Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving Southern Indiana since 1990



Volunteers with the Hoosier Hikers Council during a fall trail workday at The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. Photo by John Lawrence.

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]

Hikers make use of a field guide to identify butterflies in Touch the Earth Natural Area.

Butterflies and Blossoms Stroll

Touch the Earth Natural Area, near Columbus

Saturday, August 1, 10 am-12 pm

Enjoy the beauty of butterflies and blossoms as you stroll the broad trails of Touch the Earth Natural Area with volunteer naturalist Doug Johnson. He will help you identify and learn about butterflies, plants, and common insects. Carpooling is available and will depart at 9:15 a.m. from the Kmart parking lot in east Bloomington. Open to the first 25 people who respond. RSVP by 7/30. Register here, or call (812) 336-5382…  [Read More]


Nature Trivia Night by Sycamore Branches

The Tap Brew Pub

Thursday, August 6, 7 pm

Join Sycamore Branches for live team trivia!                                        

Cedar with arrows at The Cedars Preserve. Photo by David Orr.

Li’l Hikers: Scavenger Hunt

The Cedars Preserve

Saturday, August 15, 10-11:30 am

  The 44-acre Cedars Preserve will provide the trails, limestone, forest, and creek for this scavenger hunt adventure. The children will use their keen senses and observation skills to check off the list of items to find, provided by guide David Rupp. The best part of the game? Playing “Stump the Naturalist” at the end! Open to the first 25 people who respond. RSVP by 8/13. Register here, or call…  [Read More]

Hard at work looking for spiders. Photo by Carroll Ritter.

Diamonds in the Night Spider Stroll

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, August 29, 8:30-10 pm

Join us for a nighttime stroll to look for spiders at the Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. Your flashlight or headlamp will light up the fascinating hidden world of spiders, whose eyes shine back like illuminated diamonds. Led by arachnid specialist Leslie Bishop. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. Carpool leaves at 8 p.m. from the Marsh parking lot on Kinser Pike. Open to the…  [Read More]

Hillbilly Haiku 2013. Photo by John D. Shearer.

Hillbilly Haiku Music Festival

Upland Brew Pub in Bloomington

Friday, September 4, door open at 5 pm

Kick off Labor Day weekend with great food, beer, and music at this outdoor music festival hosted by Upland Brewing Co. All proceeds benefit Sycamore Land Trust. Enjoy live performances by: The Larry Keel Experience TV Mike and the Scarecrowes Glass Mountain Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Buy your advance tickets online or at the Brew Pub (350 W 11th…  [Read More]

Prothonotary warbler. Photo by Steve Gifford.

Weekday Walkers: Fall Warblers

Porter West Preserve

Tuesday, September 8, 9:30-11:30 am

  Many warblers are already heading south to the tropics for the winter, but as they go, they must fatten up on insects and seeds.  The diversity of vegetation at Porter West Preserve makes it a great place to search for these amazing little birds. David Rupp will lead this walk and help you identify these birds, which can be extra tricky in their fall plumage. Bring binoculars and a…  [Read More]

BBB Tickseed Sunflower.

Division of Nature Preserves Guided Hike

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, September 19, 10 am – 12 pm

Explore and learn with a knowledgeable duo: Tom Swinford from the Division of Nature Preserves and David Rupp from Sycamore Land Trust. Great time of year for migrating birds and blooming marsh grasses at the Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. Free but registration is required via              

The finished parking area off Valley Branch Road for the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill.

Fall Splendor Hike

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill

Saturday, October 10, 1-3 pm

Marvel in the splendor of fall colors with Environmental Education Director Shane Gibson at the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, a 600-acre preserve in Brown County. Its deep hardwood forest puts on quite a show! Carpooling is encouraged as parking is very limited. Carpool will depart from Kmart in east Bloomington at 12:15 p.m. Open to the first 25 people who respond. RSVP by 10/8. Register here, or call (812) 336-5382…  [Read More]