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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 […]

Vanishing Acts: That’s a Wrap

Oh my how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that Vanishing Acts was arriving at Bernheim, but now it’s time to say goodbye. While the exhibit may vanish, we hope that the lessons learned will not. Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem. They are important to the survival of all living things […]

Nature’s Notebook: Becoming a Volunteer Naturalist at Bernheim

I have long admired the beauty and tranquility of Bernheim. The transition from the chaos of the outside world to the peace of Bernheim was evident each time I drove through the gates. My appreciation always ran deep, but my view of Bernheim (and indeed the world!) has been transformed since joining the volunteer Naturalist […]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – Eastern Hemlock

Eastern Hemlock, Tsuga canadensis, is a graceful conifer of the southern Appalachians. With its lush evergreen foliage it is more than lovely, it is also ecologically significant. This is especially pertinent in mountain stream areas of its range, where hemlock trees play a dominant role in regulating water temperature, transpiration, and stream flow – all of […]

Summer Magic at Isaac’s Café: Specials June 27 – July 1

Summer evenings at Bernheim are truly magical. If you have ever sat in the shade near the sunset amphitheater, watched the setting sun dance across the water, or stood under the “Let there be Light” statue overlooking the Big Prairie then you know what I’m talking about. This past Friday and Saturday at Bernheim brought […]

Vanishing Acts: The Franklin Tree

Like a true southern belle, the Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha) is rooted in Dixieland and its name boasts impressive lineage. With camellia-like, sweetly fragrant, snow white flowers, it is unusually beautiful and a rare find. So rare, in fact, Franklin trees are extinct in the wild and have not been seen in their natural habitat […]

Vanishing Acts: Dawn Redwood

While fleeing the impending Japanese invasion of the Chinese mainland, well-to-do members of the aristocracy were scouting possible safe zones deep in the wild interior of China, when a forester discovered a tree unlike anything he had previously experienced. Considered one of the greatest botanical finds of the 20th century, the dawn redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Slow and Steady Does It

My year of writing this blog is ending. It’s been a wonderful journey, providing me the opportunity to slow down, pay attention, and share with you some of my discoveries on this one small wooded trail. If you have joined me on this journey, along the way we have witnessed the turning of the great wheel, […]