Thrive Nature Camp
Weeklong camps for ages 3-11
Nature is our classroom! Every day is a surprise!
Child-led adventures to spark creativity and build confidence.
Nature Center Hours
Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4pm
Take a Walk with Tavia
Available upon request, Director Tavia Cathcart Brown will take you on a walk through our gorgeous Woodland Garden.
Thrive Forest School
We are the region’s first nature-based preschool! We’ve removed the walls and brought child-led, exploratory learning to where it makes the most impact: outside.
Rentals & Weddings
We offer a large assortment of rental and wedding options. Our scenic land makes the perfect destination for families, couples or anyone who loves the outdoors.
Our Attractions at Creasey Mahan
Visitor quote, “Every time I visit, it’s nicer than the time before.”
Mahan Manor was originally built from 1806-1808 as a two-story log cabin (the original structure is shown above between the chimneys). The home was given as a wedding gift to Virginia and Howard in 1921, by Virginia’s family.
The Nature Center is the Nature Preserve’s main educational facility, offering four dioramas: wetlands, woodlands, Native American life and artifacts, and Kentucky fish.
Nature Center hours are on Wednesdays & Fridays from 1-4pm.
Along Mahan Lane, just past the arbor into the forested trail area, visitors will notice our spectacular garden centerpiece for the area! The Woodland Garden ultimately will encompass a 6-acre area, with room to grow. When completed, this garden will be one of the largest native wildflower and fern gardens in the United States.
With miles of winding trails, there is a walk for everyone! Hike through lush forests, white pine stands, native grass meadows, wetlands, springs, and meandering streams. From quiet forest paths to broad grassy avenues, Creasey Mahan is ideal for local hiking, trail running, and nature exploration.
We have so much to offer, where do you even start!? With miles of trails, and so many sights to see it can be daunting to navigate the Nature Preserve, luckily we’ve got you covered! You can find extensive maps and information about where to go, and what to see.
Mature woodland along streams and waterways, hills crowned with white pines, sunny wildflower meadows and shady stony ravines–varied topography and stages of woodland growth makes CMNP a magical place to learn and explore.
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When: Saturday, February 24th Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Donation: $10/person, $5/members, Children 6 and younger are free Where: Meet at the Nature Center It can be tricky to identify […]
When: Saturday, March 2nd Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Donation: $10/person, $5/members, Children 6 and younger are free Where: Meet at the Nature Center Join Jacob Crider for a hike […]
Grounds are open from dawn to dusk 365-days of the year. The public restrooms are open from dawn to dusk 365-days a year; located in the “barn.”
Nature Center Hours
The Nature Center is open Wednesdays & Fridays from 1-4pm.