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Trails from the Bent Twig Trail: National History and Medical Mystery

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This angelic looking wildflower may have shaped our history as a nation. White snakeroot, Ageratina altissima (formally Eupatorium rugosum) is common along the Bent Twig Trail and is in full bloom right now. This perennial wildflower is viewed by most authorities as the likely culprit in the mysterious illness known as milk sickness, which led to … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Spicebush Larva Update


The Bent Twig Trail is changing with the season. Signs of it are everywhere! The forest floor is already splashed with colorful leaves. There is that wonderful slant of light with its long shadows that adds mystery to the landscape and the mornings are cool enough for an extra layer. Just two weeks ago, I posted this photo of a spicebush … [Read more]

Match Your Donation to Bernheim with Give Local Louisville

Give Local Lou 2015

Bernheim is excited to join the upcoming Give Local Louisville effort, a great way to support our important mission “connecting people with nature”.  On this date, your impact will be enhanced through multiple matching gift offers. On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Community Foundation of Louisville will host the second Give Local Louisville.  … [Read more]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Not All is Touchable

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It's often been said that the more you know, the more you realize you don't know; and just how much there is to learn. It does seem that the more I dig in and try to learn about the natural world, the more it appears that I'm just scratching the surface. But ah, isn't it a great surface to scratch?  Having said that, not every surface should be … [Read more]

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]