Author: Laurel Hostetter

Meet Kallie!

We have a new Program Coordinator!
Kallie Kibler is no stranger to Life Adventure Center – she’s been working here part-time for the last year as an equine assistant. But starting today she has been promoted to a full-time Program Coordinator. While her heart may still belong to our horses, Kallie will be learning all elements of our programming and helping facilitate groups on all our modalities.
Kallie is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and found her way to the Bluegrass by attending college at the University of Kentucky, graduating in May of 2020. When not at LAC, she loves to go hiking and spend time outdoors.
Welcome Kallie!

LAC Equine and Mountain Biking Trails Closed Beginning 5/15

As most of you know, Life Adventure Center’s primary mission provides outdoor therapeutic recreation to groups affected by trauma from across Central Kentucky. We achieve this mission through extensive challenge course, equine, canoeing, archery, and other high adventure activities. The unique nature of our programming can only be insured by a limited number of large, specialized insurance companies. Unfortunately the general liability insurance market for our industry suffered huge losses last year which forced some carriers completely out of the market and the others to drastically increase rates. In addition, we were forced to limit the activities we offer just to maintain coverage for our mission-critical activities.
With this in mind, Life Adventure Center must regretfully CLOSE BOTH OUR MOUNTAIN BIKE AND EQUINE TRAIL NETWORKS to the public, effective May 15th, 2021.
We have loved the opportunity to share our property with you all through these trails over the years. While public access trails are NOT our primary mission, we developed and maintained both our Mountain Bike and Equestrian trails at great expense as a public service. Thanks goes out to our partners at the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen, and countless volunteers who helped us develop and maintain these resources over the past few years. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to experience our beautiful private lands. We are saddened at their closure, necessitated to protect coverage of our mission-critical programs. We hope you understand and accept our apology for any disappointment this closure brings.
We are actively working to find a solution to this problem and remain hopeful we will find a way to reopen the effected trail systems in the months ahead. In the meantime, please get out and ride over the next two weeks, while we still can!
Note: This closure only affects the mountain bike and equine trails at our main facility in Versailles. The trails at Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary remain open to the public for pedestrians only. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns and accept our thanks for your understanding!

We’re Hiring! Summer Positions!

LAC still has several summer staff positions available! This is a PAID internship, complete with housing, and is perfect for college students or recent college grads who want to spend their summer outdoors working with kids!
And . . . (drumroll please) we’re also on the lookout for a year-long Americorps VISTA volunteer in our newly created VISTA Philanthropy and Training Coordinator. Housing is available! VISTA members receive Leadership & Project Management Skills, Professional Development, an Education Award, Living Allowance, Community, and much more!
For more information (on both) please visit our website at

Meet Thomas!

Thomas joined us recently as our new Senior Challenge Course and Program Coordinator.
Thomas has a wide range of experience, and has previously worked in both therapeutic adventure and wilderness programs and more traditional recreational camps. He most recently hails from Missouri and has his level II challenge course certification from the Association for Challenge Course Technologies. Thomas has a passion for all things wilderness, outdoors, and adventure.
Welcome, Thomas!

Meet Nicola!

There’s another new face here at LAC! Please welcome Nicola Dragonetti, our newest program coordinator, to Life Adventure Center!
Nicola is originally from New Jersey, but is no stranger to Kentucky after her years at Murray State University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Services/Adventure Leadership, she moved to Baltimore to work for the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. During her time at CBOBS, she instructed students on multi-day backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking courses as well as adventure challenge course day programs.
Nicola is excited to be back in Kentucky to continue sharing her passion of experiential education with the individuals at LAC. And WE are happy that she is here as we start to prepare for a busy summer!
Please join us in welcoming Nicola to the team!

Meet Sean!

Welcome to our new Program Director, Sean Diamond!
Sean joins us most recently from YMCA Camp Potawotami where he was the Outdoor Education and Waterfront Director. Originally from northern Illinois, Sean has a Bachelor’s in Recreation Administration from Eastern Illinois University and ten years of experience in a variety of day camps, after-school programs, and residential camps.
He is joined by his wife Courtney, their sweet newborn baby girl, Norah, and their rescue pup, Mowgli. Please join us in welcoming the Diamond family to Kentucky, and to Life Adventure Center!