Activities aplenty at Bernheim Forest in November

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By The Staff

CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest will have a variety of events as the fall season gets untracked.

Advance registration for all programs unless otherwise noted.  Please call (502) 955-8512 any day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sign up.  Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday.  Weekend and holiday admission is $5 per vehicle for the public. For more information, visit us online at .


Bernheim’s Scarecrow Jubilee

Now through Nov. 30

Discover the denizens of the field and forest with Bernheim’s Scarecrow Jubilee!

Enjoy this parade of uniquely crafted, modern-day scarecrows now through November 30.  Delight in adventures with (not so) Chicken Little, take a picture with Mr. Bernheim and the Creatures of the Forest, play a tune with a musical grasshopper and katydid because it’s A Time for Fiddling Around and gather some ideas for your own scarecrow next year.  Watch for details at bernheim.org in January 2009 – but come to Bernheim now and meet the forest’s newest inhabitants!

TIME: Now through November 30

PLACE: On the grounds at Bernheim Forest, near the Education and Visitor Centers

FEE: Free weekdays, free on weekends with regular park admission, always free for members.


Gardening Group

Thursday, November 6

If you love working with plants and are available on weekdays, consider volunteering for Bernheim’s Gardening Group. 

The first Thursday of the month through November (other days are also available) volunteers gather to do a variety of activities in the nursery, greenhouse and other areas in the arboretum.  Learn how to care for plants throughout the season, from seedlings to full-grown specimens.  Please join us for one of these Thursday new-volunteer orientations for more information and to become acquainted with the group and its general activities, plus an informal tour of areas of the nursery and arboretum.


TIME: 9:00 a.m. – noon

PLACE: Research Center; pre-registration required

Call Dottie Pilato at 502.955.8512 x236 to register and for more information on volunteering.


Bernheim at Night:  Full “Frost” Moon Night Hike

Wednesday, November 12

Few things are as exhilarating as a brisk fall hike by the light of a moon.

There is something about the cool night air, the glow of the moon through bare branches and the crunch and smell of fallen leaves. Animals are busy in the evening hours preparing themselves for the cold winter months ahead.  We invite you to join us for our night programs as the temperatures drop.

Wrap up – while these hikes may not be the warmest opportunities to visit Bernheim, they are among the most beautiful!  Our night programs are timed to start near sunset.  

They cover open territory but not necessarily established trails.  Please dress for the weather and call between 3:00 and 4:30 on the day of the program to find out about last minute changes due to the weather.  Cloud cover will not cancel night programs but severe rain might!


TIME: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: All full moon hikes begin at the Visitor Center

FEE: $7 members; $10 non-members; advance registration required, call 502.955.8512 to register.


Natural Areas Weed Police

Thursday, November 13

Wildlife depends on Bernheim’s native forest, grassland and wetland habitats for food and shelter. Invasive plants spread easily into these native plant communities and into our gardens and break the unique bond that plant communities and wildlife share.  Bernheim is taking control of the noxious plants that are invading the natural forest and arboretum, and we need your help.  Join an elite group of heroic weed wizards that participate in our Weed Police workdays and help Bernheim’s biologists and horticulturists conserve and restore healthy plant communities by removing invasive plants. Learn how to identify and effectively control bush honeysuckle, multiflora rose, Japanese grass and autumn olive, four plants that are threatening Bernheim’s wildlife habitat.  The work may involve hand pulling, cutting with pruners or loppers, spraying with herbicide, or weed whacking.  If you join us, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeve shirt and closed-toe work shoes.  Work often takes place in areas of the natural forest generally accessible only to research scientists.


TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; bring a sack lunch to enjoy in the forest!

PLACE: Research Center; pre-registration required, call 502.955.8512 to register.

Bernheim’s gate is open every day 7 a.m. until sunset, except December 25 and January 1.  Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday.  Weekend and holiday admission is $5 per vehicle for the public. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, including weekends.  Isaac’s Café is located in the Visitor Center with self-serve refreshments. Bernheim is located in Clermont, KY, a short half hour from Louisville.  From I-65, take exit 112 and follow the signs. 

The entrance is approximately one mile from the interstate.  Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support.