Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest 2012 Calendar

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Including Special Programs, General Information and Hours of Operation

Through January 31 Artist in Residence Submission Deadline
Each year at Bernheim, artists apply and are selected by a jury of professional arts peers to live in residence and create nature-related art, experimenting through discovery and research in the forest. Emerging or established artists on a regional, national or international level may apply. Bernheim provides a stipend, living quarters and studio space for the recipient in exchange for an exhibition or public program(s) and the donation of at least one work of art to Bernheim. See bernheim.org for details.
Saturday, January 21 Naturalist in Training Orientation
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Education Center
Bernheim Members FREE, Non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bernheim is a national leader in providing interpretive training for anyone interested in sharing his or her love of nature with others. The award-winning Naturalist in Training (NIT) program teaches communication skills to nurture deeper emotional and intellectual connections with the natural world. Volunteer NITs share their knowledge at Bernheim’s public programs and other natural locations in the region. You can become an NIT. Join us on Saturday, January 21 for an introduction to the program. Wren Smith, Interpretive Programs Manager and recipient of several interpretive leadership awards including the National Association for Interpretation’s Master Front Line Interpreter of the Year, can be contacted at wren@bernheim.org or (502) 955-8512 x227 for learning more and registering for this free orientation.
Saturday, January 21 Gallery Talk with Artist in Residence Todd Smith
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Education Center
Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bernheim Artist in Residence Todd Smith explores the nature of wood and shelter forms, and documents night-time tree climbing performances. See images, hear him talk about his work, and sit in the human-sized nest Todd designed and built at this free event. No reservation needed.
Saturday, January 21 Lithic Art Show and Rock Swap
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Visitor Center grounds
Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Observe flint knappers and artists demonstrate the art of chipping flint into arrowheads, spears, knives and other ancient tools and weapons. Modern replicas, pre-historic artifacts and other primitive arts and crafts will be displayed and offered for sale. This outdoor event takes place on the grounds across the road from the Visitor Center.
Saturday, February 11 Natural Beekeeping with John Seaborn
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Education Center Bernheim Members $20.00, non-members $30.00 Registration and payment are due by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to start of program; call (502) 955-8512.
Beekeeping isn’t as simple as it once was, but John Seaborn of Wolf Creek Apiaries believes that both new and experienced beekeepers can successfully manage bee hives without chemicals. If you keep bees, or if you are interested in doing so, this three-hour workshop will allow you to explore the advantages of natural beekeeping.
Saturday, February 11 and Bernheim’s Valentine Dinner Sunday, February 12 Catered by Jarfi’s Bistro
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. each evening
Visitor Center
Bernheim members; $120.00 per couple Non-members; $150.00 per couple
Enjoy an enchanted dinner with your sweetheart at Bernheim Forest’s beautiful Visitor Center with a romantic candlelit dinner catered by Jarfi’s Bistro.
Your dinner for two includes delicious appetizers, music and dancing throughout the evening. A cash bar will be available. An overnight stay at the Bernheim lodge will be auctioned off both evenings.
Make your reservation early; payment by credit card or check is required by Monday, February 6. Space is limited. The menu is available at bernheim.org. Call (502) 955-8512 for more information or to make your reservation.
March 9 – 12 National Association for Interpretation’s Certified Guide Training
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily
Branch out this spring and become a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). If you work (or would like to work) at nature centers, zoos, museums etc. helping visitors connect with natural or cultural heritage, join us for this four-day intensive workshop led by award winning Interpretive Programs Manager Wren Smith. This CIG training is a component of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) professional certification program, which recognizes individuals who exhibit the knowledge and skills necessary to assure quality interpretive services to all
audiences. At the CIG program, you will gain skill and confidence in creating and presenting quality programs, hikes and other public presentations. For fees and other details, visit bernheim.org. To register, contact Wren Smith at (502) 955-8512 x227.
Friday, April 6 and Adopt a Tree
Saturday, April 7 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Research Center

Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies Donations accepted
In honor of Arbor Day, Bernheim invites you to adopt a tree to plant in your yard, school or community. Bernheim will give you a free tree while they last. Stay tuned for additional activities. Donations are accepted.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is pleased to bring world-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty to the region in the April 2012. Dougherty’s three-week installation of woven willow art will delight and inspire visitors as it is constructed and for years to come. Dougherty has created over 200 works worldwide, and his large-scale, whimsical sculptures draw visitors into the energy, magnitude and beauty of nature, influenced by the hands of the artist. His work is unique and built to fit the site, playing with perspectives, views and other components of the landscape. Like much of the art found at Bernheim, the work itself will evolve as it weathers and ages – a beautiful, natural process – and will one day return to nature. Over the three- to four-year life-expectancy of the sculpture, visitors will be intrigued, inspired and often amused by this larger-than-life installation. For more information contact Susan Ritter at (502) 955-8512.
April 9 – 13 Spring Break at Bernheim
Plan daily nature adventures for the kids all week at Bernheim. Bernheim weekday admission is always free; there may be fees for some special programming during Spring Break. Details to come.
Saturday, April 21 Family Volunteer Day
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FREE Event; weekend environmental impact fee for non-members will be waived

Bernheim is pleased to again offer a Family Volunteer Day at the arboretum. Bernheim relies upon hundreds of individuals and groups throughout the year to help keep Bernheim beautiful, and families are invited on this special day to enjoy Bernheim and spend quality time together while feeling good by doing good.
Family Volunteer Day is designed for families to work together, and it is appropriate for all age groups. There are many available projects, and families can choose one or more activity in which to participate. Examples include planting trees, painting new and existing structures, mulching, transplanting seeds to Bernheim’s Children’s Play Garden and collecting natural items for use in future art projects, including the popular Faerie Dwellings at BloomFest (coming up May 19).
Tuesday, April 24 International Stickwork Artist Patrick Dougherty Public Lecture
Details to come.
Thursday, April 26 International Stickwork Artist Patrick Dougherty Ribbon Cutting
Details to come.
Friday, May 11 National Public Gardens Day
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is participating in National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11.
National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education. National Public Gardens Day was created in partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird. The 2012 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens.
Bernheim visitors will enjoy special drawings throughout the day, tours and hikes, craft and music activities for the kids and a lovely day with friends and family. The first 200 visitors will receive a free pass for a future weekend visit to Bernheim (passes available at the Visitor Center).
Saturday, May 19 BloomFest
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visitor Center
Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bernheim’s annual celebration of spring features the popular Woodland Faeries Costume Parade and “Construction Zone”, nature discovery stations, kite flying, KY craft artists, live music, great food and more. Enjoy fun for the entire family at BloomFest! Bernheim’s Spring Plant Sale is also available on this day.
Saturday, May 19 Spring Plant Sale
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Members Only: 8:00 a.m.

Visitor Center
Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bernheim’s annual Spring Plant Sale features Bernheim SelectTM, a distinctive variety of plants propagated from Bernheim’s own collections, along with a varied selection of other unique trees, shrubs, grasses and perennial herbaceous plants. All plants are suitable for north central Kentucky growing. Bring the family and enjoy BloomFest, also on this day.
Saturday, May 25 Froggy Night Adventure
Details to come.
Saturday, May 26 and Up Close Naturally: Mastering Macro Photography in Nature
Sunday, May 27 with professional photographer Allen Rokach
6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days

Bernheim Members: $270
Non- members; $300
Registration and payment are due in advance; call (502) 955-8512
Take advantage of Bernheim’s beautiful spring bloom with one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Allen Rokach. Learn techniques to capture the essence of nature macro-photography with your digital camera in this two-day intensive workshop for intermediate to serious photographers. The workshop includes training in “after capture” photo editing techniques.
Saturday, June 2 National Trails Day: Free Admission to Bernheim
7:00 a.m. – close

FREE admission to Bernheim for all
Hike some trails, bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy the day with your family at Bernheim during this day of free admission as Bernheim’s annual “thank you” to the community. Bernheim’s environmental impact fee is waived on this day; free admission to all. Special guided hikes are available, check bernheim.org for fees and details.
Saturday, June 2 and 3 Family Fishing Days
7:00 a.m. – close

Cedar Pond and Holly Pond near Bernheim’s Visitor Center
Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
In the spirit of the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Days, Bernheim’s Cedar Pond and Holly Pond are open for fishing to children accompanied by a parent. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of family fun. During these two days, no license is required to fish. The only fee is the $5 per carload admission at the front gate for non-members – members are always free and the fishing is free.
July 20 - 22 Central Kentucky Knap-In and Lithic Art Show
Details to come.
Saturday, August 18 Millennium Trail Run with the Trail Store
Half of the Millennium trail – 7 miles.
Details to come.
Saturday, August 25 CONNECT at Bernheim
6:22 p.m. – 10:22 p.m. (Two hours before and two hours after sunset)
Sunset Amphitheatre
Bernheim Members $5.00
CONNECT at Bernheim is a collision of art, music, science and technology around Lake Nevin at night. Artists, scientists, naturalists, progressive thinkers and innocent bystanders unite in this celebration of creativity and technology - informed, infused and surrounded by nature. CONNECT at Bernheim is a grand invitation for all to experiment, play, dance and dream. One can participate in the madness or simply enjoy the sights and sounds. Beer and food are available at reasonable prices. Stay tuned to bernheim.org for more details and a participation form.
Saturday, September 15 BugFest
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center
Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bernheim invites you and the kids to an INSECT SAFARI in Bernheim’s big backyard! Dance the Buggy Boogie, taste the tempting Cricket Crunch, count the Pickled Ticks plus a whole host of other horrible delights. While you are here, take home Bernheim Select TM plants for your yard at Bernheim’s Fall Plant Sale, also on this day.
Saturday, September 15 Fall Plant Sale
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Members Only: 8:00 a.m.
Visitor Center
Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bernheim’s annual Fall Plant Sale features Bernheim SelectTM and other plants chosen specifically for exceptional foliar interest. Trees, shrubs and perennials perfect for year-round interest in the home landscape will be available; proceeds benefit Bernheim. While you are here, enjoy Bernheim’s BugFest, also on this day.
Saturday, October 20 and ColorFest
Sunday, October 21 Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bernheim’s annual ColorFest has affordable family fun surrounded by fall’s spectacular beauty with great food, Kentucky crafts, the Scarecrow Jubilee and more. Enjoy the crisp fall beauty and great nature-related activities for kids, refreshments, music and fun for all. You will find enlightening and entertaining hands-on nature activities, distinctive crafts by Kentucky artists, pumpkin painting, a hay maze and much more. Learn about bees, purple martins and other wildlife; relax and enjoy the striking colors of fall on a hayride – bring family and friends and create your own perfect day at ColorFest.
October 20 – November 15 Scarecrow Jubilee
Daily, 7:00 a.m. to close
Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bernheim’s Scarecrow Jubilee is an open invitational to individuals, groups, artists and all to submit a hand-crafted, ingenious creation out of recycled materials. Past submissions have included boy scouts eating bugs around a campfire, a life-size dancing bee with her honeypot, a six-foot chicken and much more. These delightful beings grace the Bernheim landscape for several weeks with their charismatic personalities. Charge up your imagination with a sense of fun and participate. The 2012 theme is Hungry for Nature. Look for guidelines and an entry form at bernheim.org.
October 22 and 23 Bernheim Ablaze: Mastering Fall Landscape Photography
with professional photographer Allen Rokach
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days

Bernheim Members: $270
Non- members; $300
Registration and payment are due in advance; call (502) 955-8512
Intermediate to serious photographers capture the essence of the natural landscape at Bernheim’s two–day digital photography workshop with acclaimed nature photographer Allen Rokach. Workshop includes training in “after capture” photo editing techniques.
Saturday, October 27 Home Run at Bernheim
This annual 5K and 10K benefit walk/run for the Home of the Innocents has the best course in the region – Bernheim! Find more information at homeoftheinnocents.org.
Saturday, December 1 Holiday Open House
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visitor Center

Bernheim Members FREE, non-members regular $5.00 per car weekend environmental impact fee applies
Bring a friend, enjoy a delightful lunch at Isaac’s Café and celebrate the season while taking care of your entire holiday shopping list at Bernheim’s Holiday Open House. Enjoy free gift drawings and holiday specials, handcrafted jewelry and art by Kentucky artists, a wide variety of nature books, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest the book, apparel for adults and children and local artisans demonstrating their craft and taking your special orders. Here’s a great gift idea: Bernheim membership!
Bernheim members also receive an extra 10% off of most items now through the end of December.
Saturday, December 8 Smart Gardens and Landscapes Special Program: Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
10:00 a.m. – noon

Research Center
Bernheim Members $45.00, non-members $60.00
Registration and payment are required by 4:30 p.m. on the day prior to the program; call (502) 955-8512
Decorating for the holidays can be fun, easy, and extremely inexpensive when you use found objects in nature. Learn how to use the bounty of the season to create wreaths, swags, kissing balls, and more. All materials will be collected from Bernheim, and supplies and tools will be provided. Join us for a class where creativity can turn everyday objects into beautiful seasonal décor.
This workshop takes place at Bernheim’s Research Center. The cost is $45.00 per person for Bernheim members and $60.00 for non-members. Registration and payment are required by 4:30 p.m. on the day prior to the program; call (502) 955-8512.
Other Scheduled Programs, Events and General Information
Annual Holiday Tree Drop Off
Recycle your holiday tree at Bernheim. Your tree’s usefulness will continue as mulch for the arboretum. Drop your tree off any time night or day in front of Bernheim’s gate on HWY 245. The collection point is at the turnaround on the left, December 26 through January 31.
First and Third Saturdays, Monthly ECO Kids Discovery Days: New Initiative, The Four Seasons
Bernheim’s Every Child Outside (ECO Kids) initiative makes being outside fun, adventurous, challenging and full of exploration. ECO Kids Discovery Days provide kids and families with opportunities to play outside, breathe fresh air, and learn about nature. Discovery Days take place the first and third Saturday of each month at the Visitor Center. Discovery Days are FREE to members and are included with admission for non-members. (continued)
Each Discovery Day includes:
• Hands-On Discovery Stations, featuring various plants, animals and ecological wonders, at the Visitor Center between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
• The On Your Own challenge, featuring a self-guided walk and scavenger hunt-type adventure, available at the Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
NEW: Four Seasons at the Children’s Play Garden
Children and their families are invited to join us for this new program series where participants will experience the unique characteristics of each season through hands-on activities, art projects, storytelling and outdoor play. From 1:00-4:00 at the Children’s Play Garden. Free. Dress for the weather.
• Saturday, February 18th Winter at the Children’s Play Garden
• Saturday, April 21st Spring at the Children’s Play Garden
• Saturday, July 21st Summer at the Children’s Play Garden
• Saturday, November 17th Autumn at the Children’s Play Garden
First Saturdays, Monthly Pollywog Play Parties
Pollywog Play Parties combine music, art, language and outside play to encourage children, 5 and under, and their families to learn about nature. Every Pollywog Play Party includes a song and story circle, nature-based explorations, and a variety of arts and crafts projects, science investigations, role playing challenges and opportunities for free play!
Pollywog Play Parties take place the first Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Education Center. Participation in Pollywog Play Parties cost $10 per child for Bernheim members and $15 per child for non-members. There is no charge for accompanying adults.
Advanced registration is required by 4 p.m. the day prior to a Pollywog Play Party, so please call (502) 955-8512 to reserve your place in the pollywog pond today! Payment required at the time of registration. Please note that the regular $5 per car environmental impact fee applies at the front gate for non-members.
Saturday, January 7 A Flurry of Fun Saturday, February 4 Recycle Extravaganza Saturday, March 3 Our Friendly Trees Saturday, April 7 Little Green Thumbs Saturday, May 5 Over and Under the Rainbow Saturday, June 2 Take a Pollywog Hike Saturday, July 7 Life in the Pond Saturday, August 4 Sun, Shade and Shadows Saturday, September 1 Behaving Like Bugs and Bees Saturday, October 6 Nature’s Wonder of Changing Colors Saturday, November 3 Catching the Wind Saturday, December 1 Pollywogs Keeping Cozy
Third Saturdays, Monthly Expanded Programming: Smart Gardens and Landscapes Bernheim’s series of hands-on workshops that teach sustainable horticulture practices now offers two workshops each month. Smart Garden and Landscapes programs are designed to help you transform your yard, urban space, rooftop and street side into green spaces that are attractive, food-producing and beneficial to people’s lives and the environment. Let Bernheim show you how to prepare and plan your own spring garden as you learn about plants, soil, ecology, insects, wildlife and much more. (continued)
Saturday, January 21
Composting 10:00 a.m. – noon
Growing Plants from Seeds 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18
Planning Your Edible Ornamental Garden 10:00 a.m. – noon
Dooryard Fruit Trees and Shrubs 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
Water-wise Vegetable Gardening 10:00 a.m. – noon
Invasive Species 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Workshops take place at Bernheim’s Research Center and each program is $10.00 for Bernheim members or $15.00 each program for non-members. Registration is required; call (502) 955-8512.
The Smart Gardens and Landscapes monthly programs will focus on a different gardening theme each quarter. Stay updated with your forest echo, Bernheim enews, Facebook and bernheim.org for information on upcoming opportunities.
Quarterly Bernheim’s Forest Forays
Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at Visitor Center
Bernheim Members $10.00, non-members $15.00
Registration and payment are required by 4:30 p.m. on the day prior to the program; call (502) 955-8512. Space is limited.
Forest Forays provide opportunities to learn about and experience nature utilizing non-public areas in the research forest.
Quarterly Volunteer Orientation Training
Bernheim hosts a quarterly orientation for anyone interested volunteering. People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. You must be 16 or older to volunteer on your own; family groups may volunteer together. Volunteers give 4 to over 400 hours per year, depending upon the individual. Opportunities range from working on Bernheim trails, to gardening, to office and mailing assistance and more. Experience levels can range from “ready to learn” to specialized skills. Register with Amy Joseph Landon at (502) 955.8512 x262. Connect with People. Connect with Nature. Volunteer at Bernheim.
Upcoming dates:
February 4
May 10
August 4
October 2
Various Dates Tai Chi Chuan at Bernheim
Thursday evenings
First 10 Week Session: March 22 - May 24
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Bernheim Members $85.00, non-members $100.00
Improve your mind, body and spirit with Tai Chi at Bernheim. This 10-week course for novices and returning students runs on consecutive Thursday evenings in the beautiful, peaceful setting of nature. See bernheim.org for details.
Keep in touch with Bernheim: forest echo, Bernheim enews, Facebook and bernheim.org for information on ongoing and other special programs. Please note regular recurring programs:
First and Third Saturdays ECO Kids Discovery Days (Every Child Outside)
First Saturdays Pollywog Play Parties
First Wednesday s O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) Third Saturdays, Monthly Smart Gardens and Landscapes
Varies Monthly Full Moon Night Hikes
Quarterly Forest Forays
Special programs vary and include Naturalist in Training opportunities, wild edibles, beekeeping,
photography, nature hikes, solstice night hikes and much more.
2012 Hours
Jan. 2 - Jan.31 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Feb. 1- March 12 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
March 13 – May 31 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
June 1 – Aug. 31 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sept. 1 – Sept. 30 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 1 – Dec. 31 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bernheim's gate is open every day 7am until near sunset. Please note there is no admittance to Bernheim 30 minutes prior to close. The natural areas (Forest Hill Drive and Guerilla Hollow) close one and a half hours prior to main gate closing; the 600 acre arboretum remains open. Bernheim is closed January 1 and December 25.
• Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday. Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the non-members.
• Schools and tour groups are welcome, learn more at bernheim.org and call in advance for fees and scheduling.
• The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, including weekends. Isaacs Café, open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, is located in the Visitor Center with seasonal lunch items and delicious desserts.
• Nature classes and group hiking opportunities are available; see current offerings at bernheim.org.
• Bernheim is located in Clermont, KY. 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.
MEMBERS: Admission to Bernheim is FREE. Visit bernheim.org to learn more and to become a member.
Non-members: Monday – Friday, FREE Saturday, Sunday and Holiday fees: $5 passenger car, minivan or motorcycle $10 passenger van, RV Buses, please call (502) 955-8512 in advance.