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Join us for BugFest and Fall Plant Sale

Bernheim will be abuzz for its annual BugFest and Fall Plant Sale this weekend on Saturday, September 19. Children can dance the buggy boogie, go on an insect safari, taste a chocolate-covered cricket and make a new six or eight-legged friend of their own. They can even don a bug costume and join in the Parade of Bugs.     BugFest and the Fall … [Read more]

Welcome Fall at Earth Measure

What better way to welcome fall than under the stars at Bernheim? Join us for our first-ever Welcome Fall Overnight at Earth Measure this weekend from 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 until 7 a.m. on Sunday September 20. As the sizzling of summer gives way to the coolness of autumn, our Bernheim Volunteer Naturalists will help participants … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Learning to See

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Learning to see involves knowing how and where to look. It requires developing a mental template, or the term I prefer, a searching image. I started to understand this concept decades ago while trying to find shark teeth on an island off the Georgia coast. Although this particular beach was known to have shark teeth in abundance, I looked for days … [Read more]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: A Scent of Late Summer

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Wild citronella, Collisonia canadensis has been capturing my eye on all of my recent hikes.  If you have been following my blog regularly, you may know that  I tend to scratch-and-sniff my way along the trail.  For this reason, I have been anticipating our wild citronella coming into bloom, and today was the day! Of course I stopped and gently … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Hidden Jewels


  The natural world is full of hidden jewels, and late summer is a great time to seek out some specific ones along the Bent Twig Trail. Today, let's explore patches of jewelweed, Impatiens capensis that skirt the wetter portions of this trail. At Bernheim, I often find jewelweed growing at the edge of the woods near streams or ditches. … [Read more]

Findings from the Edible Garden Monarch Waystation


Want to spot a Monarch butterfly at Bernheim? Be sure to stop by the Edible Garden, a popular landing spot for these beautiful insects! They are making quite an appearance just in time for our annual BugFest. Monarch butterflies are known for their long distance migrations in the spring and fall. Their numbers within Bernheim Forest peak during … [Read more]