Family Programs

Welcome to the Outdoor Classroom at The Parklands of Floyds Fork! The core purpose of the Outdoor Classroom is to teach science and natural history education through dynamic experiences in the field that stimulate curiosity, critical thinking and discovery for children, adults and families - all resulting in an enhancement to scientific literacy in our community. We envision a future in which all people view themselves as life-long learners, and share a connection to and appreciation for the natural world, their community and each other.

Join the Interpretive Rangers at The Parklands of Floyds Fork for one of our educational programs! Programs vary from hikes, small classroom setting workshops, or large community events. Each program is specially designed by The Parklands Education and Interpretation team to provide enriching and engaging learning opportunities to people of all ages and abilities!

Wednesday Wonders

Wednesday Wonders are interactive programs designed to spark the curiosity of young children. Each week, we’ll explore a new science wonder with a story, craft, hike or related science experiment. This program is best suited for early learners (families with children under the age of 7).

Wednesday Wonders is offered at two separate times and locations each week. Weekly activities are FREE to Members (but please RSVP) and $5 for non-members (children and adults). Register at www.theparklands.org/events.

Parklands Members receive a discounted family program price! To become a member, click here.

Wednesday Wonders Morning Sessions at Ben Stout House

Wednesday Wonders Afternoon Sessions at PNC Achievement Center

Parklands Junior Explorer

The Parklands newest Outdoor Classroom program is perfect for kids ages 5-12, teaching science and an appreciation for the natural world, while encouraging kids to get outdoors and active!

To participate in the program, kids print out the Junior Explorer guidebook to complete at their own pace. Once completed, kids can take their guidebook to the PNC Achievement Center for Education & Interpretation in Beckley Creek Park where a Parklands Interpretive Ranger will check their answers, swear them in as a Parklands Explorer and provide them with a special award. Once sworn in, Junior Explorers are invited to join monthly educational adventures in the Outdoor Classroom!

Monthly activities are FREE to Members (but please RSVP) and $5 for non-members (children and adults). Register at www.theparklands.org/events.

Parklands Members receive a discounted family program price! To become a member, click here.

Junior Explorer Guidebook 

2017 Adventure Schedule

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Parklands Explorer

With all four parks in The Parklands system now open, our 4,000-acre park system offers visitors 47 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore! Bust out those step counters and join us each month as we set out to conquer every trail on foot (and a few on two wheels!). By the end of 2017, you’ll have racked up tens of thousands of steps and countless views and memories!

The length and level of difficulty for each hike and bike ride varies by trail. Participants should bring along water, dress for the weather and wear appropriate gear for hiking or biking. Parklands Explorer events are open to the public, but space is limited. Learn more about each event and register at www.theparklands.org/events.

2017 Parklands Explorer Calendar


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PNC Achievement Center For Education & Interpretation

The PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation, located at 1411 Beckley Creek Parkway, serves as both the Welcome Center and the home of The Parklands Outdoor Classroom. The classrooms are also available for rent when not in use by Parklands

Ben Stout House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ben Stout House is approximately 200 years old, and is the oldest man-made structure within The Parklands.

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We are a donor-supported public park We count on you!

$709,000 To Date
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$2,300,000 2017 Goal

Being a donor-supported public park means we rely on donations, not tax dollars, for annual operations each year. Because of your generosity, we are able to maintain, program, and further develop this extraordinary public space without charging an entry fee. Together we work to enhance quality of life and help our community and economy grow in ways that are healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable for people of all ages. Help us reach our goal of sustaining The Parklands by becoming a Member today. 

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