In The Parklands, children participate in hands-on science investigations in the natural setting of Beckley Creek Park. Depending on age and program type, activities include creek walking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, archery, science experiments, games, and more! Come outside and explore with us!

Forest Learning Lab

Are you looking for ways to keep your child socially and educationally engaged during the upcoming non-traditional school year? Look no further than The Parklands' newest program—the Forest Learning Lab!

At the Forest Learning Lab, non-traditional instruction meets the non-traditional Outdoor Classroom of Beckley Creek Park with its forests, meadows, and aquatic habitats! Led by Parklands Interpretive Rangers—all of whom are trained educators and scientists—the Forest Learning Lab offers students a structured day of non-traditional instruction, homework help, and outdoor exploration time. Classes are almost entirely outdoors each day to provide a safe, engaging environment for your child to thrive during NTI.

Forest Learning Lab sessions are offered weekly for kids in grades K-3 and 4-6. To make NTI as flexible as possible, parents can enroll kids in a full week or select single days that best fit their schedule. Additional dates may be added as needed.


August 25-28*
August 31 - September 4
September 8-11*
September 14-18
September 21-25
September 28 - October 2
October 5-9
October 12-16
October 19-23
October 26-30

Drop-off is from 8 - 8:30 a.m. and pick-up is from 3:30 - 4 p.m. Each day, participants will need to bring a lunch, snack, water bottle, mask, headphones and learning device (tablet, laptop or smartphone).

Click the "Book Now" button below to register.

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Pricing: $285/week for Parklands Members and $300/week for non-members OR $60/day for Parklands Members and $65/day for non-members

We know things can change fast during this pandemic, so we are offering a no-risk enrollment policy. If Forest Learning Lab is delayed or cancelled, you will receive a full refund. Group size is extremely limited this fall, so we encourage you to sign up today!

Parklands Membership

Parklands Members receive a discounted price on paid educational programming, and becoming a member is easy! To learn more about supporting The Parklands through Membership (and immediately become eligible for discounts) click here.

Preview Forest Learning Lab Activities

Thanks to Keith Kaiser for highlighting the Forest Learning Lab on WDRB in the Morning! To preview outdoor activities the kids will enjoy, including fort building, clay model making, creek exploring and archery, click here


Call 502-815-0274 or email Curtis Carman, Director of Education, 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 the Welcome Center and is home to The Parklands Outdoor Classroom. Classrooms available for rent when not in use by Parklands programs.

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