Sycamore Land Trust

Preserving Southern Indiana since 1990



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Featured Event: Annual Celebration 2015

Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center

Friday, October 23, 6-9 pm

Join us for a special 25th anniversary celebration! Purchase your seats or a table here. We also welcome checks mailed to the address below. Please RSVP by October 14…and the earlier the better, as this event has sold out the past couple years! Art, experiences, and more await you at our silent auction. Check out a few highlights in our Auction Preview Book (PDF). Can’t make it to this event?…  [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. 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]

The finished parking area off Valley Branch Road for the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill.

Fall Splendor Hike

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill

Saturday, October 10, 1-3 pm

Marvel in the splendor of fall colors with Environmental Education Director Shane Gibson at the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, a 600-acre preserve in Brown County. Its deep hardwood forest puts on quite a show! Carpooling is encouraged as parking is very limited. Carpool will depart from Kmart in east Bloomington at 12:15 p.m. Open to the first 25 people who respond. RSVP by 10/8. Register here, or call (812) 336-5382…  [Read More]

Viewing Columbia Mine from Snakey Point Marsh as part of Refuge Appreciation Day. Photo by Patrick Petro.

Refuge Appreciation Day

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, October 10, 8 am-12:30 pm CST

Partner event listing—Sycamore’s Columbia Mine Preserve is part of this refuge celebration. Celebrate National Refuge Appreciation Day at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge! The Refuge offers something for everyone: Learn where you can hunt and fish, hike, canoe, or kayak, and where the best spots are for viewing birds and other wildlife. See what is being done on the Refuge to help protect the Eastern box turtle, and try your…  [Read More]

Volunteers enjoy good company and fresh air while maintaining Porter West Preserve. Photo by Martha Fox.

Third Thursdays: Preserve a Preserve Day

Porter West Preserve

Thursday, October 15, 9 am – 1 pm

The purpose of this workday is to maintain and improve our property for public enjoyment and for the many plants and animals that call it home. Sycamore’s Assistant Director, John Lawrence, will lead us in clearing a new trail through the woods at this popular preserve just west of Bloomington. Enjoy the October skies, meet new friends, and share a boxed lunch together. Recommended: wear long pants and sturdy shoes…  [Read More]

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Sycamore Branches Hike n’ Brew

Upland West and Porter West Preserve

Sunday, October 18, 1-4 pm

Join Sycamore Branches for a hike, beer, and good company on a fall afternoon! Learn more about the group and RSVP on Facebook.                  

The Conservation Area will create more public recreation spots for people to connect with nature, like at Beanblossom Bottoms. Nature Preserve. Photo by Marcin Zalewski.

Li’l Hikers: Amazing Autumn Adventure

Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill

Sunday, October 18, 2-4 pm

Come see why tourists flock to Brown County to see the fall colors! Don’t miss the hike at this wooded preserve just because of a little traffic (but do allow extra time). This should be the time of the peak colors and we will have nearly 600 acres to explore. This is a family outing geared toward children up to age 12. Leader David Rupp will have hands-on activities about…  [Read More]

Image courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Green Fire Film Screening

Monroe County Library Auditorium

Sunday, October 18, 3:45 pm

In conjunction with this year’s Annual Celebration—featuring Curt Meine, who wrote the biography of legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold—join us for a FREE screening of the Emmy award-winning film Green Fire. This excellent documentary explores the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold, widely considered to be the father of the national wilderness system, and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture. Leopold shaped…  [Read More]

Crimson leaves at The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. Photo by Carroll Ritter.

Tree ID Hike

Tangeman Woods

Saturday, November 7, 1-3 pm

Join District Forester Rob McGriff at Tangeman Woods for tips on tree identification. This preserve features a wide array of hardwood species. Don’t miss the chance to learn from an expert in the field of forestry and enjoy beautiful fall weather. This is a Nature Enthusiast hike for people of all ages and experience levels. Learn something new, come for a refresher, or check out a new preserve! Free for…  [Read More]

Columbia Mine property. Photo by John Lawrence.

Weekday Walkers: A Beautified Mine

Columbia Mine Preserve

Wednesday, November 11, 10 am-5 pm EST (11 a.m. CST)

Join other adventurers for a day exploring a reclaimed mine in Pike and Gibson counties. This 1,063-acre preserve is home to bobcats, river otters, and many species of birds. Please bring a lunch and binoculars.  David Rupp will lead the contingent from Bloomington, meeting at Sam’s Club on the city’s southwest side. Please indicate upon registration whether you are willing to drive (1:45 one way). Those meeting at the preserve…  [Read More]

Touch the Earth Autumn Olive with McGuckin and Lawrence

Touch the Invaders Volunteer Day

Touch the Earth Preserve

Saturday, November 14, 9 am – noon

We will be following up on a three-year project to control non-native bushes, including autumn olive and Asian bush honeysuckle, that were taking over scenic Touch the Earth Natural Area just west of Columbus. Help us ensure that the invaders don’t gain a new foothold! Recommended: wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, bring gloves and water, and dress appropriately for the outdoors. RSVP by 11/12. Register here or by…  [Read More]

Hemlocks on Trevlac Bluffs by Jeff Danielson

Third Thursdays: Preserve a Preserve Day

Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve

Thursday, November 19, 9 am – 1 pm

The purpose of this workday is to maintain and improve this state-dedicated nature preserve, one of the most significant natural sites in Indiana, for public enjoyment and for the many plants and animals that call it home. Sycamore’s Assistant Director, John Lawrence, will lead us in controlling the invasive Japanese honeysuckle vines that are choking native trees in the preserve’s bottomland forest. We will also enjoy a boxed lunch together….  [Read More]

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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]