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A (not so) Small Milestone Atop a Big Hill

Two years ago, soon after signing on to be a volunteer at Bernheim, I requested to serve as a regular guide at the Bernheim Fire Tower.  I had several reasons for the request.  One was that it sounded like fun (it is).  Another was I believed that, if the tower was open on a regular basis, it could become more of a deliberate destination for our … [Read more]

Removing Garlic Mustard, an Invasive Species

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Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolate) is an invasive species that Bernheim has removes from the Wilson Creek valley and other isolated places. It is native to Europe and is very difficult to get rid of once it establishes itself in an area. It displaces native and desired plants in a short amount of time, and one plant can produce thousands of … [Read more]

The Birds and the Bees . . . And You

No, this isn't that kind of article.  It is springtime and most of us are spending more time outdoors enjoying the wonders of nature.  Spring brings us increased signs of life including wildflowers and the animals that pollinate them (including those birds and bees).  Without pollination there would be no wildflowers. There are serious threats … [Read more]

2017 Artists in Residence Announced

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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Bernheim Artist in Residence Program Fellowships, a central aspect of its Arts in Nature program. Although each artist is varied in their approach to their art making practice, all utilize an aspects of nature as a primary reference in their … [Read more]

The Trout Lily Project at Bernheim

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Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) is a beautiful spring flower that blooms along the creeks here at Bernheim Forest. It produces a single flower in early spring, and it can take up to 8 years before individual plants will flower in the forest. Once the lily flowers, its anthers (the part of the stamen that produces pollen) can range in … [Read more]

Have You Made Your Spring Break Plans?

Looking for a great outdoor experience at no cost for the family this spring break? If so, you don’t want to miss Spring Break Adventure Week at Bernheim, April 3 - 7! Here is a reminder of all the great things that will be available: Discovery Stations Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of plant, animal, and nature activities … [Read more]