Plenty of activities set for Bernheim during summer

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 CLERMONT - There is something for everyone at Bernheim Aroboretum and Research Forest this summer.

See the program descriptions below and be sure to check our events calendar on bernheim.org for more information. 

O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors)

Seniors are invited to Our Green Heritage on Wednesday, July 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for a stroll devoted to discovering the history, lore and use of some of the most commonly found plants that many consider weeds. 

Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to start of program; call (502) 955-8512.

ECO Discovery Days - ECO (Every Child Outside) 

Kids Discovery Days provide kids and families with opportunities to play outside, breathe fresh air, and learn about nature. 

Discovery Days are free to members and are included with admission for non-members.

•Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of ecological wonders, at the Visitor Center from 1:00 – 4:00 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.

•On Your Own Challenge, featuring a self-guided adventure, available at the Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. 

On Saturday, July 6, children and families can participate in Living on the Edge. 

Follow the day’s On Your Own Challenge along the water’s edge to discover an amazing variety of plant and animal life. 

Kids and their families will have fun roaming riparian habitats and then exploring hands-on Discovery Stations during the afternoon. 

On Saturday, July 20, join us for Summer at the Children’s Play Garden. Kids and their families can cool down from the heat as we dive into water play with sponges and sprinklers, try fishing on dry land, and enjoy summertime classics like croquet, topped off with a glass of old fashioned lemonade. Discovery Stations will be held at the Children’s Play Garden but the On Your Own Challenge and Hike of the Day still take place at the Visitor Center. 

ECO Kids Pollywog Play PartyBring your pollywog (infant to five year old) to the Education Center, on Saturday, July 6 for a discovery day of their own. Early learners will participate in Life in the Pond, where they will investigate water environments through a song and story circle, nature-based adventures and a variety of art, science and play activities. Registration is required by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 5. Call (502) 955-8512.

Bernheim Members $10, Non-members $15. Fee covers one caregiver and child. 

Bernheim at Night

Join Volunteer Naturalists Don Spain and Cele Beckner in the Garden Pavilion on Saturday, July 6, at 9 p.m. to gaze at the sky and hear stories of the stars in Summer 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. 

Go on a night walk with a Volunteer Naturalist on Friday, July 12, beginning at 9 p.m. in the Summer Cardinal Points Star Stroll. 

Join Don Spain on this two-hour walk around Lake Nevin, stopping at the four cardinal points of the lake. Share stories and learn legends and myths while you review the constellations and important stars that can be seen from these points. 

Bring your binoculars if you wish. 

Join us for Full “Thunder” Moon Night Hike on Monday, July 22 from 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. beginning at the Garden Pavilion. Full moon programs weave together stories about night ecology, moon lore, history and the magic of nature at night. 

Night hikes keep to open trails and roads so that travel without flashlights is possible. No pets please. 

Bernheim at Night Programs are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Registration and payment is due by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program. 

Call (502) 955-8512 before 5 p.m. on the day of the program for last minute updates and changes due to weather.

Grocery Store Botany Programs

When visiting the grocery store or farmer’s market have you ever wondered what part of a plant you are buying? What about preparation and cooking? How do various food items “fit” when combined?Join Dr. Varley Wiedeman, Professor Emeritus of Biology and the University of Louisville, on Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Education Center for a two-session course that will answer many of your questions.

A one-hour lunch break is included. Bring your own lunch or dine at Isaac’s Café.  Bernheim members $15 per session, Non-members $20 per session.

Central Kentucky Knap-In and Lithic Art Show

Join artists from across the region as they demonstrate the lost art of flint knapping, also known as chipping flint on Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. across from the Visitor Center. 

Modern replicas and pre-historic artifacts will be on display for sale or trade, as well as other primitive arts and crafts. Event is cost-free and family-friendly. 

A raffle of items donated by participants takes place Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Smart Garden and Landscapes

July is the perfect month to start planning and planting your fall garden. Learn how to extend the life of your edible landscape by planting cool-season crops in Bernheim’s Planning the Fall Garden on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00 – 12:00 a.m. at the Research Center. Discover vegetables that thrive in fall and winter months and learn tried and true techniques to lengthen the growing season. 

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

More Fun this Summer

The fun continues throughout the summer.  Be sure to mark your calendars now for the fifth annual CONNECT at Bernheim on Saturday, August 24, from 6:24 p.m. to 10:24 p.m. 

Bernheim celebrates all that is possible when Art, Nature and Science intersect.  Artists will set up around Lake Nevin with funky, fun and spontaneous art displays and demonstrations. 

Our Sunset Amphitheater will host musical performances and food and beer vendors will also be on hand. New this year is CONNNECTfilm and CONNECTglow.  CONNNECTglow is a sculpture challenge where artists have to create light sculptures without the use of generators or AC power. 

This will be a juried process with the top artist receiving $1,000 and $500 for the second prize.  

CONNECTfilm is a film festival of shorts by local filmmakers whose work also embraces the essence of CONNECT. To participate in any aspect of CONNECT, please visit our website and download our participation form. 


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.