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EXPLORE OUR PRESERVES

Discover a nature preserve and escape to the beauty of the great outdoors. Sycamore maintains 16 nature preserves for free public use through trail building and active restoration projects like removing invasive species so native ecosystems can thrive.

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* = Less accessible preserves. The less accessibility is due to limited public road access and parking, although neighbors are welcome to visit.

* = Less notable preserves. These preserves are not generally accessible due to limited public road access and parking, although neighbors are welcome to visit on foot.

Please respect Sycamore’s neighbors and do not trespass to visit a preserve.

LEARN MORE ABOUT INDIANA’S NATURAL HISTORY

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HOW WE PROTECT LAND

Sycamore Land Trust protects land by owning nature preserves and by holding permanent conservation easements on privately owned land. Sycamore now protects over 100 properties totaling 9,404 acres — all made possible by the generous support of our donors and volunteers.

What it means to protect land - Nature is vivacious. Give the plants, animals, bugs, fungi, and waterways a chance to survive, and they’ll thrive. But when 85% of Indiana’s original forests have been destroyed, when species are put at risk of extinction, and when ponds and creeks fill with contaminants and face erosion, nature needs our help.

Land stewardship involves many conservation techniques: planting native species like milkweeds for monarch butterflies, monitoring threatened and endangered species like the Indiana bat, planting trees to control erosion, cleaning up trash and debris, building trails for proper visitation and use, removing invasive species that crowd out native plants, strategic land acquisitions to build onto large wildlife corridors, and more.

GIVE THE PLANTS, animals, BUGS, fungi, AND WATERWAYS A CHANCE TO SURVIVE, AND THEY’LL THRIVE.

Sycamore does not allow commercial timbering on properties that we own.

These activities help us achieve cleaner water, safe habitats, diverse ecosystems, and meaningful ways for people to connect with nature. We can do more with your help — volunteer, donate funds, and spread the word.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our outdoors events are free for Sycamore members and $5 for non-members ($10 per family). Volunteer workdays and Sycamore Branches events are free. Become a member and help us connect people to nature through meaningful experiences and events.

  • Jan 07 New Year’s Hike
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The work we accomplish would not be possible without our amazing team of volunteers. To learn more, read about the opportunities or contact us at info@sycamorelandtrust.org.

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