Summer fun at Bernheim Forest

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 Clermont, KY – Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is offering activities for folks of all ages this month.  See the program descriptions below and be sure to check our events calendar on bernheim.org for more information.


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, June 15, join us for Sunshine and Sustainability Discovery Day.  Learn how the Visitor Center uses smart features to take advantage of long, sunny days through the On Your Own Challenge.  Kids and their families can explore hands-on Discovery Stations during the afternoon and take the Hike of the Day at 2:00 p.m with a Bernheim guide.



Bernheim at Night

Full moon programs weave together stories about night ecology, moon lore, history and the magic of nature at night. Night hikes follow open trails and roads so that travel without flashlights is possible.


Join us for the Full Honey Moon Hike on Sunday, June 23 from 9:00 – 10:30 p.m.to observe the evening sights and sounds of summer with Bernheim’s knowledgeable and engaging Volunteer Naturalists.   Bernheim’s night programs meet at the Garden Pavilion. No pets please.  Bernheim members $10, Non-members $12.  Registration and payment due by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the program. Call (502) 955-8512 for last minute updates and changes due to weather.  Space is limited.



Wild Edibles of Summer

Join Bernheim’s Wren Smith on Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.and learn to safely harvest and prepare delicious and nutritious meals from wild plants. Wren Smith has been sharing her love of foraging and wild recipes for over 25 years.

Registration and payment are due by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to start of program; call (502) 955-8512. Space is limited.

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.