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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 Launch where participants […]

Research Blog Series: False Hellebore Populations Increase

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Fall Fun and Free Play

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Have you heard the news? Southern Living Magazine has named Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest among the South’s 10 best places to enjoy fall color. Our loyal visitors like you already knew that, but to celebrate, why not plan a visit this first weekend in October to see fall’s splendor and enjoy some of Bernheim’s […]

Writers-in-Residence Reading

Bernheim’s Writers-in-Residence Program hosted two published authors this summer. Margaret Kimball and Christian Moody sought inspiration from our ecologically protected land and now you can hear the results. Join us for a public reading of their work this Sunday, September 28 at 3pm at the Bernheim Visitors Center. This event is free and open to […]

Free Play Day Comes to Bernheim

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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest invites children and anyone interested in their development and well-being to our Free Play Day on Saturday, October 4 from 11am – 4pm.  Spend a day outdoors making music, building forts, rolling down hills, climbing on logs and mucking about in nature. No matter the season, outdoor play is critical […]

Research Blog Series: Prescribed Burning Benefits

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The following was written by Grace Nafziger, Natural Areas Intern Oak/hickory forests create habitat for a variety of native species including: deer, turkeys, and squirrels.  The oaks and hickories are able to provide a mass crop for these organisms before the winter.   However, without being monitored, the Oak and Hickory forests may eventually turn […]