Jefferson Memorial Forest (JMF) is an urban greenspace just 15 miles from downtown in Southwest Louisville. It encompasses over 6,700 acres, and is the base for environmental education, experiential education, and outdoor recreation activities for Metro Parks and Recreation.

We have several program opportunities to inspire learners of all ages. JMF offers Public Programs such as orienteering, archery, survival skills, ca­noeing, and more. We have week long summer day camps for youth beginning at age 7 with a variety of camp themes to spark curiosity and encourage a life-long love of nature. Our on staff naturalists also offer a variety of outdoor immersive field trip experiences that meet Kentucky Academic and Science standards. Click below to discover more about our available programming.

Public Programs

Jefferson Memorial Forest has a full schedule of year-round programs offered to the general public. We offer nature programs, outdoor skills, guided hikes, recreational activities and much more!

Summer Camps

Our summer camps combine summer fun with nature-based science education activities. We offer a variety of camps for ages 7 to 15. Campers will take on the roles of naturalists, scientists, and adventurers as they explore the Forest and the creatures that inhabit it.

Field Trips

JMF serves JCPS, pa­rochial and private schools, as well as homeschool, scout, and youth groups. All of our programs are hands-on, interdisciplinary, and correlated to KY Academic Standards and Next Genera­tion Science Standards.

Louisville ECHO

Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors (Louisville ECHO or ECHO) is a multi-partner environmental education and outdoor recreation initiative managed by Jefferson Memorial Forest, a unit of the Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Department.