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Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Curiousities

Curiosities abound, adding interest and even mystery to our hikes! On the far side of the Bent Twig Trail, you can find a small grove of strange slender trees. Many of these are the right thickness to use as walking sticks. However I wouldn’t recommend it – as you will discover upon closer examination, the […]

First Sunday Interpretive Nature Hike

  Join Volunteer Naturalist, Joe Rogers for an engaging nature hike at 2:00 from the Visitor Center. The 45 – 60 minute interpretive hike will include a stroll through Bernheim’s holly and conifer collection. No fee and no need to register. Also, the firetower will be opened from 1:00- 4:00 on Sunday, December 6.

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Hearts-a-bursting

 The Bent Twig Trail and other trails throughout Bernheim may have lost most of their autumn color, but vibrant surprises can still be found. Look carefully as you walk  the trail and you will be rewarded with the charms of our native eastern wahoo, Euonymus atropurpureus. The genus Euonmymus is one of 55 genera belonging […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Intertwined

The natural world has always been a source of comfort and encouragement, a place to lose myself and find myself. Today, the Bent Twig Trail provided comfort and inspiration. Everywhere I looked I saw evidence of the dance of life and interconnections — the tread-like hyphae of mushrooms, the numerous vines intertwined on trees, the […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Times They are a Changing!

We’ve just set our clocks back, but nature keeps her own time. It’s easy to read that her clock is ticking towards winter. Most of the deciduous trees on the Bent Twig Trail were decked out in autumn colors just last week, but many of these same trees have lost most of their leaves within the […]

Sunday Nature Hike

  Join Bernheim Volunteer Naturalist, Joe Rogers at 2:00 this coming Sunday, November 1 (and the first Sunday of every month) for an engaging 45 – 60 minute interpretive nature hike. Don’t forget to set your clocks back, and meet Joe at the Visitor Center. No reservation needed. No fee for members, but $5 environmental […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Admiring a Red Beauty

  The trees on the Bent Twig Trail are wearing their autumn finery, and none were more striking on today’s walk than this lovely red maple, Acer rubrum, visible along the edge of the trail near our “Art Barn”. Red maples have a reputation for being prolific. Perhaps this is in part because they produce and abundance […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Why Names Matter

Wherever I am, the landscape speaks to me. I find familiar friends among the plants and animals I encounter. This week’s walk on the Bent Twig Trail was no exception. I was greeted by chickadees flitting about in the understory of spicebush trees and a pair of wrens scolding me from the branches of a […]