The Gardens are open during roadwork on Frankfort Avenue. Please allow ample time to reach us when visiting!

Lifelong learning

Explore, discover, and grow through education at Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Whether you’re trying a new hobby or digging deeper into plants and nature, we aim to provide many ways to keep learning no matter your age.

Long before our Master Plan and site construction began, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens non-profit organization already offered educational programming for adults, families, and children. Our teaching team of staff, experts, and partners from across the Louisville region are excited to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, and to connect our diverse community with plants and nature!

YOUTH & FAMILY programs

Youth and family programs aim to serve the needs of local students, parents, and teachers involved in public, private, or home school environments. Enjoy active learning experiences with native and exotic plants, insects, birds, and more, both outdoors in the garden and inside the greenhouse. Our youth and family programs require advance registration and are open to both members and the general public. Youth and family education offerings include:

  • Gardens Storytime
  • Sprouts Spring and Summer Camps
  • Girl and Cub Scouts to acquire badges and awards
  • Field Trips for public, private, and home schools
  • Outreach Programs for grades Pre K – 5
  • Activities that correlate to Kentucky and Indiana state curricula and are in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Virtual and distance learning



ADULT programs

Throughout the year, WBG offers lectures, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and specialty learn-and-socialize events. Our adult programs require advance registration and are open to both members and the general public. Members are also eligible for our exclusive members-only program series, Laugh & Learn. Adult classes and workshops have a focus in the areas of:

  • Horticulture and Gardening
  • Art and Design
  • Science and Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Nature Photography
  • City and Waterway History
  • Educational Tours/Trips