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Bernheim abuzz with September programs, events including annual Bug Fest Sept. 16

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Bernheim will be abuzz with programs and events throughout September, including the annual BugFest and fall plant sale Sept. 16.

BugFest, Bernheim’s celebration of insects and their relatives, welcomes families to meet multilegged creatures, go on insect safaris and taste chocolate-covered crickets. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite bugs for the bug parade and dance the buggy boogie.

Bernheim’s fall plant sale invites visitors to browse a varied selection of unique plants, trees, shrubs, grasses and perennial herbaceous plants, including Bernheim Select™, a distinctive variety of plants grown from Bernheim’s own collections. Horticulturists will be on hand to answer questions and share information. All plants are suitable for north central Kentucky growing, and plant sale proceeds benefit Bernheim.

BugFest and the fall plant sale run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A schedule of events and a printable plant list are available at Bernheim.org. There is no cost to attend, but non-members are required to pay a $5 per car environmental fee at the gate.

The fun doesn’t end there. Bernheim has numerous programs and events planned as autumn approaches:

Creatures of the Night: Screech Owls

The Creatures of the Night series provides opportunities to experience the sights and sounds of nature that often go unnoticed. On Sept. 22, from 7:30-10 p.m. participants will journey via van into sections of the forest where crepuscular and nocturnal creatures are most active. Led by Bill Napper, with assistance from fellow volunteer naturalists, the program will include a small amount of hiking through easy terrain. Participants should be age 8 or older.

Quarter Moon Hike

On Sept. 29, from 8-10 p.m. visitors are invited to marvel at the moon, ponder distant planets, and explore creatures and features beneath on planet Earth.

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.

Volunteer at Bernheim

Members and non-members are welcome to become volunteers at Bernheim. Volunteers are fundamental to Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature. They are involved in every facet of Bernheim’s operations: helping to maintain the beauty of the arboretum; inspecting and cleaning the 40 plus miles of trails; creating fascinating, hands-on discovery stations for ECO Kids programming; and much more.

Interested individuals can attend volunteer orientation training Sept. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Bernheim’s Education Center. The session is free, but registration is required.
Those interested should call (502) 955-8512 to reserve their spot. n