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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 IURTP will be hosting a Project WILD certification series for local teachers throughout the fall! All workshops are $20 except Project Aquatic WILD, which is FREE thanks to a small grant.

  • Project Aquatic WILD (*FREE): September 24th, 6-9pm. Aquatic WILD uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology. All workshop attendees will receive a free Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide. Learn more about Project Aquatic WILD.
  • Project WILD: October 3rd, 10am-4pm. Project WILD is one of the most widely-used environmental education programs among K-12 educators in the U.S. Its mission is to foster responsible action towards wildlife and natural resources. All workshop attendees will receive a Project WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide. Learn more about Project WILD.
  • 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. Learn more about Project Learning Tree.
  • Register for a workshop by sending an e-mail to

    Fall Hike Series

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

    Hikes are free for IU students and are scheduled Sunday's in September at 2pm. 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.

    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)

    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.

    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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