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Frederick Law Olmsted created landscape experiences, to have a humanizing effect on the citizens: to soften their harsh life, and to bring people of all classes together to interact and gain a sense of community.

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News: Now on Exhibit: Park Paintings

April 16, 2014

The Plein Air Painters of Kentucky, founded in 1998 by Jane Morgan, consists of a group of artists who paint area landscapes, streetscapes, historic areas, and waterways in the Kentuckiana region. Over the last year, these artists have been painting the picturesque Olmsted Parks of Louisville.  The French term “en plein air” means “in open more >

News: Plant ID Stroll with Patricia Haragan

April 10, 2014

Join botanist and author Patricia Haragan as she leads plant identification strolls through Louisville’s Olmsted Parks and Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. Explore with Patricia, author of the book The Olmsted Parks of Louisville: A botanical field guide, as she points out the characteristics of a variety of plants and discusses the history and folklore more >

News: Keri and Brendan Kennedy

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April 03, 2014

For Keri and Brendan Kennedy, a young professional couple who love being outdoors and feel a strong civic commitment to their city, volunteering in the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks in a perfect fit. Almost every Saturday morning you can find these two working in an Olmsted Park. Keri, who works for Republic National Distributing Company, more >

News: New Botany Guide Available

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February 13, 2014

The Olmsted Parks of Louisville–A Botanical Field Guide by Louisville native Patricia Dalton Haragan Photographs by Susan Wilson and Chris Bidwell 472 pages ∙ 6 x 9 ∙ 320 color photos, map The Olmsted Parks of Louisville-A Botanical Field Guide is the first authoritative manual on the 380 species of trees, herbaceous plants, shrubs, and more >

News: Tree Saplings Triple in Park Woodlands

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February 13, 2014

GREAT NEWS! The number of tree saplings growing in Cherokee and Seneca Parks has tripled in areas cleared of invasive bush honeysuckle as compared to areas not cleared. Over the last few years Olmsted Parks Conservancy crew and volunteers have cleared invasive species from 300 acres of parkland. This exciting outcome was revealed by two more >

News: Extraordinary Volunteers Recognized

February 13, 2014

1413 individuals and 59 groups volunteered (a total of 6975 hours) in 2013 to keep the Olmsted Parks healthy and beautiful. We are grateful for the generous spirit of each of you who gave your time, talent and energy to your treasured parks. Below are listed some special individuals and groups who went above and more >

News: Junior Park Steward Program Announced!

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February 11, 2014

The Junior Park Steward program provides a hands-on learning experience for high school students 14-18 years of age. Junior Park Stewards will gain valuable knowledge about conservation, park history and horticulture from Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff and trained Park Steward volunteers. The program schedule will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:00am-12:00pm June 17-July 10. Junior more >

News: MLK, Jr. Day of Service 2014: Planting Trees in Shelby Park

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January 21, 2014

Over 60 volunteers came out to help plant trees in Shelby Park in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Several individuals and groups enjoyed the beautiful weather and sense of community which permeated the event. Check out our photos, and the photo gallery and video courtesy of the Courier Journal’s Alton Strupp more >

News: Park Steward Training Starts Soon!

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January 13, 2014

Jump into the New Year with a plan to help in the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks. Join us on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00pm to learn more about the Park Steward program. A Park Steward is a volunteer leader who receives in-depth training by our energetic staff in order to help with park projects, volunteer more >

News: Adoption Group–Alpha Tau Omega, University of Louisville

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January 03, 2014

"Cleaning a park is such an easy task that makes the world of difference to the community. With a couple of hours and some trash bags, the Brothers of ATO create a cleaner, safer place for kids to enjoy their sunny afternoons." 
- Jacob Jones
Alpha Tau Omega Member;  University of Louisville Inter-fraternity Council, Vice President of Service

“Volunteering through Olmsted Parks reflects the values of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. As an organization, we understand the importance of providing our services to the community and how our actions impact the lives of others. Cleaning a park is such an easy task that makes the world of difference to the community. With a more >