Berkshire Tarnowski Forest Preserve is located in the Tipton Till Plain of Indiana along Deer Creek. Sugar maple, cherry, ash, tulip, elm, hackberry, and few red oak trees populate the mesic woods. The sedge-fern-forb layer of the forest strata boasts a skunk cabbage seep and displays of spring ephemeral wildflowers.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Carroll





The mature oak hickory woodlands feature grey squirrels, turkey, and deer. Spring wildflowers dappling the forest floor include crimson fire pinks, wake robin trilliums, and spring beauties. The prairie bursts with little bluestem, purple and yellow coneflowers; a habitat that invites diverse insect and bird life.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Paddling
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Carroll





A rich botanic site with skunk cabbage seeps, buttonbush/ blue flag iris openings and rich wet floodplain woods. The nights in the spring offer a cacophony of amphibian calls as the forested wetlands are breeding grounds for spring peepers, chorus frogs, and grey tree frogs.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails

County: Carroll





McAllister Woods protects woods along the Wildcat, dominated by sycamore and silver maple, as well as a typical mixed hardwood forest on higher ground. 4.4 acres of the land was farmed when the Wildcat Creek Foundation acquired the land in May of 2005 and were reforested with hardwood species.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Carroll





Moyer-Gould Woods is predominantly comprised of open oak woodlands on rolling hills bordering the Tippecanoe River. The property features springs, seeps filled with skunk cabbage; and conglomerate bedrock outcrops with walking ferns and a variety of mosses within the forested matrix.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Carroll





Mussel shoals is an excellent example of riparian zones – stream edge to woodland. The myriad of wildlife and flora reliant on the stream make it an exciting habitat. The water levels change throughout the year, providing evidence of the variable nature of stream ecology.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails

County: Carroll





A wooded spot along Indiana State Scenic Waterway, Wildcat Creek. A ‘Wildcat Creek Reflections’ journaling station is present (thanks to volunteer Tabb Adams for designing, constructing and installing it!) for folks who want to contribute to the 100 year long project and voice a connection, insight, observation or idea about the Wildcat Creek.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Journaling Station
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Paddling
  • Wildflowers

County: Carroll





Weaver Family Nature Reserve is an island on the Wabash River north of Delphi in Carroll County. The island includes a Great Blue Heron rookery wiht over 100 nests. Public access is via the river. Please do not disturb the herons during nesting season – late March through June.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails

County: Carroll





Situated along the Deer Creek, Whistler Woods offers majestic views. Looking from atop the slate hillside down into the Deer Creek valley affords views of the meandering creek and forested creek valley. The trail leads down to the valley and up to the edge of the creek. Across the creek, a slate wall with water dripping from seeps gives a zen garden like feel to the property.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Wildflowers

County: Carroll





Ferguson offers rich habitat situated along Kilmore Creek, the most biologically diverse of the Wildcat Creek watershed. The creek hosts mussels, bullfrogs, minnows and various macro-invertebrate species in its waters.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Clinton





A 155-acre property edging the Wabash River in southwestern Fountain County that includes 3/8 of a mile of river frontage with mature floodplain forest. The Wabash River floodplain fields, previously in corn/ bean production when NICHES purchased the land, were reforested in 2001.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Accessible Trail
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Fountain





A wonderfully diverse piece of west-central Indiana landscapes  located in Fountain County along the middle Wabash River, a quarter mile north of Portland Arch, a National Natural Landmark, Shawnee Bottoms is NICHES largest property covering 459 acres evenly balanced between floodplain aka ‘bottoms’ and upland oak woodland.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Fountain





Whistler Hare Woods lies on the south bank of Big Shawnee Creek’s tumble and flow on its way to the Wabash River. The banks of the creek are wooded and rise steeply with exposures of sandstone bedrock faces to over 90’ above the creek. The dry acid soils on the bluffs are home to eastern white pine, white oaks, partridge berries and witch hazel.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Wildflowers

County: Fountain





Waterworks Portage secures 1.05 acres of land adjacent to the low head dam on Wildcat Creek. NICHES in partnership with Wildcat Guardians built and maintain a portage path allowing paddlers to safely bypass the low head dam and continue to paddling.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Paddling

County: Howard





An access point to the State Scenic & Recreation Waterway Wildcat Creek allows paddlers to put-in for or take-out after a float.


Activites
  • Paddling

County: Howard





Black oak savanna dune ridges interspersed with pin oak flatwoods comprise the natural core of Fisher Oak Savanna. In addition to the savanna dune ridges and pin oak flatwoods, NICHES has restored a high quality prairie on the south end of hte property.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Jasper





Low black oak savanna dune ridges interspersed with pin oak flatwoods comprise the natural core of the 36 acre Gish Wildlife Area. In addition to the savanna dune ridges and pin oak flatwoods, NICHES has restored a former hay meadow on the south side of the preserve to a prairie/ wetland mosaic.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Jasper





Shepherd Swamp is 10 acres of restored wetland habitat to abundant wildlife.  Calling leopard frogs, chorus frogs welcome spring at the Swamp in March/ April, when they can be heard after dusk as they attempt to attract a mate. Garter snakes slither through the grass searching for insects to eat, while red winged balckbirds call from above the swamp.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Jasper





The Ranch is a diverse 10 acre sand savanna with upland ridges, sedge marshlands and emergent buttonbush swamp. The Ranch's mixture of habitats was donated with the intent of land being available to the public for their education and appreciation of the beauty of nature.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Jasper





Bachner Nature Preserve comprises 28 acres of young and mature woodland and includes ¼ mile of creek frontage at the confluence of Rattlesnake and Sugar Creeks.  Bachner Nature Preserve is adjacent to the Department of Natural Reources Sugar Creek Access, a public access site for paddlers, fihserman and others who want to explore NICHES' Bachner nature Preserve.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Montgomery





A 33-acre refuge in Montgomery County, located in the northeast corner of Crawfordsville, Walnut Fork Wildlife Refuge features quite diverse native plant and wildlife populations, including upland woods with a vista overlooking the confluence of Sugar Creek and Walnut Fork, a few acres of prairie and a wet area where Walnut Fork used to flow.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Montgomery





Rocks, ephemeral ponds, white oaks and hazelnuts all come together at Holley Savanna. The property is 79 acres in total, roughly 69 acres wet to dry woods and 10 acres of high diversity low stature prairie.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Newton





20 acres of woods and wetland, dappled in spring with ephemeral ponds, the James P. Vacendak Wildlife Reserve is a wonderful spot for amphibians. On a cold  early spring night in Newton County, tiger salamanders will crawl from hibernation and head to the recently unfrozen water. The salamanders move is driven by determination to breed in the pin oak wetlands.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Newton





Clegg Garden resides on the hillside overlooking state scenic waterway Wildcat Creek. The slopes feature a rare gravel hill prairie ecosystem. From creek side to hilltop elevation changes 100 feet, making for excellent hiking opportunity along the mile plus of trail. The looping trails meander through oak woodland, gravel hill prairie, riparian corridor and savanna.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Journaling Station
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Tippecanoe





Frank and Ada Beineke Memorial Forest protects a portion of Indian Creek, which flows through the property north to south. Indian Creek is a great place to look for ebony jewelwing damselflies, cricket frogs and other aquatic denizens.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Tippecanoe





The wind-blown sand from the bed of the glacial aged Maume Flood on the Wabash River over-topping the rich glacial out-wash of the Wea Plains creates a  very rare and varied interface of substrate that supports a diverse group of native plant and animal species.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Tippecanoe





Laura Hare Bend of the Wabash protects floodplain of the Wabash River, that is in the process of recovering from being farmed with the establishment of sandbar willow, cottonwoods, sycamores and honey locust.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Tippecanoe





Approximately an acre of land, Mis-So-Lah serves as an access point to the State Scenic & Recreation portion of the Northfork of Wildcat Creek; enabling paddlers to put-in for or take-out after a float.


Activites
  • Paddling

County: Tippecanoe





Mulvey Pond  is well known by the local birding community as a hot spot to see waterfowl in spring, snow geese in winter and shorebirds coming through during migration. In fact, Mulvey Pond served was the first place that greater sandhill cranes returned to nest and summer in after being gone from the county for decades as a breeding bird.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails

County: Tippecanoe





Parker's Indian Creek Basin is a lowland floodplain along the Wabash River, frequently flooded and subject to periods of extreme wet or utter dry, depending on annual rainfall upstream .  The restoration is in progress. During the transition to a forested system, a visit to Parker's Indian Creek provides an educational insight into the scale and scope of restoration and land management.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Tippecanoe





Peter’s Mill is an access point to the Wildcat Creek; the final access point before the Wabash River, in fact. The site sits just downstream of Peters Mill Bridge off of Eisenhower Court and across Clegg Memorial Garden.


Activites
  • Fishing
  • No Trails
  • Paddling

County: Tippecanoe





Potawatomi Trail sits between Ross Hills and Black Rock in Tippecanoe and Warren Counties. The tract of 59 acres brings NICHES closer to our goal of connecting Black Rock and Ross Hills into a permanently secured corridor for wildlife, plants and people to roam unhindered by development.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Wildflowers

County: Tippecanoe





Wabash Bottoms is an example of collaborative conservation: forty-five acres of the seventy-acre property belong to NICHES (marked with property boundary signs). The remaining acreage, the 200 foot strip along the river, and the field south of the NICHES sign, belong to the Tippecanoe County Department of Parks and Recreation, who partnered with us for the acquisition.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Tippecanoe





Wise Island is a two acre island in the middle of the Wabash River in northeast corner of Tippecanoe county, near Americus. The island is comprised of silver maples, cottonwoods and NETTLES. Abundant bird life visit or nest on the island, including Belted Kingfishers and Bald Eagles.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Paddling

County: Tippecanoe





Black Rock is a 45 acre state dedicated nature preserve, protecting a portion of the very rare sandstone/ siltstone barrens. The southern exposure combined with the thin acid soils slows the growth of trees on the site.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





Crow’s Grove features a rare and striking grove of old growth pine. In addition to the pine, the mature trees include:  white, black and shingle oaks, eastern red cedar, and bitternut hickory. The southern flat-top upland comprises a woodland of younger trees: black and shingle oak, black cherry, eastern red cedar, white oak sassafras and ironwood.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





80-acres situated a mile southeast of West Lebanon in Warren County.  Rock Creek bisects the mostly wooded acreage. The creek runs over bedrock and forms tiny waterfalls in some places; while in others it has cut through sandstone leaving small sculpted cliffs. Eventually, the creek makes its way into the Wabash River.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





The Hewitt Estate includes 1.7 miles of frontage on both sides of Mud Pine Creek, the largest tributary of Big Pine and a healthy smallmouth bass stream. Along the clear rocky creek, high in the canopy is an active bald eagle nest. A small great blue heron rookery lingers above colorful spring blooms of phlox, columbine and saxifrage that grace the banks.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Paddling
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





Honey Branch Bluff includes a 35 foot sandstone bluff crowned with native white pine and ornamented with red cedar jutting over Big Pine Creek.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





A beautiful 33 forested acres in Little Pine Creek valley, Kohnkes’ Little Pine valley sits just a short distance west of NICHES’ Weiler-Leopold Nature Reserve.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





Potawatomi Trail sits between Ross Hills and Black Rock in Tippecanoe and Warren Counties. The tract of 59 acres brings NICHES closer to our goal of connecting Black Rock and Ross Hills into a permanently secured corridor for wildlife, plants and people to roam unhindered by development.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





A 20 acre tract of land along Big Pine. The property features a small mature oak/ hickory woodland on the bluff south of the creek, mature floodplain trees in the riparian corridor, and mature trees along the east and west property lines. A graminoid and forb ground layer is well developed throughout the property.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





Swanson’s Bluff is prime example of Big Pine Creek habitat, with examples of oak/ pine woodlands, sandstone bluffs and calcareous seeps.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





Situated along the Wabash River in eastern Warren County features open oak savannas, wooded slopes, old fields dotted with boulders deposited by glaciers and a wonderful space to connect with nature. Among the natural area are 100+ acres of bottom-lands planted with trees in May of 2000 returns to native forest habitat, and a 12-acre grassland area restored to native tall grass prairie.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren





Williams Woods protects forested lands along Possum Run in western Warren County, near the historic interface of the grand prairie and oak woodlands. The land had been cared for by the Williams family for over century, with no tree harvesting or livestock running in the woods.


Activites
  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Harvesting Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers

County: Warren