Events Third Thursday Preserve-A-Preserve Day Touch the Earth Natural Area (Bartholomew County)Thursday, May 17, 9am-1pm We’ll pull garlic mustard and cut invasive bushes along the edge of Touch The Earth Natural Area. We’ll also share a light lunch provided by Sycamore. Meet at Sycamore’s office to carpool at 8:30am, or at the preserve at 9am. This event is free. To register for this event, RSVP here or email email@example.com. Nature Hike Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, June 2, 9am Oakland City — On Saturday, June 2, at 9 am Central Time (10 am Eastern Time) in conjunction with National Trails Day, the Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring a hike at the Snakey Point/Columbia Mine Area. The hike will last approximately two hours. The nature hike will feature a stop at a 2017 constructed pier at Snakey Point Marsh, pollinator plantings, a discussion on an Eastern Box Turtle study… [Read More] Little Hikers: Night Experience Touch the Earth Natural Area (Bartholomew County) Friday, June 8, Time TBA What is night vision? Why do owls see better at night than people? How do bats catch their food? Learn this and more as we uses our senses to explore the woods at Touch the Earth Natural Area at night. No flashlights, please! RSVP here or call 812-336-5382 ext. 100 for more info. Hikes are free for members; fee for non-members is $5/person or $10/family. You can become a member… [Read More] Weekday Walkers: Hike & Sketch Yellowwood Farm (Brown County) Tuesday, June 12, 9-11am Enjoy a stroll through meadows and upland forest at Yellowwood Farm, a beautiful private property protected by a Sycamore conservation easement. We will pause at the peak of our hike to take time to sketch the world around us. Meet at Bloomingfoods East parking lot at 8:45 am to caravan. RSVP here or call 812-336-5382 ext. 100 for more info. Hikes are free for members; fee for non-members is $5/person or $10/family. You… [Read More] Sycamore Branches: Work and Brew Porter West Preserve (Monroe County) Saturday, June 16, 9:30am-noon Sycamore Branches, the young adults group of Sycamore Land Trust, is the proud new steward of Porter West Preserve on the west side of Bloomington! Join us for our first-ever workday at this scenic property. Get your hands dirty and give back to Sycamore by helping us pull invasive plants, followed by lunch at Bucceto’s. Sycamore will buy a round of breadsticks for the team, and the rest of… [Read More] Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day Stafford Family Preserve (Brown County) Thursday, June 21, 8:30am-1pm We’ll start work on multiflora rose and other invasive bushes at Stafford Family Preserve, a newer preserve next to Brown County State Park. Meet at Cedar Crest to carpool. This event is free. To register for this event, RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sycamore Branches: Nature Trivia Friendly Beasts Cider Company (Bloomington) Thursday, July 19, 7pm Question Master Austin Roach will try to stump attendees yet again at this popular event. Friendly Beasts is an all-ages venue serving locally made cider. Participation is free, but we encourage you to support our hosts! Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day Restle Natural Area (northern Monroe County) Thursday, July 19, 8:30am-1pm Help clean up the historic cemetery at Restle Natural Area, a preserve which features a pioneer-era headstone. Lunch is included! Meet at the Kroger on North Kinser Pike to carpool. This event is free. To register for this event, RSVP here or email email@example.com. Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve (northwest Brown County) Thursday, August 16, 8:30am- 1pm We’ll use a backpack sprayer to treat invasive Japanese stiltgrass along the Yellowwood Trail at Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve, and also work on some trail improvements. Meet at Cedar Crest to carpool. This event is free. To register for this event, RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sycamore Branches: Hike & Brew Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve (Monroe County) Saturday, August 18, 10am Our young adults group leads this morning hike at the Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve, a scenic peninsula on Lake Monroe. Parking is very limited, so all attendees must meet at Scenic View to carpool. Join us for an optional lunch/beer afterward at Scenic View. The hike is free; lunch is on you. Monarch Butterfly Tagging September Details TBD Volunteer with Sycamore staff to help scientists learn more about migrating monarchs. We will catch monarch butterflies and place a small tag on each one, before releasing them to continue their journey to Mexico. The monarch population has declined more than 90%, and researchers are trying to learn more about the population and migration of this fascinating creature. The date is dependent on weather and migration, so sign up for our e-news… [Read More] Trees of Scarlet Oak Woods Scarlet Oak Woods (Monroe County) Sunday, September 9, 9-10:30am Learn to identify trees by leaf, branch, and bark in this fun and educational hike at Scarlet Oak Woods. RSVP here or call 812-336-5382 ext. 100 for more info. Hikes are free for members; fee for non-members is $5/person or $10/family. You can become a member by donating online today. Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest (eastern Greene County) Thursday, September 20, 8:45am-1pm Trail work, autumn olive and other invasive bushes will be our targets at Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest, a scenic preserve just off SR 45. Meet at the Bloomington Sam’s Club to carpool. Lunch is included! This event is free. To register for this event, RSVP here or email email@example.com. 28th Annual Celebration Monroe Convention Center (Bloomington) Saturday, October 6, 5:30pm Tickets for our annual fundraising event go on sale in July! We sold out early last year, so sign up for our e-news to be the first to know. See our official event page for more information. Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day Sam Shine Foundation Preserve (northern Monroe County) Thursday, October 18, 12:30-4pm We’ll clean up trash at a newer addition to the Sam Shine Foundation Preserve, and also continue work on Asian bush honeysuckle and other invasives. Meet at the Kroger on North Kinser Pike to carpool. This event is free. To register for this event, RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.