With the Outdoor Classroom, educators at The Parklands are able to offer both in-classroom and out-of-doors learning experiences that lead to understanding of our Kentucky landscape and the creatures that grow and live within it.
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. We invite your students to become landscape detectives, exploring the world around them to gain a better understanding of the interconnections of our local landscape, and its role in the history of our area. 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.
The Outdoor Classroom is Louisville’s newest STEAM center (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), an outdoor educational experience utilizing natural history, arts education, and exploration to teach science. Available programs include:
- Interactive Classes on plants, diversity of life, and earth materials.
- Hands-On Labs exploring water, playground physics, and “bio bots”.
- Field Experiences such as a wildflower walk, trail hike, creek exploration, or wetlands study.
- School Retreats
- Overnight Adventures
Programs are normally hosted in the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation. Home of our Outdoor Classroom, this building houses two, state-of-the-art classrooms and an educational museum exhibit open to the public. Located off Shelbyville Rd. in Beckley Creek Park, this facility is centrally located allowing trips by walk or by school bus to Floyds Fork, the Allee Wetlands, the Marshall Playground and Sprayground, trails, and more!
This year, we hope you will bring your students out to The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Review our School Program Guide (attached below) or give us a call and we’ll work with you to create an exceptional educational experience!
Call 502-815-0274 or Email the Outdoor Classroom to Book a Field Trip
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
Within The Parklands of Floyds Fork many treasures of the landscape and our natural history lie hidden. For millennia the land has shaped the way humans and animals live and interact.
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.