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When Trees Play, Pin Oak Tree Turned into Play Structure

When it became evident that a sixty-five year old pin oak growing near the Garden Pavilion parking area was in rapid decline, Bernheim made the hard decision to cut it down.  We try to make such decisions in a mindful way, so naturally, we considered our options.  A plan was hatched to work with Greenhaven […]

New Book about Play Features a Chapter on the Bernheim Children at Play Network

Since 2012, Bernheim has been hard at work exploring ways to connect children to nature through play.  Understanding that children build their earliest affinities for nature through play, Bernheim is committed to exploring strategies that will help the entire region understand and build better nature play environments.  In 2014, our efforts drew national attention from […]

Free Play Day Comes to Bernheim

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest invites children and anyone interested in their development and well-being to our Free Play Day on Saturday, October 4 from 11am – 4pm.  Spend a day outdoors making music, building forts, rolling down hills, climbing on logs and mucking about in nature. No matter the season, outdoor play is critical […]

February Pop-Up Adventure Playground Days – Feb.26 and 27

Wanna Play?  Then join us for one of these two opportunities: Led by Pop-Up Adventure Play and hosted by the Bernheim Children at Play Initiative POP-UP ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND DAY – Russell Lee Park – Louisville Wednesday, February 26th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. For families and children of all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. […]

Pop-Up Adventure Play Workshop – Feb. 26th 6:00-8:30 p.m.

The Amazing Benefits of Play A workshop for teachers, childcare professionals, parents and anyone with a stake in exploring the value of play in the development of children. Led by Pop-Up Adventure Play and hosted by Bernheim’s Children at Play Initiative and West End School Wednesday, February 26th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. At the West End […]

Children at Play Conference Kicks Off Regional Initiative

Did you know that mud pies, straw forts, and climbing trees not only make kids healthier but also improve academic performance?  Self-directed nature-based free play is essential to fostering creativity, imagination and innovation, yet these days, kids spend too much time indoors in front of a screen instead of playing outside. Bernheim Forest wants to […]

Portland Plays – Playground Building Day

On Saturday, September 7th Bernheim helped the Portland Plays group kickstart a new playground effort at the Peoples Garden in Portland.  It was an amazing day of play and we can’t wait to be a part of the next playground building day.  Supported in part through the Bernheim Children at Play Initiative the Portland Plays […]