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Join us for BloomFest!

Do you have plans for the weekend? Why not join us at BloomFest, Bernheim’s annual celebration of spring! The costume parade, naturalist-led discovery stations, local artisans, and food vendors are just some of the many activities available for everyone to enjoy. New this year, we will be offering a Nature Play Area, where kids and […]

Kick off June at Bernheim!

The summer has finally arrived! Bernheim is kicking off June with a weekend full of special events, including the Visitor Center Grand Re-opening, National Trails Day and Family Fishing Days. Join Bernheim on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, to take part in the celebrations! Visitor Center Grand Re-Opening Celebrate the Visitor Center’s 10-year […]

A New Wasp Species at Bernheim (and yes, we’re excited about it)

We are thrilled that we just found a wasp species that has never been recorded at Bernheim Forest – the Megarhyssa atrata. It is a common parasitic species that is found in deciduous forests. They require a host for their larvae to make it to adulthood. The female giant ichneumon wasp has one of the […]

Brainard Palmer-Ball’s Successful Day of Birding

This post was written by noted ornithologist, Brainard Palmer-Ball.  Photo credit, Pam Spaulding. May is the ideal month for birdwatching in Kentucky, because in addition to our permanent resident birds, many migrant species are on the move from wintering grounds to breeding grounds. Because of Kentucky’s location, most species of birds can be found in […]

Celebrate Mom at Bernheim: Isaac’s Café Specials, May 8-12

Another Derby has come and gone and time to turn our attention to Mother’s Day.  It is quite fitting that this special day be celebrated on the second Sunday in May.  The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and gardens are alive with sound, color and taste.  Bernheim is the perfect backdrop for any Mother’s […]

Rare Butterfly Sighting at Bernheim

The beautiful Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes aesculapius) was seen again here at Bernheim Forest.  It is a rare butterfly that lays its eggs on river cane (Arundinaria gigantea), which are found along creeks. Historically large areas of river cane called canebrakes were found throughout the southeast. These canebrakes have declined in the past decades, and many […]

Isaac’s Has Derby Fever Too: Café Specials, May 1-5

When most folks think of the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, they think of horses, hats and all the hoopla that surrounds this one of a kind event.  That’s all well and good, but as you may expect, I tend to think in terms of the special foods that are synonymous with spring […]

The Sage: Healthy Living Wisdom from the Edible Garden

A healthy mind, body, and heart is vital in keeping our bodies healthy so that we may grow. A balanced amount of exercise and sleep enables us to generate and sustain energy. While constantly striving to grow and learn is vital to well-being, equally important is our ability to rest, to embrace the ‘art’ of relaxation, […]