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Fall Hike Series

Experience the great outdoors while learning about tree identification, birding, and local ecology from IURTP hike leaders.

Hikes are scheduled on Sundays at 2 pm. To sign-up, send an email to All hikes are free and fill up quickly so sign-up today!

Fall Hike Dates

  • Sunday, August 28th (Moore's Creek)
  • Sunday, September 11th (Moore's Creek)
  • Sunday, September 18th (Moore's Creek)
  • Sunday, September 25th (Moore's Creek)

Indiana Master Naturalist Program

The IURTP will be hosting a Indiana Master Naturalist Program this fall! Classes will be held each week on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm from September 14th until November 2nd.

Topics will include urban wildlife, aquatic ecosystems, forest ecology, birds of Indiana, plant identification, trail interpretation and many more! Thanks to generous volunteer speakers the program cost is $10/participant.

If you would like to sign-up or have any questions, please contact Michael Caldie by sending an email to

Project WILD Workshop Series

The IURTP will be hosting a Project WILD certification series for local teachers throughout the fall! All workshops are $20 and the first will be held on Saturday, September 24th.

Science Fest

Saturday, October 22nd, 9 am - 3 pm

Woodland Campus Tree Tour: Join students and faculty involved with environmental science on campus on a half hour fun and informational walk through Dunn's Woods between Jordan Hall and the Kirkwood Observatory. Leaders will emphasize the the campus tree inventory and woodland ecology. They will also teach you about the history of the campus woodland and recent research.

If you're interested in potential opportunities to volunteer or work with these programs, information will be provided. Walks will start at the top of every hour, alternating between the starting point of Dunn's Woods and the Observatory.

Past Events

National Order of the Arrow Conference Boy Scout "Operation Service"

Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

Hilltop Summer Youth Garden Program

Learn to Fish workshop

Attack of the Alien Invaders! (a walking workshop on invasive plants in our urban environment)

IU's involvement with the Smithsonian's global forest research network evolved from Johnson's research at the IU Research and Teaching Preserve's Lilly-Dickey Woods.


Are you or your group looking for volunteer opportunities? Contact the preserve office at 812-855-8742 or

IURTP field lab receives LEED certification. The field lab building's environmentally sound features earned it the status of being the first building on the IU Bloomington campus to receive LEED certification. View a slide show of several of the field lab's "green" features.

Revised: August 16, 2010

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