Sycamore Land Trust


Bird Counter on the deck at Beanblossom Bottoms

Woodpeckers in Winter

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, February 14, 8:30 a.m.

Sassafras Audubon Society invites Sycamore Land Trust supporters to join Julia Ferguson and Jonathan Bauer for a birding outing focused on the woodpeckers that inhabit Beanblossom Bottoms. All birds will be recorded to add to the data being collected nationally as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. No need to register, just meet at the Marsh parking lot on Kinser Pike at 8:30 a.m. to caravan. Contact Julia at…  [Read More]

The Conservation Area will create more public recreation spots for people to connect with nature, like at Beanblossom Bottoms. Nature Preserve. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Li’l Hikers: Numbers in Nature

The Cedars Preserve

Sunday, February 15, 2-4 p.m.

It’s the Great Backyard Bird Count weekend! Join David Rupp for a hike to tally the birds at the beautiful Cedars Preserve in southwest Monroe County. However, we won’t stop with just the birds. We can learn a lot from the close examination of nature. How many seeds are left on last year’s flowers? How many beech trees are in the understory? How many different creatures are under that log?…  [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! Up next: Saturday, February 21 Details from the HHC crew: Due to limited parking availability at…  [Read More]

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Climate Ride Info Session and Slideshow

Evansville Central Library Browning Event Room B

Wednesday, February 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

Come to the Evansville Central Library to learn about Climate Ride Midwest, a 4-day, 300-mile fundraising bike ride from Grand Rapids to Chicago. See photos from the 2014 ride and find out how you can join Team Sycamore for this remarkable adventure in 2015. The ride is a great opportunity to make close friends, get in shape, protect land in southern Indiana, and have a really fun time. If you…  [Read More]

Cedar Crest, SLT's home

Cedar Crest Native Shrub Planting

4898 E Heritage Woods Rd., Bloomington

Thursday, February 26, 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 February 24. E-mail or call 812-336-5382 x105.

IU Art Museum is opening a new exhibition, Nature's Small Wonders: Photographs by Ansel Adams.

Ansel Adams Film and Reception

IU Art Museum

March 1, 2-4 pm

Although Ansel Adams is best known for his grand, sweeping views of Yosemite National Park, he also produced many “macro” photographs of smaller details found in the natural world. A collection of these intimate works will be exhibited at the IU Art Museum in celebration of Sycamore’s 25th anniversary. Join us for the film “The Incisive Art: Ansel Adams,” followed by a reception highlighting our 25th anniversary signature food and…  [Read More]

An Eagle Scout Cleans Up the trail at Trevlac Bluffs.

Trevlac Bluffs Trail Clearing

State Road 45 in western Brown County

Friday, March 6, 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 4. E-mail or…  [Read More]

Porter West Preserve. Photo by John Lawrence.

Weekday Walkers: Habitat Discovery

Porter West Preserve

Tuesday, March 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The beauty of Porter West Preserve is found in its diversity. Wetland ponds, overgrown fields, and upland forests are all found in close proximity to each other. Join David Rupp and other nature-lovers on a discovery hike where everyone can contribute questions and answers. Bring your favorite field guide and your best observation skills! Free for Sycamore members. For non-members, the suggested donation is $10 per family. Open to the…  [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]

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 Forest Canyon 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.


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]

Tim Griffith helps people spot birds at the Eagle Slough Dedication Ceremony in October 2012. Photo by Patrick Petro.

Birding Hikes

Eagle Slough Natural Area

Weekly during April and May

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