Bernheim Forest’s Firefly Fridays Capture That Childhood Summer Magic

Childhood in Kentucky used to mean playing outside as the sun set and the night began, while the parents relaxed on the porch. The rise of the fireflies from the rain-moistened June grass was miraculous. Trying to capture the tiny green lights in our little hands gently enough to release them back into the world was a mission. 

At Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, come recapture those moments with Firefly Fridays in June. June is peak season for many types of fireflies and Bernheim is the perfect safe place to view their light show. 

On Fridays in June from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. join the Bernheim naturalists to enjoy the season of the firefly and learn more about the habits and lives of these special insects. 

The Firefly Fridays are part of the Bernheim at Night, which provides chances to take in some moon gazing, planet “pondering.”

Here are some other events to check out in the series:  

Full Strawberry Moon Hike

Experience the mystery of a full moon hike and a lunar eclipse through the early spring landscape on Tuesday, June 15, from 9 to 11 p.m. The hikes include a walk around Lake Nevin Loop, with stops to observe the night sky, discuss nocturnal happenings and consider our cosmic connections.

Creatures of the Night: In Search of the Blue Ghost

On Friday, June 24 from 9 to 11:30 p.m., the last Firefly Friday of the month will feature In Search of the Blue Ghost, a great opportunity to experience the Blue Ghost Firefly, which has an “unusual continuous glowing display.” 

For all programs register by 4 p.m. the day before the event by calling (502) 955-8512 or by visiting the Bernheim.org website. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. No pets allowed and be sure to dress accordingly.

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