Science Camps

Welcome to the Outdoor Classroom! Here our purpose 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. The Outdoor Classroom is Louisville’s newest outdoor STEAM center (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), an educational experience utilizing natural history, arts education, and exploration to teach science. 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 Parklands offers a Spring Break Camp, as well as full-day, week-long summer camps for children in grades K through 6. Get Outside! Camps at The Parklands offer exciting, enriching, discovery-based field experiences that allow children to touch, see and learn about the world around them. Children will participate in hands-on science investigations in the natural setting of Beckley Creek Park and through the use of state-of-the-art classrooms at the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation.

All programs offer a balanced day of in-classroom learning and outdoor field experiences. Camp hours are 9:00 AM-4:00 PM with drop-off from 8:30-9:00 AM and pick-up from 4:00-5:00 PM. Campers must provide their own sack lunch, a snack, and a bottle for water each day.

Parklands Members receive a discounted camp price and becoming a member is easy! To learn more about supporting The Parklands through membership (and immediately becoming eligible for discounts) click here.

Spring Break Camps

Do you love to explore? Join us for our Spring Break adventure day camps April 3-7 that will bring out the nature explorer in each of you. Each day we will hike a different trail as we “get out and play”. Learn your way around The Parklands with our knowledgeable interpretive staff, as we guide you into some of the “special places” within The Parklands. We will show you where to look for salamanders, spring peepers, birds of prey and other wildlife . . . Knowledge that will enhance future hiking adventures and make you sure to impress your friends. 

April 3-7: Spring Break Hiking Camp - Beginner Hikers 
(Best for kids in grades K-3 who can cover 2-3 miles per day)

April 3-7: Spring Break Hiking Camp - Experienced Hikers 
(Best for kids in grades 4-6 who can cover 5-6 miles per day)

Spring Break Camp is $210 per week for Members or $235 per week for non-members. You can also register for individual days- $45 per day for Members or $50 per day for non-members. Save $15 on registration if you sign-up for all 5 days. Enter code "5-Day".

Get Outside! Summer Camps

Kids ages 5-12 learn by exploring at our full week, discovery-based summer camps. Using The Parklands Outdoor Classroom, campers dig into the areas of biology, gardening, insects, art and beginner paddling!

Summer Camps are $220/week for Parklands Members and $245/week for non-members. Save $15 when you register by May 5! 2017 Camp Flyer

Camps for Kids in Grades K-3

June 5-9: Art in the Park

June 12-16: Creek Stompers NOW FULL!

June 19-23: Dig It!

June 26-30: Buggin' Out

July 10-14: Art in the Park

July 17-21: Dig It!

July 24-28: Buggin' Out

July 31-Aug 4: Creek Stompers NOW FULL! 

Camps for Kids in Grades 4-6

June 5-9: Art & Photography in the Park

June 12-16: Paddle The Parklands

June 19-23: Outdoor Adventure

June 26-30: Paddle The Parklands

July 10-14: Art & Photography in the Park

July 17-21: Paddle The Parklands

July 24-28: Outdoor Adventure

July 31-Aug 4: Paddle The Parklands

Click the "book now" button below to register for one or more of our 2017 Summer Camps! 

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To learn more about our 2017 camps, visit our events page!


Call 502-815-0274 or email Curtis Carman, Education Coordinator, to learn more about Camps at The Parklands. 

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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

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$1,500,000 To Date
$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. Members make it happen!

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