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Indiana Master Naturalist Program *CLASS FULL*

The IURTP will be hosting a Indiana Master Naturalist Program on Thursday evenings from 7-10pm from Oct 1st-Dec 3rd. Topics will include: urban wildlife, aquatic biology, forest ecology, birds of Indiana, plant and fungi identification, trail intrepretation, and more!

Thanks to generous volunteer speakers the program cost is $10/participant.

Project WILD Workshop Series

The final workshop in the fall IURTP Project WILD certification series is Project Learning Tree!

  • Project Learning Tree: October 21/22, 5:30-8:30pm. Project Learning Tree inspires students, teachers, families, and volunteers to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community. Register by sending an e-mail to The workshop is $20 and all workshop attendees will receive a the PLT Curriculum & Activity Guide.
  • Learn more about Project Learning Tree.

    Fall Hike Series

    Experience the great outdoors while learning about tree identification, birding, and local ecology from IURTP hike leaders.This week's hike will be at Kent Farm, one of the IURTP's natural treasures and will be led by Carroll Ritter.

    The hike is free and will be held on Saturday, October 17th from 1-4pm. To sign-up, send an e-mail to All hikes are free and fill up quickly so sign-up today!

    Science Fest

    October 24th, 9am-3pm: IU Environmental Sciences will host Science Fest participants at the IU Research and Teaching Preserve for an interpretive hike through the forest surrounding University Lake and to tour the Preserve Field Lab building where participants will take part in activities related to the environment and sustainability, including screenings of Preserve documentaries. Sign-up in Jordan Hall Atrium at the Environmental Science booth.

    Daniel Johnson measures the diameter of a white ash. 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.

    Past Events

    Hilltop summer campers June 2009

    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)

    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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