Celebrate Earth Day at Bernheim – RESTORE is THIS weekend

By Amy Joseph Landon

What better place to celebrate Earth Day than at Bernheim!

The health of the planet and the health of humans go hand in hand. Join us Saturday for RESTORE: Healthy Planet, Healthy You, to take a breath of fresh air, enjoy the budding spring landscape, and experience nature’s healing powers. While you’re here, discover all the ways you can incorporate more sustainable practices in your daily life to help protect the Earth – the only planet we have.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to get outside and walk through some of Bernheim’s most popular attractions. The RESTORE footprint will be a 1-mile path that weaves from the Edible Garden to Playcosystem to Earth Measure to the Sensory Garden and Meditation Trail. Along the way, enjoy drop-in self-care activities, learn from community partners about their sustainable, gardening, and self-care practices, and learn about the plants and animals that call Bernheim home thanks to our conservation work in our 16,140-acre habitat.

Most activities are drop-in, so pop by at any point along your adventure. The path will begin at the Visitor Center – walk as little or as much of it as you’d like!

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Work toward a Healthy Planet by planting milkweed for pollinators in the Big Prairie, discover the rewards of beekeeping with our naturalists, look up and listen for the myriad of birds that live at Bernheim, and discover the habitats of animals like beavers, aquatic critters, and more.  Want to create a healthier yard? Stop by the Visitor Center for Adopt a Tree and take home a native sapling that will provide you years of beauty, biodiversity and cleaner air in your yard.

Join Louisville Compost Co-op to learn about healthy soil and composting options. Go Electric – learn about electric vehicles and charging technology with Evolve KY. Louisville Sustainability Council, Solar Energy Solutions, and Icon Solar to learn about Solar Over Louisville. The Bullitt County Extension office will be on hand to help you with all of your native gardening questions.

Celebrate along with Bernheim and partner WestRock, as we cut the ribbon on a new and improved recycling program, made possible by their generous support. Bernheim is not only increasing the amount of items we recycle, but we’re also sharing how you can make a bigger impact at home. Join us at noon at the Visitor Center as we unveil the first phase of this exciting program. WestRock will also be on site to help you better separate your recyclables from your landfill items.

GRIT all-terrain wheelchair

Looking for some self-care? Find a Healthy You as you drop in for a quick all-ages yoga session, find a meditative state with ethical stone balancing with Jenny Bell, or join the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center along the Meditation Trail for a Wisdom of the trees walk (times listed below). Float like a butterfly along the Pollinator Obstacle Course, or take a test ride of Bernheim’s new GRIT all terrain wheelchair.

Steal Mill a Granite City by La Vispera

Engage your artistic side! RESTORE is a great opportunity to interact with some of Bernheim’s 2023 Artists in Residence. Create art from recycled single use plastics with Environmental Artists in Residence, La Vispera and see Sam Hensley’s works in progress as their work at Bernheim evolves. Create work in blind contour, contour, and gesture drawings of everyday fruits and vegetables that are grown in Bernheim’s edible garden with Artist, Ann Dawkins. Join Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Passion as they craft a sand mandala at the Edible Garden and design your own tote bag inspired by their work.

Wellness always includes nourishment! Grab a bite to eat from Isaac’s Café’s special wellness menu, sample cider and smoothies from Blossom Bar, sample Change Today Change Tomorrow’s fresh-pressed juices, and learn about CSA opportunities with Foxhollow Farm and Elliott Brothers Farm. And don’t miss the “far out faultry” of Cosmic Bird‘s vegan chick’n.

Helping others is the best self-care activity! Don’t forget to bring along a canned good for Change Today, Change Tomorrow’s food drive!

Tickets are available day-of or in advance. Tickets are $10 per person for members; $15 for non-members. Children 13 and under are free.

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Thank you to our RESTORE sponsors! This event would not be possible without their support!


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