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 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.

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School and Youth Programs

Youth education programs aim to serve the needs of local students, parents, and teachers involved in public and private school or homeschool environments. Kids will enjoy active learning experiences at our garden facility at the Avish Estate with native and exotic plants, insects, birds, and more, both outdoors in the garden and inside the greenhouse. We offer lesson activities that correlate to Kentucky and Indiana state curricula and are in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

We have already partnered with high school classes, clubs, and groups to complete projects that support their studies or to meet required community service hours. We also welcome opportunities to assist Girl and Cub Scouts to acquire badges and awards. To schedule an education program, email James (Jamie) Burghardt, Director of Horticulture and Education.

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lifelong learning

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

Throughout the year, the Gardens offers lectures, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and specialty learn-and-socialize events. Our adult programs require advance registration and are open to both WBG members and the general public.

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INTERNSHIPS

College students interested in internships with Waterfront Botanical Gardens should email a letter-of-interest and a current resumé to info@waterfrontgardens.org. Limited paid and unpaid opportunities (for college credit only) exist during the year, typically on a semester to semester basis, and include opportunities in: marketing, horticulture, curation, education, and general business administration.