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The Bugs of Bernheim: Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

After returning from a Bernheim discovery field trip at the Kentucky Science Center one day, a Volunteer Naturalist directed me to a near Aristolochia tomentosa (scientific name), also known as Dutchman’s Pipevine, behind the Education Center. There were dozens of pipevine caterpillars crawling around the pipevine and munching on the big bright green leaves. As […]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Bugs are Worthy of our Attention

Years ago, under the direction of my four year old niece Casie, I spent 45 minutes watching a fuzzy white caterpillar munching leaves.  We watched in amazement as leaf after leaf disappeared beneath the appetite of this tiny herbivore. With her dedication to the task, Casie reminded me that bug watching deserves time and attention. In my years as a […]

Nature’s Notebook: Becoming a Volunteer Naturalist at Bernheim

I have long admired the beauty and tranquility of Bernheim. The transition from the chaos of the outside world to the peace of Bernheim was evident each time I drove through the gates. My appreciation always ran deep, but my view of Bernheim (and indeed the world!) has been transformed since joining the volunteer Naturalist […]

Hike & Write: A Special Program Series with Poet Bobbi Buchanan

Bernheim is thrilled to introduce a new program series with author, Bobbi Buchanan. Her guidance will inspire you to use nature as your guide for creativity. Bobbi Buchanan is the author of Tiny Little Beauty, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in June 2016, and Listen: Essays on Living the Good Life (Ginkgo Leaf Press, 2013). She is the founding […]

Bernheim Welcomes New COO, Scott Turner

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is thrilled to welcome Scott Turner as the new Chief Operating Officer. Scott will oversee ongoing business strategy, operations, and execution. Turner joins Bernheim from Land Between the Lakes where he previously served as Business Performance Manager. Scott’s expertise will deepen the talent of our Senior Management Team and we know that his addition […]

Vanishing Acts: Chinese Magnolia

The Chinese Magnolia, Magnolia officinalis, is a large tree found in broad-leaved forests in central China. Although it is widely distributed throughout China, the population of Magnolia officinalis occurring in the wild has been greatly diminished and is limited to a number of protected areas. Medicines extracted from the bark of this tree have been […]

Experience Bernheim at Night

With the first day of spring arriving this weekend so do our popular night programs.  From Full Moon Hikes to Creatures of the Night and Laser Guided Star Tours, our night programs are a great way to connect with nature in an entirely different way. The night adventures begin Wednesday, March 23 from 7:45 – […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Toothsome Toothworts

 The Toothsome Toothworts & Purple Cress Spring wildflowers have begun to bloom on the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere at Bernheim. The two-leaf toothworts that held their buds in tiny closed fists for days, are now opening. Both the common name for these diminutive members of the mustard family (Brassiceace), and one of the often […]