Whether you plan to stay a week or a day, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area serves as an ideal place to take your students for a great educational experience in one of America’s Great Outdoors.
Your students can explore 170,000 acres of fields, streams, woods, and ponds integrating science, math, reading, writing, and exercise.
Over 100 miles of hiking trails offer students opportunities to move, discover, and learn. Trails range from short loops such as Long Creek Trail, Hematite Trail and the Fort Henry Trail System to longer loops like Honker Trail near Woodlands Nature Station. Our North/South Trail traverses the full length of our peninsula for 58 miles.
In addition, we have a highly qualified, well-trained staff of interpreters who will work with you to maximize the educational value of your visit to Land Between the Lakes.
Give your students another reason to remember you. Student field trips to Land Between the Lakes’ natural laboratories lasts a lifetime.
To arrange a group visit, please call 270-924-2020. Check out our Land Between the Lakes Group Program Guide.
Environmental Education Attractions
Woodlands Nature Station–Rescued wildlife and native plant gardens
Nature Station has a wonderful mix of live animal displays, native gardens, static exhibits and interpretive naturalists to easily build an educational message about the environment, resource conservation, animal life histories, and more. We are members of the National Association for Interpretation.
Planetarium and Observatory–Relax and learn
Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory offers a wide range of planetarium shows that are suitable for all grade levels. Open daily, you can request special showings for your students
including sky observations at the Observatory. We hold Star Parties with the Western Kentucky
Amateur Astronomers in the summer months; bring your students to look through telescopes.
The Planetarium now serves as a NASA Educator Resource Center. Contact us at 800-455-5897 about how you can receive educational materials provided by NASA.
Below are curriculum guides to use in the classroom:
- Little Star That Could Education Guide–Grades K-2
- Little Star That Could Education Guide–Grades 3-6
- Earth, Moon, and Sun Classroom Activities
Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum–A portal to the past
Give your students a view of life in 1850s western Tennessee and Kentucky with a visit to the Homeplace 1850s Farm. We feature heritage breeds of livestock and heirloom plants in the fields and gardens, and your students can participate in chores and activities of the time period. We are members of the National Association for Interpretation and the Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums.
Elk & Bison Prairie–Native prairie animals in their natural habitat
The 3-mile drive in the Elk & Bison Prairie will take your class back to a time before European settlement of the area — when elk and bison were common in western Kentucky. Our efforts to restore native grasses and wildflowers offer up close viewing of some incredible native plants and animals which easily compliments a conservation message.
In the fall, our Elk bugle during mating season sounding much like this audio clip.
Brandon Spring–Perfect for overnight groups
For a longer stay, Brandon Spring Group Center offers accommodations for up to 128 people, delicious food services, and an activities building for inclement weather. Amenities include a swimming pool, sports fields, basketball courts, trails, a lake, canoes, and plenty of outdoor space to explore — providing impressionable learning experiences that last a lifetime.
School Field Trip Grant Program
Friends of Land Between The Lakes, along with its partners, offers grants to public schools within a 100-mile radius of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Funding provides support for educational trips to this national recreation forest and our environmental education attractions. The School Field Trip Grant Program provides funding assistance for costs of transportation, onsite program fees, and residential expenses at our Brandon Spring Group Center.
Find more information at Friends of Land Between the Lakes website