Science Camps

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 a Spring Break Camp, Winter Break Camp, and 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.

2017 WINTER Break Camps

Do you love to explore? Join us for our Winter Break adventure day camps that will bring out the nature explorer in each of you. The Parklands is offering a total of four sessions accommodating children in K-3 and 4-6 grades. Each day we will hike a different trail as we “get out and play” in the winter Parklands landscape. Learn your way around The Parklands with our knowledgeable interpretive staff, as we guide you into some of the “special places” within The Parklands. We will investigate how plants and animals in The Parklands adapt to the winter climate while exploring our trails in this new season. Wear your hiking boots & dress for the weather!

Sessions are based on age and skill level. We will be covering 2-3 miles per day. If you feel your child is more experienced and can cover more mileage, please consider the "Experienced" class.

Choose from single days of camp or book a full 3-day session at a discounted rate.

December 20-22: Winter Break Camp - Grades K-3
(Best for kids in grades K-3 who can cover 2-3 miles per day)

December 20-22: Winter Break Camp - Grades 4-6
(Best for kids in grades 4-6 who can cover 5-6 miles per day)

December 27-29: Winter Break Camp - Grades K-3
(Best for kids in grades K-3 who can cover 2-3 miles per day)

December 27-29: Winter Break Camp - Grades 4-6
(Best for kids in grades 4-6 who can cover 5-6 miles per day)

Winter Break Camp is $45/day for Members or $50/day for non-members. Save $15 on registration if you sign-up for all 3 days of a session. Enter code "SNOW".

To learn more about our 2017 camps, visit our events page!


Call 502-815-0274 or email Curtis Carman, Education Coordinator, to learn more about Camps at The Parklands. 

Look for more details on our 2018 camps coming soon!

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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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$2,100,000 To Date
$2,300,000 2017 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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