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December 2019

ECO Kids: Hot Chocolate Hike

December 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Earn a free cup of hot chocolate by completing the On Your Own Challenge hiking sheet and turning it in at Isaac’s Café – yum! ON YOUR OWN CHALLENGE, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. HANDS-ON DISCOVERY STATIONS, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 – 4 p.m. HIKE OF THE DAY, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 – 60 minutes $10 per car recommended donation applies to non-members.

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Winter Star Stories and Sky Watch

December 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Volunteer Naturalists and the Louisville Astronomical Society (LAS) to see brilliant stars and constellations of early spring through the telescopes graciously provided by LAS. If overcast, a virtual astronomy program will be presented inside the Garden Pavilion. Bernheim members $10; non - members $12 Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. day prior to the start of program. Call (502) 955-8512 or click on the button below to register.  Call (502) 955-8512 before 5 p.m. on day of program…

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January 2020

ECO Kids Discovery Day: Naked Trees

January 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Without leaves, tree branches, bark, and buds are exposed and ready for observation. Kids and their families will have fun comparing tree structures and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day during the afternoon. HANDS-ON DISCOVERY STATIONS, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 - 4 p.m. HIKE OF THE DAY, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 - 60 minutes ON YOUR OWN CHALLENGE, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. -…

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ECO Kids Discovery Day: Fossil Fun

January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Observe fossils and unlock the secrets of ancient life at Bernheim. Kids and their families will have fun investigating fossils and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day during the afternoon. HANDS-ON DISCOVERY STATIONS, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 - 4 p.m. HIKE OF THE DAY, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 - 60 minutes ON YOUR OWN CHALLENGE, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $10…

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February 2020

ECO Kids Discovery Day: Bird is the Word

February 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

While some birds migrate, some call Kentucky home year-round. Kids and their families will have fun identifying these feathered residents and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day during the afternoon. ON YOUR OWN CHALLENGE, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. HANDS-ON DISCOVERY STATIONS, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 – 4 p.m. HIKE OF THE DAY, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 – 60 minutes $10 per car…

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First Sunday Nature Hike

February 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join a Volunteer Naturalist for an engaging nature hike on the first Sunday of each month. Registration is not required. Just show up with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes.  Hikes last approximately one hour. All ages welcome. No pets allowed. $10 per car donation recommended for non-members

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ECO Kids Discovery Day: Seeing Green

February 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Look close and you will discover mosses, ferns, and lichens thriving in the winter landscape. Kids and their families will have fun finding these green gems and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day during the afternoon. ON YOUR OWN CHALLENGE, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. HANDS-ON DISCOVERY STATIONS, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 – 4 p.m. HIKE OF THE DAY, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45…

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Bernheim Backroads

February 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Late winter is one of the best times to explore Bernheim’s backcountry. Join a team of Volunteer Naturalists for this five hour driving tour deep into the research forest, with frequent stops and short walks for investigating sights and sounds along the way. Pack a lunch to enjoy at a special location. Bernheim members $20; non-members $30 For ages 8 and up. No pets allowed. Please dress for the weather. Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. the day prior to…

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March 2020

First Sunday Nature Hike

March 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join a Volunteer Naturalist for an engaging nature hike on the first Sunday of each month. Registration is not required. Just show up with your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes.  Hikes last approximately one hour. All ages welcome. No pets allowed. $10 per car donation recommended for non-members

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Bernheim Lunch & Learn: Signs of Spring

March 4, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Although March is often temperamental, signs of spring can be found. Join in the fun of seeking out the first flowers, swollen tree buds, and perhaps even harbingers of spring blooming on a sunny woodland slope. Bernheim Lunch & Learn programs are designed for adults who enjoy spending time outdoors with others and celebrating the natural world. Hosted by Volunteer Naturalist Corinne Mastey, each program includes group introductions, a short hike, and lunch from Isaac’s Cafe. Bernheim members $15; non-members…

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ECO Kids Discovery Day: Cool Conifers

March 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Conifers, special cone-bearing trees with needle and scale-like leaves, can be found throughout the arboretum. Kids and their families will have fun locating these trees and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the day during the afternoon. ON YOUR OWN CHALLENGE, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. HANDS-ON DISCOVERY STATIONS, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 – 4 p.m. HIKE OF THE DAY, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 –…

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Bernheim at Night: Full “Crow” Moon Hike

March 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Experience the mystery of a full moon hike through the late winter landscape. Part of Bernheim at Night, Full Moon Hikes include a walk around Lake Nevin Loop, with plenty of stops to observe the night sky, discuss nocturnal happenings, and consider our cosmic connections. Bernheim members $10; non-members $12 Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. day prior to the start of program by calling (502) 955-8512 or clicking on the button below. Call (502) 955-8512 before 5 p.m.…

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Creatures of the Night: American Woodcock

March 20, 2020 @ 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm

Experience sights and sounds that often go unnoticed! Journey with Bill Napper and fellow Volunteer Naturalists on a driving tour into sections of Bernheim where crepuscular and nocturnal creatures are most active. Program includes a small amount of hiking through easy terrain. Bernheim members $10; non – members $12 Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. the day prior to the program by calling (502) 955- 8512 or clicking the button below. Space is limited. No pets allowed. Ages 8…

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ECO Kids Discovery Day: Spring Lookout

March 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Be on the lookout for the signs of spring as nature awakens all around us. Kids and their families will have fun investigating springtime clues, and then exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day during the afternoon. ON YOUR OWN CHALLENGE, a self-guided adventure, available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. HANDS-ON DISCOVERY STATIONS, led by Volunteer Naturalists, from 1 – 4 p.m. HIKE OF THE DAY, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at 2 p.m. and runs 45 –…

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Bernheim Backroads

March 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Early spring is an ideal time to explore Bernheim's backcountry. Join a team of Volunteer Naturalists for this five hour driving tour deep into the research forest, with frequent stops and short walks for investigating sights and sounds along the way. Pack a lunch to enjoy at a special location. Bernheim members $20; non-members $30     Registration and payment are due by 4 P.M. on the day prior to start of program; Call (502) 955 – 8512 or click…

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