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Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Bridging the Gap

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 I’m thinking about bridges today, perhaps because Bent Twig Trail  has several of them. Each one spanning the ephemeral creek that snakes its way in this small forest fragment. In my role as the Interpretive Programs Manager for Bernheim, I have the great fortune not only of working in a beautiful place, but I also […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: A Meditative Morning

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“Mornings are my favorite time of day, but it’s a shame they only last til noon,” my friend Joyce Fry announced a few years ago during a shared morning hike. Being one of the lucky ones who sleeps soundly and wakes up early, refreshed by the mysterious and restorative  power of a good night’s rest, […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

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While beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) are often prominent shade tolerant trees found in moist hardwood sections of Bernheim, they seem to be proliferating even in some dried upland areas of the forest these days. Beech trees are easy to identify by their gray bark, which is usually silky smooth but occasionally very wrinkled to resemble an […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

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Tuliptree – Liriodendron tulipifera (L.) Proud but not Poplar The tuliptree usually grows straight and tall and some might say, proud. It has many common names including tulip poplar and yellow poplar. The tree however is not a poplar but a member of the Magnolia family. The tuliptree is the largest deciduous tree in Kentucky, […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

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    A forest is for rest. Sitting in the circle surrounded by many “treeful” companions, I’m lucky  that the trees around me, aren’t just trees, they are familiar parts of my own history, my own story, and my deep love of the natural world. During my youth, I misspelled forest…”forrest”, for rest. The forest […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

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  Say the title of this blog three times and see if you don’t end up sounding like Tweety Bird! All joking aside, the Bent Twig Loop winds through a patch of woodlands just outside my office in the Bernheim Education Center.  At least once a week I walk this trail attentive to the gifts, […]

The Bernheim Firetower Open tomorrow (Saturday)

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 The Bernheim Fire tower will be opened tomorrow from 1:00 – 4:00. You can enjoy the Firetower most Saturday afternoons from now until November (weather permitting),  as long as we have a  volunteer Fire Tower Guide available. If you’d like to be trained as a Fire Tower Guide so that the firetower is accessible more […]

Get Out and Hike Series: Introduction to Family Hiking

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April 12, 1:00 – 3:00 meet in the Visitor Center. Introduction to Hiking Hiking with your family can create meaningful memories that last a lifetime. This is especially true when hikes are fun and full of discoveries. Start your family hiking tradition on the right foot. Join Bernheim seasoned hikers and Volunteer Naturalists Larry Polley […]