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Nature’s Notebook: Bernheim’s Links to the Iron Industry

The land on which Bernheim is located has a deep and lasting interconnection with the local iron industry of the 19th century.  Iron smelting, like salt production, was a major industry in this area and was a primary factor in its deforestation.  Its legacy continues to be felt throughout the arboretum and forest. The local […]

Remembering What Matters: Isaac’s Café Specials, December 5-9

My family has had a few serious challenges in the past month.  Seeing all of my distant family in the face of an emergency helped me to remember that I’m not alone and that people can really come together when it matters, regardless of how ‘busy’ we think we are.  For the first time in years, […]

Bernheim Staff To Lead Kentucky Chapter of American Chestnut Foundation

Rick Caldwell, a longtime Bernheim staff member, was recently elected as the President of the Kentucky Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (ACF). The mission of the ACF is to restore the American chestnut to our eastern forests in order to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. Rick’s leadership reinforces Bernheim’s desire to […]

The Importance of Mushrooms

Here at Bernheim Forest, we are currently compiling a list of all the Fungi or mushrooms found within the forest. Mushrooms are an important part of the ecosystem and over million species have been identified throughout the world. Mushrooms are different from other plants in that they are made up of chitin instead of the cellulose […]

Celebrate #GivingTuesday at Bernheim

What if on #GivingTuesday you could give to one of your favorite non-profit organizations and give the gift of nature to a family member or friend? That’s what you can do today if you purchase a membership to Bernheim. But holiday shopping and giving back doesn’t have to end today.  Bernheim has a number of […]

The Seeds That We Plant: Isaac’s Café Specials, November 28-December 2

I recently read a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Don’t  judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”  As someone who is responsible for utilizing what’s growing in Bernheim’s Edible Garden, I am sometimes guilty of focusing on the harvest.  I love seeing what is available for use […]

Attitude of Gratitude, Isaac’s Café Specials, November 21-25

This week, I hope you will join me in what I am calling my “attitude of gratitude”.  What better time than the present to focus not on the things out of our control, but on the little pleasures that can make each day special? My sister, Tena, has this wonderful ritual of instead of counting […]

Winter Hours Have Arrived at Bernheim

Though some trees are still glowing with fall color, the signs of winter are increasing every day. We have now “fallen back” to earlier sunsets and starry skies at Bernheim. With this change comes a change in our hours, including at the Visitor Center and Isaac’s Café. As of November 1, the Visitor Center will be […]