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Wildflower Strolls Series Begins Next Week

A wildflower grows in the wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted. With nearly 15,000 acres of land, Bernheim is full of thousands of these beauties. Spring is a great time to begin observing the wildflower from bud to blossom, and that is exactly what you can do in our newest Wildflower Stroll series. Join […]

Newly Scheduled: Volunteer Naturalist Orientation

If you missed last Saturday’s Volunteer Naturalist Orientation, there’s still an opportunity for you to get involved. I’ve added a second orientation, scheduled for Saturday, January 28 from 1 – 3 p.m. Call me at (502) 955-8512 or Email me if you would like more information or wish to register. Bernheim’s dedicated Volunteer Naturalists help people of all […]

Become a Bernheim Volunteer Naturalist

Bernheim’s dedicated Volunteer Naturalists help people of all ages understand and connect with the natural world in a way that fosters deep emotional and intellectual connections. This tight-knit community of volunteers offers the chance to not just share knowledge with Bernheim visitors, but also to learn from each other and Bernheim’s expert staff. For the […]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Protective Resemblance

While crouching in a thicket during a game of hide-and-seek when I was about ten years old, I spied what appeared to be a thorn moving along the stem of a blackberry bramble. Taking a closer look, I noticed tiny legs beneath this “thorn” moving it along. I soon discovered that the wings folded over […]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Wheel Bugs – Armed Assassins

Wheel Bugs (Arilus cristatus) are armed assassins in more ways than one. They belong to the order Hemiptera (true bugs), and like other insects in this order, they have a pair of hardened forewings with clear tips that make them look like half wings. In fact, the name of this order is derived from the Greek word meaning half […]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Bugs are Worthy of our Attention

Years ago, under the direction of my four year old niece Casie, I spent 45 minutes watching a fuzzy white caterpillar munching leaves.  We watched in amazement as leaf after leaf disappeared beneath the appetite of this tiny herbivore. With her dedication to the task, Casie reminded me that bug watching deserves time and attention. In my years as a […]

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 […]

A Natural Defense against Nature Deficit Disorder

We are so excited that Richard Louv is coming to Bernheim this Saturday, July 16, 2016. Louv is the author of the acclaimed book, Last Child in the Woods:Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, and other related books and articles. Many of our Bernheim Volunteer Naturalists will be on hand before, during, and after the lecture to share some of their passion […]