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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest was established in 1929 when Louisville philanthropist and distiller Isaac W. Bernheim purchased this property as a most generous and visionary gift to the people of Kentucky. The property was opened to the public in 1951 and since that time millions of visitors have enjoyed Bernheim’s renowned arboretum, forest preserve, visitor center, picnic areas, hiking trails and lakes. Bernheim provides a serene and beautiful setting for business and educational meetings. Corporations and non-profit organizations are invited to use the facility for daylong retreats or meetings.

Isaac W. Bernheim stated that “No distinction will be shown between rich or poor, white or colored. Every respectable man, woman, and child will be made welcome, and all will be treated with an equal consideration.” We ask that you honor his wishes in both your speech and actions.

General Rental Guidelines

Here are some general rules to follow during your event. Some areas have additional guidelines, which are listed below.

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Education Room

The Education Room is within the Education Center. The picturesque building is easily accessible and is located one mile from the entrance. The classroom features vaulted ceiling and adjacent deck. The facility will comfortably seat up to 30 people at tables, has men’s and women’s restrooms, and easy access for catering services done by Isaac’s Cafe.

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Garden Pavilion

The Garden Pavilion building is within in 14,000 acre Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.  The picturesque building is easily accessible and is located at the edge of Lake Nevin near the main entrance.  Flowering trees and plants encircle the building, providing a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.  The facility will comfortably seat up to 60 people at tables, has men’s and women’s restrooms (these are not handicap accessible) and a small kitchen with refrigerator, stove, sink and microwave.  Accessible facilities are located near the Education Center and Visitor Center.

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Group Picnic Area

The Group Picnic Area is located in the Magruder Meadow. There are enough picnic tables to accommodate up to 70 people. This area is separated from other visitor picnicking. It has grills, restrooms and an open area for recreational games. A playground is adjacent to the group picnic area.

Silo Pavilion Picnic Area

The Silo Pavilion Picnic Area is located on Forest Hill Drive near the Education Center. There are enough picnic tables to accommodate up to 30 people with water, electric upon request. This area is separated from other visitor picnicking.

Sunset Ampitheatre Area

The Sunset Ampitheatre Area is located on the far edge of Lake Nevin near the Garden Pavilion. The area is furnished with water, electric upon request. This area is separated from other visitor picnicking.

Woodland Pavilion Area Rental

The Woodland Pavilion Area is located in the Ten Toms Loop Area. There are enough picnic tables to accommodate up to 30 people. This area is separated from other visitor picnicking. It has grills, restrooms and an open area for small recreational games. A playground is adjacent to the group picnic area.

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