Welcome to the Outdoor Classroom! The core purpose of the Outdoor Classroom at The Parklands 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. 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.
Join Interpretive Rangers at The Parklands of Floyds Fork for one of our educational programs in the Outdoor Classroom! Programs vary from hikes and small classroom setting workshops to large field trips and community events. Each program is specially designed by The Parklands Education and Interpretation team to provide enriching and engaging learning opportunities to people of all ages and abilities.
Parklands Members receive a discounted family program price! To become a Member, click here.
For more information on educational programming, contact Director of Education Curtis Carman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-815-0274.
Bring your students out to The Parklands for a fun, outdoor educational experience using natural history, arts, education and exploration to teach science. With the Outdoor Classroom, educators at The Parklands are able to offer both in-classroom and out-of-doors learning experiences for students in grades K-12. Field Trip programs include Animals and Their Environments, World of Water, and Diversity of Life. Outdoor field experiences utilize trails, wetlands and Floyds Fork creek to teach students about the various ecological systems found in The Parklands.
For your next birthday bash, rent one of our state-of-the-art classrooms at the PNC Achievement Center in Beckley Creek Park, just steps away from the fun of Marshall Playground & Sprayground, a family favorite. If you’re up for an adventure, we make your child’s party truly unique by including a play experience led by one of our Interpretive Rangers!
Junior Explorer is perfect for kids ages 5-12, teaching science and an appreciation for the natural world, while encouraging kids to get outdoors and active! Junior Explorers and their families are invited to join Interpretive Rangers for educational adventures in The Parklands once a quarter. Participants who complete the Junior Explorer Handbook are sworn in as official Junior Explorers and receive a special pin! Activities are FREE to Members (but please RSVP) and $5 for non-members (children and adults).
The Parklands offers science camps for children in grades K through 6. Get Outside! Camps at The Parklands are exciting, enriching, discovery-based field experiences that allow children to touch, see and learn about the world around them. Children participate in hands-on science investigations in the natural setting of The Parklands and through the use of state-of-the-art classrooms at the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation.
Wednesday Wonders are interactive programs designed to spark the curiosity of young children. Each week, we’ll explore a new science wonder with a story, craft, hike or related science experiment. This program is best suited for early learners—families with children under the age of 7.
Wednesday Wonders is offered at two separate times and locations each week. Weekly activities are FREE to Members (but please RSVP) and $5 for non-members (children only).
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is proud to offer scout programs designed to build outdoor skills and scientific literacy in the scouting community. The Parklands Interpretive Team designs hands-on programs that engage scouts in the outdoors while fulfilling requirements for badges, belt loops and pins.
Parklands Explorer hikes are a great opportunity to explore the Eastern Deciduous Forest of Kentucky with knowledgable Parklands staff, while also learning about the people, places, and stories of The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Parklands Explorer hikes and activities are for people of all ages; topics, times, and level-of-difficulty will vary. Parklands Explorer Hikes are offered free of charge. Visit our events page to view information on the next Parklands Explorer hike and activity.
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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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!