Parents, kids, and even teachers sigh with relief at the end of a school year. But did you know, over the summer, the average student can lose more than two months of grade-level equivalency in math and science skills? If you call western Kentucky home, there are several educational places you can take kids this summer that will help put a stop to the “summer brain drain.”
The Woodlands Nature Center at Land Between the Lakes offers an up-close encounter with many animals native to Kentucky and more. “One of our big focuses here at the nature center, is we do try to get things hands on, up close and personal, we want the kids and parents to be able to show each other, or we show them some of the different aspects of nature,” says John Pollpeter, Lead Naturalist at the nature center.
If you’re searching for more of an indoor family friendly educational adventure, just down the road in Paducah you’ll find the River Discovery Center. Here, you can become the captain of your own boat in a state-of-the-art pilothouse simulator. Through a variety of other hands-on exhibits your family will learn all about the history of the Ohio River and more.
Speaking of history, about thirty minutes west of Paducah, you’ll discover a Native American archaeological site. You can tour the site, view exhibits from excavations, and more. “It’s a beautiful peaceful little site that families can bring their children to look at the artifacts and the exhibits, the nature trail, the picnic areas,” says Carla Hildebrand, park manager at Wickliffe Mounds.
Each Friday, we’ll take you to a different state in the Local 6 region, showing you some of the best educational places, which will help you add a little education to your vacation.
EXTENDED WEB COVERAGE Educational Destinations Fees - Woodlands Nature Station – Land Between the Lakes Adults - $5.00 Children under 12 – $3.00 - River Discovery Center – Paducah, KY Adults – $7.00 Children under 12 - $5.00 - Wickliffe Mounds – Wickliffe, KY Adults – $5.00 Children under 15 - $4.00
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