Louisville’s groundbreaking forest school program

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Thrive Forest School at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, is now offering a nature-based after school program for children in grades K-5. At Afternoon Adventurers, children unwind after a day of academics to explore the beautiful woodlands of Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.

Creasey Mahan

Studies show that the benefits of unstructured outdoor play include stress reduction, better sleep health, and improved academic performance. Plus, it’s just a ton of fun to spend time outside with friends, without the need for masks, creating memories in nature and forest school is perfect for that.

What does a typical day at Afternoon Adventurers look like? Students in grades K-5 arrive at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve after school (if attending Harmony, they arrive by bus, others are dropped off by a parent). The group hike to their outdoor classroom, tucked away in a cozy pine grove, and often sit around a campfire for snack time. Children are then given the freedom and guidance to follow their interests—climbing, building, carving, journaling, socializing or just relaxing near a creek.

Thrive is held outdoors in all weather, throughout all seasons. Children wear proper gear for the conditions and build resilience as they explore in the sun, rain, snow, and mud. For the children who attend Thrive, the time they share in nature helps them to process their school day, unwind, and just be a kid. The program is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-5:15pm. Financial assistance may be available to families in need. Enrollment options include month-to-month or the full school year, which follows the Oldham County calendar. Their motto is, “Your child will come home dirty, or your money back!” So far, no refunds have been issued :).

For more information and to enroll for Thrive Afternoon Adventurers CLICK HERE, or send a message to Madeline@KYNaturePreserve.org

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