Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving Southern Indiana since 1990


Sycamore Land Trust


Bloomington 5k Breakaway Race with Soma Coffeehouse & Juice Bar

Saturday, September 10, 8:30am

Soma Coffeehouse and Juice Bar is presenting the Bloomington 5k Breakaway race on Saturday, September 10 at 8:30am. The race kicks off at Soma’s downtown location at 322 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington. The race will feature a 5k walk and a 5k run, and the first 50 registrants in each category pay only $35 for registration as well as a race t-shirt (technical fabric, not cotton) and a Soma glass….  [Read More]

Sycamore Branches Nature Trivia

The Tap

Thursday, August 25, 7pm

Join our young adult group for another fun night of nature-themed trivia! Bring a friend or come on your own–Sycamore Branches is full of friendly people! Meet in the The Tap Brewpub, the lower level (off Kirkwood). Sycamore Branches builds a community of future-oriented 20- and 30-something conservation leaders who organize events highlighting preserved land, foster an active interest in the outdoors, and further the mission of Sycamore Land Trust….  [Read More]

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. A two-mile loop trail will be finished Spring 2016, and then work will begin on an additional trail south of the existing one. Many Sycamore members have helped with this exciting project. Please consider joining HHC for a workday! HHC workdays are on Third Saturdays and…  [Read More]

Patricia Denison and Jamie Clark ready to trim brush at Porter West during October's Preserve a Preserve Day. Photo by Jaime Sweany.

Sycamore Stewardship Corps meetings

Cedar Crest, Bloomington

2nd Thursday every other month, 5:30-6:30 pm

Sycamore is protecting more land than ever before—9,000 acres—and YOU can play a vital role in maintaining this growing number of preserves! We invite you to join our newly formed Sycamore Stewardship Corps (SSC). This volunteer-powered working group organizes stewardship projects at various preserves and at various times (weekends, weekdays, etc). Anyone with any level of skill and experience is welcome. We also need leadership volunteers who can organize and…  [Read More]

The ravine at Cedar Crest on a beautiful spring day. Photo by Jaime Sweany.

Cedar Crest Trail Workdays and Training

Cedar Crest (Monroe County)

Mondays, 9 am – 12 pm, beginning April 25

James Shearn and Pete Banta of the Hoosier Hikers Council (HHC) will lead trail-building workdays to improve and expand the existing Ravine Trail at Cedar Crest. This is a perfect opportunity to gain skills while working with experienced and knowledgeable volunteer trail-builders! Whether you are a member of the newly formed Sycamore Stewardship Corps (SSC) or simply someone with spring fever and a desire to make a difference, please join…  [Read More]

Hemlocks on Trevlac Bluffs by Jeff Danielson

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

New location: Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve

Thursday, August 18, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch included!

Note: the location has been changed to Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve in Brown County. The invasive stiltgrass near the trail at Trevlac needs to be treated now, so we’ll visit the new Fix-Stoelting Preserve another time! We’ll work on re-routing a section of the Yellowwood Trail at Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve, which leads to the scenic bluff over Beanblossom Creek. For those interested in invasive plant control, we’ll also treat Japanese stiltgrass that…  [Read More]

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

Diamonds in the Night Spider Stroll

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Friday, August 19, 8:30-10 p.m.

Join us for a nighttime stroll to look for spiders at 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 first…  [Read More]

Li'l Hikers exploring their surroundings on a Sycamore Land Trust outing. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Li’l Hikers: Insects Galore

Powell Preserve

Sunday, September 11, 12-3:30 p.m.

Hiding under a leaf or in the tall grass are critters not often seen by a passerby. Using your keen observation skills and a few tools, we will discover what is hiding right under your nose at Powell Preserve in Monroe County. Meet at Marsh parking lot off Kinser Pike in Bloomington to caravan to this preserve, returning by 3:30 p.m. Li’l Hikers family outings are geared toward children up…  [Read More]

Limestone blocks at The Cedars Preserve. Photo by Kevin J. Smith.

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

The Cedars Preserve

Thursday, September 15, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch included!

Help improve the trails at The Cedars, a special preserve that features limestone outcrops, sinkholes, and the historic remains of an old quarry operation.  Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, bring work gloves and water. Bring loppers and handsaws if you have them. Meet at the southside Kroger on Old 37/S. Walnut St. at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. RSVP by September 13. Register here or call 812-336-5382 x105.

Old-growth trees in Donaldson Woods, similar to Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest.

Weekday Walkers: Listen to Your Mother

Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest

Tuesday, September 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Just south of Paoli you’ll find 88 acres of forest virtually untouched since its purchase in 1816. It is one of the last of the old growth forests in Indiana. During this hike, marvel at the magnificent forest, learn how the forest was saved, and learn the cultural history of the area. Pack lunch and water. Meet at Bloomington’s eastside K-Mart parking lot to carpool. Weekday Walkers outings are naturalist-led…  [Read More]

Bring your Li'l Hikers to explore the importance of preserving forest ecosystems.

Li’l Hikers: Hug a Tree

Scarlet Oak Woods

Sunday, October 2, 12-2 p.m.

Like the human body, a tree has many parts—both visible and hidden—that are essential for its survival. We will explore trees that are living and dead, observe bark, and find out what is happening on the inside. Meet at the preserve. Li’l Hikers family outings are geared toward children up to age 12. A snack will be provided. Free for Sycamore members; the suggested donation for non-members is $10/family. RSVP…  [Read More]

Colorful ironweed, buttonbush, and other valuable wildlife plants cover a significant portion of Sam Shine Foundation Preserve.

Second Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

Sam Shine Foundation Preserve (northern Monroe Co.)

Thursday, October 13, 12:30-4 p.m.

Get a special look at one of our newest and largest preserves, a week early due to our upcoming Annual Celebration. We’ll work on controlling Asian bush honeysuckle on the preserve’s hillside that threatens to invade the Beanblossom Creek floodplain below, and also clean up an old trash pile. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, bring work gloves and water. Bring loppers and handsaws if you have them….  [Read More]


Annual Celebration 2016

Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center

Friday, October 21, 6-9 pm

Save the date for this year’s celebratory gathering of Sycamore supporters at the Monroe Convention Center! Event festivities include drinks from Oliver Winery and Upland Brewing Co., a full premium dinner buffet with desserts, a silent auction, a short awards ceremony, and an engaging talk from Indiana DNR Botanist and Plant Ecologist, Michael Homoya. Click here to learn more.