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Trail Building with Hoosier Hikers Council

Sep 21, 2024, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

presented by The Nature Conservancy in Indiana

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Since 1995 the Hoosier Hikers Council has been building, repairing, and maintaining hiking trails in the state of Indiana. Join the Hoosier Hikers Council on the third of each month (through December) to support The Nature Conservancy for a day in the woods! They will continue work on the new trail at TNC’s Green’s Bluff Nature Preserve in Owen County.


  • No experience needed.
  • All tools and instructions are provided.
  • The terrain here is moderate.
  • Volunteers should be comfortable with physical activity including bending, shoveling, raking and hiking.
  • Please go prepared with drinking water, close-toed shoes and weather-appropriate layers.


Please RSVP to hoosierhikerscouncil@gmail.com to let them know that you’re coming to the workday so they can plan enough lunch for all the workers. Please be aware that they unfortunately don’t have the resources to accommodate special dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.


Green’s Bluff is located west of Bloomington and south of McCormick’s Creek State Park in Owen County. Volunteers will be parking at a large powerline maintenance area that’s accessible from a smooth, flat, gravel driveway. To get to the worksite, take W Porter Ridge Road west from State Road 43. There’s a double-decker bus parked at the intersection of SR 43 and Porter Ridge Road. Go west about 0.5 miles to Green’s Bluff Road, a gravel road which will be on your right. Follow Green’s Bluff Road northwest for about 0.5 miles to Pawpaw Road, which is also gravel. Bear left onto Pawpaw Road and go about 0.3 miles. Go past a No Trespassing sign on a wooden post to a driveway on your left that leads to a green gate. There will be white flagging tape at the driveway and on the gate. Go through the gate and follow the gravel driveway about 0.4 miles through the woods until you emerge onto a large, flat parking area under the power lines.