Nature Center Hours

Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4pm

Grounds are open 365-days a year from dawn to dusks!

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.

Take a Walk with Tavia

Director Tavia Cathcart Brown will take you on a walk through our gorgeous Woodland Garden to better explain our gorgeous wildflowers.

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.

Make A Donation

Your support will keep our future bright!

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is an adventurous wonderland for children of all ages. All year long, we encourage and guide children to explore our 170-acres of rolling woodlands, creeks, waterfalls, 9.5 miles of trails, and open grasslands.

Volunteer

Be part of the magic!

The Nature Preserve would like you to join our wonderful group of volunteers! Whether you have only a little time here and there, or would like to schedule a regular weekly session helping, your help is greatly appreciated!

Our Attractions at Creasey Mahan

Visitor quote, “Every time I visit, it’s nicer than the time before.”

Mahan Manor

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.

Nature center

The Nature Center is a natural history museum and the primary educational building. It offers a Bird Blind for easy viewing of birds as they visit feeders in the wildlife habitat garden. During summer months, there is an indoor beehive available for viewing the intricate workings of honeybees in a safe setting. Through a see-through pipe that leads outdoors, visitors can see hundreds of bees arrive and depart.

Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4pm. Grounds are open 365-days a year from dawn to dusks!

WOODLAND GARDEN

The two-acre demonstration garden highlights over 400 species of wildflowers, ferns, and select shrubs and trees, with a focus on native plants that grow well in our region. The shaded garden section’s peak bloom occurs between March-May. The sunnier garden section is a Certified Monarch Waystation, featuring native milkweed species and nectar plants, with the peak bloom time between July-September.

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TRAILS

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.

Conner Hicks, Troop 984, built the much needed kiosk at the trailhead entering the forest area of the Preserve.

MAPS

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.

SPECIES

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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FOREST FRIENDS PLAYGROUND

This is a 15,000 square foot ADA-accessible playground that is a child’s dream! There is a 12’ tower with three slides, a giant turtle and newt, canoe, wheelchair accessible play pieces, swings, and a toddler play area. Nearby are covered pavilions and picnic tables.

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ROCKASAURUS PLAYSCAPE

A few dozen steps away from the Forest Friends Playground is the natural play area, called Rockasaurus, for the dinosaur-type play structure created out of giant boulders. In this natural play area are criss-crossed logs for climbing, berms, a dry creek bed, and other play elements, such as a giant sandbox. Visit often, as new features are being added!

Upcoming Events

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Today

Summer Birding

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve 12501 Harmony Landing Road, Goshen, KY, United States

When: Saturday, July 13th Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Donation: $11/person, $6/members, Children 6 and younger are free Where: Meet at the Nature Center Join expert birder, Jacob Crider, […]

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Wildflowers & Pollinators

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve 12501 Harmony Landing Road, Goshen, KY, United States

When: Saturday, July 20th Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Donation: $11/person, $6/members, Children 6 and younger are free Where: Meet at the Nature Center During the heat of the […]

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Rumble Through the Jungle Cross Country Race

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve 12501 Harmony Landing Road, Goshen, KY, United States

This exciting sporting event is hosted by North Oldham High School and is a statewide cross-country race.

Grounds Hours

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.  Grounds are open 365-days a year from dawn to dusks!

Office Hours

Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 502-228-4362 or email info@kynaturepreserve.org.

2023 Butterfly Ball Appeal Video by Richard Van Kleeck

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Visitors Served

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Full-Time Staff

4,975

Volunteer Hours Served

3,200

Students Served

Bringing nature and community together.

We are a visitor-supported public charity. Thank you for your support!