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Activities galore at Bernheim in February

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CLERMONT– Enjoy the month of February at Bernheim. In addition to a host of activities and programs, couples have two chances to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a beautifully romantic setting.   Information about the dinner and other great February programs and activities are detailed below:

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Surprise your sweetheart with a unique Valentine’s Day gift.  On Friday, February 14 or Saturday, February 15, Bernheim will host a romantic candlelit dinner for two. The dinner will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Bernheim’s beautiful glass Visitor Center, the perfect gateway into the enchantment of the woods at night. The dinner includes cuisine impeccably presented by Jarfi’s Bistro along with appetizers, music and dancing. A cash bar will be available. A weekend stay at the Bernheim Lodge will also be auctioned off both evenings.

Make your reservation early, as space is limited. Call (502) 955-8512, ext. 222 for more information or to make your reservation. Payment by credit card or check is required by Monday, February 10. Bernheim members $120 per couple, Non-members $150 per couple. 

ECO Kids Discovery Days – February 1 and February 15

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 at Bernheim’s Visitor Center.

Each ECO Kids Discovery Day includes:

·       Hands-on Discovery Stations, led by Volunteer Naturalists, at the Visitor Center from 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

·       On Your Own Challenge, a self-guided adventure, available at the Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

·       Hike of the Day, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at the Visitor Center at 2:00 p.m. and runs 45-60 minutes 

The theme for February’s ECO Kids Discovery Days are:

February 1: Bird is the Word

While some birds migrate, some call Kentucky home year-round. Kids and their families will have fun identifying these feathered residents in the day’s On Your Own Challenge.

February 15: Seeing Green

Look close and you will discover mosses, ferns, and lichens thriving in the winter landscape! In this On Your Own Challenge, kids and their families will have fun finding these green gems.

For details, call (502) 955-8512. Non-members $5 environmental impact fee per car. 

ECO Kids Pollywog Play Party

ECO Kids Pollywog Play Parties combine music, art, language, and outside play to encourage infants and children through the age of 5 to learn about nature.  Bring your pollywog to the Education Center on Saturday, February 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Recycle Extravaganza.  Early learners will add creative fun to the recycling process by making instruments, building with boxes, bowling with recyclables, and more.

Registration required by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to program. Call (502) 955-8512. Bernheim members $10 per child, Non-members $15 per child.  

Winter Tree Identification

Even without leaves it’s possible to identify many of our native trees. Learn basic tips to identify trees in the cold of winter in the Winter Tree Identification on Saturday, February 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning in the Visitor Center. Please dress for the weather.

Registration and payment are due by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program; call (502) 955-8512. Bernheim members $7, Non-members $12.

Bernheim at Night

Bernheim’s night programs add mystery, magic and make for memorable experiences.  Winter provides rewards for those who bundle up and venture outdoors. The stars and planets appear to sparkle more brightly, and there is nothing like coming into the warmth after a short brisk adventure outdoors.

 Join Volunteer Naturalists Don Spain and Cele Beckner in the Garden Pavilion on Saturday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. to gaze at the sky and hear stories of the stars in Winter Star Stories and Sky Night Watch.

 Rain will move the program inside for a fun and informative evening. This program is done in cooperation with the Louisville Astronomical Society.

Bernheim at Night Programs are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Registration and payment is due by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program. Call (502) 955-8512 before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the program for last minute updates and changes due to weather.

Smart Gardens and Landscapes

February is the month you want to plan your garden and start seeds of cool season vegetable plants indoors. Join Bernheim’s Horticulture Staff on Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Research Center for Planning Your Edible Ornamental Garden and learn how to start gardening for 2014. In this workshop, participants will learn about plant and site selection, garden design, site preparation, labeling and the care and maintenance of their garden.

Members and guests will also have the opportunity later in the day to participate in Fruit Trees and Shrubs from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Research Center. Join us for this hands-on workshop and learn how to plan, care for, and harvest from your edible landscape for years to come.

Registration and payment are due by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program; call (502) 955-8512. Bernheim members $10, Non-members $15.

Natural Beekeeping with John Seaborne

Beginner and advanced beekeepers are invited to join John Seaborn, of Wolf Creek Apiaries, on Saturday, February 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to explore the advantages of natural beekeeping. During this three-hour workshop, participants will learn of Seaborne’s hands-on experience in successfully managing hives without chemicals, working with nature and not against it in the keeping of honeybees.

 Registration and payment are due by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program; call (502) 955-8512. Bernheim members $20, Non-members $30. Space is limited.

Winter Break: Pop-up Play Day

Bring your child to Bernheim on Thursday, February 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to participate in Pop-up Play Day.  Direct from England, the non-profit group Pop-Up Adventure Play will offer this memory making winter play opportunity.  The group’s visit came from recommendations at last year’s Children at Play Conference at Bernheim.  Bernheim’s Regional Children at Play Initiative is an effort to champion outdoor play environments and practices that connect children with nature for life.  Learn more about Pop-Up Adventure Play and Bernheim’s Children at Play initiative when you join us for this play day.

No fee. Open to children and families. No registration required. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for being outside and bring a winter picnic.