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Volunteer Naturalist Orientation Reschuduled

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The Bernheim Volunteer Naturalists Orientation has been rescheduled for  Saturday, January 30,  1- 3 p.m. in the Education Center. Please rsvp at wren@bernheim.org if interested. Thank you! The general volunteer orientation has also been rescheduled to Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m. - noon.  RSVP to alandon@bernheim.org. … [Read more]

Winter Fun at Bernheim

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes, described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer," is known for stating that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. That means cold winter days are no excuse to stay inside! Instead, bundle the family in fluffy coats and fuzzy scarves and head to Bernheim for an … [Read more]

Bernheim: A Natural Muse

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Bernheim's Artist in Residence program, the exhibition, Bernheim: A Natural Muse, showcases a selection of work from past and recent the artists in including the premier of four large paintings by Chicago artist Don Pollack which he recently completed. The show takes place at the Carnegie Center for Art and … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Heart of Winter

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The Heart of  Winter  by Wren Smith The heart of winter beats beneath my frozen feet and beneath the crunching earth. It beats beneath my hearing, beneath my seeing.  The heart of winter beats in the sleeping wooly bears. In their curved coats of black and brown  down in crevices under the logs, like banned question marks. The heart … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Wood Ears

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There’s nothing like coming in from the cold to a warm bowl of soup! For me this is especially true if the steaming broth belongs to bowl of hot and sour soup - one balanced with heat and tang and chock-full of wood ear mushrooms! I was away from Bernheim when we received a lovely light layer of snow on Sunday. However, the Bent Twig Trail … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Listening to Alternative Music

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Silence is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of hiking in wild places. But finding moments where silence occupies, or at least quiets the everyday cacophony of our lives can be challenging.  During this week’s hike of the Bent Twig Trail I found a few quiet moments as I perched on a log in a small patch of sunshine.  I sat as still as … [Read more]