Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Bernheim Forest and Arboretum, located in Clermont, KY is the largest private forest in the Commonwealth. Bernheim features a canopy "treewalk," more than 30 miles of hiking trails and woodland roads, a diverse array of wildlife and an art gallery among other attractions. Its overall mission is "to connect people with nature".
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest was established by Isaac W. Bernheim in 1929. I. W. Bernheim (1848-1945) was a German immigrant who settled in Kentucky. From a humble beginning as a peddler, he became successful in the whiskey distilling business where he established the I.W. Harper brand. Grateful for his good fortune, he gave Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to the people of Kentucky as a gift.
Today Bernheim Forest is the gift that keeps on giving. In 2007 it received Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the first in a several state region to do so. It is the highest level award one can receive for green building practices, and Louisville Life brings you the story of how this was achieved.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a 14,000 acre privately-owned non-profit organization nestled in the scenic Kentucky knoblands. Bernheim is Kentuckyís Official Arboretum, encompassing a 250 acre nationally-recognized arboretum, landscaped gardens, and a 14,000 acre research forest managed as a natural area. Located off of Highway 245 in Clermont, Kentucky, Bernheim is open daily, except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, from 7 a.m. until sunset.
Berheim's ColorFest 2008 is Saturday, October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers family fun surrounded by Fallís spectacular beauty. This is Bernheimís signature annual event, now in its 13th year. Click here for more details.
- Program 303
- A 1938 amateur film about the day in the life of a Kentucky family is selected to the National Film Registry; a visit to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest; and inventive Louisville architects. Linda K. Miller, executive director of Dare to Care, is our guest. (#303)