Dulcimers part of Bernheim's 80th birthday festivities

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By The Staff

CLERMONT – Happy 80th Birthday, Bernheim Forest!

1929 was a historic year.  It was the year Isaac W. Bernheim established Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.     

Bernheim will be celebrating all year long and we hope you will join us.  We have new and exciting initiatives and events planned for you in this 80th anniversary year, and we want you to be an integral part of all we do.

Bring us your Bernheim stories, photos and ideas as we honor the history and the shining future of this grand and beautiful natural resource that is Bernheim Forest.


The Dulcimer - The Music of Nature?

Saturday, February 28

In this very special program, participants will assemble and learn to play a Bernheim dulcimer in just three hours!  The workshop is led by Bernheim artisan and volunteer Walter French, a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen of Berea Kentucky.

All materials are included in the fee including your lesson, lore, and the legends of this natural instrument that is so finely woven in the fabric of our region. $125 for members, $150 for others, advance registration and payment required. Meet at the Education Center.

Date: Feb. 28

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Education Center

$125 members; $150 for others; advance registration and payment required

Call 502-955-8512

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.

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.

Bernheim is located in Clermont, 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.