Mission: To provide nature education and encourage stewardship in an urban forest.
Programs: Summer camps for kids ages 4 through 12 to provide nature and conservation programs. 190 participants over 43 days did the following activities: track em, bug hunters, harry potter, my home, bugs and slugs, and wild about arts.
educational programs for elementary school studentsprovides educational programs for elementary school students. The nature education programs are aligned with core content elementary school guidelines and serve as an outdoor supplement to in-school curriculum. 74 programs for students from public and private schools and home school groups. 2,582 students attended. Participants are pre-k through middle school, 50/50 male to female ratio.
internships and volunteersover 300 hundred volunteers received opportunities to earn a total of several thousand community services hours as well as receive educational guidance on the value of urban forest and environmental awareness. Improvements to the nature center included forest maintenance, garden maintenance and updates, building and grounds enhancements, cleaning and repairs, assistance with events and program assistance. The objective for volunteers and interns is to address the needs of louisville nature center and offer service hours and educational opportunities for volunteers. Interns also earn college credit for hours worked at the nature center. There were 8 university interns who earned 800 volunteer hours and nearly 24 university credit hours. Eagle scouts, senior citizens, teen groups, master gardeners, adults with physical and mental disabilities and others volunteered at the nature center and completed over 3,000 service hours for helping with maintenance, forest restoration, gardening and other projects.
adult, family, and community nature programs