Upcoming Field Trips


Mounds State Park – Sept. 24

Mounds SP - autumnOur next monthly bird hike and survey at Mounds State Park will be held on Sunday, September 24. Meet at the parking lot near the visitors center at 9 a.m.

We’ll bird from 9-11, with an RCAS board member leading the walk. Binoculars will be provided for those who don't have their own.

After the hike, stick around and join us for our fall picnic! See "Upcoming Programs" for details.

The next bird hike at Mounds will be held on October 29.

The park's address is 4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson. (Photo by Robert Williams.)


Muscatatuck NWR – Oct. 7

MuscatatuckOn Saturday, October 7, we’ll visit Muscatatuck, Indiana's first National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1966.  Its mission is to restore, preserve, and manage a mix of forest, wetland, and grassland habitat that covers nearly 8,000 acres just east of Seymour.  Management of waterfowl, other migratory birds, and endangered species is a high priority. 

We’ll gather at 9:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center (marked with "?" on the property map).

Carpoolers will leave from the Cooper Science lot, on Ball State’s campus, at 7 a.m.

Directions from Muncie:  Take I-69 south to I-465 south in Indianapolis.  Take I-465 south 17 miles to I-65 and head south for about 57 miles.  Exit at 50A and take US 50 E (aka E Tipton St.) toward North Vernon.  The park is 3 miles east of the I-65 / US 50 interchange.  The main entrance is on US 50, and the Visitor Center is located near the entrance.


Limberlost / Loblolly – Oct. 21

LoblollyOn Saturday, October 21, we’ll explore the Limberlost and Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve, in Jay and Adams Counties.  Once covered by 13,000 acres of swamp and other wetlands, the Limberlost was celebrated in the writing of naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter.  Approximately 1,500 acres have been restored thus far, attracting a wide variety of waterfowl, birds of prey, songbirds, and other wildlife.

We’ll meet at the Visitor Center of the Limberlost State Historic Site, in Geneva, at 9 a.m.

Carpoolers will leave from the Cooper Science parking lot, on Ball State’s campus, at 8 a.m.

Directions from Muncie:  From N. Broadway, head north on State Rd. 67. (At the “Y” just north of the Muncie Mall, hang to the right.)  Follow 67 through Albany to Portland.  In Portland State Rd. 67 takes a left.  Continue on 67 into Bryant, where you should continue straight onto State Rd. 27 at the traffic light.  (State Rd. 67 turns right at this point and heads into Ohio!)  Once in Geneva, turn right into the Limberlost Visitor Center lot.  The address is 200 E. 6th street.  Travel time from Muncie is about one hour.