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Learn about birds, bees at Bernheim Forest

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 CLERMONT – Since February is all about love, Bernheim is giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the birds and the bees – literally.

On Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1-3 p.m., join State Apiarist Tammy Horn Potter for a special program on Kentucky’s Pollinators Protection Plan.  Learn about efforts to protect pollinators and how to lessen the risks of chemicals to honey bees while also protecting crop production.

The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

In celebration of National Bird Feeding Month, our youngest visitors can participate in On the Wing at the Pollywog Play Party on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon at the Education Center. Early learners (infants to five-year-olds) will have fun celebrating feathered friends.

They will partake in bird watching, build nature bird feeders, try on a beak or two, get to know and love some local favorites, and much more. Pollywog Play Parties combine music, art, language, and outside play to encourage infants and children through the age of five to learn about nature.

Registration is required by 4 p.m. on the day prior to program by calling (502) 955-8512. The cost is $10 for Bernheim members and $15 for non-members. The fee covers one caregiver and one child. Non-members are required to pay a $5 per car environmental fee at the gate.February is full of other events and activities for all ages.

Bernheim at Night

Bernheim at Night programs provide ample opportunities to marvel at the moon, ponder distant planets and be awed by the vastness of space. Something new yet ancient appears in the heavens and on earth with each turn of the seasons.  Winter Star Stories and Sky WatchJoin Volunteer Naturalists and the Louisville Astronomical Society on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. to view brilliant stars and constellations of winter through telescopes, along with a crescent moon, Mars and Venus.

If the weather is overcast, a virtual astronomy program will be presented inside the Garden Pavilion.

Quarter Moon HikeJoin Bernheim again on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for a Quarter Moon Hike. Don’t miss the indoor orientation at the beginning of the program that will set the stage for an incredible sky watching experience. 

Laser Guided Star Tour

Each night, fascinating stories are playing out across the heavens.

Join Bernheim on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. to watch constellations of scorpions, bears, dolphins and mythological characters come alive as an interpreter shares ancient dreams and laser beams in Bernheim’s night sky.

All Bernheim at Night programs are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Groups meet at the Garden Pavilion unless otherwise noted in the event description.

Registration and payment are required by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the program. Call (502) 955-8512 to reserve a spot. Space is limited for events and pets are not allowed.

ECO Kids Discovery Days

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 and include:On Your Own Challenge from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Discovery Stations from 1 – 4 p.m.

Hike of the Day led by a Bernheim guide, starts at the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. and runs 45 – 60 minutes. Children and their families are invited to Bird is the Word on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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. During the afternoon, children will enjoy exploring Discovery Stations and the Hike of the Day

The fun continues on Saturday, Feb. 18 when families are invited back to Bernheim for Seeing Green. Children will investigate mosses, ferns, and lichens thriving in the winter landscape in the day’s On Your Own Challenge and then explore hands-on Discovery Stations and the guided hike of the day in the afternoon.For details on ECO Kids Discovery Days, call (502) 955-8512. Both events are free, with the regular $5 environmental impact fee per car applying to non-members.

First Sunday Nature Hike

Join Bernheim’s Volunteer Naturalists at the Visitor Center on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 2 – 3 p.m. for an engaging 45-60 minute nature walk. Registration is not required for this free event and all ages are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. The regular $5 environmental impact fee applies at front gate for non-members.

Smart Gardens and Landscapes

Join Bernheim’s Horticulture Staff on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. – Noon in the Research Center for Planning Your Edible Ornamental Garden and learn how to start gardening for 2017. 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 – 3 p.m. in the Research Center. Join Bernheim for this hands-on workshop and learn how to plan, care for, and harvest from an edible landscape for years to come.

Those interested in attending should register by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 by calling (502) 955-8512. The cost for each event is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Bernheim Backroads

Winter is arguably the best time to explore Bernheim’s backcountry, and that’s just what visitors can do in this five-hour driving tour from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. A team of volunteer naturalists will lead the program and will allow for frequent stops in order to investigate nature up close. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center and bring a sack lunch and beverage.

Those interested in attending must register by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, by calling 502-955-8512. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. The program is for adults and children ages 8 and up.

 

About Bernheim

Bernheim’s mission is to connect people with nature. Whiskey maker, Isaac W. Bernheim established the 14,000+ acre arboretum and research forest in 1929 as a gift to the people of Kentucky.  Bernheim’s gate is open every day 7 a.m. until approximately 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. – 5 p.m. every day, including weekends.  Isaac’s Café, located in the Visitor Center, is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with refreshments. Bernheim is located in Clermont, KY, about 20 minutes from the Louisville airport.  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.