Sam Shine Foundation Preserve

When purchased in 2015, this preserve was Sycamore’s third largest acquisition ever: 339 acres, which is more than half a square mile. Additions acquired in 2018 have increased the property’s size to 478 acres. In 2022, Sycamore acquired an additional 166 acres to expand the preserve and connect it to Sycamore’s Fix-Stoelting Preserve. Together with the neighboring Dan Efroymson Preserve, Sycamore protects 814 contiguous acres here. The preserve has miles of frontage along Beanblossom Creek and is in a prime location to restore habitat for bald eagles and other wildlife.

The preserve is named in thanks for the Sam Shine Foundation’s gift of $1 million towards land purchases in Sycamore’s Beanblossom Creek Bicentennial Conservation Area. This generous grant was crucial to the Beanblossom Creek project, which has allowed Sycamore to preserve over 850 more acres along the creek since 2015.

  • County: Monroe
  • Acres: 644
  • Features: extensive creek frontage, bottomland habitat, fields of native plants
  • Years acquired: 2015, 2018
  • Acquired with gifts from: Sam Shine Foundation, Mike Edgeworth, Benton Stidd, the Bicentennial Nature Trust, and Sycamore members