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Field Trips and Events



Though most of these events are open to the public, some may only be for Conservancy members. Please call 317-951-8818 if you have questions regarding an event. We hope to see you soon!

Information on our volunteer stewardship workdays is also listed on our volunteer webpage.

Special Events

  • Volunteer Workday- Invasive Removal at Kankakee Sands

    Kankakee Sands Preserve
    June 13, 2015

    This will be the first of our summer invasive-focused workdays. We’ll start out with a bang by working in Kankakee Sands’ first restored prairie: the 1997 planting at Conrad Station Savanna. Our primary target species will be white and yellow sweet clover... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday- Planting Native Plants at Kankakee Sands

    Kankakee Sands Preserve
    May 09, 2015

    Join us for a fun morning of planting our potted greenhouse plants into the great, wide open of our outdoor native plant nursery. There will be plenty of activities for all ages and abilities, from taking small plants out of pots to digging holes, planting, and resta... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday- Office Clean Up at Mosquito Creek Woods

    Mosquito Creek Woods, Harrison County
    May 21, 2015

    Join us for a volunteer workday focused on office cleanup, including; painting, pressure washing, mowing and other odd jobs at our office property at Mosquito Creek Woods in Harrison County. The workday will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appropriate gear includes:... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday- Seed Harvest and Cleaning at Kankakee Sands

    Kankakee Sands Preserve
    November 14, 2015

    We’ll begin our winter work-day series in Unit G, working again this winter in our oak & honey locust savannas in the eastern part of the unit. With all the great work that’s gone into these areas over the years, it looks like this will likely be our ... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday- Seed Harvesting and Cleaning at Kankakee Sands

    Kankakee Sands Preserve
    October 10, 2015

    Enjoy the orange and gold colors of the prairie during this workday of collecting seeds and cleaning seeds. There will be seed harvesting activities in the beds of the nursery, and seed cleaning activities in the shade of the pole barn. Fun for all, that’s our ... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday-  Invasive Control at Kankakee Sands

    Kankakee Sands Preserve
    July 11, 2015

    For our July workday we will be working in our 1999 planting of Unit G. As many of you know, Unit G is home to our patch-burn grazing project, in which we utilize a combination of prescribed fire and cattle grazing to meet our restoration objectives for this unit. Al... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday- Garlic Mustard Pull at Fall Creek Gorge

    Fall Creek Gorge
    May 09, 2015

    We will be pulling garlic mustard, an invasive plant, at this beautiful preserve known for its "potholes"- large, circular openings in the sandrock that form the bed of canyon. Contact Derek Luchik at or (317) 626-0246 for more information o... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday- Trail Maintenance at Mosquito Creek Woods

    Mosquito Creek Woods, Harrison County
    June 11, 2015

    This volunteer workday will be focused on trail maintenance at our office property at Mosquito Creek Woods in Harrison County. The workday will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appropriate gear includes: sturdy boots, gloves, water and lunch as well as your preferred... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday- Native Plant Seed Harvest at Kankakee Sands

    Kankakee Sands Preserve
    September 12, 2015

    With over 150 native plants to collect seed from, we could use your help! During this workday, we will be collecting the seed from at least 5 different flower and grass species for use in our upcoming restoration plantings. And while we are collecting, there’s ... Learn more

  • Volunteer Workday- Kankakee Sands Invasive Control

    Kankakee Sands Preserve
    August 08, 2015

    For the third and final summer invasive workday, we’ll focus on the 2005 planting of Unit F. The northern part of the unit is dry prairie and has been invaded by the non-native common mullein. Unlike July’s workday, pulling mullein is actually quite fun: ... Learn more

  • Ivanhoe Dune and Swale Nature Preserve Hike

    Ivanhoe Dune and Swale Nature Preserve, Gary, Indiana
    May 16, 2015

    Enjoy this opportunity to see a globally imperiled and rare habitat--the dune and swale--in all its spring glory. The Nature Conservancy has been conducting intensive restoration at Ivanhoe for many years, most recently using Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and C... Learn more

  • DuPont Natural Area Hike

    DuPont Natural Area
    June 13, 2015

    Emily Stork, IN DNR's Grand Calumet regional ecologist, and Susan Mihalo, TNC Conservation Coordinator, will be guiding a hike at DuPont Natural Area in northern Indiana.  The hike is free, but registration is required.  For more information or to register,... Learn more

  • Moraine Nature Preserve Hike

    Moraine Nature Preserve
    May 16, 2015

    Moraine Nature Preserve is a 465-acre natural area located east of State Road 49 and south of State Road 6 in Porter County, Indiana. The property occurs within the Valparaiso Moraine Section of the Northwestern Morainal Natural Region of Indiana. Moraine Nature Pres... Learn more

  • Birding Hikes at Kankakee Sands

    Kankakee Sands in Newton County, Indiana
    May 09, 2015 - May 10, 2015

    Interested in birdwatching? We will be hosting a free birding event at Kankakee Sands on the mornings of Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th. Check out this slideshow to see what kind of birds you might come across. It's a perfect outing for Mother's Day, you even... Learn more

  • Chelsea Flatwoods Hike

    Chelsea Flatwoods
    May 02, 2015

    Join Jason Larson, DNR Indiana's southeast regional ecologist, and Jesse Moore,  TNC forest steward, for a guided hike at Chelsea Flatwoods in Jefferson County. This area is unique because it is one of the most diverse "Bluegrass Tillplain Flatwoods&qu... Learn more

  • Big Walnut Hike

    Big Walnut Nature Preserve
    May 02, 2015

    The Division of Nature Preserves is teaming up with some of our partner organizations and land trusts to hold a series of hikes on nature preserves. The partner for this hike is INPAWS - Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society. The hike is free but you need to RS... Learn more

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for The Nature Conservancy. Currently there are no volunteer opportunities available. Please check back soon for upcoming events.


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