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Rugged Research: KY

Rugged Research is a fun and exciting nature-based education organization founded by Rocky Mountain Park Rangers designed to spark curiosity and wonder towards the natural world!

We offer after school programs, spring/summer camps, and more for children ages 4-11.

Kentucky has wondrously diverse ecosystems, which our program uses as a giant learning laboratory to help students fall in love with nature and learn about the impact of their actions on the environment.

Summertime on the Sheltowee!

Date: Sunday, August 21st, 2022
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Location: Red River Gorge
Ages: 7-11
Cost: FREE!

During this outdoor class, students will go on a hiking adventure along the Sheltowee Trace Trail. We will play games to learn about the unique ecosystem, make friends, and explore the trail.  This is a drop off only class. Spots are limited.

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What people are saying…

Our children had a great time hiking with Rugged Research. They were so excited telling us about their adventure with the team. We enjoyed hearing their stories and learning some of the games they played. We loved that RR help the kids spot things we would never think of looking for on our regular family hikes. -A.D. Parent

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just wanted to say thank you so much for offering this nature experience – [student] has been chatting nonstop since we got home about how much fun it was, and can not wait until next week! -L.H. Parent

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Happy kid! I felt comfortable leaving him with the leaders I spoke to. [Student] loved the cedar forest- said it was SO COOL. He said he had fun the whole time. -J.M. Parent

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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