THE INDIANA PHENOLOGY TRAIL
Grab your hiking boots, water bottle, and cell phone for a citizen science day trip - or just your afternoon walk. Stroll along one of the Indiana Phenology Trail observation sites and see nature like never before while you help scientists gain a better understanding of our local ecosystems and the impact climate change is having on them.
The Indiana Phenology Trail
Phenology observation sites are located within these partnering properties
BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY ORCHARD
A volunteer-run nonprofit devoted to growing fruit trees and other perennial edible agriculture for the community to enjoy, while growing orcharding skills through education and experience-sharing. The publicly owned orchard is maintained by volunteers, and the harvest is available to everyone.
This 17-acre outdoor teaching laboratory for Ball State students and the community is located on the southwest corner of the Ball State University campus, observers can enjoy mature deciduous forest, tall grass prairie, and other plant communities. The property is one of six managed by the Field Station and Environmental Education Center.
This 605-acre park includes 270 acres dedicated as State Nature Preserve. Hundreds of species of animals and plants live at Fox Island and includes habitats of marsh, seasonal ponds, wooded sand dunes, wetland forest, old fields and restored prairie. The park contains the largest contiguous forest in the county and a glacial sand dune.
Come and be a part of this 94-acre city park located on the north side of Indianapolis, where you can explore the nature center, play on one of the city’s best, hard-to-leave playgrounds, hike more than 3.5 miles of picturesque trails or walk down to the banks of the White River after observing some of the native trees in the north parking lot.
JOHNSON COUNTY PRAIRIE
Located within the 600-acre Johnson County Park, this small restored prairie gives observers the opportunity to learn about the Indiana native wildflowers and pollinators that inhabit our rapidly vanishing prairie ecosystems.
PROVINCE PARK ARBORETUM
A hidden gem just off Monroe Street in Franklin. Located just northwest of Province Park, the Arboretum provides the perfect opportunity for an afternoon walk and phenology observation.
PROVINCE PARK TRAIL
Discover something new along the Franklin Greenway Trail! Located along Young's Creek in Province Park, the bridge of the Franklin Greenway Trail offers the perfect opportunity for an afternoon walk that promises discovery of natural treasures.
TOUCH THE EARTH NATURAL AREA
Located conveniently near State Road 46 just west of Columbus, Touch the Earth Natural Area is one of the larger protected natural areas in Bartholomew County and is an excellent spot for hiking and bird watching.
WABASHIKI FISH & WILDLIFE AREA
Composed of 2,600 acres of floodplain along the Wabash River in Terre Haute, this observation site is a great place to spot hummingbirds! In 2010, Vigo County Parks Department and the Department of Natural Resources joined together in a cooperative effort to offer this bird viewing paradise to all of its patrons.
Want a public observation site in your community?
Phenology Trails engage, educate, and empower communities. If you or someone you know manages a preserve, park, greenway, or some other wild space, reach out to us today to join the Indiana Phenology trail.
Benefits of joining:
Multi-purpose educational programming for visitors of all ages.
Education and training for your staff and volunteers.
Volunteer engagement and recruitment assistance.
Invasive species monitoring.
Make more informed management and resource allocation decisions.