Sycamore Land Trust

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Sycamore Land Trust


Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Bloomingfoods Location (TBD)

Friday, April 28th (Time TBD)

  Celebrate Arbor Day with Sycamore Land Trust! Because we all value clean air, pure water, and healthy habitats, we’re giving away tree seedlings to plant all over southern Indiana. We’re proud to continue this annual Sycamore tradition.   Come get a free tree seedling donated by Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources. We’ll be handing them out  on Friday, April 28 at a Bloomingfoods location (time TBD).  While you’re there,…  [Read More]

Read Along With Sycamore Book Club

Ever wonder how animals make it through the winter without their own Northface jacket and electric blanket (not to mention opposable thumbs)? This month Sycamore Book Club will be reading Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich. From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts,…  [Read More]

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]

Year in Review Party

Biaggi’s (Evansville)

Tuesday, February 28th 5:30-7:30 pm

Join us for this free event to celebrate conservation successes of the past year, and look forward to all that we can accomplish together in 2017. Meet us at Biaggi’s, 6401 East Lloyd Expressway, Evansville, IN. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be provided free, thanks to an anonymous donor, and beer courtesy of Upland Brewing Co. No RSVP is necessary. To follow the event…  [Read More]

Maple syrup in bottles

Little Hikers: Making Maple Syrup

Ceder Crest (Monroe County)

Saturday, March 4th, 12-2pm

Learn all about making maple syrup from American Indian use and lore to pioneer methods and how to make it at home for very little money. Participants will practice using a brace and bit, learn how to hammer in a spile correctly, how to identify a maple, and taste sweet 100% pure maple syrup.  Meet at Cedar Crest.  Register here or call (812)-336-5832 x100 for more info. This hike is free…  [Read More]

Dance of the Woodcocks

Beanblossom Bottoms

Saturday, March 11th 5:45-7:15 pm

Join Sycamore Branches in observing the annual courtship ritual of the American woodcock, lead by an experienced birder. Observe one of Indiana’s greatest natural avian phenomenon as the male woodcock sings the hens his enticing song – all while spiraling through the air to produce a twittering feathery whistle! Due to limited parking at the Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve, the group will carpool from the Bloomington north Marsh Supermarket parking…  [Read More]

Third Thursday Preserve-A-Preserve Day

Scarlet Oak Woods

Thursday, March 16, 1-4pm

Join us for an off-trail hike into another new addition to this preserve, where we will pull invasive periwinkle vines that threaten to choke out spring wildflowers and other native plants. RSVP to or 812-336-5382 ext.105.

Weekday Walkers: Lichen Hike

Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill (Brown County)

Wednesday, March 29th, 12-3pm

Join naturalist, artist, and Sycamore member Gillian Harris as she leads you on a hike in beautiful Brown County to investigate the organisms of the forest that often go unnoticed. This hike is rigorous and covers very hilly terrain. Meet at the parking lot immediately south of Bloomingfoods East at 11:15 to carpool. You are welcome to meet us at the preserve, too. Register here or call (812)-336-5832 x100 for more…  [Read More]

Cultural History Hike

Porter West Preserve (Monroe County)

Saturday, April 1st, 12-2pm

Anthropologist Liz Watts Malouchos of the Glenn A. Black Lab of Archaeology will lead you on a journey back in time. Learn about the history of the land and the native people who first lived in Monroe County.  Register here or call (812)-336-5832 x100 for more info. This hike is free to all members, suggested donation of $5/non-member individual, or $10/non-member family. You can become a member by donating online today.

Little Hikers: Night Experience

Touch the Earth Natural Area (Bartholomew County)

Saturday, April 15th, 8-9:30pm

As day turns to night, changes happen in the natural world. Experience the outdoors using all of your senses and learn about adaptations of animals that inhabit the night. To allow our night vision to develop, please leave flashlights at home. Meet at Touch the Earth. Register here or call (812)-336-5832 x100 for more info. This hike is free to all members, suggested donation of $5/non-member individual, or $10/non-member family….  [Read More]

Third Thursday Preserve-A-Preserve Day

Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve (Monroe County)

Thursday, April 20th, 9am-1pm

Help pull invasive garlic mustard at this lovely new preserve on Lake Monroe, and afterwards enjoy the scenery and spring wildflowers along with a light lunch (provided). We’ll carpool to the preserve due to limited parking – details when you sign up. RSVP here or contact John Lawrence at or 812-336-5382 ext.105.

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Birding Hike

Boyd Woods

Friday, April 21st, 7:00-10:00am

Join the Evansville Audubon Society for a birding walk through Boyd Woods in search of warblers and other migratory songbirds, continuing the hike past Snakey Point Marsh Join us for a birding walk through Boyd Woods in search of warblers and other migratory songbirds, continuing the hike past Snakey Point Marsh for possible views of waterfowl and marsh birds, and ending at a little visited portion of Columbia Mine Preserve…  [Read More]

Birding Hike

Eagle Slough Natural Area

Sunday, April 23, 7-9am CDT

The Evansville Audubon Society hosts this birding walk through Sycamore’s urban wetland property. Free; no registration required.

Frog Chorus & Sky Dance

Beanblossom Bottoms Preserve (Monroe County)

Friday, April 28, 7-9pm

Do you know which frog sounds like two metal marbles clicking together, and which one like a banjo string twang? Have you seen the American woodcock do its dance at dusk? Stroll on the boardwalk across this fascinating wetland ecosystem as Dr. Vicky Meretsky of IU-SPEA helps us identify frog songs and Assistant Director John Lawrence guides us in listening for the woodcock. Waterproof footwear is recommended. Carpool leaves at…  [Read More]

Weekday Walkers: Spring

Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest (Green County)

Thursday, May 4, 10am-1pm

Enjoy the beautiful terrain and rock outcrops at this Greene County property. Bring your wildflower guides and binoculars to take in the sights and sounds.  Meet at the Sam’s Club parking lot near the gas station at 9:30. Register here or call  (812)-336-5832 x100 for more info. This hike is free to all members, suggested donation of $5/non-member individual, or $10/non-member family. You can become a member by donating online…  [Read More]