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All Good Things Come to an End

As I sit at my desk during the final hour of my final day here at Bernheim, I can’t help but to feel thankful for all the love and support I have received during my 12 weeks here from the staff, volunteers, and guests. Bernheim is such a welcoming community, and it has been a […]

Terrarium and Aquarium Updates

After many hours of research, collecting, and planting, I am very excited to announce that the terrarium has been completed! The education department has implemented the terrarium as a miniature ecosystem, with a collection of plants and insects that can be found within Bernheim. Plants that can be seen in the terrarium include Indian Cucumber […]

Bernheim Hires Cadell Walker as Director of Development

We are very excited to announce Cadell Walker as Bernheim’s new Director of Development! Cadell is a Bullit County native with over fifteen years of leadership and senior management experience in the nonprofit sector. She is charged with advancing Bernheim’s development activities in major gifts, membership and annual campaigns. Cadell comes to us rich in […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Pleasant Surprises

  Walking the Bent Twig Trail regularly helps me experience or discover surprises that I might have missed otherwise. Look what I found – indian pipes, Monotropa uniflora! Because these strange plants are nearly all white, they are sometimes called ghost plants. Although they resemble some sort of strange fungi, indian pipes are actually flowering plants.  However, […]

Green Roofs’ Growth in the City

Cityscapes and urban sprawls need the oxygen and the shade from a tree as much as (if not more than) forested areas. Potted plants and trees on the sidewalk aren’t the only ways to fill this need. Green roofs have become a popular way to bring nature into the city. More people are expressing interest […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Spicing it up.

There is nothing like a walk in the woods to remind us “there’s more to life than meets the eye.” The sense of smell is particularly good at conjuring up layers of experience and emotions. Dianne Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses, explains that our sense of smell developed from the oldest […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Bridging the Gap

 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 […]

Is Forest Restoration the New Frontier?

Is forest restoration the new frontier? If you ask any of the stewards painstakingly removing harmful invasive species from our beautiful, diverse ecosystems here at Bernheim, the answer is yes. Invasive species aren’t an established contributor in our local environs, meaning that our native species may not be adapted to make use of them or […]