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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 […]

Make Your Own Wreath

Make and take home your very own Bernheim wreath on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Bernheim’s Smart Gardens and Landscapes: Holiday Wreath Making with Nature from 10 a.m. – Noon. Learn how to use the bounty of the season to create wreaths, swags, kissing balls and more. All materials will be collected from Bernheim, and supplies […]

We Are All a Part of the Big Picture: Isaac’s Café Specials, November 14-18

Like many of you, I wonder if anything I do has an impact on the “big picture”.  While pondering such questions this past week, I remembered something that my biology teacher, Mr. Carr, said about his doctoral paper and drawings he had to do of spiders.  He told us that he could not draw a […]

The Hidden Beauty of the Sassafras

Sassafras is a beautiful tree that is often overlooked in the forest. With winter quickly approaching, colors begin to fade within the forest. Sassafras offers beautiful green twigs, red furrowed bark, and large flower buds. It also grows in unique ways from tall and straight to many branching trunks.  When you go hiking along many […]

What do we mean when we say “invasive species?”

Next week, while the Natural Areas are closed for wildlife management, the Bernheim staff will be in the arboretum removing many invasive species from the woodlots. Invasive species are not native to our area and are harmful to the ecosystem. They can form thick monocultures (areas that grow a single species) and can push out other […]