2017 Events

For a printable list of the 2017 Events, click HERE.

To host a booth at any event, click HERE.

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Annual Great Backyard Bird Count!
Co-hosted by the Louisville Audubon Society
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE Event – Meet at the Nature Center
Door prizes by the Louisville Audubon Society
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations across the nation.
Won’t you join us and be a citizen scientist for the day!
Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts. Members of the Louisville Audubon Society will help us identify and count birds at the Nature Preserve.
Our sightings will be added to a checklist, and this will be submitted online so the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society may learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share.
Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

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Spring Wildflowers Saturday
Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FREE, Donations encouraged

Tavia Cathcart, Executive Director and author, will give a presentation and lead a walk highlighting wildflowers, their stories, and the Woodland Garden! Free crafts for kids.

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Spring Family Campout
Saturday, May 27, Overnight to
Sunday, May 28 (Proposed Dates)

Spend the night at the Nature Preserve! Guests will learn about camping, cooking over the fire pit and receive a special night session of star-gazing with the Louisville Astronomy Society. Dinner and breakfast are included in the price. Limit of 40 campers, so register early (before May 18) and receive a discount. Rain or shine, no rain date.

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Nature Camp I 2016
Tuesday, June 13 to Friday, June 16,  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Register Early!!

Join us for 4 days of fun! Hiking, nature crafts, tie dye, games – every day is an adventure. Campers entering 1st grade to 6th grade will enjoy nature packed days.

Nature Camp II 2016
Monday, June 26 to Thursday, June 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register Early!!

Join us for 4 days of fun! Hiking, nature crafts, tie dye, games – every day is an adventure. Campers entering 1st grade to 6th grade will enjoy nature packed days.

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Family Fun Day with Raptors!
Sunday, July 16,  11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Rain date – July 23)
$3/child, maximum $12/family
Parents and children 2 & under FREE!

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and Louisville Family Fun are hosting this popular summertime event created especially for kids and their families! It features activities at every booth, Papa John’s Pizza, ice cream contests from Valley Dairy Freeze and face painting with Kid’s Canvas. PLUS Raptor Rehab of Kentucky will present their beautiful raptors!

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Pet Day “WoofStock” & Butterfly Day
Saturday, August 5 ,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Proposed Dates)
FREE, Donations encouraged

Co-hosted by the Goshen Animal Clinic – everyone with a pet is invited (on leash and bring pick-up bags, please). Pet adoptions, pet-friendly booths, and lunch treats. On the same day, visitors can learn about butterflies with expert Corinne Mastey, who will show how to catch and release live butterflies!

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Fall Family Campout
Saturday, September 23, Overnight to Sunday, September 24 (Proposed dates)

Spend the night at the Nature Preserve! Guests will learn about camping, cooking over the fire pit and share in a special presentation. Dinner and breakfast are included in the price. Limited capacity of 40 campers, so register early and receive a discounted price. Rain or shine – no rain date.

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THE HAUNTED HIKE! Sunday, October 1,   3 p.m. – 9 p.m
(Rain date – Oct 15)
Fantasy Kiddie Trail & Fun Haunted House – 6$/person
Inflatable Party Zone – $5/child

The Haunted Hike offers Halloween fun for the entire family! This kid-friendly event features a half-mile Fantasy Kiddie Trail with lots of candy, Harvest Hay Village, Inflatable Party Zone, a comic Haunted House, jungle hayrides, treat stations, and fun activities for the entire family. The Haunted House will be open from 5 – 9 p.m., but all other activities will be from 3 – 9 p.m.

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15th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen
Saturday, December 2,   12 – 3 p.m. (Rain date – Dec 9)
FREE, Donations encouraged

A thank you to our friends and community for a terrific year! Free food, artisans and gift booths, crafts, hayrides, music, and Santa & Mrs. Claus with gift bags and treats.

Thank you to our wonderful annual sponsors!

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