Sycamore Land Trust


Conservation easement donor Myriam Wood on her property.

Weekday Walkers

Fish Creek, a private preserve in Owen County

Thursday, October 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Join us for an exploration of Myriam Wood’s Owen County property, a Sycamore conservation easement. Myriam has a wide range of habitats on her land with a moderate trail for hiking and a close-up look at cliff formations. Fall colors should still be very nice. Meet David Rupp at the Marsh parking lot on Kinser Pike at 9 a.m. to carpool from Bloomington to this private property. Thanks, Myriam, for…  [Read More]

Beanblossom Bottoms Trailbuilders 2/2007

Trevlac Bluffs Bottomland Clean-Up

State Road 45 in western Brown County

Tuesday, October 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

We will clean up some old trash dumping in the bottomland forest of Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve, a great chance to see the lower part of the property. Bring work gloves and dress for the outdoors. Meet at Sycamore’s office to carpool from Bloomington at 9 a.m., or meet at the preserve at 9:30 a.m.; directions available when you RSVP. Volunteer by October 24. E-mail or call 812-336-5382 x105.

Touch the Earth. Photo by Chris Buck.

Trees in Disguise: Winter Tree ID Hike

Touch the Earth Natural Area, near Columbus

Saturday, November 1, 1-3 p.m.

What makes a red oak, sassafras, or sugar maple tree distinctive without its leaves? DNR District Forester Rob McGriff will show you how to identify common trees in winter on this walking tour through Touch the Earth’s lovely woods. Free for Sycamore members. For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Open to the first 25 people who respond. RSVP by October 30 to…  [Read More]

Our state bird, the cardinal

*Annual Celebration 2014: From the Knobstone to the Nile*

Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center

Friday, November 7, 6-9 p.m.

Join nearly 400 other Sycamore Land Trust supporters for an evening of camaraderie and inspiration! This year’s keynote address will be by David Banks, a Sycamore board member in our formative years, graduate of IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and now the director of The Nature Conservancy’s Africa program. You’ll also enjoy: a huge silent auction drinks from Upland Brewing Company and Oliver Winery dinner music by Davis…  [Read More]

White Oak at the Latimer Preserve 8/8/2011

White Oak Woods Clean-Up

East side of Bloomington

Wednesday, November 12, 2 – 5 p.m.

Not another trash pile in the woods! Help us pick it up, and get to see this lovely forest just east of Bloomington that has limited access. Bring work gloves and dress for the outdoors. Meet at Sycamore’s office to carpool at 2 p.m. Volunteer by November 10. E-mail or call 812-336-5382 x105.

Divya Kishore (L), Namrata Zalewski (center), and Saina Nagar (age 4) enjoy a Li'l Hikers outing. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Li’l Hikers Preparing for Winter

Scarlet Oak Woods, northeast Monroe County

Sunday, November 16, 2-4 p.m.

How do different animals prepare for winter? How about plants? Learn about the fascinating adaptations needed to survive the cold winter temps and harshness of winter. David Rupp will lead the kids on a hike along a beautiful ridge at the Scarlet Oak Woods, northeast Monroe County. Dress for the weather. A snack will be provided. Li’l Hikers outings welcome children age 12 and under. Free for Sycamore members. For…  [Read More]

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. Photo by Jeff Danielson.

Turkey Tire Roll

Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, near Nashville

Saturday, November 22, 1 – 4 p.m.

Get some exercise before Thanksgiving by cleaning up an old tire dump at the preserve. Just think: every tire you roll is worth a drumstick! 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 November 20. E-mail or call 812-336-5382 x105      

Cedar Crest in the snow

Holiday Open House

Cedar Crest, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington

Friday, December 5, 5-8 p.m.

Members and friends are invited to Sycamore’s headquarters for merrymaking. Come as you are; stay for a few minutes or a few hours. Light refreshments and drinks will be available. No RSVP necessary.          

Farm Succession, Estate, and Conservation Planning Workshop

Haw Creek Heritage Center, Bartholomew County

Thursday, December 11, 9 am – 4 pm

Save the date for this special workshop hosted by Purdue Extension. Presenters will include Sycamore Land Trust Executive Director Christian Freitag on Conservation Easements, Attorney Jeff Washburn on Farm Estate Planning, Purdue Professor David Evans on important conversations on asset transfer, and Purdue Ag Economics faculty on Farm Succession. Rafael Vega will speak on expanded USDA programs for conservation easements on agricultural land. Registration will open on October 13 and…  [Read More]

Winter at Touch the Earth Nature Area.

Weekday Walkers Winter Wonderland

Touch the Earth Natural Area, near Columbus

Friday, January 16, 10-11:30 a.m.

Still getting over holiday stress? Developing cabin fever? Winter is no time to stay indoors! Join David Rupp for a stroll through the various habitats at Touch the Earth Natural Area. Bring binoculars in case we run into some of the birds that spend the winter in our area, species like pine siskin, red-breasted nuthatch, or possibly a hermit thrush. Meet at the K-mart parking lot on Bloomington’s east side…  [Read More]

touchstone wellness sign

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]