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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 […]

Bernheim Adds Cave Hollow to its Forest


Bernheim is pleased to announce that 136 additional acres of conservation land are now part of our more than 14,000-acre privately managed forest.   Unique partnerships with Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), the Imperiled Bat Conservation Fund of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, and private landowners were critical to […]


We all want to be good environmental stewards and treat our environment with care, but we may not know the best ways to do so. That’s where #10WaysTuesday comes in. Follow Bernheim’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @bernheimforest) to learn a new way to help the environment. Each Tuesday, one of a series of […]

Isaac’s Café Introduces Winter Menu


Lately I have been hearing, “I didn’t know Bernheim had a café!” Isaac’s Café, located inside the Visitor’s Center offers a unique dining experience. Where else but perhaps your own kitchen could you get a body and soul warming bowl of soup made from fresh, organic vegetables that were grown just steps away? As the fall […]

D.A. Powell Leaves a Poem to Bernheim


Earlier this fall, acclaimed poet D. A. Powell offered a Sunday afternoon reading at the Visitors Center. He read previously-published poems as well as a selection of new work, including one poem dedicated to Bernheim, where he spent his month-long residency, held in cooperation with and Sarabande Books. The title of the poem he has […]

Call for Applications for the 2015-2016 Artist in Residence

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Applications for the 2016-2017 residency will be accepted November 1, 2015 through midnight EST, January 8, 2016. All applications must be postmarked by midnight EST and each will receive notification of the results by March 15, 2016. The Artist in Residence Program is available to all visual artists in any medium including (sculptors, installation artists, […]

Bernheim Rediscovers Rare Plant Species

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During an October botanical expedition deep inside Bernheim’s forest, our team discovered two very rare flower species that hadn’t been seen at Bernheim for over 15 years. Yellow ladies tresses orchids (spiranthes ochroleuca) and Porter’s reedgrass (calamagrostis porter). Also discovered for the first time at Bernheim was a highbush blueberry (vaccinium corymbosum). Though common in […]

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

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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 […]