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April 2015
Bernheim Members $15; Non-Members $20

Bernheim Lunch & Learn: Pollination Strategies

April 1 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Most of us need more opportunities to be restored by the natural world, either in solitude or by spending time with other nature enthusiasts. This month  explore the unique adaptations that flowering plants have evolved to ensure pollination and the replenishment of their species. Bernheim Lunch & Learn programs are designed for those who enjoy spending time outdoors in the company of other adults who love learning about nature. Hosted by Corinne Mastey, Volunteer Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide, each…

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FREE Event; $5 per car environmental fee at gate for Non-Members; Members fee waived

ECO Kids Discovery Days: Arboretum Seek & Find

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

An arboretum is a living library of trees – see how many you can find on today’s On Your Own Challenge! Kids and their families will have fun tree trekking, exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day 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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FREE Event

Spring Break Adventure Week

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Every day until April 10, 2015

Make Bernheim your spring break destination! We’ve planned a special week of daily drop-in activities and guided nature hikes for children of all ages. Bernheim also offers on-your-own hiking, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for free play at our Children’s Play Garden – not to mention the fields, forests and creeks you are welcome to roam. Daily Discovery Stations: 11 AM – 2 PM; Visitor Center; FREE, donations welcome Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of nature, science, art,…

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FREE Event

Spring Break Adventure Week

April 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Every day until April 10, 2015

Make Bernheim your spring break destination! We’ve planned a special week of daily drop-in activities and guided nature hikes for children of all ages. Bernheim also offers on-your-own hiking, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for free play at our Children’s Play Garden – not to mention the fields, forests and creeks you are welcome to roam. Daily Discovery Stations: 11 AM – 2 PM; Visitor Center; FREE, donations welcome Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of nature, science, art,…

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FREE Event

Spring Break Adventure Week

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Every day until April 10, 2015

Make Bernheim your spring break destination! We’ve planned a special week of daily drop-in activities and guided nature hikes for children of all ages. Bernheim also offers on-your-own hiking, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for free play at our Children’s Play Garden – not to mention the fields, forests and creeks you are welcome to roam. Daily Discovery Stations: 11 AM – 2 PM; Visitor Center; FREE, donations welcome Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of nature, science, art,…

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FREE Event

Spring Break Adventure Week

April 9 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Every day until April 10, 2015

Make Bernheim your spring break destination! We’ve planned a special week of daily drop-in activities and guided nature hikes for children of all ages. Bernheim also offers on-your-own hiking, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for free play at our Children’s Play Garden – not to mention the fields, forests and creeks you are welcome to roam. Daily Discovery Stations: 11 AM – 2 PM; Visitor Center; FREE, donations welcome Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of nature, science, art,…

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FREE Event

Spring Break Adventure Week

April 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Every day until April 10, 2015

Make Bernheim your spring break destination! We’ve planned a special week of daily drop-in activities and guided nature hikes for children of all ages. Bernheim also offers on-your-own hiking, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for free play at our Children’s Play Garden – not to mention the fields, forests and creeks you are welcome to roam. Daily Discovery Stations: 11 AM – 2 PM; Visitor Center; FREE, donations welcome Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of nature, science, art,…

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FREE event; donations welcome. $5 per car environmental fee at gate , fee waived for Members.

Arbor Day Adopt A Tree

April 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Arbor Day and the love of trees with Bernheim as part of our Smart Gardens and Landscapes program! Join us Saturday or Sunday for our annual Arbor Day Adopt a Tree. Come out and choose a tree to plant in your landscape to enjoy for years to come. Speak with knowledgeable horticulturists about proper planting techniques and tree care. Help us to increase the canopy of our surrounding community and celebrate the coming of a new spring season!

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FREE event; donations welcome. $5 per car environmental fee at gate , fee waived for Members.

Arbor Day Adopt a Tree

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Arbor Day and the love of trees with Bernheim as part of our Smart Gardens and Landscapes program! Join us Saturday or Sunday for our annual Arbor Day Adopt a Tree. Come out and choose a tree to plant in your landscape to enjoy for years to come. Speak with knowledgeable horticulturists about proper planting techniques and tree care. Help us to increase the canopy of our surrounding community and celebrate the coming of a new spring season!  …

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FREE Event; $5 per car environmental fee at gate for Non-Members; Members fee waived

ECO Kids Discovery Day: Sky Observation

April 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn what the clouds tell us about sky conditions through today’s On Your Own Challenge! Kids and their families will have fun making sky observations, exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day 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 children and their families with…

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May 2015
FREE Event; $5 per car environmental fee at gate for Non-Members; Members fee waived

ECO Kids Discovery Day: Spring Plant Bingo

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Move like a busy bee from plant to plant to score bingo on today’s On Your Own Challenge! Kids and their families will have fun searching for spring plants,  exploring hands-on Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day 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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$10 per child for Bernheim Members; $15 per child for Non-Members.

Pollywog Play Parties: Over and Under the Rainbow

May 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Water and sunlight are the two ingredients in a rainbow recipe – a colorful creation, indeed! Pollywogs will explore color properties by finding colors in nature, sorting and mixing colors, making rainbow art, and much more. Pollywog Play Parties combine music, art, language, and outside play to encourage children 5 and under to learn about nature. Each Pollywog Play Party includes: • Song and story circle • Outdoor adventure, with a short walk • A variety of indoor exploration stations:…

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FREE event. $5 per car environmental impact fee at gate. Fee waived for Members.

Writer in Residence Reading: Jennifer Percy

May 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Bernheim’s Writer in Residence, Jennifer Percy, for a reading of her work in the Visitor Center. An informal reception will follow the reading. Jennifer Percy is the author of the nonfiction book DEMON CAMP (Scribner) which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick and the New York Times Notable Book of 2014. Percy graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in English and Environmental Studies and two MFA’s from the University of Iowa in fiction and nonfiction.…

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Bernheim Members $15; Non-Members $20

Bernheim Lunch & Learn: Gardening for Butterflies

May 6 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Butterflies need our help! Learn how the plants you select for your garden or landscape can provide food for butterflies (like monarchs and swallowtails) and their caterpillars. Bernheim Lunch & Learn programs are designed for those who enjoy spending time outdoors in the company of other adults who love learning about nature. Hosted by Corinne Mastey, Volunteer Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide, each program includes group introductions, a short themed hike, and a fabulous lunch from Isaac’s Cafe. Fee includes…

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FREE event

National Public Gardens Day

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Celebrate public gardens, their beauty, tranquility, and important role in promoting environmental stewardship by visiting Bernheim. There will be special drawings,tours, hikes and children’s activities throughout the day at the Visitor Center. The first 200 visitors will receive a free pass for a future weekend visit to Bernheim (available at the Visitor Center). Spread the word.  FREE EVENT, Donations Welcome National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn…

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FREE Event; $5 per car environmental impact fee for Non-Members

BloomFest & Spring Plant Sale

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bernheim’s annual celebration of spring will also include local artisans, food vendors, a farmers market, musical entertainment, a series of short garden lectures, and tons of great activities for children including arts, crafts, garden faerie house construction and naturalist-led discovery stations. The day also includes the annual Spring Plant Sale.  The annual Spring Plant Sale 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…

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June 2015
Bernheim Members$15; Bernheim Non-Members $20

Bernheim Lunch & Learn: Our Green Heritage

June 3 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Native and non-native plants have stories to tell. Listen closely to learn the legends of our green heritage. Bernheim Lunch & Learn programs are designed for those who enjoy spending time outdoors in the company of other adults who love learning about nature. Hosted by Corinne Mastey, Volunteer Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide, each program includes group introductions, a short themed hike, and a fabulous lunch from Isaac’s Cafe. Fee includes guided program, iced tea or lemonade, a cup of…

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FREE Event; $5 per car environmental fee at gate for Non-Members; Members fee waived

ECO Kids Discovery Days: National Trails Day Celebration

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking any trail and completing a scavenger hunt along the way! Kids and their families will have fun traveling Bernheim by foot  exploring hands-on Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day 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 children and…

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FREE Event; $5 per car environmental fee at gate for Non-Members; Members fee waived

ECO Kids Discovery Days: Summer Sustainability

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn Visitor Center secrets for keeping cool on sunny summer days through today’s On Your Own Challenge! Kids and their families will have fun discovering sustainable features, exploring hands-on Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day 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 children and…

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September 2015
FREE event , Non-Member $5 per car environmental fee at gate

BugFest & Fall Plant Sale

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

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 also browse tree, shrub, and flower species at the Fall Plant Sale, with several pollinator-friendly plants available for purchase.

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October 2015
FREE event. $5 environmental fee per car Non-Members

ColorFest

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until October 18, 2015

Celebrate the fall season at ColorFest – a family favorite! Visitors can slingshot pumpkins, naviagate the hay maze, make mud pies,  and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheim’s colorful landscape. Other highlights include live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors, and more. Interested in volunteering at the event?  Volunteers are vital to the success of Bernheim’s events. Volunteers will receive free admission on the day of their shift and refreshments. Sign up here.

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FREE event. $5 environmental fee per car Non-Members

ColorFest

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until October 18, 2015

Celebrate the fall season at ColorFest – a family favorite! Visitors can slingshot pumpkins, naviagate the hay maze, make mud pies,  and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheim’s colorful landscape. Other highlights include live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors, and more. Interested in volunteering at the event?  Volunteers are vital to the success of Bernheim’s events. Volunteers will receive free admission on the day of their shift and refreshments. Sign up here.

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