Explore Art in Nature at Bernheim in February 

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CLERMONT, Ky (January 27, 2022) – Learn to draw and paint seasonal, botanical illustrations using bits and pieces of plants at a workshop hosted by a Bernheim Artist in Residence!


Each participant will design and create their own unique painting during Drawn and Painted from Life: Botanical Watercolors with 2021 Artist in Residence Laura Poulette, an immersive 6-hour workshop on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., that covers sketching and inking techniques and introduction to watercolors before diving into the creation of a botanical work of art. All materials are included. This workshop is intended for ages 16 and up. There is a  maximum of 12 participants and a three-person minimum.


The workshop takes place at the Garden Pavilion. Bring your lunch or order something seasonal from Isaac’s Café.


The cost is $150 for Bernheim members and $165 for non-members. Register at Bernheim.org or by calling (502) 955-8512. 


Please see below for fun winter activities for all.


First Sunday Nature Hike

Meet a Volunteer Naturalist at the Visitor Center on Sunday, Feb. 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for an engaging nature hike on the first Sunday of each month. These hikes are longer than our First Saturday Hikes and are aimed primarily at adults, but children 6 years and up are welcome. Registration is not required for this free event, and all ages are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. 


Savor the Season: Embracing Winter at Bernheim


Too cold and wet to go to Bernheim? Now everyone can enjoy the wonders of the forest with Bernheim’s experts in this new online adult educational series! Fill your chilly Friday lunchtimes with vibrant, fun virtual programming about winter wildlife, useful plants, and how to identify trees in winter.


Events take place over Zoom with time for live questions and discussion afterward. The cost of the entire series, which started in January, includes a bonus guided hike on a surprise theme at Bernheim in March, is $40. Individual sessions are $12 per session and do not include the bonus guided hike. Please register at Bernheim.org or call (502) 955-8512.


  • Friday Feb. 11, 12 to 12:45 p.m.

 Natural Areas Manager Evan Patrick and Director of Conservation Andrew Berry: “Hidden Wildlife of Bernheim.”


  • Friday Feb. 25, 12 to 12:45 p.m.

Interpretive Programs Manager Wren Smith: “Foraging for useful plants in winter, searching for early signs of spring.”


Opportunities to Volunteer at Bernheim

Volunteers can give a few hours or several hundred hours, providing support to Bernheim and our visitors. Have fun in the great outdoors by participating in a variety of activities. Take the first step in becoming a Bernheim volunteer by attending this general Volunteer Orientation held virtually on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Register at Bernheim.org. 


Trail Discovery Hikes

Explore miles of Bernheim hiking trails with our Volunteer Naturalists on the Trail Discovery Hike: Pond Ridge Trail on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. 


These longer guided hikes will help visitors become more familiar with Bernheim and its trails. The time frame for each guided hike is three hours, although these trails can typically be hiked in under an hour and a half. The guides will be taking a leisurely pace that allows participants to rest and enjoy the unique features each trail offers. 


Make reservations early as space is limited. Please bring a mask in case social distancing is not possible throughout the hike. 


The cost is $12 for Bernheim members and $15 for non-members. Please register by 4 p.m. the day prior to the program by calling (502) 955-8512 or visiting Bernheim.org.

ECO Kids Discovery Days

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 near Bernheim’s Visitor Center and may include:


Hands-On Discovery Stations from 1 to 4 p.m.


Hike of the Day led by a Bernheim guide, starts at the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. and runs 45-60 minutes.


Pop-Up Story Circles because everything and everyone has a story. Watch for our storytelling and story-sharing circles near Spirit Nest.


ECO Kids Discovery Days are weather dependent and may be canceled. Please call (502) 955-8512 on the day of the event for weather-related updates. Masks and social distancing are required when interacting with the Volunteer Naturalists. For details on ECO Kids Discovery Days, call (502) 955-8512 or visit Bernheim.org. No registration is necessary.




About Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest 

Bernheim’s mission is to connect people with nature. Bernheim is the largest privately held contiguous forest block in the eastern United States dedicated to conservation and education. Bourbon maker Isaac Wolfe Bernheim established the arboretum and forest in 1929 as a gift to the people of Kentucky. A recent land acquisition brought the total acreage of land that Bernheim protects to 16,140. Fun, educational programs, diverse tree collections, 40 miles of hiking trails and varied landscapes are available every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. A $10 per car donation is suggested for non-members. 


Bernheim is in Clermont, Ky., about 20 minutes south of the Louisville airport. From I-65 take exit 112 and follow the signs. Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support. Come visit and enjoy the beauty of nature. For more information, please visit bernheim.org.


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