Woodland Campus Initiative

IU Woodlands — beautiful, resilient, iconic

A collection of thousands of unique trees, the Woodland Campus of Indiana University is a wonderful reflection of our campus communities. Each displays its character best in its great diversity, and each gives IU’s campuses their widely recognized beauty. Learn about the holistic Woodland Campus initiative and how you can support it through membership in the Woodland Society.

Branches of the Woodland Campus initiative

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Caring for the trees we have

Maintaining mature trees is critical–larger, older trees have more impact in combatting climate change and are signature plantings which contribute to the unique beauty of IU campuses.

Learn about our oldest tree
Learn more
about IU Bloomington's oldest tree - a Bur Oak estimated at over 180 years old.

Planting more trees

We use the tree inventories to plan future campus plantings in order to ensure a sustainable woodland. Planting the correct tree species is crucial for resilience.

Protecting the spaces where trees grow

As our campuses continually change, we work to preserve soil quality and tree health, respecting trees even amid construction and growth.

Stewarding IU’s woodlots

Monitoring the abundance and spread of non-native species, collaborative teams develop strategies to remove invasive species from woodlots (i.e., dense, forested patches).

Monitoring and adapting for the future

Our student interns gain hands-on experience as they monitor and evaluate the health of campus woodlands, providing essential data for effective management.

Watch a video
Watch a video from IU Research about the tree inventory

Engaging with our woodlands

Events and activities that engage the campus community in stewardship draw us all closer to the woodlands we love and value.

Dig deeper - tree maps

We’ve labeled and marked every freestanding tree on all IU campuses. Explore this interactive map to view tree species and characteristics, and to see who supports our campus woodlands.

See the map


Support signature trees

Become a steward of Indiana University’s existing iconic trees (>30 inches diameter). As the caretaker of an old beaut, your gift will ensure attentive guardianship of our mature trees.

Nurture new plantings

Support the planting and maintenance of a new tree in the grove of your choice (see groves on the map linked from this page). Your donation will help us expand the campus woodland.

How to join the Woodland Society
: Make a minimum gift to The Woodland Campus Initiative of $1500. For additional information, contact woodland@iu.edu.

  Learn more about the Woodland Society

Dedicate a tree

When you dedicate a tree in honor of a special person, their legacy lives on through our digital archive of trees across the IU woodlands.

View dedications 


Support our woodland campuses for generations to come


Join the Woodland Society

Support the Woodland Campus for generations to come.

Learn more


Research and teaching

Conduct research in support of campus trees or use the woodlots as living laboratories for your students.

Contact Sustain IU


Internship opportunities

Complete tree inventories and assess tree health as an intern. Summer interns are hired annually.

Inquire about internships

Campus community

Service opportunities

Participate in periodic service days that support woodland health. Individuals and organizations are welcome!

Complete an interest form