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Sunday Nature Hike

Joe Rogers

  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 […]

Bernheim is Batty for Bat Week

Bernheim’s 14,500 acres provide ample habitat for bats, including caves, cliffs, streams, wetlands, lakes, dead trees for maternity roosts (raising baby bats!), and billions of insects. We use acoustic monitoring to detect and better understand our bat populations and have found that Bernheim Forest is home to 12 species of bats, including rare bats such […]

Honoring our “Roots” at Bernheim

We’re excited to announce a new one of a kind experience at Bernheim on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Honoring our “Roots.” This warming experience will honor our roots in the land with a daffodil planting celebration. Share in the harvest of Berheim’s Edible Garden at Isaac’s Café, reflect and prepare […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Admiring a Red Beauty

red maple tree

  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 […]

Fall Color Report – October 14, 2015

October 8, 2010

Pictured above: sugar maple – Acer saccharumlo  (location: just past front entrance kiosk to right as you are headed into Bernheim) Color will begin to increase quickly after the expected frost this week. Interior forests are still largely green, while lowlands and edges are well into change (the Sugar Maple above is on the forest […]

Don’t Miss ColorFest This Weekend

Young visitor to ColorFest experiences the joy of launching a pumpkin into the field at one of the new events for 2014.

Bernheim’s annual ColorFest is finally here! Come enjoy the crisp fall beauty this weekend at Bernheim. Visitors can test their skills at the pumpkin launch, navigate a hay maze, make mud pies, and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheim’s colorful landscape. Other highlights include live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, and […]

Bernheim Welcomes Writer in Residence, D.A. Powell


We’re thrilled to welcome poet D. A. Powell as our Writer in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Powell is currently on site at Bernheim and will be residing here until November 2. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys which received the National Book Critics […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Why Names Matter

wild smilax

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 […]