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Welcome J.W. Fike, Artist in Residence

Bernnheim is excited to welcome one of 2016's Artists in Residence, J.W. Fike, who arrives at Bernheim on August 1. Since 2008, Fike has been engaged in an epic quest to photograph and digitally illustrate a formidable collection of wild edible plants that spans the continental United States. He hopes this grand archive will highlight our country’s … [Read more]

Nature’s Notebook: A View from the Firetower


For the past two years, I have been privileged to be a frequent guide for visitors to the Bernheim fire tower.  It is a role that I requested soon after I started my training in Bernheim's famed Volunteer Naturalist program.  I was fortunate to have been selected and have enjoyed every one of what is now the over 100 days I have spent in the … [Read more]

Take Good Care: Isaac’s Café Specials, August 1-5

8-1-16 Special - Taco

Can you believe that it is August already? It’s time for the kids to go back to school, time for parents to start the juggling act once again between homework, sports, and a million other demands on their time. It’s easy to forget how important it is to take good care of ourselves while trying to take care of everyone else. This is the perfect time … [Read more]

Meet the Plant: Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed 6-17-16

Asclepias tuberosa, commonly known as Butterfly milkweed, is a perennial flower found in most of the Continental United States and the eastern part of Canada. This flower grows to be two to three feet tall, thriving the most in full sun and well drained soils. Butterfly milkweed blooms midsummer or late summer/early fall, attracting butterflies and … [Read more]

Will it Grow Here?


Have you ever seen a new or peculiar plant, and wondered if it would grow in your area? The most important factor limiting plant growth across large geographic regions (other than water availability) is a plant's “hardiness” or ability to tolerate a range of temperatures. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture created an interactive … [Read more]

The Little Kitchen that Could: Isaac’s Café Specials, July 25-29

7-25-16 Special Grilled Cheese Green Beans

Isaac’s Café has been referred to as the “Little Kitchen that could,” and I have to agree.   Every day, the staff of Isaac’s takes our little corner of the Visitor Center and transforms it into a symphony of taste and tempting smells.  When Isaac Bernheim envisioned a place for people to connect with nature, I have a feeling he did not see a … [Read more]