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A Morning at the Quail Barn

Bob White Quail chick

As some may know, Bernheim is working on a quail restoration project to reintroduce quail into natural areas of Kentucky. Although quail are not officially considered threatened or endangered, the population of this bird has rapidly declined in the area due to destruction of its natural habitat. For the past 5 years, Ronnie Moore, Natural Areas Manager […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

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While beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) are often prominent shade tolerant trees found in moist hardwood sections of Bernheim, they seem to be proliferating even in some dried upland areas of the forest these days. Beech trees are easy to identify by their gray bark, which is usually silky smooth but occasionally very wrinkled to resemble an […]

Net Zero Water

Portion of geological map of the Shepherdsville quadrangle, Billitt County, Kentucky, showing the formation layers expected at the drill site.

Portion of geological map of the Shepherdsville quadrangle, Billitt County, Kentucky, showing the formation layers expected at the drill site. Day one, hour one of my food works internship at Bernheim put me right in the thick of one of the main objectives of my time here, helping assemble documentation for certification of the Edible […]

Meet Bernheim’s Garden Dragon

Dragon Arbor head work

Willow is a pliable, beautiful wood, making it great for sculptural pieces (like former Sited@Bernheim sculpture, Snake Hollow).  Horticulturalist, James Moody and Edible Gardener, Cole Alexander know the material very well. On July 2, they spent a drizzly afternoon pushing a pile of willow branches past their limits and into something thrilling and lovely! What […]

Revitalization of the Aquarium and Terrarium (Part 1)

A glimpse into the revitalization process of the terrarium

  If you visited Bernheim in the past, you might have experienced the excitement of the aquarium and terrarium located inside the Visitors Center. Before starting as an education intern, I visited Bernheim often and always looked forward to watching the fish swim around in the aquarium and the toad hop about in the terrarium. The […]

Fragrant Future: A Lunch with Cathleen Faubert


Cathleen Faubert is a recent addition to the Artist in Residence program, and has been featured both on Bernheim’s website and in the Summer 2015 edition of the forest echo. Bernheim Exeutive Director, Mark Wourms, PhD, Martha Slaughter, Visual Arts Coordinator, Claude Stephens, Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design, and intern, Ann Hageman recently stopped by […]

Lunch with history: Wisdom of Thomas Block


  On July 1, 2015, some of Bernheim’s interns with Wren Smith, Interpretive Programs Manager and Isaac Bernheim’s great-grandson (and Bernheim Trustee), Tom Block. Amanda Ross, education intern, Kyle Kramer, Jacob Zink, Grayson Huck, and Parker Watson, all natural areas interns, gathered at Isaac’s Cafe to embark on a unique adventure. Though any hike with strangers becomes […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

tulip leaves

Tuliptree – Liriodendron tulipifera (L.) Proud but not Poplar The tuliptree usually grows straight and tall and some might say, proud. It has many common names including tulip poplar and yellow poplar. The tree however is not a poplar but a member of the Magnolia family. The tuliptree is the largest deciduous tree in Kentucky, […]