Join us at Playcosystem!

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Come and experience Bernheim’s new 10-acre natural play area – Playcosystem – opening Saturday, May 22. Playcosystem is designed in harmony with nature to provide children with open-ended and unstructured play opportunities that support healthy development.

Playcosystem is located across from the Visitor Center and is designed to have three zones. Zone 1 has just been completed and consists of the Nature Playground with constructed areas that will meet the developmental needs of young children and offer exciting challenges for older children, such as the Pole Scramble, a network of 40-plus vertical poles, ropes and balance beams as part of a larger “hot lava” pathway that circumnavigates the entire Nature Playground.

The next two zones will be TreeCess, a park-like setting, where children will be able to engage in more adventurous play; and Adventure Forest, a five-acre forest where children will have free range to unstructured exploration play in the woods. TreeCess and Adventure Forest will be completed at a later date.

CAPN has partnered with organizations such as Play Cousins Collective in Louisville and the University of Louisville to conduct research at Playcosystem that will enhance playgrounds everywhere and help children connect with nature.

Thank you to the following for their generous support: Brown-Forman, Bullitt County Tourism, Elaine Musselman, The Gheens Foundation, Joan McCombs, KEEN, Old Friends of Bernheim, PNC, and UPS. To learn more about Playcosystem, and to stay up to date on our progress, visit

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