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Bernheim Forest plans busy month of September at Clermont attraction

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By The Staff

O.W.L.S.:  Tagging the Migrating Monarchs

Wednesday, Sept 2

Bernheim’s delightful series of forays into and about the natural world is designed especially for Older, Wiser and Livelier Seniors (O.W.L.S.).  Every O.W.L.S. program rekindles wonder, cultivates community and provides ample opportunity to learn about natural diversity in our region.

This program focuses on the late summer migration of hundreds of monarch butterflies as they head toward a warmer clime.  They add beauty and grace to our skies and landscape, and offer mystery:  Why do they migrate? What route do they take?  Capture, tag and release monarchs and help us in our partnership with the University of Kansas in the scientific study of the migration of these beautiful and graceful creatures.

Wednesday, Sept 2

10:30 a.m. – noon

Place:   Meet in the Visitor Center at Bernheim

Fee:     $5 for members, $7.50 for non-members; advance registration and payment is required

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TAI CHI in Nature

10-week Beginner and Intermediate course

September 3 – November 5

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest welcomes returning Grandmaster M. O. Serikali, Ph.D., for another 10 week course of Tai Chi Chuan beginning Thursday, September 3.  This practice is an ancient Chinese art that strengthens both body and spirit with physical movement and mental concentration, and is one of the many opportunities at Bernheim that expands Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature.  Registration for the upcoming session is required, and is available up to the beginning of the fourth class for the full fee.  Register by calling (502) 955-8512; learn more at bernheim.org.

September 3 – November 5, Thursdays

Time:    5:30pm – 7:00pm

Place:   Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s Education Center

Fee:     $85 for , members of Bernheim; $95, for non-members

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Full “Corn” Moon Hike

Friday, September 4

Bernheim’s full moon hikes are timed to start at “moonrise” (near sunset).  Night hikes are led by experienced and entertaining naturalists who will delight you with nature tales along the way.  Hikes cover open territory but are not always on established trails.  Dress for the weather and call before 5pm on the day of the program for last minute changes due to the weather.  Cloud cover does not cancel full moon hikes but rain might.

Friday, September 4

Time:    8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Place:   Meet at the Garden Pavilion

Fee:     $7 members; $10 others; advance registration and payment required

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BugFest (ECO Kids)

Saturday, September 5

Spend some time on an INSECT SAFARI with a child at Bernheim, and delight in the wonders of Bernheim’s “big backyard” for this ECO Kids First Saturday Discovery Day.  We will be “abuzz” with all sorts of fun that will give kids the delightful opportunity to explore insects and other little crawly things.

Saturday, September 5

Time:    10am – 4pm

Place:   Bernheim’s Visitor Center

Fee:     FREE

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Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, September 12

Fall is for foliage!  Come to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest for the Fall Plant Sale, Saturday Sept. 12, beginning at 9am with a pre-sale for members of Bernheim at 8am.

Featured plants include  zelkova serrata ‘goshiki’ (variegated Japanese elm), Acer griseum (paperbark maple), cercis Canadensis ‘forest pansy’ (eastern redbud) and many others that have been specifically chosen for year-round interest in the home landscape. Price ranges are generally $8.00 - $12.00, with more uncommon trees and shrubs going up to $30.00.  Stay for Garden Dreams and chat with local gardening experts.

 

Date:    Saturday, September 12

Time:    8 am – 9am members only, 9am – 3pm, general public

Place:   Bernheim’s Visitor Center

Fee:     FREE

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Garden Dreams: Meet the Gardening Experts

Saturday, September 12

 

Bernheim’s Garden Dreams is an informative, intimate program that allows visitors to meet gardening experts in person.  It is a unique opportunity to interact with veteran gardeners on a personal level, asking questions and discussing concerns about your own home gardening issues.

 

This fall program focuses on growing fruits at home, with a sampling of the goodness of locally grown blueberries and apples.  The speakers are:

 

Helen Kielkopf, Hidden Hollow Orchard

Helen’s orchard of 2,000 fruit trees is on 50 acres in eastern Jefferson County. She grows some 50 different types of apples, most of them antique and unusual varieties.  She will bring some apples to sample.

 

Larry & Jennifer Martin, Bluegrass Blueberries

The Martins have a seven-acre blueberry farm and a blueberry plant nursery in Metcalfe County, with 13 years experience growing blueberries in Kentucky and over 30 years experience in Michigan. The Martins are the founders of the Kentucky Blueberry Growers Association.

 

Dr. John Strang, University of Kentucky, Department of Horticulture, Extension Fruit & Vegetable Specialist

Dr. Strang will present information on blackberries and raspberries and can address all general questions regarding good cultural practices in growing homegrown fruit in Kentucky including organic culture.

 

Date:    Saturday, September 12

Time:    Anytime between 10am – 2pm

Place:   Bernheim’s Visitor Center

Fee:     FREE event

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Quitumbe Andean Ballet and Orchestra

Saturday, September 12

 

Vibrant young students of Ecuador’s internationally-known Quitumbe Municipal School share rich “ethno-contemporary” music, dance, costume and artistry with you, through Sister Cities of Louisville.  Bring the family and pack some lawn chairs or blankets for this free performance.  This program provides a great learning experience for the kids.

 

Date:    Saturday, September 12, 5pm

Time:    4:30pm – 5:30pm

Place:   Bernheim’s Sunset Amphitheatre

Fee:     FREE event, donations accepted

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Books @ Bernheim: Quarterly Book Club

An Open Book Club in the Open of Nature

Saturday, September 12

 

Each quarter, Bernheim partners with a kindred organization to read and discuss a book under the shade of a tree. It’s a way to invite lively debate, friendship and advance thinking that allows us to explore our connections to nature.

 

Our partner organization this quarter is The Louisville Climate Action Network (louisvillecan.org) and the discussion leader is Dr. John Cumbler, professor of history at the University of Louisville.  The book is Reclaiming the Commons by Brian Donahue.  The author argues that as people concerned about the natural world, we make a mistake on focusing on wilderness and the wild, while letting the world we actually live and work in become more and more environmentally constrained and ignored.

 

Look for more information on Books @ Bernheim under “programs” at bernheim.org.

 

Date:    Saturday, September 12

Time:    10am – 11am

Place:   Meet at Bernheim’s Visitor Center

Fee:     FREE event; donations accepted

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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.  Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the public.  Schools and tour groups are welcome, please call in advance for fees and scheduling.  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 refreshments.  Nature classes and group hiking opportunities are available, current offerings are online at .  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.  Bernheim is celebrating 80 years of connecting people with nature in 2009.