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Elementary School Students' Nature Learning Takes Center Stage at Iroquois Amphitheater

Thursday March 29, 2012

Students from five Louisville elementary schools will take to the stage April 4 and 5 at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, offering presentations that demonstrate knowledge gained through participation in the nature-based Louisville ECHO program.

Louisville ECHO (Louisville is Engaging CHildren Outdoors) is Louisville Metro Parks’ signature environmental education initiative and is managed by staff based at Jefferson Memorial Forest (JMF). The program provides fourth grade students at area elementary schools with meaningful experiences to help these students develop a closer relationship with their environment.

The program provides six field experiences in a local park, the Jefferson Memorial Forest and a trip to 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. 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, Coral Ridge, and Chenoweth Elementary Schools.

2011-2012 ECHO Program Presentations, onstage at Iroquois Amphitheater:

April 4th

Coral Ridge Elementary 10:30 a.m.

Chenoweth Elementary 12:15 p.m.

April 5th

Young Elementary 10 a.m.

Cane Run Elementary 11:30 a.m.

Portland Elementary 12:45 p.m.

About Louisville ECHO:
Louisville ECHO is a partnership of Jefferson Memorial Forest, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Louisville, and Jefferson County Public Schools. It is made possible through the generous funding from Louisville Metro Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch, Tina Ward-Pugh, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, and Mary C. Wooldridge and with funding support from the U.S. Forest Service, Dawn Foods, and the Toyota Foundation. Additional thanks to the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation!

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