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A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana

119 Unique Places to Explore

A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana is the first comprehensive guide for eco-travelers who want to explore wild and natural Southern Indiana, via trail, water, or road. Its 371 pages and 100 color images provide detailed information on 119 Southern Indiana natural areas, including how you get to them, what to do when you arrive, and what you will find when you explore.

Practical details are supplemented with facts, anecdotes, and observations on each site’s unique natural characteristics and human and natural histories from Steven Higgs, one of Indiana’s senior environmental writers and photographers. The award-winning journalist, who operates NaturalBloomington Ecotours & More, traveled more than 4,500 miles between I-70 and the Ohio River in two years for this project.

Purchasing A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana helps underwrire expenses on our new book projects: A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana, Spring 2019, and Rewilding Southern Indiana: The Hoosier National Forest, Fall 2020, both by Indiana University Press. [See below]

Blue flag iris -- Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

“In this guidebook, Steven Higgs has compiled and written a hundred times more good, useful information about my native state's natural treasures than I ever learned in eighty years of crawling, hiking, riding, swimming, and paddling all over them.”

-- James Alexander Thom, Foreword to A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana

Send us $35 and we will:

- Send you  a signed copy of A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana, and

- Pay sales tax, shipping & handling, and

- Put the other $1.03 to good use, we promise.

Available Spring 2019

A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana

125 Unique Places to Explore

The latest Natural Bloomington nature book – A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana: 125 Unique Places to Explore —  will be published by IU Press in Spring 2019.

Like its companion – A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana, IU Press 2016 – this roughly 400-page volume will tell the stories of what little is left of the state’s natural history, this time from Interstate 70 north to the Michigan State Line.

Both guides provide readers with comprehensive descriptions of the natural characteristics and recreational opportunities found at nature preserves, forests, wildlife areas, parks, and lakes in all four corners of the state –  from Posey to Lake to Steuben to Dearborn Counties – with historical contexts and turn-by-turn/GPS directions.

The Northern Indiana sites are owned and managed by a variety of public and private organizations, including ACRES Land Trust, whose Executive Director Jason Kissell wrote the Foreword. Landscapes run the gamut, from canyon to prairie to swamp to lake, much forested, much in open sun. All are open to the public.

A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana will feature 140 color photographs captured between June 2016 and November 2017.

Available Fall 2020

Rewilding Southern Indiana

The Hoosier National Forest

The latest Natural Bloomington book project is Rewilding Southern Indiana: The Hoosier National Forest, a coffee table book that will be published in the Fall of 2020 by Indiana University Press. 

Rewilding will detail the natural and human history of Indiana's largest public land mass, the 204,000-acre Hoosier National Forest, over hundreds of million of years: its journey from a shallow equatorial sea through multiple ice ages to its present upland landscape, shaped by 15,000 years of human habitation, exploitation, devastation and recovery.

Its 175 pages, more or less, will feature prose and an estimated 150 digital images by Natural Bloomington's Steven Higgs.


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