Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

  • North Woodall Road
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • (812) 336-5382
This large wetland preserve features a diverse combination of bottomland hardwood forest, shrub wetlands, sedge meadow, and successional fields. The majority of the property has been dedicated as an Indiana State Nature Preserve by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and it has also been designated a state Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Eighty bird species have been documented during the breeding season, including bald eagles that have actively nested there for the past several years. The preserve also serves as important habitat for many other threatened and rare animal and plant species. Public access is provided by the Beanblossom Bottoms Environmental Education Trail, which was funded by the Duke Energy Foundation and the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust and built largely by the efforts of over 250 volunteers. This two-mile trail features a raised boardwalk and observation decks over the wetland, allowing visitors to experience an otherwise inaccessible area. A gravel parking is next to the trail head on Woodall Road. Please stay on the trail. This property is owned and managed by Sycamore Land Trust.

Frog Chorus & Sky Dance

  • April 28, 2017
  • (812) 336-5382

Do you know which frog sounds like two metal marbles clicking together, and which one like a banjo string twang? Have you seen the American woodcock do its dance at dusk? Stroll on the boardwalk across this fascinating wetland ecosystem as Dr. Vicky Meretsky of IU-SPEA helps us identify frog... Learn more

Li'l Hikers: What's in the Water?

  • May 14, 2017
  • (812) 336-5382

What is a pollywog? Where do dragonflies lay their eggs? The Beanblossom Creek floodplain provides wonderful habitat for aquatic life. We will explore the pond and puddles for animals that live in and around water. Rubber boots are highly recommended. Meet at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve.... Learn more