Sycamore Land Trust

Events

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Climate Ride Midwest

Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago

September 6-9

You’re invited to join us on Climate Ride Midwest! Right now, we’re recruiting members for Team Sycamore. You can be part of the fun and raise funds for land conservation at the same time. Sycamore’s Development Director, Sheryl Woodhouse Keese and her husband Brian Keese have registered to ride and encourage others who enjoy biking and want to support local environmental protection efforts to join the Sycamore Land Trust team….  [Read More]

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Pizza for the Planet

Aver’s Pizza on Covenanter Drive, Bloomington

April 21-27

Celebrate Earth Week with delicious local pizza! Aver’s Pizza is hosting a fundraiser for Sycamore Land Trust from April 21-27. Just mention our name to your server (or when ordering carry-out) and Aver’s will donate 20% to Sycamore to save more land!      

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Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Bloomingfoods East and West

Friday, April 25, 4-7 pm

Stop by Bloomingfoods East or West (3220 East 3rd St, 316 West 6th Street) and pick up a free seedling from Sycamore volunteers! This year’s tree species are red oak and bald cypress. You can also volunteer to be a seedling wrapper on April 24 at 6 p.m. or a seedling distributor on April 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. Email Lauren Hayes hayes.laurene@gmail.com or call 812-336-5382, x102.

Dr. Vicky Meretsky helps people identify frogs. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Frogs, Rails, and Eagles Hike 1

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, April 26, 7-9 pm

Stroll on the boardwalk across this fascinating wetland ecosystem, as Dr. Vicky Meretsky of IU-SPEA helps us listen for frog songs. Assistant Director John Lawrence will also guide us in listening for rails, secretive marsh birds that are rarely seen and likely to be migrating through the bottoms at this time. We’ll also look at the eagle’s nest, in the hopes they’ll make an appearance. Free for Sycamore members. For non-members, suggested…  [Read More]

Photo by Carroll Ritter.

“Just For Kids” Photography Workshop

Yellowwood Farm

Sunday, April 27, 1-3:30 pm

Open to children of all ages. Instructors Martha Fox and Carroll Ritter share techniques for creative expressions of nature. Workshop is part of the Wildflower Foray and takes place at Yellowwood Farm, a privately-owned property on the border of Brown and Monroe Counties that is protected by Sycamore Land Trust. Register by contacting adetarnowsky@indianamuseum.org. Directions will be provided.

Frogs 'n' Rails 2011. By Marcin Zalewski

Frogs, Rails, and Eagles Hike 2

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Friday, May 2, 7-9 pm

Stroll on the boardwalk across this fascinating wetland ecosystem, as Dr. Vicky Meretsky of IU-SPEA helps us listen for frog songs. Assistant Director John Lawrence will also guide us in listening for rails, secretive marsh birds that are rarely seen and likely to be migrating through the bottoms at this time. We’ll also look at the eagle’s nest, in the hopes they’ll make an appearance. Free for Sycamore members. For non-members, suggested…  [Read More]

The 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Cookout. Photo by John D. Shearer.

Volunteer Appreciation Cookout

Cedar Crest, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd., Bloomington

Saturday, May 3, 12-2 pm

Sycamore’s volunteers for 2013 and 2014 are invited to come to our headquarters for a cookout on the patio! Volunteers make our work possible, and we’d like the pay tribute. Food and beverages will be provided, as well as live bluegrass music! Please RSVP by April 30. Email hayes.laurene@gmail.com or call 812-336-5382 x102.

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Touch the Earth Garlic Mustard Pull

Country Club Road in Bartholomew County, near Columbus

Sunday, May 4, 1-4 pm

Help remove the invasive garlic mustard that threatens this scenic preserve with over two miles of trails just west of Columbus. Bring work gloves and dress for the outdoors. Meet at the preserve parking lot; directions available at sycamorelandtrust.org/touch-the-earth or when you RSVP. Volunteer by May 2. Email sycamorelandtrust.org or call 812-336-5382 x100.

Educational presentation on an observation deck at Beanblossom Bottoms

Show-N-Tell: Student Showcase of Beanblossom Bottoms

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, May 10, 10 am – 2 pm

Come and be inspired by excited presenters at our beautiful Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve.  Bloomington High School South students will share their knowledge about birds, trees, wetlands, and pond life at four stations. You are invited to come and go at any time. What a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend! Free.

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Weekday Walkers Birding Hike

The Cedars Preserve

Thursday, May 15, 9:30-11:30 am

The middle of May is the best time to enjoy birding in our southern Indiana forests. Join Outreach Event Coordinator David Rupp for a slow stroll through The Cedars Preserve in southwest Monroe County.  David will share tips on identifying birds by their songs and point out both the resident birds and the migrants. The stand of red cedars in the middle of the preserve may attract species that aren’t…  [Read More]

Saina enjoys a L'il Hikers outing. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Li’l Hikers Fossil Hunting and Creek Wading

Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve

Sunday, May 25, 1-4 pm

We will crack geodes and look for fossils in lovely Guthrie Creek in Lawrence County. Water levels permitting, we will also be hiking in the creek below stunning shale bluffs. In the upland forest, we will follow a trail through mixed hardwoods and hemlocks, all making for a fun Memorial Day weekend outing. Li’l Hikers outings welcome children age 12 and under.  Free for Sycamore members. For non-members, the suggested…  [Read More]

Photo by Amber Ball.

Sycamore Land Trust/Sassafras Audubon Society Birding Tour

Columbia Mine Preserve

Saturday, May 31, 7-3 EST

If you haven’t yet seen Sycamore’s 1,043-acre Columbia Mine Preserve, now’s your chance! On this tour offered by Sycamore and Sassafras Audubon Society, we’ll explore several prairies and marshes looking for a variety of raptors and waterfowl. Among the many species we could see are wood ducks, blue-winged teal, northern bobwhite, Wilson’s snipe, and perhaps even the bald eagles that nest nearby. Columbia Mine Preserve is a 1.5-hour drive from…  [Read More]

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Birding Hikes at Eagle Slough Natural Area

Weekly during April and May

Birder Tim Griffith hosts weekly bird hikes at Eagle Slough during spring migration. Check www.wbu.com/evansville for dates and come see the colorful warblers!

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Bug Fest 2014

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center

Saturday, June 28, 10 am-3 pm

Bug Fest is a celebration of insects and their relatives. Designed for children of all ages, from 1 to 101. Live insects, informational tables, insect safaris, insect crafts, cockroach races, cricket spitting, insect games, live music from Foster Brown, food and more! Click here to see all that you can enjoy! Special note: Sycamore is seeking volunteers to help staff our table. Come be part of the fun for an…  [Read More]

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Weekly Meditation Benefit

Touchstone Wellness, Bloomington

Wednesdays, 12:15-12:45 pm

Touchstone Wellness Massage & Yoga hosts a weekly Mindful Meditation session that offers you a brief respite from your busy day, while raising money for Sycamore Land Trust. These sessions are free and open to anyone who wishes to try the simple practice of sitting in stillness. There is a very short introduction to meditation at the beginning of each gathering to orient first-timers. The style of meditation is breath-centered…  [Read More]