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Currently, we do not have any public, in-person events scheduled due to COVID-19.
We look forward to seeing you as soon as we can!

In the future, Sycamore will resume hosting outdoor events at our nature preserves.
Suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Members receive free admission. To become a member, click here.

 

Jan 27

“Nature’s Best Hope,” an Evening with Doug Tallamy on January 27, 2022

  • Thursday, January 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for “Natura’s Best Hope,” a virtual lecture by Douglas W. Tallamy hosted by Sycamore Land Trust on Thursday, January 27, 2022. This event is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Douglas W. Tallamy  will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014; Nature’s Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book The Nature of Oaks was released by Timber press in March 2021. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.

Dec 04

Canceled: Holiday Celebration

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Gather together with fellow Sycamore members and our staff for a wintry celebration. Our annual Holiday Open House has been moved to a new location because this party has outgrown our office space! Enjoy appetizers provided by Sycamore and local drinks donated by Upland Brewing Co and others as you have good conversations, listen to carolers, and warm up by the fire at this festive Bloomington venue. Sycamore merchandise will be available for sale, just in time for your holiday gift shopping.

This free event is open to all Sycamore members and their guests! No need to RSVP.

Oct 21

2021 Annual Celebration: “Taking Care”

  • Thursday, October 21, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

Join your Sycamore Land Trust community for a virtual celebration of habitat restoration in southern Indiana!  Once land is owned by Sycamore, we begin the important work of protecting it through consistent, capable stewardship. This exciting online livestream event will include a closer look at our land stewardship and habitat restoration projects to take care of the land entrusted to us all.

Featuring:

  • A Virtual Tour of Hoot Woods, Sycamore’s nature preserve protecting one of the few remaining old-growth forests in Indiana.  This behind-the-scenes guided tour will highlight giant trees, including one dated to the 1600s.
  • Our “Dam Cam” Wildlife Camera Compilation Video will feature a first look at footage captured after we installed 12 cameras at nature preserves this year.  Meet the wildlife community that calls our preserves home!
  • 2021 Kids’ Nature Discovery Art Contest winners will be announced including pre-ordering options for the 2022 Kids’ Nature Discovery Calendar, featuring what to look for in nature each month and observing seasonal cycles in plant and animal life in southern Indiana.
  • Staff Stewardship Stories celebrating impactful habitat restoration and land stewardship projects this year, including supporting threatened eastern bluebird populations, constructing new wetlands, expanding public trails, and more.

Purchase tickets at sycamorelandtrust.org/taking-care priced on a sliding scale from $10–$25 or more. Every dollar spent is a donation to support Sycamore’s land preservation and habitat restoration work!

Thank You Sponsors

Sugar Maple
Scott and Ruth Sanders

Luna Moth
Bluespring Caverns, Inc.
The Caldwell and the Emmi Families
Jay and Sally Peacock
Karen Pitkin and Kurt Larsen
Wylie Foundation

Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals, foundations, and businesses.  Learn more at sycamorelandtrust.org/sponsors.

When you purchase your tickets for your household, you’ll receive email updates and instructions for how to watch the event. Thank you for supporting land preservation and habitat restoration in southern Indiana!

Questions? Reach out to us at info@sycamorelandtrust.org.

Oct 03

Kids’ Nature Discovery Art Contest

  • Sunday, October 3

Sycamore invites all young artists and nature lovers to submit their artwork for our Kids’ Nature Discovery Art Contest!  Create a picture of something you can discover in nature and submit it by October 3, 2021, for a chance to be featured in our beautiful 2022 Kid’s Nature Discovery Calendar.  This new, limited-edition calendar will help kids learn about what to look for each month in nature including seasonal changes affecting plant and animal life in southern Indiana.

Twelve winners will have their art featured in this engaging calendar, receive a free early copy, and have their work on display at the new Arts Alliance Center in College Mall near Foot Locker, an extension of the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington.  The winners will also be spotlighted in Sycamore’s Virtual Annual Celebration on October 21, 2021.

All entries will be displayed in a Kids’ Nature Discovery Art Gallery at Sycamore’s Cedar Crest office and shared publicly in a virtual gallery tour.  Every entry will receive a Sycamore Land Trust bookmark in the mail.

To enter the Kid’s Nature Discovery Art Contest: 

  • All ages welcome.  Winners will be chosen from four age groups: 0-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13 or older.
  • Submit a scan or photo of the artwork to events@sycamorelandtrust.org. Include a name for the artwork (for example “Cat Clouds”), the name and age of the artist, contact information for notifying winners, and an address to mail the bookmark.
  • To fit the calendar, artwork should be 8.5 x 11 inches in landscape orientation (wider than it is tall).
  • Attach a short video of the child explaining what they created and why it is important to protect nature (optional).  If chosen as a winner, the artwork will be featured with this video in our Virtual Annual Celebration on October 21, 2021.
  • Questions?  Email us at info@sycamorelandtrust.org.
Sep 20

Thank You “Sponsor a Preserve” 2021 Sponsors

Sycamore Land Trust is grateful to the generous sponsors of our “Sponsor a Preserve” Summer 2021 Campaign. These passionate, dedicated supporters and lovers of nature have committed to help us continue our important stewardship work this summer by sponsoring their favorite nature preserve. Caring for nature preserves takes dedication and hard work but the rewards are many: more acres protected, more habitat for endangered species, more miles of trails. Thanks to Sycamore members and volunteers, we are accomplishing so much together!

Sponsors will be recognized with prominent signage at the trailheads of the nature preserves they’re sponsoring to show their commitment to protect nature, restore habitat, maintain hiking trails, and care for southern Indiana’s special natural areas.

Each year many thousands of people visit Sycamore preserves. This year there has been a tremendous increase in visitors to all of our preserves, showing it is more important than ever that we continue to protect and restore our beautiful natural areas.

Please join us in thanking our generous sponsors. Learn more at https://sycamorelandtrust.org/explore/

Thank you from all of us at Sycamore Land Trust for taking action to take care of nature.

May 01

Arbor Day 2021 Native Tree Seedling Giveaway sponsored by IU Health

Help wildlife and beautify your yard with a native tree seedling!

To celebrate Arbor Day 2021, Sycamore Land Trust and our generous sponsor IU Health will provide free native tree seedlings on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Bloomingfoods East (3220 E 3rd St.) and Bloomingfoods Near West (316 W 6th St.) starting a 10am while supplies last.  Limit one free tree seedling per person.

Learn about tree species and planting information below. Please be aware that the type you want might run out before you get there.

For updates as trees run out, visit our Facebook event page. Thanks to Bloomingfoods for co-hosting this event and to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for supplying the seedlings.

Take a photo with your tree and share it on our Facebook or Instagram page or email it to kate@sycamorelandtrust.org if you’d like Sycamore to use it in the future! It’s fun to see these Arbor Day Tree Giveaway trees grow over the years.

PLANTING AND CARE

PDF of planting instructions (with images and explanations)

The following tips and species suggestions come from the City of Bloomington’s fantastic Tree Care Manual. When you pick the right tree, be sure to read up on tips for planting and care to help your seedling grow. Check out the manual for details, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Lay down plenty of mulch at the base of the tree, and form it into a donut rather than a volcano shape to direct water toward the tree.
  • For the first three years, water it with 10 gallons per week if there hasn’t been rain.
  • When planting a bare-rooted seedling, don’t bend the root. Dig the hole deep enough to fit the root.
  • Staking might be necessary to provide support for the first two or three years.
  • A tube around the tree seedling in its early years can help protect against deer, rabbits, and mowers/string trimmers.
  • Be sure to plant your seedling with plenty of clearance so when it reaches its full size, it won’t interfere with any structures or pavement.

AVAILABLE TREE SPECIES

Red oak: With beautiful red fall foliage, this fast-growing native grows 50-100’ tall, prefers full sun and well-drained soil, and supports a myriad of native insects, which attracts birds. Small mammals enjoy the acorns.

Tulip poplar: Our state tree with bright gold fall foliage, this deciduous native attracts birds and butterflies and grows very straight and tall up to 75-150’. It prefers part shade to full sun and rich, moist soils.

Hazelnut: An important native conservation shrub that attracts birds and squirrels with its edible nuts, it grows 6-12’ tall and prefers part shade to shade and well-drained soils.

Buttonbush: This native shrub is suited for wet areas and provides a nectar source for native bees and butterflies. Its fruits attract more than 24 species of birds. It grows 6-12’ tall, prefers part sun/shade, enjoys moist soil, and is a good choice along ponds.

 

Apr 30

Arbor Day 2021: Virtual Nature Identification Hike with John Lawrence

  • Friday, April 30, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tune in on Facebook at 2pm on Friday, April 30, for a live plant identification hike with John Lawrence, Executive Director, to honor Arbor Day 2021. John has 15 years of experience working for Sycamore Land Trust and will share his knowledge of local, native plants, animals, and insects you can find on our public hiking trails.

Mar 14

MCPL Hiking Club at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

It’s cold, but nature is still beckoning! This winter, spend some time in the great outdoors by yourself or with others in your quarantine pod, then gather with others virtually on Zoom to share your observations and experiences from each hike with the Monroe County Public Library Hiking Club. Photos, sketches, and recordings are welcome additions to the shared conversation. While specific trails at varying nature areas are suggested below, feel free to choose any trail that is right for you. Please register once for all sessions, but feel free to attend only the sessions that you want. A Zoom link for all sessions will be emailed to you upon registration. Age 16 and up.

January 10: Hoosier National Forest Pate Hollow Short Loop (3 miles) or Pate Hollow Trail (6.1 miles)
February 28: Sycamore Land Trust’s Porter West Preserve (1–4 miles)
March 14: Sycamore Land Trust’s Bean Blossom Nature Preserve (2.5 miles)
April 18: Green’s Bluff (1.5 miles) or Bluebird Trail Trailhead (1.7 miles)

On February 28, Sycamore Land Trust’s Environmental Education Director Shane Gibson will join the conversation to answer any questions you have about Porter West Preserve.

Register for Monroe County Public Library’s free virtual Zoom event here: https://mcpl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=72293&nomobile=1&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2021/02/19

Feb 28

MCPL Hiking Club at Porter West Preserve

It’s cold, but nature is still beckoning! This winter, spend some time in the great outdoors by yourself or with others in your quarantine pod, then gather with others virtually on Zoom to share your observations and experiences from each hike with the Monroe County Public Library Hiking Club. Photos, sketches, and recordings are welcome additions to the shared conversation. While specific trails at varying nature areas are suggested below, feel free to choose any trail that is right for you. Please register once for all sessions, but feel free to attend only the sessions that you want. A Zoom link for all sessions will be emailed to you upon registration. Age 16 and up.

January 10: Hoosier National Forest Pate Hollow Short Loop (3 miles) or Pate Hollow Trail (6.1 miles)
February 28: Sycamore Land Trust’s Porter West Preserve (1–4 miles)
March 14: Sycamore Land Trust’s Bean Blossom Nature Preserve (2.5 miles)
April 18: Green’s Bluff (1.5 miles) or Bluebird Trail Trailhead (1.7 miles)

On February 28, Sycamore Land Trust’s Environmental Education Director Shane Gibson will join the conversation to answer any questions you have about Porter West Preserve.

Register for Monroe County Public Library’s free virtual Zoom event here: https://mcpl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=72293&nomobile=1&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2021/02/19

Oct 24

Sycamore’s 30th Birthday Party

  • Saturday, October 24, 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Join your Sycamore Land Trust community for a fun online celebration of conservation and environmental education in southern Indiana! Instead of our usual Annual Celebration, we’re throwing a birthday party — and there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Tickets: contribute online at sycamorelandtrust.org/birthday
Sliding scale: $5-$50 or more (it’s all a donation; every bit supports Sycamore’s work to transform habitat!)

Featuring: new video footage, Staff Stories, hosts John and Linda Whikehart, updates from our Stewardship and Environmental Education staff, cupcakes from local bakeries in your area, and more

When you get your tickets for your household, you’ll receive email updates and instructions for how to watch the event on the 24th. You’ll also get a link to buy cupcakes to celebrate with together at the end of the party!

Curious about what to expect? Check out this blog post that will answer a lot of questions: https://sycamorelandtrust.org/2020/09/birthday-party-what-to-expect/

If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch! info@sycamorelandtrust.org

Oct 02

CANCELED | Columbus Hike and Brew

This event has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Join Sycamore for an educational hike, lunch with the group at Upland’s historic Pumphouse restaurant, a guided tour of the Bartholomew Co History Museum, and if we have enough gusto, we may finish the day with a stroll through Tangeman Woods. Participants will buy their own lunches.

RSVPs are required at this RSVP form.

Sycamore hikes are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever.

Changes and cancellations related to the pandemic will be posted here.

Oct 30

September: Round Up at Bloomingfoods

For the month of September, you can round up your total to the nearest dollar at Bloomingfoods and they’ll donate the extra change to Sycamore. You might think 20 cents here and there doesn’t make a difference — but last year, Bloomingfoods shoppers raised $9,400 for Sycamore!

To participate, simply ask your cashier to Round Up every time you check out at any Bloomingfoods location. Thanks for your support!

Aug 21

CANCELED | Little Hikers: Nature’s Teas and Treats

  • Cedar Crest
  • Friday, August 21, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This event has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Many plants in your yard are edible and delicious. Learn all about them as we hike the prairie and woods around Sycamore’s office, and then make food and drink to try.

RSVPs are required at this RSVP form.

Sycamore hikes are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever.

Changes and cancellations related to the pandemic will be posted here.

Aug 08

CANCELED: Early American History Hike

This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Explore our region’s Native past and present with historian and IU PhD candidate Amy Ransford. We’ll acknowledge the land’s traditional indigenous stewards, then discuss Native American history and culture as we hike the beautiful trail.

RSVPs are required at this RSVP form.

Sycamore hikes are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever.

Changes and cancellations related to the pandemic will be posted here.

Jul 25

CANCELED: Native Plants Hike with Michael Homoya

This hike is canceled due to the coronavirus.

Join retired Indiana State Botanist Michael Homoya for an inspiring hike through these hilly Brown County woods. We’ll learn fascinating facts about native plants growing below the canopy and the ecosystem in which they live.

Sycamore hikes are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever.

Changes and cancellations related to the pandemic will be posted here.

Jul 16

Third Thursday Volunteer Stewardship Day

Join us for a volunteer workday! No experience necessary. Just be prepared to work hard and enjoy the great outdoors with other volunteers and Sycamore staff.

Our July work day will be at Tangeman Woods and Touch the Earth Natural Area. Help us tend to nature by picking up trash along the road and working on the trails at these beautiful Columbus-area preserves.

Carpool leaves from Cedar Crest. For questions about workdays, contact rob@sycamorelandtrust.org.

RSVPs are required at this RSVP form.

Changes and cancellations related to the pandemic will be posted here.

Jun 18

Third Thursday Volunteer Stewardship Day

Join us for a volunteer workday! No experience necessary. Just be prepared to work hard and enjoy the great outdoors with other volunteers and Sycamore staff.

For our June workday, we’ll be pulling invasive garlic mustard at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve in Ellettsville. Meet in the parking lot on Woodall Rd.

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Jun 09

POSTPONED: Beginning Bird Watching

This event has been postponed. Stay tuned for updates.

This class is for anyone who is interested in birdwatching but doesn’t know where to begin, including the young and the young at heart. We’ll begin with a short presentation on the basics of bird identification and suggestions on equipment you might need. Then we’ll take a walk through the forest, meadow, creek, and gardens around our office to put your new skills to use.

If you already have some, bring your binoculars!

RSVPs required at the link below.

Sycamore hikes are free for members; for non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family. Become a member at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate. Thank you!

May 21

CANCELED: Third Thursday Volunteer Stewardship Day

This event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Join us for a volunteer workday! No experience necessary. Just be prepared to work hard and enjoy the great outdoors with other volunteers and Sycamore staff.

For our May workday, we’ll be at the Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve (Monroe County) to pull invasive garlic mustard. We’ve made significant progress in the past and are excited to build on this work!

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Meet at Cedar Crest (Sycamore’s office) to carpool: 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington

May 16

CANCELED Early American History Hike

Explore our region’s native past and present. We will begin by acknowledging the land’s original indigenous stewards, then discuss Native American history, culture, and practices as we hike this beautiful trail. Hike leader Amy Ransford is a historian whose research centers on Native and European peoples in the colonial Hudson River Watershed.

Come learn more about these aspects of indigenous history here in southern Indiana while experiencing the beautiful outdoors.

Parking is limited. Carpooling and meeting location TBA a week prior to event.

RSVPs are required: sycamorelandtrust.org/hike-rsvp

Sycamore hikes are free for members; for non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family. Become a member at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate. Thank you!

May 29

CANCELED: Little Hikers: What’s in a Watershed?

CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Where does water come from? Where does it go? And how do wetlands help people and animals? Join us at Beanblossom Bottoms to conduct a watershed experiment and search for animal life living in the water of the preserve!

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Sycamore hikes are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever: sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

May 29

CANCELED: Sky Dance & Twilight Hike

CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Come celebrate spring with a twilight hike! Spring brings a flurry of activity including migration, mating, and rising waters in the wetlands. Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve provides excellent habitat for many species of frogs and toads and is also home to nesting woodcocks.

The chorus of amphibians during this twilight hike will be the backdrop as we search the sky for the woodcock’s famous mating ritual, the “sky dance.”

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Sycamore hikes are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever: sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

Apr 24

CANCELED: Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Pick up a free native tree seedling, get planting advice, and celebrate everything that makes trees amazing! We’ll also be signing up new and renewing memberships, selling Sycamore swag, and answering your conservation questions. The giveaway will end when supplies run out; stay tuned to our Facebook event for updates.

TREE SPECIES

Based on the most popular species and tree types from previous years, we’ve picked four wonderful, wildlife-friendly tree species for 2020. We’re so grateful to the Indiana Department of Nature Resources for donating the seedlings!

     

VOLUNTEER

Interested in volunteering? We have opportunities on Thursday, April 23 prepping trees from 9am-noon, and on Friday (various times) handing out trees and answering people’s questions. Contact abby@sycamorelandtrust.org for more info.

Apr 24

Arbor Day 2020: Long-Distance Celebration

  • Friday, April 24, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

While our annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway had to be canceled, we’re still excited to celebrate trees with you! We’ve got a day full of activities to connect with nature-lovers across southern Indiana and beyond. Spread the word by inviting your friends and encouraging them to plant trees!

For the latest updates, visit the Facebook event page.

TREE SPECIES FOR YOUR YARD

Normally on Arbor Day, we hand out hundreds of free native tree seedlings. But another component of the day is helping people learn more about the trees they’re planting. Check out our Arbor Day page with suggested tree species, planting tips, and more.

SYCAMORE SWAG DAY

Show your love for Sycamore by wearing your shirt or hat, or using your Sycamore mug or tote bag! Take a pic, post it on your social media, and share it in a post on our page (look here for the link that morning). We’ll gather all the photos and create a Facebook album to remember the communal Sycamore love from all corners of Indiana.

 

SURPRISE MEMBERSHIP PROMO: all weekend

We’ll be offering a special opportunity for new and renewing memberships at 9:00 am, so if you want to help Sycamore continue to protect trees and restore habitat in southern Indiana, be sure to check it out and tell your friends. Visit the Facebook event page for the announcement.

TREE ID CONTEST: 12:00 noon eastern

Right at noon, we’ll post a link to our Tree ID Contest on our Facebook page and on the Facebook event page. Complete the form by 1:00 pm for a chance to win a prize (please follow the honor system and don’t cheat). All participants who complete the form will be entered to win a native plant tote bag, and one person who gets all the answers correct will win our For Forever t-shirt. Winners will be randomly selected from eligible participants; must live in the continental US to receive a prize (via mail).

LIVE PLANT HIKE WITH JOHN LAWRENCE: 1:30 pm

Join our Executive Director for a live video hike through one of his favorite Monroe County forests on Facebook Live. He’ll be identifying cool trees and wildflowers, plus other plants, bird calls, and geographical features. The livestream link will be on the Facebook event page.

Apr 21

CANCELED: Woodland Wildflowers Hike

This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Before the canopy leafs out and shades the sun, spring wildflowers are emerging in the warming woods. Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds and learn how to use the Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide to identify flowers.

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Sycamore hikes are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever: sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

Apr 16

CANCELED: Third Thursday Volunteer Stewardship Day

This workday has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Join us for a volunteer workday! No experience necessary. Just be prepared to work hard and enjoy the great outdoors with other volunteers and Sycamore staff.

For our April workday, we’ll travel to the Columbia Mine Preserve for a day of trail maintenance with folks from the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive to Columbia Mine, so plan on spending a full day. This will be a great opportunity to check out one of Sycamore’s largest preserves! Bring binoculars if you have them.

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Meet at Cedar Crest (Sycamore’s office) to carpool: 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington

Apr 03

CANCELED: Columbus Hike & Brew

This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Join us for a day of educational hikes at Sycamore’s two public nature preserves near Columbus, plus lunch with the group at Upland’s historic Pumphouse restaurant in Columbus. We’ll start at Touch the Earth Natural Area, visit Upland for lunch, then do an afternoon hike at Tangeman Woods.

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Sycamore events are free for members (but lunch is on you)! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever: sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

Mar 19

Third Thursday Volunteer Stewardship Day

UPDATE: Stay tuned for potential changes to this event due to the coronavirus.

Join us for a volunteer workday! No experience necessary. Just be prepared to work hard and enjoy the great outdoors with other volunteers and Sycamore staff. For our March workday, first we’ll head to Tangeman Woods in Bartholomew County to work on the trails and pick up trash along the road. If we have time we’ll head over to Touch the Earth for some more trail clean-up.

Meet at Cedar Crest (Sycamore’s office) to carpool: 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington

Mar 18

Take Control: Invasive Plant Workshop (FULL)

  • Cedar Crest
  • Wednesday, March 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop is now full and registration is closed. Due to the coronavirus, this workshop will take place via video, not in person at the office.

If you know the basics but want to go deeper on identifying and controlling invasive plants, this class is for you. Monroe County Identify Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) expert Ellen Jacquart will teach you to identify many of the invasive plants in our county and how to use deer-resistant native plants in landscaping. After the talk there will be a one-hour hands-on workshop on methods to control invasive plants. Attendees should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sturdy closed shoes. Space is limited; registrations will be accepted until full.

Sycamore events are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever: sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

Mar 28

Little Hikers: Nature’s Teas & Treats

  • Cedar Crest
  • Friday, February 28, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Many plants in your yard are edible and delicious. Learn all about them as we hike the prairie and woods around Sycamore Land Trust’s office, and then make food and drink around a campfire.

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Sycamore hikes are free for members! For non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect and restore nature forever: sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

Mar 26

Sycamore Social and Shirt Launch

Our For Forever shirts are back by popular demand, now on organic cotton! Come to our first Sycamore Social of the year to buy a shirt ($25) and other merch, hang out with Sycamore members, and enjoy a tasty beverage. Switchyard will donate $1 from every pint of their Orange Blossom Blonde (made with local honey) sold during the event to Sycamore!

Kids and dogs are welcome at Switchyard. They have a small menu of delicious local snacks, and guests are welcome to bring in outside food.

Switchyard: 419 N Walnut St, Bloomington

 

Feb 20

Evansville Sycamore Social

Please join us for a fun and illuminating reception to celebrate another year of Sycamore’s conservation and education achievements, thanks to the support of our members! Enjoy light refreshments, a free raffle, a bird ID contest, and exciting updates from Sycamore leaders.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our event sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited of Evansville. No need to RSVP; all are welcome!

Location: Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Central branch
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Evansville, IN

Jan 04

New Year’s Hike: Fresh Air and Fitness

Kick off the new year with a vigorous hike in the rolling hills of Brown County. The past two New Year’s Hikes have varied from below freezing in 2018 to 50+ degrees in 2019, and were equally enjoyable for all!

Dec 22

Volunteer holiday gift wrapping for Sycamore

Here’s a fun way to volunteer, celebrate the holidays, and raise funds for Sycamore’s local conservation and environmental education work. Sign up for a shift to wrap presents for shoppers at JL Waters, and the proceeds will be donated to Sycamore and Wild Care! PLUS, volunteers get a 10% store discount the day of your shift!

Shifts are four hours (flexible if you can’t do the full shift), with lots of options between Thanksgiving Christmas. Sign up with a friend or come on your own and make new friends while supporting good causes. If you can’t work the exact hours of a shift, email Laine at laine@jlwaters.com.

Sign up on this Google sheet, where you’ll find more information on specific dates and times. Dates run from Nov 29 through Dec 22, with shifts from 10am-2pm and 3pm-7pm.

Our popular owl t-shirts are available for purchase at JL Waters. Only $20 for a hand-lettered shirt featuring our most popular nature preserves, and all proceeds go to Sycamore.

And if you’re shopping at JL Waters this holiday season, we encourage you to select Sycamore as your nonprofit of choice when you have your gifts wrapped! Thank you!

Dec 05

Owling Hike

UPDATE: This event is full

As the sun sets and the last crow caws, the night comes to life. With a waxing moon at 72% full, we will navigate the renovated pathways of the Bottoms and tune our senses to the creatures of the night. As Jane Yolen writes in her book Owl Moon, “Sometimes there’s an owl and sometimes there isn’t.” But you never know what you might encounter when you immerse yourself in nature.

This takes place at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve, a 733-acre hardwood wetland preserve in Monroe County, protected forever by Sycamore Land Trust. The newly renovated, elevated boardwalk trail is accessible to those with many types of mobility needs. Click here for driving directions and more info, including accessibility specs.

RSVPs are required at the link below. The time will begin at dusk, so timing on here is approximate and will be updated as the date gets closer. On average, sunset on Dec 5 is approximately 5:23 pm.

Hikes are free for Sycamore members; suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family. You can become a Sycamore member today with a donation of $40 or more! Learn more and donate online at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

Nov 03

REEL ROCK Film Tour

The REEL ROCK Film Tour is an annual traveling film festival, each year highlighting a new compilation of incredible rock climbing and outdoor adventure films from Big Up Productions and Sender Films.

Lovers of climbing, adventure, nature, conservation, documentary film, and exciting stories all love REEL ROCK!

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students w/ID or under 18
Purchase tickets online or at the BCT Box Office (at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater)

Watch the trailer:

Sycamore Land Trust is hosting REEL ROCK here in Bloomington for the third year in a row, along with title sponsors Loren Wood Builders and Hoosier Heights Bloomington, El Capitan sponsors Visit Bloomington and J.L. Waters and Company, and Half Dome sponsor Indiana University Outdoor Adventures. All proceeds support Sycamore’s work to preserve land, restore native habitat, and connect people to nature in southern Indiana. REEL ROCK is also supported by the BCT Movie Partner Program through the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Nov 03

Liking Lichen Hike

UPDATE: This event is full.

Join botanical illustrator and naturalist Gillian Harris to discover the wonderful world of lichens and explore these questions: What exactly is a lichen? Where and how do they grow? How do other organisms benefit from lichens?

This takes place at the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, a 593-acre forested preserve in Brown County, protected forever by Sycamore Land Trust.

RSVPs are required at the link below.

Hikes are free for Sycamore members; suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family. You can become a Sycamore member today with a donation of $40 or more! Learn more and donate online at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

Oct 09

Dendrology 101

Dendrology is the scientific study of trees. Josh Wagner of Wagner Forestry will take us through the basics of tree identification and the nuances of distinguishing similar species. We will also be “reading” the forest to make educated guesses about its history. Has fire impacted this woods? How was this land used 100 years ago? How old are these oaks?

RSVPs are required at the link below. This takes place at Scarlet Oak Woods, a 66-acre forest on the northeast side of Bloomington, protected forever by Sycamore Land Trust.

Hikes are free for Sycamore members; suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family. You can become a Sycamore member today with a donation of $40 or more! Learn more and donate online at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

Oct 04

Annual Celebration

SOLD OUT: tickets are now sold out, and we have started a waiting list. In past years, we have been able to accommodate many people on this list due to guest cancellations. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please contact Susan Haislip Daleke at 812-336-5382 ext. 100 or susan@sycamorelandtrust.org.

Visit our event website for more details about the Annual Celebration, including engaging speakers, a fun silent auction, live auction of a new painting of Beanblossom Bottoms by Dawn Adams, delicious food and local drinks, live music, and more.

Tickets are $85 per person or $600 for a table of 8.

Coming from out of town? The Courtyard by Marriott, which is connected to the Monroe Convention Center, is offering our guests a reduced hotel rate of just $155 on October 4. You must book the room by September 3 to take advantage of this rate. Book your room online using this special link, or make a reservation over the phone (812-335-8000) and mention that you are part of the Sycamore Land Trust event.

To donate an item or service for our silent auction, contact events@sycamorelandtrust.org.

See photos of last year’s Annual Celebration, taken by Robert Stoffer Photography.

Oct 28

National Public Lands Day Hike

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a group hike at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve! Anne Barnhorst will lead this hike in conjunction with Sycamore Land Trust and Women Who Hike. All are welcome!

We will be navigating this splendid nature preserve using the brand new boardwalk completed in 2019. This will be an easy, 2.5-mile hike with the opportunity to really take in this unique wetland that’s home to many endangered and threatened animal and plant species.

Please be prepared with water, snacks, and sun protection/proper clothing for being in the outdoors. A good portion of the trail is open to the sun. While dogs are allowed at this preserve, we ask that for this event they remain at home due to the number of people in attendance.

The hike is free to Sycamore members; suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person ($10 per family). Donations will be collected at the trailhead before the hike. We invite you to become a member now and help Sycamore restore native habitat in southern Indiana with a donation of $40 or more at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate. Thank you!

The new boardwalk is more accessible to those with limited mobility. Details here.

Click here for driving directions. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling with someone else attending the hike. Thanks!

Oct 27

Birding & Forestry Hike

Late summer and fall bring many changes to the natural world. Birds are beginning migration or prepping for the journey while the forest still clings to its green leaves providing cover and important food for wildlife. Join Cris Hochwender, Professor of Biology at the University of Evansville, and Steve Heeger, Board member and past President of the Evansville Audubon Society, as they lead you on a hike at Eagle Slough Natural Area to learn about the forest and the birds that depend on this habitat.

Eagle Slough Natural Area is a 127-acre forested wetland in Evansville, protected and maintained by Sycamore Land Trust. Please note that Evansville is on Central Time.

This is a level, one-mile hike free to Sycamore members (suggested donation for non-members is $5), co-sponsored by Sycamore Land Trust and Wild Birds Unlimited of Evansville. RSVPs are required at the link below.

Please note that due to construction on US 41, access to Waterworks Rd via US 41 south is closed. From Evansville, Eagle Slough can be reached via Weinbach Rd south to Waterworks Rd, then proceed west for 3/4 of a mile. The Eagle Slough parking area will be on the right. Access is also available via US 41 north – take US 41 south to the Ellis Park Main entrance, then north on US 41 to Waterworks Rd. Take a right onto Waterworks Rd and the parking area will be on your left within a quarter mile.

Aug 17

Sycamore Social

All are welcome at this free event connecting Sycamore Land Trust members and other lovers of nature! Come hang out with Sycamore staff and volunteers, buy the FINAL BAGS of our custom Sycamore Coffee Blend, chat with fellow conservationists, and buy cool Sycamore merch!

No need to be a Sycamore member to attend, but we encourage you to become a member to help us preserve land, restore habitat, and connect people to nature in southern Indiana! Join/renew with a donation of just $40 or more at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate or at the Sycamore Social. Thank you!

Aug 15

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

  • Cedar Crest
  • Thursday, August 15, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

You can help Sycamore and fellow volunteers take care of the land by pitching in a few hours at our monthly workday! For our August workday, we’ll be removing invasive woody species from the Brunning-Gerster Prairie in front of our office, Cedar Crest. If we have time, we’ll also lay down mulch.

No experience or equipment is necessary; we’ll provide the training and the tools! Just come dressed and ready for working outdoors.

RSVP here

Aug 03

Butterflies and Blooms Hike

Enjoy the beauty of butterflies and flowers in bloom as you stroll the broad trails of Touch the Earth Natural Area with nature enthusiast Doug Johnson. Doug will help you identify common insects and the plants upon which they rely. The hike will cover two miles.

Hikes are free for members; suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family.

RSVPs are required: https://sycamorelandtrust.org/hike-rsvp

Touch the Earth Natural Area is a 98-acre nature preserve located near Columbus, IN. It is the largest tract of protected land in Bartholomew County, and is an excellent spot for hiking and bird watching.

Aug 29

Nature Lovers Night

  • Monday, July 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Monday, July 30 from 6-8pm at Switchyard Brewing Company (419 N Walnut St, Bloomington)

Nature Lovers Night is a night dedicated to networking with other nature lovers, photographers, and adventurers from Indiana. Andrea Morris and Chelsea Sanders are hosting this free event.

Indiana landscapes are full of wildlife to enjoy and photograph!

Join us for a night of networking amongst Indiana nature lovers as well as hearing from Shane Gibson, Sycamore’s Environmental Education Director, who will be a special guest speaker at the event. This night will be a chance to meet other nature lovers, share nature photography techniques, talk adventure and hear about the wildlife and plants housed within Sycamore Land Trust. Hosted at Switchyard Brewing Company in Bloomington, delicious beer and light appetizers will be available.

By attending this event, all photographers are welcome to enter the Nature Lovers CALL FOR ENTRIES for a 2020 art show at the Untitled Light at Dimension Mill. Nature photography prints by Andrea Marie Photography will be for sale at the event.

Join us for a night of celebrating nature lovers and be sure to bring a friend!

Jul 17

Member Mixer at Upland

  • Wednesday, July 17, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Looking for a way to kick back with fellow conservationists? Maybe enjoy a frothy beverage? Join us for our first Member Mixer of the summer! We’ll be on the patio at Upland Brewpub (350 W 11th St, Bloomington). Hang out with Sycamore members and staff, enjoy light snacks donated by Upland, buy Sycamore swag, and enjoy delicious Upland beer! No RSVP/ticket needed; all ages welcome.

Not a Sycamore member? Join today at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate

This summer only, donate $125 or more and we’ll send you our new, limited-edition Beanblossom Bottoms t-shirt for free!

Jul 10

Little Hikers: Insects Galore

  • Wednesday, July 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Explore this meadow habitat for butterflies, beetles, spiders, and more. We’ll use sweep nets to help us find what is hiding where our eyes can’t see. Meeting time and carpool time TBA. The Powell Preserve is a Sycamore Land Trust nature preserve in Monroe County.

RSVPs required: https://sycamorelandtrust.org/hike-rsvp

Events are free for Sycamore Land Trust members; suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Jun 05

Little Hikers: Creek Stomp

  • Wednesday, June 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Explore this bottomland habitat that is home to critters big and small, protected forever by a Sycamore conservation easement. Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet. Meeting time and carpool location TBA. Yellowwod Farm is a private preserve on the border of Monroe and Brown counties.

RSVP here

Events are free for Sycamore Land Trust members; suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Questions? Contact Shane Gibson, Environmental Education Director: shane@sycamorelandtrust.org

May 18

Beanblossom Bottoms Grand Reopening

  • Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

You’ve been waiting patiently while Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve is closed during our boardwalk renovation project, and we’re so grateful! It’s been a tremendous amount of work, and we are so excited to open it to the public very soon. Please join us for the Grand Reopening, including a celebration to kick it off:

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Special celebration: 10am – 1pm

On opening day you can meet the crew, learn about the project and the nature preserve, sign up or renew your membership, and purchase brand-new Sycamore swag.

Be a Swamp Supporter

Taking care of Beanblossom Bottoms and all nature preserves requires dedicated, ongoing work. We need your help to continue our habitat restoration work and keep this beautiful boardwalk in its best shape!

Become a Swamp Supporter today and we’ll send you our new, limited-edition sticker. Anyone who donates $40 or more through the end of May will receive one! You’ll enjoy all our other membership benefits, too.

Tips for visiting Beanblossom Bottoms

– The preserve is still closed as we put on the final touches and make sure everything is safe. It will open to the public on May 18. We appreciate your patience until it’s open.
– Parking will be in high demand for a while; please be prepared to park SAFELY along Bottom Road and walk carefully to the preserve. We expect the lot to fill up fast.
– There are no restroom facilities at Beanblossom Bottoms (or any other Sycamore preserves)
– It’s a wetland! So even though this new boardwalk is sturdier and slip-resistant, always wear proper shoes and be prepared for mud/water. Always stay on the boardwalk; don’t step off onto the ground.

Learn more about the boardwalk renovation project

The Twig, Winter 2019: this issue of our member newsletter was dedicated to stories about Beanblossom Bottoms.
Video of the rebuild process
– Photos from the rebuild are on our Facebook and Instagram

May 01

Little Hikers: Wetland Walk

  • Wednesday, May 1, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Get your family out in the great outdoors and learn from Sycamore’s expert Environmental Education program! At our May event for kids and their caretakers, come explore the wonders hidden below the water’s surface, keep an eye to the sky for the residential bald eagle, and listen closely to the sounds of nature as we traverse the beautiful Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserves.

RSVP’s are required: sycamorelandtrust.org/hike-rsvp

Sycamore hikes are free for our members; for non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family. Become a member at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate. Thank you!

May 27

Pollinator Day – Purdue Extension Floyd County

  • Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pollinator Day is a free, family-friendly event packed with hands-on activities for all ages. Activities include beehive tours, building your own hummingbird feeder, native bee nest, and butterfly feeder, planting for pollinators, crafts for the kids, and more. There will be classes on bumblebees, monarchs, and planting for birds and butterflies. Local vendors also will be present selling garden and nature related items. Attendees will receive a free t-shirt or tote, a native tree or shrub, and a complimentary lunch, while supplies last. More information on this flyer.

Pollinator Day will be hosted by the Purdue Extension Floyd County at the Purdue Research Park at 3000 Technology Ave., New Albany, IN on April 27, 2019 from 10 am-3pm. This isn’t a Sycamore event; we’re just happy to spread the word!

Apr 26

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

  • Friday, April 26, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Our annual native tree giveaway is back, and we can’t wait to help you build habitat in your yard! Join us on Friday, April 26 from 11am-5pm at Bloomingfoods East (3220 E 3rd St, Bloomington).

Pick up a free native tree seedling, get planting advice, and celebrate everything that makes trees amazing! We’ll also be signing up new and renewing memberships, selling Sycamore swag, and happy to answer all your conservation questions.

Tree species include: red oak, white oak, river birch, and American plum

The giveaway will end when supplies run out; we’ll post on the Facebook event page when that happens. Note that the start time is 11am, not 10am like we accidentally printed in The Twig!

Back for the second year, Upland Brewing Company will be donating $1 from every pitcher and pint of their delicious Campside pale ale to Sycamore, from April 19-26. Celebrate glorious trees and tasty, local beer at the same time.

Thanks to our fabulous event sponsors: Upland Brewing Company, Bloomingfoods, Underground Printing, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Apr 16

Conservation Field Day

  • Tuesday, April 16, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Curious about how conservation gets put into practice? Join the Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District, Dan McGuckin of Habitat Solutions, and Sycamore staff for an up-close look at the conservation practices Sycamore uses to improve soil and water quality and wildlife habitat. We’ll meet a the bottomland trail for discussion, then hike up the upland train to the bluffs overlooking Beanblossom Creek.

This field day will include an overview and tour of an invasive species management project at Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve, a hike of the beautiful property, a picnic lunch at Yellowwood shelterhouse, and tree planting overview and tour in the afternoon.

Please note, moderate hiking and muddy conditions will be expected.

Please RSVP at the link below. Participants should pack a lunch, snacks, and water.

Apr 14

Eagle Slough Natural Area Birding Hike

  • Sunday, April 14, 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Join the Ohio Valley Birding Festival for an early morning birding walk through Sycamore’s 127-acre property in Evansville, IN. Expect to see a variety of warblers, migratory songbirds, and late shorebirds, including Wood Ducks, Winter Wrens, vireos, thrushes, tanagers, etc. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Eagle Slough entrance on Waterworks Rd, just north of Ellis Park. More information is at ohiovalleybirdingfestival.org.

RSVPs are not required for this free event. We encourage carpooling because of limited parking and to reduce emissions.

Photo by Steve Gifford

Apr 12

Patoka River NWR Birding Hike

  • Friday, April 12, 7:00 am - 10:00 am

Join the Evansville Audubon Society for a birding walk through Boyd Woods at the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, where Sycamore protects 1,200 acres at Columbia Mine Preserve. We’ll search for warblers and other migratory songbirds, continuing the hike past Snakey Point Marsh for possible views of waterfowl and marsh birds, and ending at a little-visited portion of Columbia Mine Preserve to look for grassland sparrows.

The event is free, and no registration is required.

Directions: East on SR 64 out of Oakland City 1 mile from SR 357 (Main) to CR 1275E (look for Refuge sign). Turn left and follow signs to Snakey Point Marsh and continue on to parking lot on left at Boyd Woods (Maxey Marsh on right).

Apr 06

Sycamore Branches: Hike & Brew

  • Saturday, April 6, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join our young adults (and young at heart) group for a fun hike at this beautiful, secluded preserve, followed by drinks and good conversation at the café at Lucky’s Market. Free admission; drinks are on you. All ages are welcome!

Meet at Lucky’s Market Bloomington for the carpool that will leave at 1pm. We’ll head back around 3pm for drinks at the Lucky’s cafe.

This February through April, Sycamore is a beneficiary of Bags for Change at Lucky’s, so bring your reusable bags when you shop there and you can donate your wooden nickel to Sycamore! It really adds up; donations this year will help us plant a native prairie at one of our nature preserves.

Mar 23

Brown County Hike

  • Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hike leader Anne Bornhorst, ambassador for Women Who Hike, says the terrain and seclusion make Downey Hill one of her favorite places to hike. Anne says “Sometimes you may be the only one there are Downey Hill to enjoy the peacefulness of the creeks and the sounds of the birds.” On this hike, you’ll be challenged by the ruggedness of the south and north loop trails, cross creeks, wander past a pond, and spot a few old wells that remind us of the past lives this area has experienced.

Sycamore hikes are free for members; for non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family. Become a member at sycamorelandtrust.org/donte. Thank you!

Mar 21

POSTPONED: Preserve-a-Preserve Day

  • Thursday, March 21

The Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day has been postponed, so we won’t hold one on March 21 but we will need volunteer help soon at Beanblossom Bottoms! Stay tuned, and email Chris Fox to be updated about the volunteer days: chris@sycamorelandtrust.org.

For updates on all upcoming events, sign up for our e-news.

Mar 16

Sycamore Coffee Launch

  • Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Needmore, a local woman-owned Bloomington roaster, is making a special coffee blend to raise money for Sycamore! Join us for the launch party, hang out with other Sycamore members, and purchase from a special brunch menu just for this occasion. No need to RSVP; bring a friend!

Location: Needmore Coffee Roasters, 104 N Pete Ellis Dr, Bloomington

Feb 24

Trees in Winter

  • Sunday, February 24, 1:00 pm

UPDATE: registration for this event is full

What is a terminal bud? Which trees have opposite branches? Join forester Josh Wagner of Wagner Forestry to learn how to identify trees in winter from bark to branch to bud.

Location is Scarlet Oak Woods: sycamorelandtrust.org/preserves/scarlet-oak-woods

Sycamore Hikes are free for members; for non-members, the suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family. Become a member at sycamorelandtrust.org/donate. Thank you!

Feb 21

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve

  • Thursday, February 21, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We’re in the home stretch of the boardwalk rebuild project at Beanblossom Bottoms, and we need your help! Our monthly volunteer day will be here for February, constructing a wooden portion of the boardwalk trail. Give us a hand, hang out with cool folks, and be one of the first people to see the new trail up close! No experience necessary. RSVPs required: https://sycamorelandtrust.org/2019/01/rsvp-for-a-volunteer-workday/

Feb 21

Intro to Winter Camping

  • Thursday, February 21, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sycamore Branches, our young adults group, hosts this free and fun informational session led by Michael Waterford of Mountain Folk Adventures. Enjoy a complimentary beer provided by Upland Brewing Company! No RSVP or previous knowledge/experience required.

Location: Sycamore Land Trust headquarters, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington

Feb 13

Little Hikers: Maple & Pine Nature Time

  • Wednesday, February 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of making maple syrup and other wild edibles. The fire will be warm and we’ll make nature crafts to take home. Geared toward children and their families.

Free for members; suggested donation for non-members is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Feb 13

Evansville Year in Review

  • Wednesday, February 13, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (1901 Lynch Rd, Evansville, IN)

4:30-7pm Central Time

This is our annual get-together for Sycamore members in the Evansville area. Come enjoy catered appetizers, chat with other Sycamore members, and hear a brief update on our latest activities!

Feb 08

Happy hour for John Lawrence

  • Friday, February 8, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

We’re so excited to announce the appointment of John Lawrence as Sycamore’s new Executive Director, and we want to celebrate with you! Whether you’ve known John for years or want to meet/heckle him for the first time, all are welcome.

Join us for a happy hour at the Wood Shop (Upland’s sours facility, right next to the brewpub at 350 W 11th St, Bloomington) on February 8 for good conversations with fellow nature lovers, meeting friends new and old, complimentary appetizers, and delicious local beer (not complimentary, but totally worth it).

This event is free and open to all people ages 21 and up; the Wood Shop is not open to minors.

Feb 31

Nature Trivia

  • Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sycamore Land Trust’s young adults group hosts another Nature Trivia night, this time at a new venue: Switchyard Brewing.

Question Master Austin Roach leads this fun, free evening full of questions on all things nature, for all levels of expertise. Bring a team of friends or join one when you arrive!

It’s free to play, but we encourage you to support our host and drink responsibly. Sweet prizes for the top teams!

Jan 27

Little Hikers: Who’s Been Here?

  • Sunday, January 27, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Is that a bobcat track? Why is this feather on the ground? What bird is making that “yank yank yank” sound? We’ll explore and investigate the sights and sounds of nature to help us make an educated guess about “who’s been here?”

RSVPs are required: sycamorelandtrust.org/hike-rsvp

Hikes are free for members; suggested donation for non-membersis $5 per person or $10 per family.

Jan 13

High Proof Laughs: comedy night at Cardinal Spirits

  • Sunday, January 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Limestone Comedy Festival and Cardinal Spirits present the return of High Proof Laughs: a live comedy series at the distillery featuring emcee Mat Alano-Martin! Because comedy + craft cocktails is something we could all use a little more of in 2019.

Sunday, January 13 at 7pm
Cardinal Spirits (922 S. Morton St., Bloomington)

Your $5 cash donation at the door will benefit Sycamore Land Trust. Doors open at 6pm and close at 7pm when the show starts! 21+ only.

The show will feature headliner Conor Delehanty, with Greg Welsh, Jan Gudaitis, and Emil Wakim

About headliner Conor Delehanty:
Conor Delehanty is a comic who grew up in Indianapolis and currently resides in New York. Delehanty started stand up while in college at Indiana University and has been giving it his all ever since while performing at clubs, colleges, and whatever rooms will have him. He has performed in festivals such as the Limestone Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off, and San Francisco Sketchfest. Delehanty was a cast member on the Facebook watch show After After Party. On stage, he has a calm and welcoming demeanor that keeps audiences interested and engaged. His material ranges from personal material about his family to observational takes on common everyday happenings. Delehanty could always go for a sandwich and is generally happy to be there, wherever that may be.

Jan 06

New Year’s Hike

  • Sunday, January 6, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Start off 2019 right with a fun and healthy group hike through the beautiful hills of Brown County.

Dec 23

Gift wrapping at JL Waters Nov 30-Dec 23

  • Sunday, December 23, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Here’s a fun way to volunteer, celebrate the holidays, and raise funds for Sycamore. Sign up for a shift to wrap presents for shoppers at JL Waters, and the proceeds will be donated to Sycamore and Wild Care! Shifts are just two hours, with lots of options between Thanksgiving Christmas, plus you get a 10% store discount the day of your shift!! Sign up with a friend or come on your own and make new friends while supporting good causes.

Dates: every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 30 through December 23, 2018

Times: Two-hour shifts between 10am and 6pm

To sign up, just find an open time slot that works for you on this Google sheet, then email the shift(s) you’d like to work to Laine Ellison from JL Waters at laineellison1@gmail.com.

And if you’re shopping at JL Waters, we encourage you to select Sycamore as your nonprofit of choice when you have your gifts wrapped! Thank you!

Dec 07

Holiday Open House

  • Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sycamore members are invited to this free and festive open house at Cedar Crest, Sycamore headquarters (4898 E. Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington). Our annual holiday party will have carolers, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a crackling fire, and plenty of merriment!

Nov 04

REEL ROCK Film Tour

  • Sunday, November 4, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sycamore Branches presents the REEL ROCK Film Tour, a one-day climbing film event sponsored by Loren Wood Builders and Hoosier Heights Bloomington. Back for its second year, REEL ROCK connects folks in the climbing and outdoors communities while raising funds for Sycamore Land Trust’s conservation and environmental education work in southern Indiana.

Details: Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 6pm at the Buskirk Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington)

Check out the Facebook event.

Enjoy breathtaking new climbing films, watch Sycamore’s short film For Forever, and enter to win cool prizes from local and national businesses. Sycamore Branches is a group of 20- and 30-somethings that connects young adults to conservation and supports the work of Sycamore Land Trust.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 students (any ID, or 18 and under). Buy tickets here.

Sycamore is grateful to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for supporting this event through the BCT Movie Partner Program.

Title Sponsors ($1,000)

Hoosier Heights Bloomington and Loren Wood Builders, LLC

El Capitan ($750)

J.L. Waters and Company

Half Dome ($500)

Carmin Parker PC

Mt Watkins ($250)

Bikesmiths Bicycle Shop and B.A.Gear

Raffle donors

Salomon, Cardinal Stage, Cardinal Spirits, Function Brewing, B.A.Gear, Sycamore Land Trust