Jefferson Memorial Forest

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Registration for annual LouisvilleKY’s JMF Valentine’s Day hike continues

Louisville, KY., – Romantic Valentine evenings await on February 13 and 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest.  For only $35, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House, where couples will enjoy hot beverages, rich hors d’ouvres and desserts, and the cozy warmth of a hearth. “The natural beauty of Jefferson Memorial Forest is a great fit with Valentine’s Day,” said Rebecca Minnick, Program Manager at Jefferson Memorial Forest. “Couples can have a romantic evening by taking a stroll through the woods, then relaxing in front of the…


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New LouisvilleKY ECHO Mobile unveiled

LouisvilleKY., – Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwomen Vicki Welch and Cindi Fowler and other local officials joined staff from Louisville Parks and Recreation and Wilderness Louisville on Saturday, October 21 to unveil the newest addition to Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Louisville Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division’s “Louisville is Engaging Children in Outdoors” (“ECHO”) Program. The “ECHO Mobile” will take the ECHO Program on the road, allowing programming once held solely at Jefferson Memorial Forest to be available in neighborhoods throughout Louisville. “In the past, we’ve been fortunate to be able to bring kids from nature poor areas in Louisville…


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West LouisvilleKY Outdoor Recreation Initiative master plan to be unveiled next week

Meeting to be held at Whitney Young Elementary on May 31st   Louisville, KY., – A master plan detailing future outdoor recreation opportunities in west Louisville will be unveiled during a public meeting at Whitney M. Young Elementary School on Tuesday, May 31 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. “The master plan for the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative is the result of a lot of hard work and thought about how to make nature-based programming and environmental education more accessible to families in those neighborhoods,” said Director of Metro Parks and Recreation Seve Ghose. “We’re hoping for abundant feedback on the plan…


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Louisville Ky treetop adventure course opens for second season this weekend

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville Metro Parks and Go Ape are teaming up once again to open up the Go Ape Jefferson Memorial Forest treetop adventure course this weekend, March 19, 2016. From goape.com: Go Ape’s first treetop adventure course (zip lines, obstacles and more!) in Kentucky is just minutes from downtown Louisville in Jefferson Memorial Forest. Jefferson Memorial Forest is a woodland tribute to area veterans and a treasure to all who visit. Designated as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, the forest has approximately 6,500 acres of steep slopes covered with mature, second growth hardwood trees, and is the largest municipal urban forest in the…


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A Great Adventure: Louisville Ky’s Best Outdoor Destinations and Activities

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville is a beautiful and lively metropolis. One of the greatest features of the city is that many natural wonders lie just a few miles outside of its boundaries. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are many outdoor activities and outstanding natural sights available for enjoyment. Outdoor opportunities include hiking, camping, horseback riding, forest canopy exploration, angling, hunting and other wilderness pastimes. Here is a guide of Louisville destinations that will enliven your sense of adventure and get you into the great outdoors: Jefferson Memorial Forest This park is only minutes from the city, though it feels as if it is in the…


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Louisville Ky Metro Parks now selling the perfect gift for that golf lover in the family

Louisville, Ky., – The 2016 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book is now on sale at all Metro Parks and Recreation public golf courses, and makes a perfect holiday gift for the golfer in the family, regardless of experience level. The $25 gift provides hundreds of dollars in savings throughout the year and is on sale at all nine public golf courses and the Metro Parks Administration Building at Joe Creason Park. The Golf Discount Book is one of many holiday gift options provided through Metro Parks and Recreation. For lovers of the great outdoors, the Welcome Center at Jefferson Memorial Forest…


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Louisville’s Jefferson Memorial Forest offers free enjoyment of Fall

Louisville, Ky., – Families can enjoy the fall colors in Jefferson Memorial Forest at the Mayor’s Fall Hike and Outdoor Adventure Sat., Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can get a pumpkin, take a hay ride, and hike trails of various lengths through the Forest at the height of fall color. The 11th annual hike is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, encouraging better health and wellness by highlighting opportunities for increased physical activity. The event is free to the public and the first 500 participants receive a T-shirt. Activities include a children’s nature exploration area,…


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Take a Canoe trip at Louisville’s Shawnee and Riverview parks

Louisville, Ky., – The “Canoemobile” is making its annual stop in Louisville on October 2-3, bringing fun and exploration through free trips for all ages on 24-foot Voyageur canoes on the Ohio River. The program, locally in its fourth year, is organized by Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division based at Jefferson Memorial Forest in partnership with Wilderness Inquiry, Inc. of Minneapolis. Funding for this year’s event is being offered by Metro Council members Rick Blackwell, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Jessica Green , David Tandy, Vicki Aubrey Welch, Cindi Fowler, and David Yates.   Additional funding support is being provided by the National…