Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving Southern Indiana since 1990



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]

Cedar Crest snow 2.6.07

Holiday Open House

Cedar Crest, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington

Friday, December 4, 5-8 pm

Members and friends are invited to Cedar Crest, 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.            

The rare native eastern hemlock trees stand out above Beanblossom Creek during winter at Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve. Photo by John Lawrence.

Healthy Hike in a Winter Wonderland

Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve

Saturday, January 9, 12-1:30 pm

Get your new year started off right and exercise your heart, mind, and spirit while hiking the Yellowwood Trail at Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve. The hike will ascend to the 200 ft tall hemlock bluffs that overlook Beanblossom Creek. Enjoy the spectacular views and sounds of winter in the Brown County hills. This hike will be brisk and includes a fairly steep incline. This is a Nature Enthusiast hike for…  [Read More]

Saina enjoys a L'il Hikers outing. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Li’l Hikers: Winter Games

Touch the Earth Natural Area

Saturday, January 23, 10-11:30 am

Touch the Earth has a great mix of habitats to explore during the winter months. David Rupp will guide the children through activities and games that teach the children about the animals that live in these habitats and how they survive the winter. Snow or no snow, join us for a fun morning! This is a family outing geared toward children up to age 12. Snacks will be provided. Free…  [Read More]

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Full Moon Hike

Porter West Preserve

Sunday, January 24, 5-6:30 pm

Using the light of the moon, we will experience the subtle beauty and wonder of the deep winter. Hike leaders Shane Gibson (Environmental Education Director) and Jaime Sweany (Volunteer and Membership Director) will lead a casual stroll along the lowland paths at Porter West Preserve. We will explore our senses of hearing, touch, and smell as we hone our night vision. We will practice a variety of owl calls and…  [Read More]

Outreach Event Coordinator David Rupp leads excellent hikes! Photo by Martha Fox.

Weekday Walkers: Groundhog Day Hike

Powell Preserve

Tuesday, February 2, 9:30-11:30 am

Shake the cabin fever by getting outside and looking for your own shadow! While it’s highly unlikely that we’ll encounter a groundhog, there are plenty of other discoveries to be made on a winter walk. Powell Preserve features a variety of habitats and is a key part of the Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area.  Meet at the Marsh parking lot on Kinser Pike at 9:30 to carpool. David Rupp will…  [Read More]

An inviting snowy path at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve.

Solitude Walk

Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

Saturday, February 6, 3-4:30 pm

Aldo Leopold said, “To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” In today’s over-stimulated world, silence may be the most valuable asset we have. During this guided hike at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve, participants will walk solo and quiet in short intervals, fully immersed in nature. We’ll also make brief stops along the way to read quotes…  [Read More]