Junior Explorer program for kids and families expands in 2018

Junior Explorer program for kids and families expands in 2018

Louisville, Ky. (February 28, 2018) — The popular Junior Explorer program at The Parklands, is now being hosted twice each month! Junior Explorer adventures are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ben Stout House in Turkey Run Park on the first and third Saturday of each month. This program is perfect for kids ages 5-12, teaching science and an appreciation for the natural world, while encouraging kids to get outdoors and be active.

Each program date focuses on a fun topic that ties back into the Outdoor Classroom’s mission to deliver STEAM-based education to people of all ages. The next Junior Explorer Adventure, “Mimicry Matters” is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Ben Stout House in Turkey Run Park. Junior Explorer Adventures are free to Parklands Members and $5 to non-members (children and adults). Register and learn more at www.theparklands.org/events.

In addition, Junior Explorer activities can be completed as a family outside of formal programs. To get started, families print out The Parklands Junior Explorer guidebook to work on at their own pace when visiting The Parklands. After completing the Guidebook (found online at www.theparklands.org/juniorexplorer), kids are sworn in as Junior Explorers and receive a special pin and certificate noting their achievement.

“Our goal with the Junior Explorer program is to get families engaged in science and outdoor activity,” said Education Coordinator Curtis Carman. “Whether it be by completing our Junior Explorer guidebook together on a walk through Beckley Creek Park, or by attending our twice-monthly programs in Turkey Run Park, we want families to learn together, explore together and get their feet wet in the creek together.”

For more information on Junior Explorer and other programs and events at The Parklands, please contact Anna Rosales-Crone at 502-815-0267 or acrone@21cparks.org.

CLICK HERE to learn more and download the 2018 Junior Explorer schedule and guidebook.

About The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system. Ongoing operations and maintenance are funded solely through private donations and an endowment fund. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at www.theparklands.org/member.

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