Forest Summer Camps

2014 Summer Camp Registration Form
Questions? Call (502)368-5404


Summer Adventures

Summer Camps

Each provides children an immersion experience in the natural world. They take on the roles of naturalist, scientist, and explorer as they discover new things about the forest, and the creatures that inhabit it. By combining educational activities and learning experiences with traditional summer camp fun, your child has an educational adventure they will remember for a lifetime. Camp activities include nature study, crafts, science experiments, games, journaling, hikes and animal contact with the Forest’s education animals. Each session runs for one week.
Each day begins promptly at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Each of these camps are for ages 7 to 12. Special camps for teens ages 13 to 15, and youngsters ages 5 to 6 are also offered.

This year, a shuttle service will be offered from the playground at Joe Creason Park, directly across from the Louisville Zoo. Parents can purchase a shuttle pass for $30.00 that provides their child transportation to and from Jefferson Memorial Forest for the week. This service is limited, so make your reservation early. This service is for ages 7 to 15. Pickup at the Forest is at 4:00 p.m. and at Joe Creason Park at 4:30 p.m.

Adventure Camp and
Adventure Camp 2.0
Ages 7 to 12
Is your child an adventurer, ready to explore what’s around the next bend in the trail? If so, then Adventure Camp is just what your child needs! Campers explore the trails deep in the forest, climb our alpine tower, and learn orienteering, archery, and survival skills.

Dates: June 23–27 and August 4–8

Water Wonders
Ages 7 to 12
Discover the exciting world within a pond, lake, stream and river. Campers explore a lake by canoe, play in a flowing creek, and hike through a forest to a winding stream. Personal Floatation Devices are provided to each camper and trained staff accompany the campers in a 1:3 ratio for our canoe excursions. Parents are welcome to join their child for canoeing field trips.

Dates: July 21-25


Animal Adventures
Ages 7-12
Do your children love animals? Campers explore and search for signs of animals in a variety of habitats and meet our forest education animals up close. What animals live in Kentucky? Find out and discover more about our native animals in the Forest.

Dates: June 16-20

Nature Camp at Locust Grove
Drop-off at Locust Grove 9:00 a.m.
Pick-up at Locust Grove: 4:00 p.m.
Ages 7-12
Travel back in time more than 200 years to discover nature and people through Locust Grove. Track native wild animals, experience Native American hunting and survival techniques, and discover life in the 18th century for the first European settlers and Native Americans. This hands-on nature camp will take kids on an adventure back in time! PLEASE NOTE: Drop off and pick up will take place at Locust Grove. There will be no shuttle service for this session.

Dates: July 7-11


ECO Extreme
Ages 13 to 15
Prepare yourself for adventure on a whole new level! This is THE camp that sets itself apart from other camps! From rappelling next to a waterfall to camping out under the stars on an overnight trip, you’re sure to get your dose of extreme adventure at ECO X Camp, all while learning backcountry cooking, canoeing techniques, Leave No Trace Skills, and more.

Dates: July 14-18


Fairies, Trolls and Gnomes
Ages 6 to 9 Enter a magical, hidden world in the Forest, where creatures of the imagination live. Campers use their imagination and natural materials to create an enchanted land where anything is possible, while learning about the plants and animals of the forest.

Dates: July 14-18

NEW! Junior Explorers at Cherokee Park Half day
Ages 5 and 6
Drop-off at Big Rock Park 9:00 a.m.
Pick-up at Big Rock Park 12:00 p.m.
Search for animal tracks, discover the fascinating world of insects and hike the trails! Through stories, crafts and hands-on activities your child will make discoveries about the variety of habitats and the animals living in Cherokee Park. Come explore! Junior Explorers will take place at Cherokee Park at Big Rock. Please meet at the Big Rock Shelter. PLEASE NOTE: No shuttle service is offered for this camp.

Dates: June 30–July 3

Art in Nature with the Louisville Metro Arts Center

For children entering grades 3 through 5
Get a different perspective on the natural world! A new hands-on, get-out there camp introduces an exciting partnership between the Louisville Metro Arts Center and Jefferson Memorial Forest. Combining art instruction by Metro Arts Staff and outdoor activities with JMF staff, campers learn how to see the natural world in different ways while learning new art techniques.

Dates: July 28–August 1

2014 Summer Camp Registration Form
Questions? Call (502)368-5404

Cost is per child, per week. Ages  Cost
Adventure Camp, Animal Andventures & Water Wonders 7 to 12 $135.00
Nature Camp at Locust Grove 7 to 12 $195.00
Fairies, Trolls and Gnomes to 9 $135.00
Art in Nature 8 to 12 $195.00
Junior Explorers 5 to 6 $110.00
ECO Extreme 13 to 15        $195.00
Shuttle Service from Joe Creason Park $30.00
Natural Areas metal water bottle w/ carabineer $7.50
*Free water bottle if you sign up for multiple camps FREE

Payment options and refunds
Price includes all camp supplies, and field trip admission. Registration forms can be mailed with check or credit card information to Jefferson Memorial Forest, P O Box 467, Fairdale, KY 40118. Reservations cannot be made over the phone. Make checks payable to Jefferson Memorial Forest. Include the session dates your child is attending on the check. Refunds, less a $25.00 processing fee, are given only if a cancellation is made in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp. If a camp is filled or cancelled, a full refund will be made to you. All camps are subject to maximum and minimum enrollment requirements.