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ColorFest: Where Pumpkins Roll and Fly

ColorFest, Bernheim's annual celebration of fall, is this weekend - October 18-19.  It's 2 days of affordable family fun surrounded by fall's spectacular beauty with hands-on nature activities, great food, distinctive crafts by Kentucky artists, a mud pie kitchen, a hay maze, live music and many more autumn activities. New this year is the Pumpkin … [Read more]

Research Blog Series: False Hellebore Populations Increase

False Hellebore

Kelly Vowels is the Bernheim Forest Research Biologist.  As a part of her research, she surveys and monitors the wildlife and plant species in the natural areas of Bernheim.  One of the many species she monitors is False Hellebore, a native perennial.  Her studies have shown that as parts of Bernheim are restored with native plants and the invasive … [Read more]

Earth Measure helps to ‘shape’ art in nature program

This week marks the 1 year anniversary of the public opening of Earth Measure, the limestone scultpure created by Louisville artist, Matt Weir, in honor of Barry Bingham Jr's life and service.  Bingham, the former publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, was a long time Bernheim Trustee who left an indelible mark on the … [Read more]

Former Bernheim Artist in Residence, Ray K. Metzker dies, at the age of 83

Photograph by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen

Ray K. Metzker was a daring and brilliant photographer who challenged the notions of black and white photography. Metzker was able to capture images of people on the urban streets of American cities and create photographs of “everyman” while doing so with the eye of an artist. He manipulated images, often creating abstraction and modernist motifs … [Read more]

Walnut Preparing for Winter

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This year has been an amazing "mast" year.  Mast is a term biologists give to hard nuts and fleshy fruits that are produced in differing abundance from year to year.  Here are two photos of a lone walnut that sits just outside of the big prairie as it drops its leaves and nuts in preparation for winter.  The top photo is from September 12th and the … [Read more]

Research Blog Series: It’s a Snail’s World

snail

Our research indicates that there are more than 77 species of snails at Bernheim. Why does that matter? Because snails are what we call an indicator species. In essence, snail diversity equals habitat diversity and quality since many animals eat snails. If snails are in abundance, it’s a strong indication that other wildlife is thriving at Bernheim … [Read more]