Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving Southern Indiana since 1990


Sycamore Land Trust


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]

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.

Little 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. Little 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.          

Tree ID Hike at Downey Hill

Tree ID Hike

Touch the Earth Natural Area

Saturday, October 29, 1:00-3:00 pm

Join Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ District Forester Rob McGriff to enhance your tree identification knowledge. This is a great opportunity to learn from an expert in forestry and to enjoy beautiful fall weather and color.  


Weekday Walkers: Explore a Conservation Easement

Yellowwood Farm

Thursday, Nov. 3, 10am-noon

Nestled next to state forest land on the Monroe-Brown County line, Yellowwood Farm is a private property that provides a lovely mix of meadow, creek, and upland habitats. Enjoy the beauty of these diverse habitats while learning what a conservation easement is, and how Sycamore Land Trust works with private land owners to protect their property. Meet at the parking lot directly south and across the road of the eastside…  [Read More]

Marion Sinclair helping clear invasive plants.

Grant-Match Invasive Plant Workday

Porter West Preserve (western Monroe Co.)

Saturday, November 5, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Help us keep non-native bushes from invading the lovely forest interior at this preserve, and your volunteer time will also count as match towards a grant from the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District! Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, bring work gloves and water. Bring loppers and handsaws if you have them. Meet at the preserve entrance on Vernal Pike near SR 48. RSVP by 11/3….  [Read More]

Clearing a trail at Porter West Preserve during October 2015 Preserve-a-Preserve Day. Photo by Jaime Sweany.

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

Touch the Earth Natural Area (Bartholomew County)

Thursday, November 17, 1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We’ll continue working on invasive bushes such as privet and Asian bush honeysuckle, keeping them from regaining a foothold here. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, bring work gloves and water. Bring loppers and hand saws if you have them. Meet at Cedar Crest (Sycamore’s office, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington) at 12:30 p.m. to carpool, or at the preserve at 1:00 p.m. RSVP by 11/15. Snacks…  [Read More]


Holiday Open House

Cedar Crest, 4898 E. Heritage Woods Rd., Bloomington

Friday, December 2, 5-8pm

Members and friends are invited to Sycamore’s headquarters for merrymaking. Come as you are; stay for a few minutes or a few hours. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. No RSVP necessary.

An inviting snowy path at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve.

Weekday Walkers: New Year’s Resolution Hike

Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 10am-noon

Get your new year off to a healthy start with a hike at Trevlac Bluffs. Rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit while taking in the views of the 200-foot high bluffs that overlooks Beanblossom Creek. Your guide will also have a warm “spring tonic” tea to share. This hike will be brisk and includes a fairly steep incline.


Li’l Hikers: Who’s Been Here? Animals in Winter

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, January 7, 12-2pm

What animals are active in winter? How do we know they have been here? What about the animals we didn’t see? Use your observation skills and senses to investigate the winter wonderland of Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. Just like author Lindsey Barrett George in her “Who’s Been Here?” series, we will use clues to try to answer our questions about animals in winter.


Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

Location to be determined

Afternoon of Thursday, February 16

Save the date for the kick-off to the 2017 Preserve-a-Preserve Day season! Details will be announced on Sycamore’s website calendar and in our e-newsletter. Snacks included!