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White Oak Acorn Public Collection

October 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

Now’s your chance to be a citizen scientist!

Bernheim is a proud supporter and participant of University of Kentucky’s White Oak Genetics Project. One way we can participate is by collecting acorns from white oaks on Bernheim land. We welcome our visitors’ help in this process by collecting from a designated naturalized white oak specimen within the Arboretum.

The specific location for collection will be announced the morning of October 9 via social media. Once the acorns are collected, they can be dropped off in a designated bucket located in the main lobby of the Visitor Center. All the acorns from Bernheim will be sent to the University of Kentucky, tested for viability, and if viable will be grown into mature trees to be used in the white oak genetics research program.

Here are details for Saturday:

  • What are the collection times? 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • How do I Know it’s a white oak? This will help! 
  • Where can I find a white oak in the Arboretum? The exact location will be shared the morning of the event. Check the website and social media (@bernheimforest) before collecting.
  • What Are You Collecting? White oak acorns, which can be collected from the ground under and around the canopy of the tree. Collect acorns that are whole (no broken or cracked acorns, please).
  • Where do I leave the acorns? Please take the acorns to the entrance foyer of the Visitor Center and place then in the bucket labeled “White Oak Genetics Research Project”.


October 9, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
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