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September 2015

ECO Kids Discovery Day: Damsels and Dragons

September 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Visitor Center

Observe and identify real life damsels and dragons – damselflies and dragonflies, that is – through today’s On Your Own Challenge. Kids and their families will have fun searching for these amazing insects and then exploring hands-on Discovery Stations during the afternoon. The E-C-O stands for Every Child Outside, and that’s exactly where kids can be found during ECO Kids Discovery Days! Discovery Days take place the first and third Saturday of each month at Bernheim’s Visitor Center. To connect…

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Pollywog Play Party: Behaving Like Bugs & Bees

September 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Education Center

Float like a butterfly, buzz like a bee – this pollywog bunch is a sight to see! Early learners will explore the amazing life of insects and their relatives by meeting live critters, going on an insect safari, dressing like a bug, and much more. Pollywog Play Parties combine music, art, language and outside play to encourage children (5 and under) and their families to learn about nature. Every Pollywog Play Party includes a song and story circle, nature-based explorations,…

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Insect Safari

September 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Education Center

Tiny creatures often contain big surprises! September is a great time for noticing the myriad chitinous creatures crawling, buzzing and flitting about. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of insects and their relatives. Dress for an outdoor adventure. Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. day prior to the start of program. Call (502) 955-8512. Bernheim Members $5; Non – Members $10.  $5 per car environmental fee at gate. Fee waived for Bernheim Members.  

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Free Play Day: Louisville Collegiate School

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Louisville Collegiate School,
2427 Glenmary Ave.
Louisville,
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YOU’RE INVITED TO PLAY! The Children at Play Initiative is pleased to announce a series of Free Play Days throughout the upcoming year. Each Play Day will be held at a different location throughout the region. These are free events and open to the public.  A parent or guardian must attend with children.  This is not a drop-off program.  Bring a picnic lunch and stay the entire time. WHY IS FREE PLAY IMPORTANT? It’s critical to healthy child development. During…

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Summer Star Stories & Sky Watch Night

September 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Meet at Garden Pavilion

During the summer, the stars shine bright against the night canvas and the natural world is wide awake. This program provides ample opportunities to marvel at the moon, ponder distant planets and be awed by the vastness of space while discovering tales and lore of the night. No pets allowed. Register early to ensure your space in this popular program. Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the start of program. Call (502) 955- 8512 for last…

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Smart Gardens & Landscapes: Fall Plant Sale

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center

Fall is a great time for planting! Pick out the perfect plants for your home garden at the Fall Plant Sale. Bernheim Select™ trees, shrubs, and perennials will be featured and knowledgeable horticulturists will be available to answer plant and landscape questions. FREE Event; $5 per car environmental fee Non-Members; Members free.  

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BugFest & Fall Plant Sale

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center

Join us for BugFest, Bernheim’s annual celebration of insects and their relatives. Families can meet multi-legged creatures, march in the Bug Parade (costumes welcome!), try a chocolate-covered cricket, and much more! Visitors can browse Bernheim’s annual Fall Plant Sale which features Bernheim Select ™, a distinctive variety of plants propagated from Bernheim’s own collections, along with a varied selection of other unique trees, shrubs, grasses and perennial herbaceous plants. All plants are suitable for north central Kentucky growing. Plant sale proceeds benefit Bernheim, and…

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ECO Kids Discovery Day: BugFest Celebration

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visitor Center grounds

As part of today’s ECO Kids experience, we encourage kids and their families to participate in as many BugFest activities as possible. Don’t leave Bernheim without dancing the Buggy Boogy, trying a chocolate-covered cricket, and making a new six-legged or eight-legged friend! The E-C-O stands for Every Child Outside, and that’s exactly where kids can be found during ECO Kids Discovery Days! Discovery Days take place the first and third Saturday of each month at Bernheim’s Visitor Center. To connect…

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Welcome Fall Overnight at Earth Measure

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - September 20 @ 7:00 am
Earth Measure

As the sizzling of summer gives way to autumn, the season of the fallen leaves, ripe persimmons, and cooler temperatures, Bernheim Volunteer Naturalists will help you celebrate the gifts of both seasons. The Louisville Astronomical Society will be on hand and provide telescopes for viewing the highlights of the night sky. Other nocturnal activities include an opportunity to learn more about Earth Measure, created by Louisville sculptor, Matt Weir, a small bonfire, and a drum circle open to other acoustic…

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Creatures of the Night: Mammals & More

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Meet at Garden Pavilion

New Bernheim at Night Series for Summer! Those who venture outside on summer nights are often rewarded by encounters with nocturnal and crepuscular creatures that are not active during the daytime. Our Creatures of the Night series provides opportunities for you and your family to experience the sights and sounds of nature dramas that often go unnoticed. Journey via van into sections of Bernheim where crepuscular and nocturnal creatures are most active. Led by Bill Napper, with assistance from fellow…

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