Sycamore Land Trust

Events

Pfrimmer Farm

Landowner Workshop

Harrison County Community Foundation

Tuesday, September 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Love your land? We can help you protect it…forever. We help private landowners achieve their personal conservation goals. Come learn about options to protect your natural area or family farm, including the Harrison County Land Conservation Program. Light refreshments will be provided. The Harrison County Community Foundation is located at 1523 Foundation Way NE in Corydon. Can’t attend? We’ll send you an information packet! Please contact us to request one. …  [Read More]

Hemlocks on Trevlac Bluffs by Jeff Danielson

Trevlac Bluffs Trail Clearing

State Road 45 in western Brown County

Saturday, October 4, 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 up to 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 October 2. E-mail john@sycamorelandtrust.org…  [Read More]

Li'l Hikers have fun crossing a bridge on a outing .

Li’l Hikers Fall Colors

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

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

Fall in Indiana is a great time to be outside. Join David Rupp for a hike around the boardwalk at Beanblossom Bottoms, where we will stop to enjoy the colors of fall: leaves, wildflowers, insects, reflections in the water… everywhere we find the beauty of nature in color. Can we make a rainbow bouquet? As usual, make sure the little hikers are dressed for lots of hands-on activities. A snack…  [Read More]

Photo by Amber Ball.

Refuge Appreciation Day

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, October 11, 7:30-3 CDT

The Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge are hosting a day of fun activities at the refuge! Join Sycamore Land Trust Assistant Director John Lawrence for a guided hike along the new Indian Hill Trail (9:30 am CDT) on Columbia Mine Preserve, part of the refuge protected by Sycamore in 2012.                                    …  [Read More]

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

From Forest to Canyon: Trail Clearing

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

Friday, October 17, 1 – 5 p.m.

We’ll work on a trail to the Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest’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 October 15. E-mail john@sycamorelandtrust.org or call 812-336-5382 x105.      …  [Read More]

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

Fall Splendor Stroll

Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, near Nashville

Saturday, October 18, 1-3 p.m.

Brilliant red and orange leaves. Crisp air. What could be better than fall in Indiana Hill Country? Enjoy the season with an easy guided hike at Laure Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, a 600-acre hardwood preserve, led by resource specialist Dan McGuckin. Free for Sycamore members. For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Open to the first 20 people who respond. Meet at…  [Read More]

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 john@sycamorelandtrust.org 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 info@sycamorelandtrust.org…  [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 john@sycamorelandtrust.org 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 john@sycamorelandtrust.org 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.          

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]