Office of Energy Policy
New Visitor Center Opens at Bernheim Forest

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 05, 2005  
Contact Information:  Lola Lyle
(800) 282-0868

Frankfort, KY, (July 5, 2005) -- The Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, located in Clermont, Kentucky, opened a new visitor center on April 9.  The building is a model example of sustainable architecture and energy efficiency.  The center hosts an array of environmentally sensitive features - from the recycled wood in its post and beam framing to the peat system used to filter its waste water - that Bernheim officials hope will earn Kentucky its first platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, the U.S. Green Building Council's highest distinction for high-performance green buildings.

Begin your visit at the new visitor center, a stunning building filled with new exhibits and activities created during the last four years.    Pick up a map for a guided walk to the new research center and greenhouses, or explore the ScentMaze, SoundMaze or other nature walkabouts.  What’s more, at the end of August you will be able to use hand-held computer guides along the way! Inside the center you will find a nature shop that offers books and field guides, nature tools and logo items. 

Isaac’s Café is a cozy place to enjoy lunch while taking in the beautiful nature sounds and sights.  There is also a picnic area that offers grills, picnic tables and a playground.  In addition, the area boasts of 16 miles of paved road for bicycling and hiking trails.

For more information, visit the Bernheim Forest Web site at