21st Century Parks is the nonprofit responsible for the development and long-term operations of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, one of the largest new metropolitan parks projects in the country. The Parklands is a 4,000-acre systemic addition to Louisville's park system, comprised of four major new parks lined by a park drive, urban trail system, and canoe trail along the Floyds Fork, a classic Kentucky stream. Find out more about The Parklands or to volunteer at www.theparklands.org.
Louisville needs more people on bikes. Bicycling for Louisville is working to make bicycling safer, more popular and more fun for citizens of all ages and backgrounds through advocacy, education, and other initiatives.
Have you considered the advantages of joining your local bicycle advocacy organization? Become a member or renew your membership today and join Bicycling for Louisville in advocating for better bicycling conditions, and help make bicycling safer and more fun!
YOU should be a member of Bicycling for Louisville! Why?
- The more members, the more weight policy makers give to bicycling issues raised on your behalf.
- Members vastly expand our base of knowledge of local bicycling conditions, needs, and opportunities. Donations from Members provide our most important source of funding.
- Members receive invitations to fun bicycle-powered events.
- It's an easy way to make our community more bicycle-friendly.
For more information on Bicycling for Louisville and how you can get involved, please visit: www.bicyclingforlouisville.org
Breaking New Grounds is a sustainable pilot system to transform a plentiful waste product into a healthy, living soil, create neighborhood gardens, nutritious food, sustainable jobs and teach young people how this simple process can give birth to amazing possibilities. The Breaking New Grounds concept is to develop with local farmers and other partners across the city a neighborhood-based, community food system that will:
- Grow food, grow farmers and grow jobs
- Empower local farmers, our neighbors, and ourselves to create healthy worm compost, bontiful organic gardens, nutritious food, neighborhood-based economic development and community from food and other waste that is currently landfilled
- Provide healthy food to neighbors; and
- Provide new job skills and incomes in neighborhoods where residents are underemployed.
To learn about volunteer opportunities and more information about Breaking New Grounds please visit www.breakingnewgrounds.org
Since 1993, Kentucky Waterways Alliance has been a leader in the fight against pollution in our waterways - winning stronger protections for over 90 percent of Kentucky's rivers, lakes and streams. KWA work with communities on local watershed issues and at the state and national levels advocating for the best regulations possible. With a mission to protect and restore Kentucky's waterways, our work is making a difference in the quality of life for all Kentuckians one protected stream at a time.
KWA's mission is accomplished through four strategic goals:
- Identify key places for protection on a local watershed level.
- Carry out a statewide movement to protect Kentucky's waterways through grassroots activism and large-scale awareness.
- Work on behalf of communities and the promises laid out in the Clean Water Act by influencing public policy.
- Build a strong and sustainable water network by promoting and supporting local watershed groups.
KWA's work is made possible by its members, supporters and partners who are all working toward the same ultimate goal - healthy waterways and healthy communities in Kentucky.
To learn more and get involved please visit their site: http://www.kwalliance.org/
Many people see cities as mere buildings and roads. Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, had a different vision. As one of the greatest champions of urban beauty, Olmsted believed nature could be harmouniously integrated into modern landscapes for the benefit of everyone.
This idea took root in Louisville in the 1890s with the creation of one of only four Olmsted Parks systems in the world. Since then, it has flourished through the preservation efforts of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Louisville's Frederick Law Olmsted Parks are our health clubs and art studios, our outdoor classrooms, sports facilities and family retreats. They play a vital role in protecting the city's health and well-being and they provide common ground for celebrating cultural diversity. The parks enhance Louisville's quality of life.
Without attention and support, the value this great asset will decline. It takes hard work, funding, and community interest to preserve this resource. Olmsted Parks Conservancy leads the movement to enhance and restore these resources, and invites the community to realize its stake in the future of our Frederick Law Olmsted Parks.
The mission of Olmsted Parks Conservancy is to enrich the life of everyone in our community by restoring, enhancing and preserving the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways – Louisville's great natural and recreational assets. Find out how you can help at olmstedparks.org
The Brennan House (1868) is a Victorian mansion in downtown Louisville that is filled with an entirely original family collection. It is listed on the National Register and is a local landmark. The building is the headquarters of Preservation Louisville, Inc. a 501 (C)(3) charitable non-profit organization.
As Metro Louisville's citywide non-profit historic preservation organization, Preservation Louisville works in partnership with local, state and national organizations to promote the preservation of our community's historic resources through education and advocacy. Preservation Louisville also provides hands-on training, technical information and resources. For more information, www.preservationlouisville.org or 502-540-5146.
The Food Literacy Project provides farm-based experiential education and entrepreneurial youth development programs that bring the Field-to-Fork experience to life for local youth.
In a time of great concern about the safety of our food sources, rising obesity and diabetes rates, as well as the cultural disconnection between our food and the earth, the Food Literacy Project offers experiential education programs that foster healthier children, healthier communities, and increased respect for the land.
The Food Literacy Project's plant, agriculture, and food education programs are available to public and private school classes, community groups, youth and after-school programs, and special needs groups. The Food Literacy Project also offer professional development for educators, focusing on ways to infuse themes of food and nutrition into curriculum. The Food Literacy Project offers a rare opportunity to engage in a sustainable food system, and to share in the pleasures and rewards of farming.
The Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm's mission is to inspire a new generation of people to build relationships with healthy food, farming, and the land. Volunteers play an critical role in fulfilling the Food Literacy Project's mission. Volunteering with FLP is a rewarding and fun experience and a wide range of volunteer opportunities are available.
To learn more about the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm's and volunteer opportunities please visit www.foodliteracyproject.org
Established in 2004, The Natural Areas Division of Metro Parks is based at Jefferson Memorial Forest and is responsible for eight natural area properties, including the Forest, totaling nearly 7,000 acres and representing a wide variety of habitat.
It is the mission of the Natural Areas division to offer the highest quality outdoor recreation, nature-based education, and stewardship activities. Their philosophy is that outdoor recreation, environmental education, and stewardship activities should support and complement one another. This is accomplished through both user-led and staff-led activities including:
- Volunteer opportunities (Land Stewards, Volunteer Naturalists, Volunteer Trail Team, Forest Ambassadors)
- Public programs
- Summer camps
- The Louisville ECHO initiative (Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors)
- Reserved educational and recreational programs for schools and community groups
- Recreational opportunities such as fishing, camping, hiking, equestrian trails, mountain biking trails, and much more.
If you would like to volunteer your time to improve the condition of open space within the Natural Areas Division, please visit their website: www.memorialforest.com