List of nature centers in Kentucky

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This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Kentucky.

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Name Location County Region Summary
Beckley Creek Park Louisville Jefferson North Central 616 acres, includes the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation, operated by The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Clermont Bullitt North Central 14,000-acre arboretum, forest, and nature preserve, education center, art gallery, 35 miles of trails
Blackacre State Nature Preserve Louisville Jefferson North Central 170 acre farm, trails, 19th century homestead, environmental education programs
Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge Danville Boyle Bluegrass website, 500 acres, features the Mary Ashby Cheek Nature Center
Clay Hill Memorial Forest Campbellsville Taylor South Central Kentucky website, 158-acre educational and research woodland that is managed by Campbellsville University as a regional center for environmental education
Clyde E. Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary & Life Adventure Center Frankfort Franklin Bluegrass website, 374 acres, operated by the Central Kentucky Audubon Society
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve Goshen Oldham North Central website, 168 acres, exhibits include ecosystem dioramas, Native American life, Kentucky fish, natural history learning areas
Floracliff Nature Sanctuary Lexington Fayette Bluegrass website, 287 acres, located in the Kentucky River Palisades, managed by an independent board in conjunction with the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, features the Winifred W. Haggart Nature Center
Fort Wright Nature Center Fort Wright Kenton Northern Kentucky website, 13 acre park, operated by the city
Gladie Visitor Center Stanton Powell Central website, cultural heritage, natural history and geology of the Red River Gorge Geological Area and Clifty Wilderness in the Daniel Boone National Forest
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg Floyd Eastern 2,871 acres, includes a nature center
Joe Ford Nature Center Owensboro Daviess Western website, 14 acres, operated by the city
John James Audubon State Park Henderson Henderson Western About 700 acres, features the Audubon Museum, with exhibits about John James Audubon's life and art and a nature center with hands-on exhibits
Land Between the Lakes Woodlands Nature Station Trigg Western Outdoor native wildlife enclosures and native plant trails, indoor exhibits, programs, website
Lost River Cave Bowling Green Warren South Central Kentucky Underground cave tours by boat, 68 acres with 3 miles of trails, nature center
Louisville Nature Center Louisville Jefferson North Central 41 acres in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve
Mary E. Fritsch Nature Center Livingston Rockcastle South Central Kentucky website, operated by Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest
Natural Bridge State Resort Park Slade Powell Central 2,200 acre forested park and nature preserve with 22 miles of trails, a 60-acre lake, nature center
Pine Mountain State Resort Park Pineville Bell Southeast 1,159 acres, includes the Pine Mountain Interpretive Center, golf course and mini golf
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary Lexington Fayette Bluegrass website, 734 acres, over 10 miles of trails, nature center, operated by the city
Salato Wildlife Education Center Frankfort Franklin Bluegrass website, operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, includes indoor exhibits and outdoor trails with native wildlife on display, 262 acres, 4 miles of trails
Toyota Environmental Education Center Georgetown Scott North Central website, operated by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, park with 1 mile trail, education programs
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Jamestown Russell South Central Kentucky Features a visitor/environmental center, exhibits about fish, natural history and the environment


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