California artist Jayson Fann brings “human nest” treehouse to Kentucky Visitors can now experience a one-of-a-kind art … Read More »
In the spirit of the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Days, all of Bernheim’s arboretum lakes are open for … Read More »
New 10-acre adventure playground encourages free play and exploration Bernheim Forest is excited to announce the opening of … Read More »
Series of birding programs for children and adults kicks off in MayHave you ever wondered what bird is making that call? Or … Read More »
Mark Wourms, Executive Director
Mark Wourms, PhD, is the Executive Director of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. He is a lifelong “tree-hugger” both literally and metaphorically.
Kristin Faurest, Education
Kristin Faurest is the Bernheim Education Director and is instrumental in planning Bernheim’s informative, fun and varied nature-based education programs.
Claude Stephens, Outreach & Regenerative Design
Claude Stephens is the Children at Play Network Director and is also Bernheim’s Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design. He is a free play champion, is piloting the region’s first Forest Kindergarten, and spearheaded the creation of Bernheim’s Edible Garden, an applicant to the Living Building Challenge.
Wren Smith, Interpretive Programs Manager
Wren Smith is Bernheim’s Interpretive Programs Manager. A Kentucky Naturalist of the Year recipient, she helps visitors immerse themselves in nature, creates faeries out of natural materials, and trains volunteers in the nationally-recognized Volunteer Naturalist Program.
Casey Hammett, Landscape Supervisor
Casey Hammett has served as a Bernheim horticulturist since June of 2010. Casey is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Kentucky Certified Nurseryman. In addition to maintaining the arboretum, Casey also teaches classes, leads tours, and collaborates with the community on beautification projects. Casey is originally from South Carolina, where he operated his own landscape business and graduated from the University of South Carolina.
Jenny Zeller, Arts in Nature Curator
Jenny Zeller is responsible for leading the prestigious Artist-in-Residence Program, which she graduated from herself in spring of 2017. Jenny also promotes multi-disciplinary explorations of the relationship with the natural environment through other Arts in Nature programs, such as temporary and permanent sculpture projects and recurring events at Bernheim.
Renee Hutchison, Director of Visitor Experience
Renee Hutchison is responsible for leading our Visitor Services, Operations, and Ranger teams to ensure all visitors have the best possible experience while at Bernheim.