Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project

Education & Outreach


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We engage in service-learning partnerships with Indiana University courses from diverse disciplines, including History and Philosophy of Science; Biology; Public and Environmental Affairs, Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies; and Music. Service-learning activities include:

• surveys of archival records and photographs, creation of podcasts, and development of recommendations to enhance the experience of visitor's to the woods
• learning about exotic invasive plant species and helping to conduct exotic plant pulls in the woods
• conducting interviews, shooting footage, and creating short films on restoration activities in the woods
• mapping of exotic invasive species and quantifying native spring wildflower abundance and composition in the woods

Course Partnerships

• HPS X223, Landscapes of Learning: Environmental History of IU Bloomington (Jim Capshew)
• COLL T200, Living a Sustainable Life (Christine Barbour)
• BIOL L350, Environmental Biology (Peggy Schultz)
• MUS Z120, Music in Multimedia (Kristen Bellisario)
• SPEA E527, Applied Ecology (Mikala Schmitt-Harsh)
• BIOL L222, The City as Ecosystem (Heather Reynolds)
• SPH O340, Interpretation and Tour Guiding (Brian Forist)


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We have presented our work to a wide variety of audiences. For a list of our outreach presentations, click here.


• We have created a brochure describing the history and ecology of Dunn's Woods and highlighting some of its cultural and natural features.

• Documentary film maker Sam Orr has worked with us to create short films about the value of Dunn's Woods and our work to better understand and conserve this special place. The first film, available here, describes the history and ecology of the woods, and the heightened threats posed by exotic invasive plant species following two severe windstorms.

• Use this simple technique to propagate your own native plants from seed!

• Nature Rx: Click here to find out how time in nature can benefit your body and your mind!

• Check out our purple wintercreeper factsheet, and join us for outdoor restoration sessions to pull this invasive species from Dunn's Woods.