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Learning

Where nurture meets nature.

The purpose of our Outdoor Classroom is to teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and natural history through hands-on discoveries outdoors that stimulate curiosity for children, adults, and families — all resulting in the enhancement of scientific literacy in our community. We envision a future in which all people view themselves as lifelong learners and share a connection to the natural world.

Cultivating young minds.

Join our interpretive rangers for one of our Outdoor Classroom programs — camps, field trips, birthday parties, scout programs, Wednesday Wonders, Interpretive hikes, and Junior Explorer adventures. Or check out our Virtual Classroom for online activities that can be completed before or after your visit. The Parklands Education and Interpretation team offers programs and curricula that provide learning opportunities to people of all ages and abilities. Parklands Members receive a discounted price on fee-based programs. We generally hold our educational programs at the PNC Achievement Center in Beckley Creek Park or the Ben Stout House in Turkey Run Park.

CAMPS

Our Parklands Outdoor Adventure Camps let kids experience nature up close. We offer these exploration-based camps to children in grades K–6 in the winter, spring, and summer.

Field Trips

Our Outdoor Classroom experiences range all over the Parklands, but in-park field trips start at the PNC Achievement Center in Beckley Creek Park. From there, groups venture out to Floyds Fork, the Humana Grand Allee Wetlands, stone paths tessellated with fossils, and more.

Virtual Classroom

The Parklands Virtual Classroom offers videos, games, activities, and resources for students, teachers, and families. Resources are organized according to science topics. Suggested grade levels for each activity correspond to Next Generation Science Standards, but we encourage learners of all ages to participate. Check back often for new content.

Forest Learning Lab

Get the kids ready for an exciting day of non-traditional outdoor learning and — of course — fun. Our trained Parklands Interpretive Rangers offer a safe, structured learning environment, outdoor exploration, and they can even help with homework.

Wednesday Wonders

Wednesday Wonders is a family-style program that parents attend with their children. Each week, we’ll explore a new wonder with a hike, a story, a craft, or a science experiment. We recommend morning sessions at the Ben Stout House for learners ages 5–9 and afternoon sessions at the PNC Achievement Center for learners ages 2–5. Parklands Members receive a discounted family price.

Storytime in the Storybook Forest

The Storybook Forest is an enchanted stop along the Osage Orange Explorer Trail. Join our interpretive rangers every Thursday at 2:30 PM as they bring nature-themed stories to life. Recommended for children ages 2–8. The enchantment is free — no sign-up required.

Interpretive Hikes

The Interpretive Rangers and special guests who lead guided hikes are knowledgeable of the eastern deciduous forests of Kentucky and the native (and not-so-native) species within The Parklands. These hikes are free and available for people of all ages, and they explore all four parks. Topics, times, and levels of difficulty vary. Occasionally, Parklands Members receive exclusive access to Interpretive Hikes, including ones that are part of our Park Roots series. Visit our events page to view information on upcoming hikes and activities.

Birthday Parties

For your next birthday, rent one of our classrooms at the PNC Achievement Center, just steps away from the Marshall Playground and Sprayground. One of our Interpretive Rangers will lead a nature experience to make your child’s party an adventure to remember.

Scout Programs

Our scout programs cultivate outdoor skills and scientific literacy in the scouting community. The Parklands Interpretive Team can customize each program to help your troop fulfill requirements for pins, badges, and belt loops. Day sessions cost $8 per scout. Overnight programs are $30–$45 per person and based on staff availability.

Junior Explorer

Perfect for children ages 5–12, the Junior Explorer program encourages kids to get outside with our Interpretive Rangers for educational adventures once a quarter. Fill out a Junior Explorer guidebook and bring it to the PNC Achievement Center to get started. Once completed, a Parklands Interpretive Ranger will check your answers, swear you in as a Parklands Explorer and provide you with a special Junior Explorer pin to honor your achievement! Once you become a Junior Explorer, join our Interpretive Rangers for educational adventures in the Outdoor Classroom! Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming Junior Explorer events.

Learning

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    Playground, Sprayground, Venue

    PNC Achievement Center Classrooms

    Beckley Creek Park

    • Learning
    • Picnicking
    • Sightseeing
    • Walking
    Landmark, Picnic Area

    Ben Stout House

    Turkey Run Park

    • Biking
    • Learning
    • Picnicking
    • Playing
    • Sightseeing
    • Walking
    Louisville Loop, Picnic Area, Playground, Sprayground

    Rounsavall Family Foundation Creekside Center

    Beckley Creek Park

    • Learning
    • Sightseeing
    • Walking
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    Creek, Trail

    Osage Orange Explorer Trail

    Beckley Creek Park

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    Welcome Center

    PNC Achievement Center

    Beckley Creek Park

Rise to the occasion.

There’s always something happening at The Parklands. Check out our upcoming events.

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Maps + Directions

Get on the beaten track.

Our park system is nearly five times as large as New York’s Central Park, so you may need some help finding your way around. Chart your course with our interactive map.