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Metro Parks Newsroom

Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center to host Holiday Open House

Monday November 29, 2010

The Natural Areas Division of Louisville Metro Parks is inviting the public to a holiday open house at the Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission to the open house is free. Hot cocoa, cider and cookies will be available for visitors to enjoy. The welcome center gift shop also has a wide array of items that would make great holiday gifts, including books, t-shirts, hats, hiking materials, toys and more. Metro Parks has also produced a laminated trails map of the Forest and all Natural Areas parks that will be for sale. During the open house, many items will be discounted up to 25 percent off.

“Visitors to the open house will also have the chance to see all the beauty nature has to offer during the winter months,” said Bennett Knox, Natural Areas Manager for Metro Parks. “With the leaves off, nature has revealed new wonders. Go for a hike, and then come in and enjoy the open house.”

The welcome center is located at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, Fairdale, KY. For more information, call 502/368-5404.

About the Jefferson Memorial Forest
The 6,218 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and the largest municipal urban forest in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division, which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitats across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information or to volunteer, go to