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]

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]

Porter West Workday, Photo by Martha Fox

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

Touch the Earth Natural Area (Bartholomew County)

Thursday, May 19, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Update: Our main focus will be controlling invasive bushes including autumn olive and privet, in addition to pulling some roadside garlic mustard. Sturdy boots and work gloves are recommended, bring loppers and/or a handsaw if you have them. Meet at Cedar Crest (Sycamore’s office, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington) at 8:30 a.m. to carpool, or at the preserve at 9:15 a.m. We will share a light meal at noon…  [Read More]

Weekday Walkers at Fish Creek. Photo by Martha Fox.

Weekday Walkers: Spring Forest Hike

Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill (Brown County)

Wednesday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Just as the spring forest rejuvenates itself, spring is a time to rejuvenate the personal spirit too. Enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful Brown County at the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. If coming from Bloomington, meet at the east side Kmart parking lot at 9:15 to carpool. Or meet us at the preserve at 10:00. Weekday Walkers outings are naturalist-led strolls on special topics. Your input…  [Read More]

Who's been here? What is that? Asking lots of questions is a powerful way to learn about our natural world. During Li'l Hikers outings, Outreach Event Coorindator David Rupp (left) encourages this children (and parents!) to ask questions about anything that catchs their eye. Photo by Marcin Zalweski.

Li’l Hikers: Sensory Adventure

The Cedars Preserve (Monroe County)

Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Have your children smelled cedar and sassafras? Heard the “tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea” of the Carolina wren? Seen the bright red feathers of a cardinal? Test your ability to identify mystery items with your eyes closed! Come observe the wonders of nature using your five senses with Environmental Education Director Shane Gibson at The Cedars Preserve. Meet at northeast end of the Sam’s Club parking lot in Bloomington by 9:00 to…  [Read More]

JWL and Jason Goodman

Member and Volunteer Appreciation Potluck

This event was scheduled for June 11 but has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule at a later date.            

Jie Yan loves the woods so was happy to help clear a trail at Porter West Preserve. Photo by Jaime Sweany.

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

Porter West Preserve

Thursday, June 16, 9 am-1 pm (lunch included!)

We’ll continue working on the new trails at Porter West Preserve, a popular spot near Bloomington by finishing up the west connector trail. We’ll also control invasive multiflora rose in the woods nearby. 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. RSVP by June 14. Register here or call…  [Read More]

Monarch caterpillar on swamp milkweed.

Eco Logic Native Plant Sale

8685 W Vernal Pike, Bloomington

Saturday, June 18, 9 am-4 pm

One of Sycamore’s long-term partners, Eco Logic, is opening the first exclusively native plant nursery in southern Indiana on Saturday, May 7 from 9 am-4 pm. The nursery offers a considerable variety of native plants ideal for prairie, rain garden, and woodland settings, as well as plantings to support birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Openings will continue each Saturday in May, and on Saturday, June 18, a portion of sales…  [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 9:15 a.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]