To make reservations for any of the programs below, please call the Welcome Center at 368-5404.
Land Steward Project Days – 9:00 am
Saturday, September 6
Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17 and 24
Help preserve the natural ecosystem within the Natural Areas park system. Activities may include clipping invasive plants, weeding native gardens, mulching, or brush removal. Closed-toe shoes required. Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18. Location varies. Please contact our Volunteer Office for information.
Learn From History Public Program
What’s the Big Deal with the Stone-Age?
September 6, 1pm - 4pm
Chop, cut, and scape. What stones were used, where are they found and how were they made into effective tools in our region? Participants will also view a private collection of artifacts on loan from the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology of the University of Kentucky.
The focus of Learn from History events is to experience various aspects of the lives of the first indigenous people of Kentucky. Through active involvement participants will build, plant, make, and cook using actual materials and processes. Participants must come ready to learn not only from success, but also from failure. Due to the hands-on nature of this program minimum age is 10, and each event is limited to 16 participants max. Fee $15/ person. Pre-registration is required through the Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center at 502-368-5404. Program meets in the Horine Section of Jefferson Memorial Forest.
Outdoor Skills – Orienteering I
Saturday, September 13, 9 am -12 pm
Map and landscape reading are skills every outdoor person needs to possess. This program equips participants with the skills necessary to read and interpret topographic maps and locate destinations. This in-field set of exercises is truly a hands-on learning experience. Ages 12 and up. Program meets in the Horine Reservation. Fee $10 Per Person/ Per Class- Pre-Registration is required Minimum number of participants-5 Max-15
Trail Team Project Day at the Forest – Saturday, September 13, 9:00 am
Trail volunteers perform vital services to maintain the safety of our wonderful trail system. Activities vary but may include using hand tools to address erosion issues, clip overhanging limbs or encroaching shrubs, or trail structure repair. Closed-toe shoes are required. Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18. Meet at the Welcome Center.
Trail Team Park Project Day at Waverly Park – Saturday, September 20, 9:00 am
Trail Team and KYMBA volunteers come together to improve and maintain the combined hiking and biking trails at Waverly. Activities vary, but may include use of hand tools to cut overhanging limbs and encroaching shrubs, trail structure repair or addressing erosion issues. Closed-toe shoes are required. Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18. Meet at the playground parking lot in Waverly Park.
Family Canoe Day at Tom Wallace Lake - Saturday, September 20, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Get yourself geared-up for a family treat and special day of fun! Take a canoe out on the lake, and spend time on the shore learning about the incredible creatures that live below. Are you ready to start paddling but not sure of where to start? Join us to discover the basics of canoeing. Spend some time on the lake practicing your skills. Don't worry if you are new to canoeing – all equipment (canoe, paddles, and personal flotation devices) is provided. This program is suitable for beginning paddlers (ages 5 and to adult.)
FEE: Activities Free; $10.00 canoe rental
Free Guided Hike – Saturday, September 27, 8:00 am*
Orange Trail, 2.0 miles (moderate to strenuous)
Familiarize yourself with the Orange Trail in the company of our Volunteer Naturalists, including a brief tour of our education area with descriptions of the program opportunities available from our education staff. Meet in the Horine Reservation parking lot. Be sure to return next month to explore again – this time in the dark! *Time changed to 8:00 am to avoid afternoon heat for the summer hikes.