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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 […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Admiring a Red Beauty

  The trees on the Bent Twig Trail are wearing their autumn finery, and none were more striking on today’s walk than this lovely red maple, Acer rubrum, visible along the edge of the trail near our “Art Barn”. Red maples have a reputation for being prolific. Perhaps this is in part because they produce and abundance […]

Fall Color Report – October 14, 2015

Pictured above: sugar maple – Acer saccharumlo  (location: just past front entrance kiosk to right as you are headed into Bernheim) Color will begin to increase quickly after the expected frost this week. Interior forests are still largely green, while lowlands and edges are well into change (the Sugar Maple above is on the forest […]

Fall Color Report – October 2, 2015

Fall color is arriving at Bernheim Forest. Abundant rainfall earlier this year and the recent dry conditions mean we can expect vivid color in interior forests, while some plants along the forest edges have already begun to drop their leaves. Some of the highlights this week include dogwoods turning crimson, sugar and red maples turning orange […]

ECO Kids Discovery Day: Hot Chocolate Hike

Celebrate the first day of winter with a warm cup of hot chocolate! Earn a free cup by completing the On Your Own Challenge and then turning in your worksheet at Isaac’s Café. During the afternoon, have fun exploring hands-on Discovery Stations and the guided hike.    Today’s Discovery Day includes: On Your Own Challenge, available in the Visitor Center […]

Fall Star Stories and Sky Watch Night: Geminid Shower!

Observe the evening sights and sounds of summer with Bernheim’s knowledgeable and engaging Volunteer Naturalists. Summer Star Stories happen rain or shine. In cooperation with the Louisville Astronomical Society. No pets please. Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. day prior to the start of program. Call (502) 955-8512 before 5 p.m. on day of program for last minute […]

Pollywog Play Parties: Pollywogs Keeping Cozy

Brrr! How do people and animals keep warm during the cold months of winter? Pollywogs explore concepts of hibernation and staying active by feeding birds, curling up in the play cave, building nests and burrows, and more. ECO Kids Pollywog Play Parties combine music, art, language, and outside play to encourage infants and children though the […]

Fall Star Stories and Sky Watch Night

Observe the evening sights and sounds of summer with Bernheim’s knowledgeable and engaging Volunteer Naturalists. Star Stories happen rain or shine. In cooperation with the Louisville Astronomical Society. No pets please. Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. day prior to the start of program. Call (502) 955-8512 before 5 p.m. on day of program for last minute updates […]