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 day camps during Spring Break and Winter Break, as well as 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.

Summer Camps

At The Parklands of Floyds Fork, campers in grades K-6 spend their days participating in discovery-based field experiences and science investigations that keep them engaged and entertained while school is out for the summer.

Get Outside! Summer Camps are based in Beckley Creek Park and the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation. These full day programs include hands-on classroom activities, field hikes, “Sprayground Wednesdays,” and so much more!

Each week of Summer Camp is $220 for Members or $245 for non-members. Save $15 on tuition if you register by Friday, May 4, 2018.

Click on the topics below to view a full description of each camp and to register.

2018 Summer Camps for Grades K-3

June 4-8: Water Warriors NOW FULL!

June 11-15: Winged Wonders

June 18-22: Grossology

June 25-29: Feeding Frenzy

 July 16-20: Water Warriors NOW FULL!

July 23-27: Grossology

July 30-Aug 3: Feeding Frenzy

Aug 6-10: Water Warriors NOW FULL!

2018 Summer Camps for Grades 4-6

June 4-8: Paddle The Parklands

June 11-15: Rangers in Training

June 18-22: Wilderness Explorers

June 25-29: Paddle The Parklands

 July 16-20: Paddle The Parklands

July 23-27: Rangers in Training

July 30-Aug 3: Wilderness Explorers

Aug 6-10: Paddle The Parklands


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 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!

$1,115,000 To Date
$2,550,000 2018 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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