earth /ərTH/


the planet on which we live; the world.

“the diversity of life on earth

  1. the substance of the land surface; soil.


What on earth?!

Earth is the place we call home, and it’s a very special place indeed. From the sky above to the ground at your feet, we are surrounded by creatures and features that inform and influence our lives.  Whether it’s the “earth tones” of our skin or songs by “Earth, Wind & Fire”….the concept of earth weaves through all we are and how we relate to each other and the world around us.  Can you claim your small piece of the earth by making a map of your yard or your neighborhood?  Which dinosaurs would you have liked to roam the earth with if you had lived 66 million years ago?  Let’s dance, sing and eat with some of earth’s many fascinating cultures.  Get to the core of this precious planet by digging in and cultivating your curiosity about oceans, atmosphere, cultures, continents, and more.


Bernhiem Colorfest

Celebrate the fall season at ColorFest – a family favorite! Visitors can slingshot pumpkins, navigate the hay maze, make mud pies, and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheim’s colorful fall landscape. Other highlights include live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors, and more.

Suggested Reading List

  • Inch By Inch by Eric Carle
  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Rain School by James Rumford
  • Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
  • Dirt: The Scoop On Soil by Natalie Rosinsky
  • Diary Of A Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • The Water Princess by Susan Verde
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  • Potato Joe by Keith Baker

Explore Our Themes


Our Senses

How do you explore and understand what is around you?  Think about what happens when Mom or Dad tells you that dinner is ready – you can hear them asking you to wash your hands, feel the water and soap against your skin, smell what’s cooking, see your chair at the table and taste the food on your plate. You can do all of that thanks to your senses!
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Whether shining through a smile, the assistance of a helping hand, being patient or using manners, you can spread kindness. What acts of kindness have you seen? Maybe you remember a time that someone was kind to you. Kindness can be contagious, one act causing another and so on.
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Does it sometimes feel like everything is always changing?  It’s a fact: change is all around us and within us.  Change happens.  And at the same time, some things stay exactly the same.  Through this theme of CHANGE, you can check out lots of things in your world that change, and maybe even a few that don’t.
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Hey….get moving!  Animal, human, or machine….minuscule or humongous…..seen and unseen… many things move.  Think about it for a minute.  Even when you are standing very still, some parts of your body (especially on the inside) are still moving even when you think you’re not.  
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Is there a different way to look at things? From a different angle or from another perspective? Sometimes we are so set in our ways that it is hard to see things from another person’s point of view, or to get a fresh take on a lingering problem. Our experiences, our personalities, our interests and so many other things influence our point of view. The theme of VIEW gives you a new way to look at what’s happening in and around you.
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Do you ever wonder what’s beyond your backyard, or outside the city limits? It’s a wide, wide world.  There is so much that makes every continent, every country, every state, every city, every neighborhood, and even every home, unique.  The WORLD theme offers a way to take a worldly adventure, without ever hopping on a plane.
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Things are what you make of them, right? Whether you are making something functional, making up your mind, making friends, or trying to make the world a better place, the act of making is one fueled by curiosity, imagination and creativity. Even little people have big ideas, so this theme of MAKE will provide the sparks for getting those wheels turning.
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