Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving Southern Indiana since 1990


Sycamore Land Trust


Sycamore Branches hike at Porter West Preserve, October 2015. Photo by Anna Archer.

Sycamore Branches Nature Walk

Saturday, July 16, 9:30am – 12pm

Join Sycamore Branches for a morning nature walk led by Forester and Branches member, Josh Nickelson. Meet at the Bloomington east side K-Mart parking lot to carpool. Parking is limited at the preserve. If you anticipate feeling thirsty, join a car planning to meetup at Big Woods Brewing Co. after the hike. Check out our Facebook event page for more info. Sycamore Branches builds a community of future-oriented 20- and…  [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]

Weekday Walkers: Explore a Conservation Easement

Yellowwood Farm

Thursday, July 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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 is a conservation easement and how Sycamore Land Trust works with private land owners to protect their property. Meet at the K-Mart parking lot on Bloomington’s east side to carpool to this…  [Read More]

One of the many rock outcroppings at the Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest. The preserve supports some uncommon plant life, including walking ferns and club moss. Photo by John Lawrence.

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest

Thursday, July 21, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch included!

Help improve the trails at scenic Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest in eastern Greene County by benching out a steep section that drops into one of the rocky ravines. We’ll also fight back multiflora rose that is creeping into the forest. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, bring work gloves and water. Bring loppers if you have them. Meet at Sam’s Club on SR 45 at 8:45 a.m. to carpool…  [Read More]

Doug Johnson leads a butterfly walk at Touch the Earth Natural Area. Photo by Jaime Sweany.

Butterflies and Blossoms Stroll

Touch the Earth Natural Area

Saturday, July 23, 1-3 p.m.

Enjoy the beauty of butterflies and blossoms as you stroll the broad trails of Touch the Earth Natural Area in Bartholomew County 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 12:15 p.m. from the Kmart parking lot in east Bloomington. Open to the first 25 people who respond. Nature Enthusiast outings are guided…  [Read More]

Fix-Stoelting dedication 2015-07-23 (18) BEST Julie and Kent Stoelting, son Jackson_web

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

Fix-Stoelting Preserve

Thursday, August 18, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch included!

We’ll clear a trail to the top of an interesting rocky ridge overlooking Beanblossom Creek at Fix-Stoelting Preserve, one of our newer preserves in our Bicentennial project area. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, bring work gloves and water. Bring loppers and handsaws if you have them. Meet at the northside Marsh on Kinser Pike at 8:45 a.m. to carpool. RSVP by August 16. 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

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 x100.

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]

A full house at the 2015 Annual Celebration. Photo by John D. Shearer.

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! State Botanist Michael Homoya will be the keynote speaker. Click here to learn more.