Louisville ECHO (Louisville is Engaging CHildren Outdoors) is Metro Parks’ signature environmental education initiative and is managed by staff based at Jefferson Memorial Forest. Louisville ECHO provides fourth grade students at area elementary schools with meaningful experiences to help these students develop a closer relationship with their environment. These relationships positively influence their health and academic achievement, and carry forward throughout their lives.
The program provides 6 field experiences in a local park, the Jefferson Memorial Forest and a trip to experience the Daniel Boone National Forest at Red River Gorge. These experiences include scientific discovery, exploration, and a camping trip in JMF. The inquiry-based activities presented during these visits are closely tied to school curriculum.
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Many of the children participating in the program have had limited experiences in forest, meadow or riparian environments and Louisville ECHO gives these students experiences that past generations of children have taken for granted as a part of growing up.
In 2008, Metro Parks was one of 16 national recipients of a grant from the U.S. Forest Service, through their “More Kids in the Woods” program, which provides seed money to development programs that connect children with nature. Because of the success of this program, it has expanded to 5 schools in 2011 and continues to receive support form the U.S. Forest Service.
Louisville Echo has become an integral part of the fourth grade curriculum for both JCPS’s environmental magnet schools, Portland Elementary and Cane Run Elementary, as well as Young and Coral Ridge Elementary Schools. We look forward to working with Chenoweth Elementary in the coming school year.
If you are a school that is interested in learning more about the ECHO program, please contact us at 502-368-6856
Louisville Metro Parks Foundation is seeking financial support for this vital program, and we encourage those who wish to help to contact 502-368-5404.
Metro Parks' partners for the 2011-2012 school year include: