Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project

Education & Outreach

How can I get involved?

Currently, the Dunn’s Woods Project is hosting weekly volunteer workdays that are aimed at mitigating invasive species, particularly the invasive Purple Wintercreeper, and also the planting of native woodland species. Our aim is to restore two ~10 acre woodlands in the Bloomington community, Dunn's Woods on the Indiana University Campus and Latimer Woods on the east side of town by College Mall. Our current workdays take place in the first floor greenhouses in Jordan Hall, where we are propagating native species that we will plant in Dunn's Woods later this Spring! Volunteer workdays are an hour long and weekly participation is not required.We encourage volunteers to come as they can and all necessary tools and gloves are provided. These opportunities are a great way to spend time in the greenhouse or outside, meet new people, and help protect and revive IU’s campus and the Bloomington community! Look below for a calendar with specific dates and times for the Spring 2013 semester. By selecting a particular date, you can click the link to sign up and help us restore these gorgeous urban woodlands.

Project Update: Spring 2013 Restoration Efforts

This spring has gotten off to a great start! We have had a great response from volunteers and service-learning students, who have been helping to propagate natives in the greenhouse. Once the weather warms up (likely after Spring Break) we will be moving our efforts outside. This past August, volunteers from Monroe County's Identify and Reduce Invasive Species and Bloomington Parks and Recreation conducted an herbicide treatment on the remaining Purple Wintercreeper, which has been dying off and freeing space for the planting of more native species this spring. We would like to extend a special thanks to IU's Biology Students for a Greener World, General Motors in Bedford, and Bloomington Volunteer Network participants for their continued support.