Sycamore Land Trust


An Eagle Scout Cleans Up the trail at Trevlac Bluffs.

Trevlac Bluffs Trail Clearing

State Road 45 in western Brown County

Friday, March 27, 1 – 5 p.m.

Enjoy the view of rare hemlock trees and Beanblossom Creek from the top of the mighty Trevlac bluff. We will clear a new trail along the bluff and appreciate the scenery. Bring work gloves and dress for the outdoors. Meet at Sycamore’s office to carpool from Bloomington at 1 p.m., or meet at the preserve at 1:30 p.m.; directions available when you RSVP. Volunteer by March 25. E-mail or…  [Read More]

A volunteer working to keep our trails beautiful and clean. Photo by Steve Gifford.

Oliver Tract Clean-Up

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1-4 p.m.

We will clean up debris in the woods left by a tornado in 2002 at the Oliver Tract, the brand-new addition to Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. This is a special opportunity to visit a part of the preserve that difficult to access, but be prepared to work on steep slopes and rugged terrain. Bring work gloves and dress for the outdoors. Meet at the Beanblossom trail parking lot; directions available…  [Read More]

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Hoosier Hikers Council Workdays

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill (Brown County)

Third Saturdays, 9 am-3 pm

We are thankful that the Hoosier Hikers Council’s current project is to build a trail at our Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. They meet the third Saturday of each month and they welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities! Learn more about what to expect here. We hope you’ll lend a hand! Details from the HHC crew: Due to limited parking availability at the work site, we’ll meet…  [Read More]

Cedar Crest, SLT's home

Cedar Crest Native Shrub Planting

4898 E Heritage Woods Rd., Bloomington

Thursday, April 2, 1-4 p.m.

We will plant native shrubs at Sycamore’s office, Cedar Crest, on Bloomington’s east side, filling in an area where invasive plants have been removed. The native species will improve wildlife habitat and beautify the office grounds. Bring work gloves and dress for the outdoors. Directions available at or when you RSVP. Volunteer by March 31. E-mail or call 812-336-5382 x105.                …  [Read More]

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Hike + Beer for young nature lovers

Beanblossom Bottoms and Upland West Side Beer Bar

Saturday, April 4, 1-5 pm


Li'l Hikers exploring their surroundings on a Sycamore Land Trust outing. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Li’l Hikers: Salamander Sally

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, April 11, 2-4 p.m.

It’s spring! The longer days and warmer nights encourage the local amphibians to sally around…and so will we at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve! Children should dress for exploring under rocks and logs and in and around wet places. Leader David Rupp will help to identify our finds and explain some of the reasons for declines in amphibian populations. We’ll be excited if the weather is rainy, because that’s how the…  [Read More]

The name chosen by the land donors, "Canyon Forest," becomes very clear with a glance at this photo. Credit: John Lawrence.

Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest Trail Clearing and Invasives

Meet at Bloomington Sam’s Club to carpool; preserve is near Greene Co. Line Road

Thursday, April 16, 1 – 5 p.m.

We’ll continue work on a trail through Dilcher-Turner preserve’s spectacular ravines, and control autumn olive and multiflora rose that are invading the forest. Bring work gloves and dress for the outdoors. Meet at the Sam’s Club parking lot at 1 p.m. to carpool; there is limited parking at the preserve. Open to the first 10 volunteers. Volunteer by April 14. E-mail or call 812-336-5382 x105.        …  [Read More]


Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Bloomingfoods East and West

Friday, April 24, 4-7 p.m.

Stop by Bloomingfoods East or West (3220 East 3rd St, 316 West 6th Street) and pick up a free seedling from Sycamore volunteers!   Volunteer to be a seedling wrapper on April 23 at 6 p.m. or a seedling distributor on April 24. Please respond by April 17 if you’d like to volunteer. Email or call 812-336-5382, x102.                      …  [Read More]

Marie Otteson-Jones uses her binoculars at Frogs-n-Rails, 2009. Photo by Emilie Snell-Rood.

Field and Forest: Birding Walk

Touch the Earth Natural Area, near Columbus

Saturday, April 25, 9-11 a.m.

Biologists Dawn and Ryan Slack will guide you through the diverse habitats of Touch the Earth Natural Area in search of a variety of interesting birds. Yellow-rumped warblers are common in the cedar woodlot. You’ll listen for the squeaky-wheel sound of the Black-and-white warbler in the forested area, and should find other warblers flittering in the edge habitat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Free for Sycamore members. For non-members,…  [Read More]

Mary Weeks and Jennifer Ryan enjoy a group hike. Photo by Matthias Weber.

Weekday Walkers: Birds and Blooms

Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve

Thursday, April 30, 9-11 a.m.

Look up, or look down? That will be the challenge, as David Rupp guides a hike looking for both spring wildflowers and migrating songbirds. Trevlac Bluffs, in northwest Brown County, offers two paths: one through a young floodplain forest and the other through mature oaks up to the hemlocks on the bluff. There will be much diversity of birds and flowers, so bring your field guides and binoculars. Specific directions…  [Read More]

Frogs-n-Rails, 2011. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Frog Chorus and Skydance Hike

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Friday, May 1, 7-9 p.m.

Do you know which frog sounds like two metal marbles clicking together, or like a banjo string twang? And have you seen the American Woodcock do its dance at dusk? Stroll on the boardwalk  at Beanblossom Bottoms across this fascinating wetland ecosystem as Dr. Vicky Meretsky of IU-SPEA helps us identify frog songs and Assistant Director John Lawrence guides us in listening for the woodcock—and possibly even rails, secretive marsh…  [Read More]

Greg Meyer grilling.

Volunteer Appreciation Cookout

Cedar Crest, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington

Saturday, May 2, 12-2 p.m.

Sycamore’s volunteers are invited to come by our headquarters for a cookout on the patio! Volunteers make our work possible, and we’d like to pay tribute. Food and beverages will be provided. RSVP by April 29. Email or call 812-336-5382, x102.

Garlic Mustard

Touch the Earth Garlic Mustard Pull

Country Club Road in Bartholomew County, near Columbus

Sunday, May 3, 1 – 4 p.m.

Help pull the invasive garlic mustard that threatens Touch the Earth Nature Center 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 here or when you RSVP. Volunteer by April 30. E-mail or call 812-336-5382 x100.                      

Hemlocks on Trevlac Bluffs by Jeff Danielson

Trevlac Bluffs Garlic Mustard Pull

State Road 45 in western Brown County

Friday, May 8, 1 – 5 p.m.

Garlic mustard also needs to be pulled at this state-dedicated nature preserve, one of the most important natural areas in the state. There will be time to walk a new trail to a view on top of the bluff. Bring work gloves and dress for the outdoors. Meet at Sycamore’s office to carpool from Bloomington at 1 p.m., or meet at the preserve at 1:30 p.m.; directions available when you…  [Read More]

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Breakfast with the Birds

Eagle Slough Natural Area

Saturday, May 16

Save the date! Join us for a lovely morning with birding and breakfast at Eagle Slough Natural Area in Evansville. Details coming soon.