Virtual Summer Camps

Camp at Home with JMF

This is a fully engaged experience with staff and camper interaction with little input/supervision from parents.


Before camp begins your camper will receive a Summer Camp Care Package with all of the instructions and materials to have a successful and fun week of camp at home. You will take some time to review all its contents prior to camp to ensure your camper is set up and ready.  If you have any questions prior to camp we are here for you and ready to respond. We will also include summer camp souvenirs for your camper to enjoy after camp has ended!  

Your camper will meet in a virtual group with other campers and trained staff to participate in interactive themed activities. Just like summer camp at JMF, each day we will have check-ins, discuss rules and expectations, games, and even have snack time!  We want to create a thoughtful and engaging experience, so throughout the sessions, campers will be led through movement breaks to help shake out any restlessness. Good Bye Zoom Fatigue, Hello Dance Parties!!!

Finally, at JMF, we believe being outdoors in nature is beneficial and necessary for a healthy life. This summer we want to make sure your camper is still getting that Vitamin N(ature), so throughout camp, our staff will give instructions to campers on a self-led(or family led) activity or craft for them to explore outside either in your backyard or local green space.

These will be weekly camps running 5 days a week for approximately 1-2 hours. The cost is $60-$75/week depending on the camp theme. Camps will be offered beginning June 15-July 31, with the exception of the 4th of July week (June 29-July 3), no camps will be held that week. Dates and themes are below.


  • June 15-19 Wilderness Survival
  • June 22-26 Fairies, Gnomes, and Trolls
  • June 29-July 3 No camp- 4th of July week
  • July 6-10 Locust Grove
  • July 13-17 Fairies, Gnomes, and Trolls
  • July 20-24 Locust Grove
  • July 27-31 Wilderness Survival

Camp Descriptions:

Wilderness Survival Camp 

Ages: 7 - 10       

This session will test the knowledge and skills of your camper with activities that cover the basic needs of survival. This will include first aid lessons, home survival crafts, Leave No Trace ethics, and more. Throughout the week, your child will also partake in fun, interactive, movement games and live animal sessions with other campers to capture that summer camp experience of community.  At the end of the session, a self-led outdoor activity is included to encourage them to explore nature and share their experience the following day.


Fairies, Trolls and Gnomes    

Ages: 7 - 10  

We’ll bring the fun and excitement of camp to you!  Each camper will get a bag of fairy treats to create their enchanted fairy, gnome or troll garden throughout the week.  We’ll have interactive sessions with our fairy, gnome and troll, creating crafts, learning about our education animals and other forest creatures, story time and creating the play for Friday.  We will include self-led outdoor activities to use for show and tell each day and create yummy treats for the tea party on Friday.


Locust Grove Camp            

Ages: 7 - 10   

Go on a time traveling adventure from your house with Locust Grove and Jefferson Memorial Forest.  Learn about everyday life for the first European settlers and the first American Indians in Kentucky and how they shaped their environments into what would become the city of Louisville!  Meet important people from Locust Grove’s history and experience the past by building, creating, tasting and trying!


How to sign up

Register for camp at home here or call our welcome center at 502-368-5404.


Self-led Summer Camp Box

Each week we will have a limited number of self-led summer camp boxes available for purchase based on the following themes:

  • Wilderness Survival- available June 12
  • Fairies, Gnomes, and Trolls- available June 19
  • Locust Grove- available June 26

Each box will contain supplies for self-led activities and nature crafts. Cost is $30/box

Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on box quantities available.

To reserve your Summer Camp box please call the welcome center at (502) 368-5404



Whether you decide camp at home is for you or not, we have several different refund/payment options if you have already signed up for our in-person sessions:

  • No camps with a full refund
  • No camps with a full or partial donation to Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors (ECHO), a grant-funded outdoor education and recreation initiative managed by Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Natural Areas Division of Louisville Parks & Recreation that is focused on improving equitable access to the outdoors for Louisville youth and families. 
  • Camp week(s) with remaining refunded
  • Camp week(s) with remaining donated to Louisville ECHO

Special Needs
It is the intent of Louisville Parks and Recreation to make all facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities; if an accommodation is necessary for your participation, please advise us of the needed service in advance. Call (502) 456-8148 (voice) or (502) 456-8183 (TDD).