers a program for the Naturalist and Forester activity badges.
For Boy Scouts, LNC offers programs for several merit badges including Bird Study, Nature and Environmental Science.
For Brownies, LNC offers programs for badges including Animals, Eco-Explorer, and Watching Wildlife.
For Junior Girl Scouts, LNC offers a program for the Earth Connections and Wildlife badges.
The cost of the Scout Program is $7 per scout. To schedule a scout program call LNC at (502) 458-1328.
Cancellation Policy: Fees are not refunded if you cancel.