Thrive Nature Camp

All the fun of Thrive Forest School packed into camp! Woodland art, critter hikes, forest music, log crossing, puddle splashing, structure building, friend making fun!

As with forest preschool, we follow a child-led, inquiry-based, exploratory play model. We work with what nature gives us (sun! rain! mud!) and embrace it all. Our motto is “Your child will come home dirty or your money back!” So far, no refunds have been issued 😉

Children must be potty proficient and at least 3 years of age by the first day of camp. Morning camps are available for children entering preschool through exiting fifth grade (generally ages 3-11). Afternoon camp is available for children entering kindergarten through exiting fifth grade (generally ages 5-11).

Schedule & Tuition


Weekly sessions: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 12:30pm (two age groups each week; Preschool-Kindergarten and First-Fifth grade)

Summer-long afternoon camp: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm-5pm (kids age 5-12, entering kindergarten-exiting Fifth grade)


Weekly sessions: $210 + 6% sales tax

Summer-long afternoon camp:

June session: $275 + 6% sales tax

July session: $275 + 6% sales tax

Sign up for one month or the full summer!

Session Dates: Registration is now open! Sessions start June 3rd with the last week starting July 29th. No camp week of July 4th.

For more information or question, please email Laura@KYNaturePreserve.org


Thrive Forest School

We are Louisville’s first nature-based preschool and are excited to offer your 3- to 5-year-old a true forest school program!

By design, forest preschools keep a very low child-to-teacher ratio (6-to-1). This allows for plenty of coverage to confidently allow children the space they need to engage in exploratory play while ensuring safety as well as ample teacher engagement. Classes fill up quickly!

Virtual Open House: CLICK HERE to view a virtual open house which covers Thrive’s philosophy, schedule, and answers common questions.

Schedule & Tuition

Schedule: 9:30am – 12:30pm, including a healthy snack

Class Options:

  • 2-day: Tuesday/Thursday | $358 per month
  • 3-day: Monday/Wednesday/Friday | $438 per month
  • 5-day: Monday-Friday | $578 per month (returning students only)

Generally follows Oldham County School calendar

Discount for paying tuition in full rather than monthly

Financial Aid may be available

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Thrive Afternoon Adventurers

Afternoon Adventurers at Thrive is geared towards elementary-aged kids in grades K-5. After a tough day of hitting the books, we hit the brooks (and creeks and ponds and forest and treetops)! Child-led, social, exploratory play designed to help kids unwind and have grand adventures. Outside in all weather, this program offers an escape from screen time and information overload.

Schedule & Costs

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm or 3:30pm to 5:00pm (two separate drop-off times). We are a designated bus stop for Harmony Elementary school and offer a drop-off zone for parents who are driving.

Cost: Varies based on drop-off time, click the button below to see all options. Financial assistance is available.

For mid-year enrollment email Laura@KYNaturePreserve.org

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Thrive Acorns

At Thrive Acorns, children ages 18 months to young 3 year olds, along with a parent or caregiver, will develop physical, social, and emotional skills as they play in our magical forest classroom. Each class in this 6-week series (held Wednesday mornings) will be expertly guided by Ms. Kathryn, a Thrive Forest School educator for the past 5 years.

Classes follow a theme each week (e.g., Forest Music, Colors of Nature, Birds and Seeds) and strike a balance between guided and exploratory play.

Schedule & Costs

Schedule: There are two classes are held one on Wednesday mornings and one on Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 across a 6-week session. The current cost is $150.

Full for the spring session. The next dates are set for September to October 2024. Registration will open in mid-August.

For more information or questions,  please email Kathryn@KYNaturePreserve.org.