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During Bernheim field trips, students are encouraged to make connections between lessons learned in the classroom and real-world processes and phenomena observable in nature. While many of these connections are based in ecology, they also branch out to include lessons in other sciences, language arts, social studies, and visual arts.

Field Trip Planning
To assist in your field trip planning, we have provided answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

When can I schedule a Bernheim Field Trip?
Bernheim field trips are offered, year-round, Monday through Friday and require at least two weeks advanced registration.

Bernheim makes every effort to accommodate all requests for field trips. However, at any point in time, based on the number of field trips scheduled and the availability of Bernheim educators and resources, we may be unable to accommodate your request. We suggest that you reserve your field trip as far in advance as possible.

How do I schedule a Bernheim Field Trip?
To schedule a Bernheim field trip, please email Whitney Wurzel, Manager of Nature-based Education, or call (502) 955-8512. Please have the following information prepared:

  • Ideal field trip date, with two back-up dates
  • Grade level and number of students
  • Program choice(s)
  • Approximate arrival and departure times

How much do Bernheim field trips cost?
Bernheim offers affordable field trip experiences for all budgets. Fees begin at $7 per student for an hour-long program (with no charge for teachers or chaperones), while options for exploring Bernheim on your own are available as well.

Those concerned about fees should email Whitney Wurzel, Manager of Nature-based Education, or call (502) 955-8512.

What types of field trips are offered at Bernheim?
All Bernheim field trips are nature-based. Teachers and students can participate in a variety of Bernheim programs, designed for audiences of all ages and grade levels. Groups also have the option of exploring Bernheim on their own.

How many chaperones do I need?
Bernheim requires one teacher or chaperone for every 10 students.

What should students wear during a Bernheim field trip?
Because Bernheim field trips are nature-based, all participants should dress appropriately for the season and weather. Long pants or jeans, as well as sturdy shoes, are recommended.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?
Because Bernheim field trips are nature-based, our general policy is to continue with outdoor programs in the event of rain and other non–threatening weather conditions. Teachers and other field trip coordinators are responsible for cancelling field trips in the event of inclement weather. Bernheim educators will work with teachers to reschedule or substitute programs that are cancelled due to weather.

Where is Bernheim?
Bernheim is located about 25 miles south of Louisville in Clermont, Kentucky. The main entrance to Bernheim sits one mile east of Interstate 65, just off exit 112.

Who can I contact for more information about Bernheim field trips?
For more information, please email Whitney Wurzel, Manager of Nature-based Education, or call (502) 955-8512.