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Volunteer Profile: Bill Napper

BillNapper Photo - Volunteer Profile

The summer issue of the forest echo, Bernheim's quarterly newsletter, featured a profile of Volunteer Naturalist, Bill Napper. Because we have limited space in print, we had to edit Bill's commentary about being a volunteer. His writing beautifully expressed what it means to be a Volunteer Naturalist, so we hated for it never to be published. Below … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail


    A forest is for rest. Sitting in the circle surrounded by many "treeful" companions, I'm lucky  that the trees around me, aren't just trees, they are familiar parts of my own history, my own story, and my deep love of the natural world. During my youth, I misspelled forest..."forrest", for rest. The forest has always been a restful … [Read more]

Take a Hike – Summer Style

Summer is here! It's a great time to get outside and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of summer. The lush green tones of the trees illuminate the forest, the bullfrogs croak, the Bobwhite quail whistle, and the odor of the many flower species growing at Bernheim waft through the air. With over 40 miles of hiking trails, we encourage you … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

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  Say the title of this blog three times and see if you don't end up sounding like Tweety Bird! All joking aside, the Bent Twig Loop winds through a patch of woodlands just outside my office in the Bernheim Education Center.  At least once a week I walk this trail attentive to the gifts, large and small, that exist along this woodland … [Read more]

Summer Solstice Welcome at Earth Measure

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Ever welcome summer under a starlit sky in the beauty of a nearly 15,000 acre forest?  Now's your chance.   Join us this Saturday, June 20 at 8:50 p.m. – Sunday, June 21 at 6:50 a.m. as we witness the last sunset of spring and welcome the first sunrise of summer in our first ever Summer Solstice Welcome at Earth Measure event. This unique overnight … [Read more]

Field Report from Wilson Creek

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Nature-based Education Intern, Amanda Ross, shares her adventures from the field! An Environmental Management major at Indiana University, Amanda will be spend the summer supporting Bernheim's education initiatives. Here's what she's been up to lately: "This past week, Bernheim hosted "Buzzing About STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art … [Read more]