Meltzer Woods photo by Jordan England

Announcing the Trek Our Trails Challenge

Are you ready for a nature fix? This Black Friday, we are kicking off a yearlong challenge that you can enjoy on your own. Make your way to a nature preserve to get started in the Trek Our Trails challenge!

The objective of Trek Our Trails is to visit all five of our most popular nature preserves over the coming year (and inspire others by sharing that you did it).

The preserves are…

Here’s how to take part…

  1. Plan your visit by checking out the preserve pages linked above.
  2. Before or after your hike, take a photo of you and your companions at the preserve’s sign or trailhead.
  3. Email the photo to (or post on Facebook or Instagram with hashtags #cilti #trekourtrails2021).
  4. Optional but suggested: Enable us to plant trees as a carbon offset for your travel miles. (See our carbon calculator.)

After you’ve visited these five sites, all trekkers in your party will receive CILTI pins. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for CILTI logo gear. We’ll run the challenge from Black Friday 2020 to Black Friday 2021.

Enjoy all that nature has to offer. We look forward to seeing your photos!

*Note that the Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow is closed for deer control now through December 4th.

Shawndra Miller

Communications Specialist

Shawndra is in charge of sharing our story and connecting you to our work. Through our print and online materials, she hopes to inspire your participation in protecting special places for future generations.
Photo of Girls, Inc. girls at Blossom Hollow, by Mary Ellen Lennon

Many Hikes and Miles: Educator Grateful for CILTI Places and Programs

We thank Marion University professor Mary Ellen Lennon for this guest post.

As an educator, I have enjoyed the use of Central Indiana Land Trust resources and properties for student programming. I could not be more pleased to speak of the organization’s mission to students. And as a budding naturalist raising two young conservation ecologists, I eagerly scan my email in search of the next invitation to a public hike or talk sponsored by the land trust. Continue reading

Mary Ellen Lennon

Guest Blogger

Mary Ellen Lennon is assistant professor of history at Marion University.