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 - Oct. 16, 2016

Wylie House talk Thursday

No time for exploring this past week, which I spent working on a slide show about Southern Indiana's natural legacy for a presentation Thursday evening at the Wylie House Museum.

Sponsored by Wylie and IU Press, the hourlong conversation about my Natural Bloomington journey will begin at 7 p.m. at the home of IU's first president on the corner of Second and Lincoln Streets in Bloomington.

I'll talk for 20 minutes about a lifelong odyssey with photography and nature and the latest chapter -- A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana; present a 20-minute slide show on the land itself; and answer questions for 20 minutes. More of less.

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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.

Contact us for information
on our guide services.




Wylie House talk & slide show Oct. 20

Natural Bloomington founder Steven Higgs will discuss his book A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana during a presentation at the Wylie House Museum at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20.

The event will include a talk, slide show and discussion about the guidebook, which was released in April 2016 by Indiana University Press. It will be held in the Morton C. Bradley Jr. Education Center, located on the Wylie property at Second and Lincoln Streets in Bloomington.

The Wylie House is operated by IU Libraries and includes the 1835 home of Andrew Wylie, IU's first president.

A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana features anecdotes, directions and photographs of 119 natural areas between I-70 and the Ohio River. Here's what author James Alexander Thom said in the Foreword.

"In this guidebook, Steven Higgs has compiled and written a hundred times more good, useful information about my native state's natural treasures than I ever learned in eighty years of crawling, hiking, riding, swimming, and paddling all over them.”

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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for more information.


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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