Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving Southern Indiana since 1990



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Featured Event: Annual Celebration 2015

Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center

Friday, October 23, 6-9 pm

Join us for a special 25th anniversary celebration! Purchase your seats or a table here. We also welcome checks mailed to the address below.                          

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]

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]

Walk-or-Bike the B-Line with Sycamore Branches

B-Line Bike-Stroll-Beer with Sycamore Branches

Downtown Bloomington

Saturday, September 12, 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Meet at the B-Line & Rogers St crossing with your bike or walking shoes. The bike brigade will cruise one direction while the walkers stroll through the tree-lined north section. Everyone will convene at Upland Brewing Company for socializing after! Please RSVP to the Facebook Event hosted by Sycamore Branches. Sycamore Branches builds a community of future-oriented 20- and 30-something conservation leaders who organize events highlighting preserved land, foster an…  [Read More]

Hoosier Hikers Council volunteers have been critical in building a new loop trail at Sycamore's Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. Photo by Jim Shearn.

Third Thursdays Kickoff: Preserve a Preserve Day!

Cedar Crest, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington

Thursday, September 17, 9 am-1 pm (lunch included)

September 17 marks the first of a new monthly volunteer opportunity! Join a group of go-getter volunteers to help “Preserve a Preserve”! Our kickoff event at Cedar Crest, Sycamore’s office and nature preserve, will be a fun introduction to these workdays. Their purpose is to maintain and improve our preserves for public enjoyment and for the many plants and animals that call them home. At September’s workday, you’ll improve Cedar…  [Read More]

The appealing boardwalk at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. Photo by Hugh Hazelrigg.

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 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]