We are an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students and professionals who seek to understand and promote the cultural and natural heritage of Dunn's Woods, a 100+-year old wooded area within the Old Crescent of Indiana University's Bloomington campus.
Applying expertise in the fields of biology, conservation, ecology, education, history, landscape architecture, and restoration, our team is (1) researching the historical and cultural forces that have helped to shape this ~10-acre woodand, (2) conducting and applying ecological research aimed at mitigating exotic invasive plants and promoting native biodiversity, and (3) developing teaching and outreach opportunities that reconnect students and citizens with their cultural and natural heritage...the "genius of place."
Read this fascinating history of Dunn's Woods by project historian Anita Bracalente!
Volunteer workdays for Fall 2012 are now posted! Check out the Get Involved page for more details!
Thanks to a TogetherGreen grant from Audubon and Toyota, we are expanding our restoration, research, and outreach work to Latimer Woods, part of the City of Bloomington's parks and trails system. We're bringing IU students and the community together to remove exotic invasive plants, plant native wildflowers, conduct research, and share knowledge about the many benefits of diverse, native ecosystems, helping to shift retailer and consumer landscaping choices toward native plants! For more information, see our TogetherGreen profile.
Check out our video about the cultural and natural history of Dunn’s Woods (top right)! See the forest floor in Dunn’s Woods burst into carpets of native wildflowers in video footage captured by our plant cams (bottom right).
View our informative, colorful new brochure about Dunn's Woods here. (Note: the brochure is designed to print full bleed on 11" x 17" paper).
Office of Sustainability Summer Intern Haley Prihoda joined the project this May. Hayley is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursing a major in History and a minor in Art History. She has served as a director for the Art Museum Student Organization and recently interned at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Hayley is leading volunteer efforts to remove exotic invasive plants and restore native wildflowers to the woods, assisting with historical and ecological research, and helping to promote the woods as a learning center for the campus and community. She'll be continuing with us this fall!