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Bernheim Forest hosting E-C-O Kids Discovery Days, hike of the day events

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By Bernheim Staff

Named one of Southern Living’s Great Fall Escapes, Bernheim is a great location to experience fall’s splendor and there are a variety of ways visitors connect with nature this November at Bernheim. That includes the final SONICBernheim of the year from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday.

SONICBernheim/Frost Moon is a site-specific lecture and performance series that explores the relationships between sound, music and nature, taking place under the light of a full moon. Guests will travel around Bernheim’s Education Center with guest lecturer, Andra McCartney, a soundwalk artist and researcher from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. The evening will also be filled with the sounds of performances from Wu Fei of Nashville, Tennessee, and Connor Waldman from Louisville, Kentucky.

Chairs, blankets, flashlights and picnics are welcome, but no alcohol is permitted. Bernheim will make every effort to accommodate attendees with mobility restrictions. The cost is $5 for Bernheim members and $10 for nonmembers.

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.-5 p.m.; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (beginning Sunday).

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.

The theme Saturday is stalking squirrels. Kids can follow squirrels as they climb, jump and scurry through Bernheim, using the On Your Own Challenge as a travel guide. Families will have fun exploring hands-on Discovery stations and the hike of the day during the afternoon.

On Nov. 18, families are invited to the second ECO Kids Discovery Day of the month for survival strategies. Kids can pretend to be animals and decide to migrate, hibernate or stay active to survive the cold months ahead during the On Your Own Challenge. During the afternoon, families will explore hands-on Discovery stations and the hike of the day.

ECO Kids Pollywog Play Party

Pollywogs (infants to 5 years old) are invited to the education center Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon for a morning of discovery. Early learners will participate in catching the wind where they will discover the magic of wind and experiment with air properties and movement by making colorful wind twirlers, experimenting with wind power, playing with balloons and much more.

Registration is required by 4 p.m. the day prior to program by calling (502) 955-8512. The cost is $10 for Bernheim members and $15 for nonmembers. The fee covers one caregiver and one child. Nonmembers are required to pay a $5 per car environmental fee at the gate.

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.

Full “Frost” Moon Hike

Visitors can experience Bernheim at night with a Full “Frost” Moon Hike Saturday from 6-8:30 p.m. Full moon programs weave together stories about the night ecology, moon lore, history and nature. Night hikes keep to open trails and roads so that travel without flashlights is possible.