In our mission to connect people with nature, Bernheim provides many opportunities for children to explore and develop their own connections with the natural world.
Families, schools, and other groups that include children are encouraged to begin their Bernheim adventure at the Visitor Center, where information, maps, restrooms, water fountains, and other amenities are located.
Popular destinations within Bernheim for young visitors include:
Canopy Tree Walk
Located off Forest Hill Drive, the Canopy Tree Walk is a short boardwalk that extends into the forest canopy, leading visitors 75 feet above the forest floor. Note: Visitors do not have to hike the Iron Ore Hill Loop to access the Canopy Tree Walk.
Children’s Play Garden
Located off Guerilla Hollow Road, the Children’s Play Garden includes both traditional playground equipment, like swings and slides, as well as nature-based play features, like rolling hills, fossil-filled rocks, and a dry creek bed.
Located off Arboretum Way, the Education Center features an information desk, art gallery, education exhibits, and the Wildlife Viewing Room, where visitors can watch birds, small mammals, and an observation bee hive.
While children’s ages and abilities should be taken into account before choosing a hiking trail, sections of both the Nursery Loop Trail and the Two Ponds Loop are paved, allowing easy access for children on wheels (strollers, bikes, etc.).
Located in front of the Visitor Center, this larger-than-life willow sculpture was created by artist Patrick Dougherty in 2012. Children can explore the sculpture by walking through it, touching it, and finding secret hiding spaces.