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Bernheim offering spring break activities this week

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By Kacie Goode

PeggyAnn Lynch was excited to alert the group of every find as they walked the Two Ponds Loop Monday afternoon with guide Dan Pascucci.

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“Mr. Dan! I found something odd!” she’d announce, holding her prize and searching for what she could check off the seek-and-find list.

PeggyAnn’s curiosity of nature, as well as that of several other children, was explored through one of Bernheim’s spring break activities taking place.

“No matter where you go,” Pascucci told the kids, “There are always exciting things to discover.”

A guided walk, with a new theme each day, leaves from the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. as part of the forest’s Spring Break Adventure Week, which started Monday.

In addition to the walks, hands-on discovery stations are available inside the center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids to learn about plants, animals, fossils and more, and the historic Fire Tower is also open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the week.

All of the activities offered for Spring Break Adventure Week are free and require no registration, though large groups are advised to RSVP.

In addition to the daily activities, which conclude Friday, Pascucci will also offer a kid-friendly concert at the Visitor Center from 1 to 1:45 p.m. today.

“It’s going to be songs based on the plants and animals of Bernheim,” said Pascucci, a nature-based educator for the forest.

That event and others will still take place at the center regardless of weather.

Outside of the planned Spring Break Adventure activities, Bernheim is open this spring for families to explore, hike, picnic and play from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the Visitor Center and Education Center open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry to the forest is free during weekdays, but is $5 per car on weekends and holidays.

ECO (Every Child Outside) Discovery Days also take place the first and third Saturday of each month, which, like Spring Break week, include discovery stations, a guided 2 p.m. hike and “on your own” challenges.

Visit bernheim.org for additional information on the forest and more events taking place this month, including nighttime and paid events.