Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Family Art Night

Join us for Family Art Night at the Louisville Nature Center! Using recycled materials, each family will

work together to create a masterpiece. This program is for the whole family. So come on out and get

crafty with us. We are collecting the following materials:

Paper towel tubes

egg cartons

cereal boxes

shoeboxes

other clean recyclable containers

no glass please

$3.00 per person

To Register call 502-458-1328

Feel free to bring your own recyclables as well. Don’t forget to register!

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Nature's Works and Quirks

It’s back! A program the whole family can enjoy.

Nature’s Works and Quirks is a program that is focused on all things nature.

Investigate your natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem! Each themed month lets your child explore science in fun ways to better understand the natural world! Environmental games, animal encounters, nature crafts, stories, and other nature activities help to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in daily adventures.

$10 for Families

Monthly themes:

March- Signs of spring date: 3/2 register by:  2/23

April- Insects date: 4/6 register by:  3/30

May- Turtles date: 5/11 register by:  5/4 (this one is 2nd Saturday because of Derby)

June- Trees date: 6/1 register by:  5/25

July- Birds date: 7/6 register by:  6/29


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Mar
5
to May 28

Knee-High Naturalists

Knee - High Naturalists

Nature Exploration for Preschoolers

Spring 2019

Ages 3-5


Encourage your youngster’s sense of wonder and curiosity about nature. We meet on Tuesdays from 10am-12 pm. Parents and grandparents encouraged to attend with your naturalist.

Your children will enjoy a variety of nature related activities that may include crafts, stories, our critters and of course hikes. Limited to 12 Knee High Naturalists.

Register and join us for some “Natural” Fun

March 5, 12, 19, 26

April 9, 16, 23, 30

May 7, 14, 21, 28

$48/month non-members

$36/month members










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Mar
9
11:00 AM11:00

Fire by Friction Class

Learn one of the oldest ways to make fire!

Everyone will go home with a bow-drill kit.

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This introduction/review to making fire welcomes all levels, whether or not you have made fire before. All raw materials will be provided.

Topics to be covered are:

  • History

  • Materials

  • Technique & Physics

  • Troubleshooting

Participants please bring:

  • Pencil, paper, camera or any way you want to record this event

  • Knife* preferably fixed blade or with a sturdy hilt if it folds (no small Swiss Army knives)

  • Water

$25 per person

for ages 15 and up

Call 502-458-1328 to register by 3/7/19

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Mar
13
9:00 AM09:00

Heartsaver CPR/AED & First Aid Certification Class

2 year CPR/AED & First Aid Certification Class

Approximate class length is 5 hours

You can also schedule a class to be done at your location. Contact Tank Percentie at educationcoordinator@louisvillenaturecenter.org to register.

$70 for members

$80 for non-members

for ages 12+

Registration and prepayment is required

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose, Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship but the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fee needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

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Apr
1
to Apr 5

Forest Treasures Spring Break Camp

It’s almost time for spring break. Do you know where your kids will be?

Bring them over to the Louisville Nature Center for a week full of nature filled fun!

Campers will enjoy the week playing nature games, doing arts & crafts, hiking, learning about the plants and animals that will wake up this spring at the Louisville Nature Center and the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. School is on break but the fun is just beginning!

*Bring a lunch and a refillable water bottle. We’ll provide the snacks.

Before and aftercare available for an additional fee.

Members - $200.00

Non-Members - $220.00

before and after care is available for additional fee

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Nature's Works and Quirks

It’s back! A program the whole family can enjoy.

Nature’s Works and Quirks is a program that is focused on all things nature.

Investigate your natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem! Each themed month lets your child explore science in fun ways to better understand the natural world! Environmental games, animal encounters, nature crafts, stories, and other nature activities help to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in daily adventures.

$10 for Families

Monthly themes:

April- Insects date: 4/6 register by:  3/30

May- Turtles date: 5/11 register by:  5/4 (this one is 2nd Saturday because of Derby)

June- Trees date: 6/1 register by:  5/25

July- Birds date: 7/6 register by:  6/29


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Apr
10
9:00 AM09:00

Heartsaver CPR/AED & First Aid Certification Class

2 year CPR/AED & First Aid Certification Class

Approximate class length is 5 hours

You can also schedule a class to be done at your location. Contact Tank Percentie at educationcoordinator@louisvillenaturecenter.org to register.

$70 for members

$80 for non-members

for ages 12+

Registration and prepayment is required

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose, Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship but the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fee needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

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Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Gardenaganza

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Gardenaganza 2019

Sunday April 28th

11am-3pm

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

It’s that special day of Spring once again – the rare chance to shop locally for hard-to-find native and heirloom plants and rain barrels, talk to the gardening experts, and enjoy much more. The Jefferson County Master Gardener Association, Inc. (JCMGA) and the Louisville Nature Center are happy to present Gardenaganza.

 Please contact LNC at 502-458-1328 if you are interested in a Vendor Booth 

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May
8
9:00 AM09:00

Heartsaver CPR/AED & First Aid Certification Class

2 year CPR/AED & First Aid Certification Class

Approximate class length is 5 hours

You can also schedule a class to be done at your location. Contact Tank Percentie at educationcoordinator@louisvillenaturecenter.org to register.

$70 for members

$80 for non-members

for ages 12+

Registration and prepayment is required

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose, Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship but the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fee needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Nature's Works and Quirks

It’s back! A program the whole family can enjoy. Nature’s Works and Quirks is a program that is focused on all things nature.

Investigate your natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem! Each themed month lets your child explore science in fun ways to better understand the natural world! Environmental games, animal encounters, nature crafts, stories, and other nature activities help to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in daily adventures.

$10 for Families

Monthly themes:

May- Turtles date: 5/11 register by:  5/4 (this one is 2nd Saturday because of Derby)

June- Trees date: 6/1 register by:  5/25

July- Birds date: 7/6 register by:  6/29


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Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Nature's Works and Quirks

It’s back! A program the whole family can enjoy.

Nature’s Works and Quirks is a program that is focused on all things nature.

Investigate your natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem! Each themed month lets your child explore science in fun ways to better understand the natural world! Environmental games, animal encounters, nature crafts, stories, and other nature activities help to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in daily adventures.

$10 for Families

Monthly themes:

June- Trees date: 6/1 register by:  5/25

July- Birds date: 7/6 register by:  6/29


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Jun
3
to Aug 2

Summer Camps

Nature Camps at the Louisville Nature Center provide children ages 4-12 the opportunity to engage in exploration of the 42 acre Beargrass State Nature Preserve. Campers are placed in groups by age to ensure a high quality, fun, and educational experience where a new adventure awaits every day.

Our weekly sessions are for ages 4-12. Each week has a different theme in which campers will learn as they go on discovery hikes, participate in hands-on activities, arts and crafts, and games.

Camp leaders are experienced environmental educators with CPR and First Aid certification as well as passion for spending time outdoors with kids. All camp leaders undergo background checks.

Weekly camp cost is $200 for Members / $220 for Nonmembers. Campers may arrive between

8:45am-9:30am. Pick up is between 3:30pm-4:00pm. For families wanting to take advantage of before

and after care, the cost is $25 per week for either before or after care, and $40 per week for both

before and after care.

This year LNC will offer a Leaders in Training program for youth ages 13-17. Leaders in Training will

assist camp educators with games and crafts. The weekly cost is $50.

A mandatory training in May will

include an overview of camp activities, games, and songs, in addition to

CPR and First Aid training and certification. Complete the below application for Leaders in Training and fax to 502-458-0232 or mail to 3745 Illinois Ave. Louisville, Ky. 40213.

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Early registration: Register by April 5 h and get an additional $10 off per week of camp.

Click on our Program and Events tab, then Camps and Fun Days to register for a camp.

This summer, experience the Louisville Nature Center.

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Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

Nature's Works and Quirks

It’s back! A program the whole family can enjoy.

Nature’s Works and Quirks is a program that is focused on all things nature.

Investigate your natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of wildlife and the ecosystem! Each themed month lets your child explore science in fun ways to better understand the natural world! Environmental games, animal encounters, nature crafts, stories, and other nature activities help to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in daily adventures.

$10 for Families

Monthly themes:

July- Birds date: 7/6 register by:  6/29


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Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

3rd Thursday Concert Series : JD Green

JD Green (The Afrophysicists, Steely Danish, Tenuous Reality) is a classically-trained vocalist with a love for all things funky, soulful, & free. She is from the old school of spirituals & roots music, stomp-yo-foot blues; of the pocket & a funky groove; sweet ballads; jazz standards, something to pop your fingers & shake your head to. She loves to explode & recombine musical categories while always holding onto the essential kernels of a song's integrity, seeking always to connect to folk on the level of soul.

JD Green uses vocal soul music to engage, encourage, and transform. Though the sweetness of her voice may be what attracts, it is her thoughtful lyrics, her “quirky, yet funky” ability to tell the truth and cut to the marrow of our experiences that make JD Green’s brand of soul music necessary and timeless.

The LNC 3rd Thurs. Concert Series has a small listening room vibe. Seating is limited and on a first come basis. Suggested donation at the door is $10-$15. Mocktails and snacks will be available as well.

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Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Backyard Bird Count

It is time for the Annual Backyard Bird Count. Spend 15 minutes counting the birds you see.

You can count in your backyard, at your local park or come visit us and count in our backyard.

We’ll have bird crafts in the library and our bird blind will be open.

 Come and count with us.


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Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Valentine's Dinner and Candlelit Hike

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Avoid the Valentine’s restaurant frenzy, and do something different with your date! Begin your night with a cozy catered dinner at LNC, and then take a hike on candlelit trail at your leisure. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for sounds of forest nightlife! We’ve seen and heard owls, coyote, deer, raccoons, possum, and fox in our forest. Be sure to dress warm so you can enjoy a nice romantic stroll. (We also welcome non-romantic dates, but this event is for adults only.)

$50 per person, includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and hike. (tax included).

$45/ person for members.

Please make sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions! Call to register 458-1328. Must register by 2/7. This will fill up fast, as space is limited! Please note: we will only cancel/refund in the event of severe weather--we hike outside all winter long.

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Jan
26
5:00 PM17:00

Nature Exploration Night -- CANCELLED

For National School Choice Week the Louisville Nature Center wants teachers, parents and students to know how important the outdoors is in the learning process.

Come share Nature with us.

Chili Dinner is included. Along with smores, trivia and a scavenger hunt.

Members — $12 each

Non-members — $15 each

Deadline to register is 1/22/19

Call 502-458-1328 for more information

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Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

Third Thursday Concert

Julia Purcell and Friends: 3rd Thurs. Concerts at LNC

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Join us for an evening of music with Julia Purcell. Julia is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter living in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past 8 years she has performed, toured and recorded with her old time string band, Maiden Radio, which includes fellow Kentuckians Cheyenne Mize and Joan Shelley. Off stage you can find her connecting with others through her work as a music therapist, music educator, and mother. She is co-founder and co-owner of Louisville Expressive Therapies where she provides creative arts therapies to both children and adults. Julia also teaches music improvisation at University of Louisville and Appalachian singing classes through the Louisville Folk School. We are excited to have Julia for our first ever Third Thursday Concert!

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Jan
2
to Jan 4

Winter Day Camps

Winter Day Camps

January 2nd, 3rd, 4th

9am - 4pm

for ages 6 - 12

Come take a walk in this Winter Wonderland. Discover the forest in the winter. Track animals in the snow, make arts and crafts and play games. 

$32 per day per child for Members

$40 per day per child for Non-Members

Before and after care from 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm $10 per child

Deadline to register is Friday December 28th

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Dec
29
3:00 PM15:00

Tea with the Birds

Join the Louisville Nature Center in 

Audubon's 118th Christmas Bird Count.

On Saturday December 29th we will count, play games, learn about birds, do some arts and crafts and take a bird walk. 

Please Dress for the Weather

Warm refreshments will be provided. 

$8 for LNC members and volunteers

$10 for non-members


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Dec
22
to Jan 6

Closed for Winter Break

The Louisville Nature Center’s Bird Blind and Educational Building will be closed from December 22nd to January 6th. We will reopen on Monday January 7, 2019 at 9am.

As always our trails and gardens are open from dawn to dusk.

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Dec
12
10:00 AM10:00

LNC's Natural Playspace

LNC Plans for a Natural Playspace

Weds. Dec. 12th

10am-11am

Students from Louisville Male High School want to help children get in touch with nature and along with LNC will be planning, designing and creating a play area that is accessible to the community.

Free Forest School of Louisville, KY will be visiting the Louisville Nature Center for the presentation. Afterwards they will be exploring the bird blind, the turtle habitat and the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve.

Join us to find out more about the plans, share your input, and have your 0-6 year old participate in Free Forest School. (If you'll be bringing your child to participate, please click the link to complete the waiver online prior to attending: https://www.freeforestschool.org/waiver/

No registration required

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Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Holly & Ivy

Saturday December 8th

9am – 3pm

Make this old fashioned holiday event a tradition with your friends and family.

Enjoy hot chocolate and snacks while making your own, wreaths, swags and table decorations from live greenery.

Ribbons, gloves and wire cutters are provided, but we appreciate you bringing your own tools if you have them.

Cost: LNC Members $20 wreaths, $15 swags and table decorations.

Cost: Non-members $25 wreaths, $20 swags and table decorations

 

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Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Parent's Night Out

Parents, you deserve an evening to yourself...without the kids. Drop them off at the Louisville Nature Center and your kids will enjoy nature activities, games, pizza and fun times with friends. We'll even take a close look at our resident critters!!!!

For ages 6 - 12

Members $15

Non-Members $20

Registration required by 4pm Weds. before event

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Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Owl Prowl

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Join Chris Bidwell & Susan Wilson at the Nature Center for an Owl Prowl.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Recommended for ages 6 & up.

Dress for the weather.

 LNC member or volunteers

$5 per person

Non-members

$7 per person

Limited to 20 participates

Call 502-458-1328 to Register

Payment required at registration by 11/29/18

 

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Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Trekking Around Trees

Get to know the parts of trees, the different kinds of trees and what we get from trees. We'll do bark rubbings and take a tree hike and identify some of the trees that grow here.

Activities are directed for kids ages 11 - 13 years old, but families are welcomed to join this program with their younger children

Contact the Louisville Nature Center at educationcoordinator@louisvillenaturecenter.org or call us at 502-458-1328 for more information or to register.

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Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

Owl Prowl

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Still spots in December 1st Owl Prowl

Join Chris Bidwell & Susan Wilson at the Nature Center for an Owl Prowl.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Recommended for ages 6 & up.

Dress for the weather.

 LNC member or volunteers

$5 per person

Non-members

$7 per person

Limited to 20 participates

Call 502-458-1328 to Register

Payment required at registration by 11/15/18

 

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Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

All About Animal Habitats

Let's Learn about some of the animals that live in the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. We'll hike and explore the forest, do arts and crafts and discover what makes up an animal habitat. 

Activities are directed for kids ages 9 - 11 yrs old, but families are welcomed to join this program with their younger children.

$7  per person or $20 for families of 4 or more

Contact the Louisville Nature Center at educationcoordinator@louisvillenaturecenter.org or call us at 502-458-1328 for more information or to register

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Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Parent's Night Out

Parents, you deserve an evening to yourself...without the kids. Drop them off at the Louisville Nature Center and your kids will enjoy nature activities, games, pizza and fun times with friends. We'll even take a close look at our resident critters!!!!

For ages 6 - 12

Members $15

Non-Members $20

Registration required by 4pm Weds. before event

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Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

Out of School Day Camp

Parents rest assured that your children will get a healthy dose of Vitamin N (N for Nature) while they are out of school. Pack their lunch and let them play nature games, hike through the preserve, make arts and crafts and meet the critters who live at the Louisville Nature Center. 

Space is limited so register today!!!!

$40 for the day per child

for ages 6 - 10

Call 502-458-1328 or go to the camps page on our website and register

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Nov
5
8:00 AM08:00

Out of School Day Camp

Parents rest assured that your children will get a healthy dose of Vitamin N (N for Nature) while they are out of school. Pack their lunch and let them play nature games, hike through the preserve, make arts and crafts and meet the critters who live at the Louisville Nature Center. 

Space is limited so register today!!!!

$40 for the day per child

for ages 6 - 10

Call 502-458-1328 or go to the camps page on our website and register

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Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

FREE Tree Giveaway

FREE TREE Giveaway

Monday, Oct. 29, from 10-6.

LNC is giving away free trees! Trees will be given away to Jefferson County residents on a first-come, first served basis--no trees will be reserved.

Trees include:

sugar maple

yellowwood

river birch

hop hornbeam

redbud

Kentucky coffee tree

eastern red cedar

black gum

bur oak

Max. 5 trees per person.

LNC is located at 3745 Illinois Ave., Louisville, KY 40213. No delivery will be available, tree must be picked up in person. For more information call 458-1328. This tree give-away is sponsored by Louisville MSD.

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Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

Happy Halloween Hikes

Participate in crafts, meet and greet some of our resident critters and take a friendly Halloween hike along the Red Maple Trail. These guided hikes are a perfect alternative to traditional Halloween scariness. 

$7 a person or $20 for families of 4 or more

Registration required by Friday October 26

Call Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328 to register.

 

 

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Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

BUGS!!!

We are totally buggin' at the Louisville Nature Center. COme and learn about bugs with us. We'll make bug crafts, explore bug homes, see bugs in action and take a bug hike!

Activities are directed for kids ages 8 - 10 yrs old, but families are welcomed to join this program with their younger children.

$7 per person or $20 for families of 4 or more

Contact the Louisville Nature Center at educationcoordinator@louisvillenaturecenter.org or call 502-458-1328 for more information or to register.

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Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Happy Halloween Hikes

Participate in crafts, meet and greet some of our resident critters and take a friendly Halloween hike along the Red Maple Trail. These guided hikes are a perfect alternative to traditional Halloween scariness. 

$7 a person or $20 for families of 4 or more

Registration required by Thursday October 25

Call Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328 to register.

 

 

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Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Happy Halloween Hikes

Participate in crafts, meet and greet some of our resident critters and take a friendly Halloween hike along the Red Maple Trail. These guided hikes are a perfect alternative to traditional Halloween scariness. 

$7 a person or $20 for families of 4 or more

Registration required by Friday October 19

Call Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328 to register.

 

 

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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Saturdays are WILD

Give your preschooler a "WILD Start" by participating in the Louisville Nature Center's Saturdays are WILD program. You and your preschooler will participate in hands on developmentally appropriate activities that ignite creativity and play. 

$7 per child

Call 502-458-1328 to register or for any questions.

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Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Happy Halloween Hikes

Participate in crafts, meet and greet some of our resident critters and take a friendly Halloween hike along the Red Maple Trail. These guided hikes are a perfect alternative to traditional Halloween scariness. 

$7 a person or $20 for families of 4 or more

Registration required by Thursday October 18

Call Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328 to register.

 

 

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