Wildly Serious

16,000+ Acres and a Million Things to Do

Find yourself in the forest

Become one with nature in our Edible Garden.
Ignite your child’s imagination at our 17-acre natural playground or loop through our 40 miles of trails.
Worked up an appetite? Stop by Isaac’s Cafe and grab a bite.

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Adventure Awaits!

Bernheim Forest and Arboretum was founded in 1929 by Isaac W. Bernheim, with the mission of “connecting people with nature”. In the nearly 100 years since, we’ve not strayed from this mission.

By remaining committed to protecting the critical wildness of our forest while offering the public deeply engaging outdoor experiences, we will propel his vision into the next 100 years.

At 95 years old, our forest looks better than ever and our hearts remain young and vibrant. Come take an outside chance on the millions of things to do at Bernheim!

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More than just a forest

Climate Crisis Action Plan

Working to achieve net zero carbon emissions by our centennial in 2029.

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A Present To Us All

Purchased and protected since 1929, a welcoming place for renewal and connection to nature!

Isaac’s Story

Annual Impact Report

Privately-held, 100% donor supported, and deeply rooted in our mission.

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Stay Curious

Research At Bernheim

Bernheim has a tradition of research dating back to our origin. Bernheim attracts researchers from all over who study native species, natural ecosystems, and long-term ecological change. 

Immerse & Explore

Art Thrives in Nature

Isaac W. Bernheim’s vision for the land he acquired to protect included the combination of an arboretum and natural forested areas infused with the arts to create a unique site to experience nature. We’re proud of our over 40-year history of intersecting art with science – come see for yourself!

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