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. Traditional summer camp fun will round out the experience, inspiring exploration and creating an adventure to remember for a lifetime.

Summer Day Camps

Summer Day Camps

What makes Jefferson Memorial Forest Camps special?

  • A great counselor-to-camper ratio! We have two counselors for every 10 campers.
  • A highly trained staff.
  • Lots of hands-on nature activities.
  • Active adventures.
  • Campers learn new skills and build confidence in the natural world.

Some important information about our summer camps:

  • Because this camp is about exploring the natural world, campers should be able to walk on trails, walk up and down hills, and traverse both flat and uneven ground.
  • Campers should be prepared to be outdoors all day.
  • Because campers work cooperatively together in small groups, it is necessary that your child has the ability to maintain appropriate self-control in social situations.
  • Parents with questions regarding the ability of Jefferson Memorial Forest staff to meet their child’s needs should contact the Camp Director at 502-368-6856 well in advance of the start of camp. We are happy to make reasonable accommodations to ensure all campers have the best experience.

Explore Our Camps

Registration and Payment Information

Prices include all camp supplies and field trip admissions. Registration forms can be mailed with check or credit card information to Jefferson Memorial Forest, P O Box 467, Fairdale, KY 40118.

Reservations can also be made over the phone. Make checks payable to Jefferson Memorial Forest. Include the session dates your child is attending on the check. Refunds, less a $25 processing fee, will only be given if a cancellation is made in writing at least two weeks before the first day of camp.

If a camp is filled or canceled, a full refund will be made to you. All camps are subject to maximum and minimum enrollment requirements.

Special Requests

If you would like your child to be grouped with a sibling or friend, please indicate this on the registration form. This cannot be guaranteed if the children are in different age groups or if space is not available. Campers are grouped according to age. This allows for an optimum learning experience.

Payment Options

Prices include all supplies and admission for special field trips. To guarantee your child’s spot, you can pay with a check through the mail or pay in person by cash, check, or credit card at the Forest Welcome Center.

Make checks payable to Jefferson Memorial Forest. Include the session dates your child is attending on the check.


A cancellation must be received in writing no less than two weeks before the first day of camp. A refund (less a $25 processing fee) will be made. If the camp is canceled by Louisville Parks, a full refund will be made.

Refunds cannot be made due to weather. Forest Staff will make additions, omissions, and or adjustments to the schedule in the interest of group safety, well-being, and minimum staffing requirements.

Special Needs

It is the intent of Louisville Parks to make all facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities; if an accommodation is necessary for your participation, please advise us of the needed service in advance. Call 502-456-8148 (Voice) or 502-456-8183 (TDD).