Education Programs


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 and  the anatomy of a plant and the purpose of each part.  The visit includes lots of hands-on activities, a hike, plus literature connections!  

How Many Legs? 

“Help! I’m stuck and I don’t have any legs!”, cried the snake. What would you do if you were that snake? Find out how many legs an animal can have and observe how animals move through their environment. This program includes hands-on activities, a visit to the bird blind, a hike, and live organisms.



Birds in the Hood

You won’t need a pith helmet to explore the birds that live in the neighborhood! View wild birds and their unique adaptations up close and personal in the bird blind.  Participate in hands-on activities that relate to body structures and functions, diversity, adaptations or classification of  birds.


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Animals in my Backyard

Lions and tigers and bears? Oh my!  Foster your student’s natural curiosity about animals as they learn about the basic needs of animals that live in an urban habitat. This program includes a visit to the bird blind, a hike, hands-on activities and live organisms.


It's Not Just Dirt

If that muddy stuff that forms the ground is not dirt then what is it? Students dig deep to explore the processes of weathering and erosion Activities  include hiking, observing soil bugs, characterizing soils, observing erosion and landforms and/or using soil to solve mysteries


Snail Program

What animals has a stomach that is also a foot? A snail! Have you students observe snail’s basic structure and functions during this hands on, in your classroom, activity.

Trouble in River City

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A Rocky World

Rocks rock! A hands on activity in your classroom where students investigate the properties of these earth materials and take a close look at rock varieties.

Scout Programs

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.

Boy Scouts
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.

Girl Scouts
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.