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.


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!

Save $15 with code “EARLYBIRD” when you register by May 6! Parklands Members receive a reduced tuition rate!

Summer Camp Listings 

Camps for Kids in Grades K-3

June 6-10: Art in the Park NOW FULL!

June 13-17: Creek Stompers Summer Camp NOW FULL!

June 20-24: Buggin' Out Summer Camp 

July 18-22: Dig It! Summer Camp

July 25-29: Art in the Park NOW FULL! E-mail to be added to waiting list.

August 1-5: Creek Stompers Summer Camp NOW FULL!

Camps for Kids in Grades 4-6

June 6-10: Art & Photography in the Park

June 13-17: Paddle The Parklands NOW FULL!

June 20-24: Outdoor Adventure Camp

July 18-22: Paddle The Parklands NOW FULL! E-mail to be added to waiting list. 

July 25-29: Outdoor Adventure Camp 

August 1-5: Paddle The Parklands NOW FULL! E-mail to be added to waiting list.

Click the "book now" button below to register for one or more of our 2016 Summer Camps! 

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To learn more about our 2016 camps, click here or visit our events page!



Call 502-584-0350 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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We are a donor-supported public park We count on you!

$709,000 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. 

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