Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Bernheim Arboretum
and Research Forest
Clermont, KY
Premium Ad Space
Myung Gyun You
Metamorphosis, 2013
Wood, wire, and lath
Located outside the Visitor Center
Metamorphosis, 2013
Permanent Collection
Matt Weir
Earth Measure , 2013
(Translation of “geometry” from the Greek: γεωμετρία; geo- "earth", -metron "measurement")
solid blocks of limestone
Artist in Residence Program, 2013
Paul Fields
Untitled, 1980
Carved Limestone
Artist in Residence Program, 1980
Untitled, 1980
Heike Endemann
Heike Endemann
Untitled, 2011
2011 Artist in Residence

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
P. O. Box 130,

Clermont, KY 40110-0130
Phone: (502) 955-8512
FAX: (502) 955-4039

Email: nature@bernheim.org


Fees and Hours

  • Bernheim's gate is open every day 7 a.m. until near sunset. Please consult the schedule. Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday. Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the non-members.
  • Schools and tour groups are welcome. Call in advance for fees and scheduling.
  • The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, including weekends. Isaac's Café is located in the Visitor Center with seasonal lunch items and delicious desserts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nature classes and group hiking opportunities are available.

Bernheim is located in Clermont, KY, only 20 miles south of Louisville International Airport. From I-65, take exit 112 and follow the signs. The entrance is approximately one mile from the interstate.

Members: FREE
Non-members: Monday – Friday, FREE

Saturday, Sunday and Holiday fees:

  • $5 passenger car, minivan or motorcycle
  • $10 passenger van, RV
  • Buses, please call (502) 955-8512 in advance

Closed January 1 and December 25

About Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a 14,000 acre privately-owned non-profit organization nestled in the scenic Kentucky knoblands in Clermont, Kentucky. Bernheim is Kentucky’s Official Arboretum, encompassing a 250 acre nationally-recognized arboretum, landscaped gardens, tranquil lakes, 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. The Visitor Center, Art Gallery, and Nature Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Mission & Vistior Center
Our overall mission is to connect people with nature. The Visitor Center helps set the stage for storytelling about sustainability, and great stories are the bedrock of meaningful education. The project helps illuminate the spiritual, biological and economic advantages of living in agreement with nature. We wanted to translate that mission into the design of our Visitor Center and truly blur the distinction between the indoors and the outdoors,” said Claude Stephens, Bernheim’s Education Director. “We want visitors to study our sustainable techniques and see how they can use them in their own homes. From using bio-diesel in our mowers to building ‘green,’ we are exploring a number of environmentally friendly projects at Bernheim.”

Isaac W. Bernheim established Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest 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.

"....I have expressed my intention that said property ... be held in trust ... and said fourteen thousand (14,000) acres be used for a park, for an arboretum, and, under certain conditions, for a museum, all of which are to be developed and forever maintained ... for the people of Kentucky, and their friends, as a place to further their love of the beautiful in nature and in art, and in kindred cultural subjects, and for educational purposes, and as a means of strengthening their love and devotion to their state and country."
--------- I.W. Bernheim

Arts @ Bernheim
The Arts in Nature programs promote multi-disciplinary explorations of our relationship with the natural environment through artistic expression, expanding upon Bernheim’s long history of art in the landscape. The program enhances the visitor experience through interaction with art and artists. It is our hope that the Arts and Nature program provides experiences at Bernheim that revive the spirit and encourage creativity. It creates a focal point where art, nature and people can intersect and coincide, inspiring our deep connections with nature.

Bernheim’s Artist in Residence Program (A New Artist in Residence)

  • Sévryna Lupien AIR
    Sévryna Lupien recently arrived from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, to spend two months living and working at Bernheim. She was selected by the 2013-2014 Bernheim Artist in Residence jury. She recently completed her MFA in sculpture in Quebec and plans to create a large outdoor sculptural installation while in residence. Sévryna will be utilizing Lakeside Studio as her work space for the months of May and June. Please stop by and welcome her to our beautiful arboretum and research forest.


Matt Weir: Earth Measure, fall 2013


Earth Measure beckons the visitor to explore notions of science, geometry, sound, and architecture while deepening one’s connection with nature. Constructed entirely out of solid blocks of limestone, artist Matt Weir chiseled various shapes and details in to the surfaces of the forms over the summer and fall of 2013.

This project is part of Bernheim’s Arts in Nature program and is being created to honor the life of Barry Bingham Jr. who was avid environmentalist, photographer, supporter and fund-raiser for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. He served on the Bernheim Board of Trustees from 1970-2006. Among the Bingham media holdings, he was the Former publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal and Louisville Times and guided the publication to win three Pulitzer Prizes.

This project is being generously supported by an anonymous donation.


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