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.
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 teaches kids ages 5-12 science concepts and an appreciation for the natural world, while encouraging them to get outdoors and active! Interpretive Rangers host meet-ups twice a month to explore a new topic, trail, experiment or craft. 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 and adults).
The Parklands Interpretive Team has partnered with the Louisville Astronomical Society and Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky to design hands-on programs that engage scouts in the outdoors while fulfilling requirements for badges, belt loops and pins. Each scout program can be customized to help your troop achieve multiple requirements.
In 2017 Parklands Explorers stomped, tromped, and pedaled every mile of Parklands trail while making new friends and burning over 85,000 calories. In 2018, Parklands Explorers will continue their focus on physical fitness, camaraderie, and exploration while also stretching their mental muscles, embarking on a pathway to wellness for body and mind. Join Parklands Interpretive Rangers on the second Saturday of each month to traverse a new hiking trail and delve into a related educational topic. From April through September, Parklands Explorers will also have an opportunity to participate in bonus wellness activities led by local partner organizations. (Look for more details on our partners coming in early 2018.
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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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!