Ecotours and more

Historic, Environmental & Scenic Ecotours

Ecotours and more

  Historic, Environmental & Scenic Ecotours  

Ecotours & More

  Historic, Environmental & Scenic Ecotours  

Ecotours & More

  Historic, Environmental & Scenic Ecotours  

Ecotours and more

  Historic, Environmental & Scenic Ecotours  

Sunday Morning Nature Missive - Sept, 25, 2016

Big Walnut Creek - A National Natural Landmark

That the Big Walnut Creek Valley is a natural wonder is evidenced by the fact that the U.S. Park Service designated 502 acres of it a National Natural Landmark (NNL) nearly a half century ago. By its 1968 designation, that means Big Walnut contains "outstanding biological and geological resources."

"The site contains one of the few stands in Indiana where beech, sugar maple, and tulip poplar grow on alluvial Genesee soil and includes relict species of a postglacial forest that occupied the area 5,000 to 6,000 years ago," the Park Service says.

And the recognition doesn't end there. Last Wednesday, I hiked through two Dedicated State Nature Preserves -- Big Walnut/Tall Timbers Trail Unit and Hall Woods -- and alongside a bean field to find a third -- the Hemlock Ridge Nature Preserve -- too overgrown to negotiate. The three are located along a six-mile stretch of the Big Walnut on either side of Bainbridge, a one-light town west of Danville with a population smaller than its zip code, 736 and 765.

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Nature Photo eBook - This is Indiana?

Natural Bloomington is pleased to announce release of our first Nature Photo eBook This is Indiana? - The Natural Bloomington Journey: 2013-2015.

This is Indiana? is a photographic retrospective of Natural Bloomington's first three years and features 105 hi res, full-color images of the Southern Indiana landscape from the Switzerland Hills to the Southwest Lowlands.

You can download a copy of This is Indiana? for free. A $10 contribution is requested.

Past Events

Nature Photography Ecotour - Fall Colors Edition

Natural Bloomington would like to thank Bloomington-based landscape photographer Gary Morrison and the dozen guests who joined our Nature Photography Ecotour - Fall Colors Edition on Oct. 10 in Brown County. As they all can attest, the day was both informative and fun.

Gary, an Indiana University graduate who retired to Bloomington to pursue his passion for landscape photogtaphy, shared his knowledge and tips on equipment and technique in the classroom at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, where he is an artist-in-residence.

He continued his tutelage on hikes around the Steele grounds and alongside the Crooked Creek marshes in southwestern Brown County.

Click here for a Photo Album from the day.

American Council of the Blind Ecotour


The Bloomington Herald-Times feature a cover story on the Outdoors Page about Natural Bloomington's July 18 ecotour with members of the American Council of the Blind.

Six folks with visual disabilities and their sighted guides spent a half day exploring the Restle Unit of the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge/Beanblossom Bottoms, Leonard Springs Nature Park and Latimer Woods. Each stop featured presentations from representatives of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the City of Booomington Parks & Recreation Department.

Natural Bloomington welcomes the opportunity to lead groups on ecotours during any season of the year.

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on our guide services.




Buy a guidebook, support Sycamore Land Trust!

We  are pleased to annouce that Natural Bloomington has partnered with Sycamore Land Trust, one of Indiana's premier conservation groups, to cross promote the important work both organizations do to celebrate, share and protect Southern Indiana's natural character.

Natural Bloomington will share 20% of the $28 list price with Sycamore for each signed copy of A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana purchased through this website. That is $5.60 per book.

Formed in 1990, Sycamore is a nonprofit that protects nearly 9,000 acres of Southern Indiana's natural heritage by purchasing the land or managing it through conservation easements granted by environmentally conscious private citizens.

To learn more or buy a guidebook, click here.

On our Facebook page: Ecotour guest photo album

We have created a new Photo Album on the Natural Bloomington Facebook page featuring photo images captured by Cheryl Munson and Martha Fox during our May 3, 2014, Hoosier National History Ecotour. The photo above was shot by Martha Fox.

Feedback & testimonials

More than three dozen guests joined Natural Bloomington on ecotours into the Southern Indiana wilds in 2013. Several were surveyed. Others gave testimonials about their experiences. 

Click here to read what they had to say.


Natural Bloomington's mission is to celebrate and share Southern Indiana's natural beauty through image, prose and ecotourism.



The following groups and organizations are working with Natural Bloomington to celebrate and share Southern Indiana's natural beauty and history.



Through our Historic, Environmental & Scenic Ecotours, Natural Bloomington subscribes to the principles set down by the International EcoTourism Society for “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."

Our destinations include:

  • State and national forests, parks and recreation areas;
  • Federally protected wilderness and old-growth forests, public and private nature preserves;
  • Caves, lakes, waterfalls, scenic vistas and underground rivers; and
  • Registered historic sites.

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Follow the journey: Photographs and Blog

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Guests and Guest Photos



At Natural Bloomington, we offer guided ecotours through the scenic hill and cave country of Southern Indiana. Custom tours with any combination of Natural Bloomington destinations can be arranged upon request.

Tours can be scheduled any day of the week, May through August, and on Fridays or Saturdays, September through April.

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The shortest of our tours, this 3-hour jaunt explores four natural areas owned and/or managed by the City of Bloomington. Destinations include:


This 4-hour journey provides magnificent panoramas of the Southern Indiana landscape from some of its most scenic outlooks. Destinations include:


This 5-hour expedition ventures deep into the region’s upland forests. Destinations include:


This tour explores what little that is left of the old-growth forest that occupied 87 percent of Indiana when the first European stepped ashore near Evansville in the mid-16th century. Destinations include:


This tour traverses Southern Indiana’s world-famous limestone region, from Owen to Orange Counties. Destinations include:



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