Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy Named Outstanding Community Partner for Excellence in Environmental Education
Over the course of many years, the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy has educated thousands of adults and children through well organized and informative volunteer events aimed at restoring native forests and riparian areas in Louisville’s urban parks. In addition, college students have the opportunity to participate in the Conservancy’s internship programs, receiving academic credit and professional experience in environmental studies prior to graduation.
In the past year, the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy has taken steps to expand environmental education programming through the implementation of a new strategic plan. As part of this plan, the conservancy established a new, full-time staff position dedicated to coordinating and managing education programming. Among the new programs added in the last year are free, guided walking tours of various Olmsted Parks, seasonal festivals that invite visitors to explore the parks in a new way, and nature-play events for children. The Conservancy’s partnership with Bellarmine University in particular has grown through collaborative development of experiential environmental education projects that have been implemented as part of course curricula.