Louisville Nature Center offers learning experiences for youth and adults. | Courtesy of LNC

Update: The trees the Louisville Nature Center are giving out have all been reserved. They’ll have more information, however, at the Open House on where you can get other free trees.

The Louisville Nature Center is a valuable community resource that not only manages the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, but offers learning experiences for youth and adults at its 41-acre urban forest.

On Saturday, the Nature Center is opening its doors to the public at an open house where people can learn more about the organization and what services it provides. They’re also giving away up to five trees per family as part of their Spring Tree Giveaway program.

“The Louisville Nature Center truly provides a one-of-kind experience for so many youth in our community,” said executive director Kathy Morris in a press release. “While we always welcome folks to stop by to learn about our programs, we are ecstatic to really showcase our organization — and our natural environment — to the community.”

A mature chestnut oak | Courtesy of LNC

Those interested in trees can choose from the Kentucky coffee tree or the chestnut oak, and you’ll be able to see mature examples of the trees at Saturday’s event. Representatives from the Master Gardener Association also will be on hand to share expert advice on planting the trees.

Louisville Nature Center has more than 2 miles of hiking trails, 180 species of trees and wildflowers, 150 species of birds and at least 30 species of butterflies. The event will be hosted with Ignite Louisville, a program run by Leadership Louisville.

The Open House is free and will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. The Louisville Nature Center is located at 3745 Illinois Ave.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."