3 - Environmental / Animal - Community Organizations

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All Breed Rescue Alliance of South Central Indiana

AddressP.O. Box 7582
Bloomington, IN 47407

The All Breed Rescue Alliance of South Central Indiana, Inc. (ABRASCI) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. The Alliance was created in 1998 by six individuals who worked with their respective breed rescue groups dedicated to the rescue of a particular breed of dog. These individuals saw a need in Monroe County to work together, share information and publicize the concept of breed rescue.

Contactabrasci [at] bloomington.in.us
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Argus Canine Search & Rescue

AddressP.O. Box 1906
Bloomington, IN 47402

Argus, formed in 2000, was created to train and deploy ground search teams and specialty canine units. The team provides our local area of Monroe County, Indiana and surrounding areas with well-trained and experienced operational units. Members of Argus have experience in ground search, first aid, navigation, communications, crime scene preservation, emergency medicine, geographic information systems (GIS) and search management.

Argus is a not-for-profit group based in Bloomington, Indiana. Our team consists of volunteers from the local community. New volunteers are welcome to join or simply visit one of our twice-weekly training events to see what we're about. Send us an email and we'll be glad to let you know when and where the next one is.

Contactargus [at] argusk9.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Bee Town Beekeeping Club


The Bee Town Bee Club's mission is to learn and share all bee related things amongst the club members and the community. They strive to spread their love of bees and beekeeping and also educate the Bloomington community in plight of the honey bee.The Bee Town Bee Club's mission is to learn and share all bee related things amongst the club members and the community. They strive to spread their love of bees and beekeeping and also educate the Bloomington community in plight of the honey bee.

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Bloomingfoods East

Address3220 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Additional Address316 West 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Bloomingfoods promotes healthy, high quality, sustainable and environmentally sound products at a fair price. Our commitment to sustainable agriculture, artisanal producers of local products and delicious regional foods are a few of the things that set us apart.

ContactEast side store
812-336 5400
Additional ContactWest Side Store
Year Established1976
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Bloomington Community Orchard

AddressP.O. Box 2298
Bloomington, IN 47402

Bloomington Community Orchard is an organization devoted to growing fruit for the community to share and enjoy.

The publicly owned orchard is maintained entirely by volunteers and the harvest is available to everyone in the community.

Contactgetinvolved [at] bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Bloomington Food Policy Council

Address909 E. 2nd Street
Bloomington, IN 47407-7542

The Bloomington Food Policy Council exists to increase and preserve access to sustainably produced, locally grown, healthful food for all residents in Monroe and surrounding counties.



Contactbfpc [at] bloomingtonfpc.org
Year Established2010
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Bloomington Garden Club


On September 27, 1938, six women formed The Bloomington Garden Club. These six charter members had the following mission: to promote the knowledge and love of gardening; to aid in the protection of native trees, plants, and birds; and to encourage civic planting and beautification.

Closed membership.

Members and participants must to be nominated to join.

Sponsors the Garden Walk annually and other civic garden projects. Minutes are stored at the Lilly Library.

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Bloomington Parks Foundation

AddressPO Box 3351
Bloomington, IN 47402

The Bloomington Parks Foundation, through the community’s generous support, enhances and expands the parks and recreation services of the award-winning Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. By receiving gifts of land and funds, we are able to secure new park space and trails and improve existing facilities.

We are also able to achieve our goal of improving the lives of children. By providing scholarship assistance to youth whose families’ incomes are in the lowest income brackets, young members of our community can learn lifelong skills such as swimming and build positive relationships through participation in a broad range of park programs.

ContactExecutive Director
info [at] bloomingtonparksfoundation.org
(812) 349-3700
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Bloomington Permaculture Guild

Address5421 E Kings Rd
Bloomington, IN 47408
Additional Address5421 E Kings Rd
Bloomington, IN 47408

An association of Permaculture Design Course students, teachers, and friends committed to supporting the relocalization of Bloomington's food and economic systems. Group meets monthly at rotating locations in members homes to share work projects, food, information, seed trading and sharing, and mutual support and education.

ContactRhonda Baird (Founder/Permaculture Teacher)
resilience [at] transitionbloomington.org
Additional ContactKeith Johnson (Webmasster/Permaculture Teacher)
resilience [at] transitionbloomington.org
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Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market

Address909 E. 2nd Street
Harmony Gymnasium
Bloomington, In 47401

The Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market exists to extend the farmers’ market season and increase the availability of fresh produce and other local products throughout the four seasons of the year.

Contactblooomingtonwinterfarmersmarket [at] gmail.com
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CanopyBloomington, Inc.

AddressP.O. Box 5591
Bloomington, In 47407

We are a social impact organization in Bloomington, IN whose mission is to grow and sustainably manage Bloomington's urban forest for the many environmental, health, economic, and social benefits of trees with a focus on tree equity and community engagement.


  • Community and Cooperation - Inspire, educate, empower, and employ the community toward our common goals, working with all stakeholders for the benefit of Bloomington and our urban forest.
  • Equity and Inclusion - Ensure communities that need greening the most are prioritized and have equitable access to opportunities and resources; support youth and those in need with job opportunities.
  • Environmental Sustainability - Promote the stewardship and management of a resilient and sustainably-structured urban forest to yield a highly functional urban ecosystem now and into the future.
  • Public Health and Happiness - Facilitate improved physical and mental health of residents and increase community capacity by building a greener city through community engagement.
  • Science and Creativity - Dedicated to transparent, data-driven decision-making integrated with creative and inspirational initiatives that celebrate and communicate our green goals.

Subscribe to our newsletter and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date and be alerted when there are volunteer opportunities!

ContactMorgan Hicks
hello [at] canopybloomington.org
Year Established2021
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Center for Sustainable Living

AddressP.O. Box 1665
Bloomington, IN 47402
The Center for Sustainable Living has been an umbrella organization for the past 25 years promoting sustainable living in the Bloomington region. As of 2015, there are 15 different sustainability projects involving scores of volunteers; and the core activities of the Center utilize permaculture workshops and design courses, research projects, and mutual support to build resilience in the region.

CSL board meetings occur the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm. Potential volunteers or members should contact us by email to schedule a meeting or visit the website to become a member.



ContactRhonda Baird
csloffice [at] gmail.com
Year Established1992
Incorporation StatusExempt
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Earth Care

Address1228 E. Maxwell Lane
Bloomington, IN 47401
Additional Address1714 S. Wilton Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401

Earth Care seeks to listen to and work with all concerned religious communities and individuals in order to create an ever-widening circle of care for creation. We urge all Indiana's faith communities to be centers of this care by living more prudently and speaking up for policies that embody creation care.

ContactEarthCareIndiana [at] gmail.com
Additional Contactallan.edmonds [at] gmail.com
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Farm Service Agency (USDA)

AddressMonroe County Farm Service Agency
1931 Liberty Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47403

Farm Service Agency is equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans.

ContactTroy Hobson (County Executive Director)
Troy.Hobson [at] in.usda.gov
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Feral Cat Friends, Inc.

Address2600 S. Henderson St.
Suite 150
Bloomington, IN 47401

Feral Cat Friends, Inc. assists homeowners' associations, apartment complexes, and mobile home parks or any individual with their feral and stray cat population through Trap-Neuter-Return.

Contactcommunitycatstnr [at] gmail.com
Year Established2005
Incorporation StatusExempt
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Hilltop Educational Foundation

Address2367 E. 10th Street
PO Box 8654
Bloomington, IN 47408

Hilltop Educational Foundation is a non-profit community organization serving the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center and supporting community initiatives in education and wellness through gardening and other horticulturally based activities.

ContactLea Woodard (Coordinator)
hilltop [at] indiana.edu
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House Rabbit Society, Indiana Chapter

AddressPO Box 421746
Indianapolis, IN 46242-1746

Offering homeless rabbits for adoption to loving, indoor homes as well as education for the public about companion rabbit care.

ContactDawn Sailer (Chapter manager)
info [at] indianahrs.org
Additional ContactAmy Young-Leith (Co-Chapter Manager)
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Indiana Forest Alliance

Address112 North Walnut Street Suite 600
Bloomington, IN 47404

The Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) is a non-profit statewide network of groups and individuals dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of Indiana’s native forests.

Contactsandra [at] indianaforestalliance.org
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Indiana Gourd Society


From the website: The Indiana Gourd Society through individual and organizational activities, promotes educational efforts which advance an appreciation for the gourd's role and significance in past and present cultures and for gourd cultivation, crafting and artistry.

ContactIda Kennedy (President)
president [at] indianagourdsociety.org
Additional ContactPat Moore (Membership Secretary)
membership [at] indianagourdsociety.org
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Indiana Grotto

AddressBloomington, IN

The Bloomington Indiana Grotto (BIG) is a local nonprofit under the National Speleological Society. We meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. For meeting locations and presentation information, please visit our website or join our Facebook page.

We encourage responsible  caving practices, work with landowners and others to ensure good conservation efforts which can affect areas as important as keeping our ground water clean. The grotto can host work days to clean up karst areas and we love to share information to anyone interested in caving so that they have proper gear to keep themselves safe. We accept all levels of experience and hope to reach out to anyone interested in this great activity.

If you are a landowner with a possible cave on your property and want to know more about it--or ways to keep animals safe that live in or around it--we would love to talk with you. Please email us and someone will touch within a few days.

BloomingtonIndianaGrotto [at] gmail.com
Additional ContactDanyele
Year Established2020
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Indiana Karst Conservancy

AddressP.O. Box 2401
Indianapolis, IN 46206

The Indiana Karst Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Indiana's unique karst features. The IKC was formed by concerned individuals when it was apparent that no similar group was actively protecting such features for their inherent geological, biological, and archeological importance.

ContactJulian Lewis (President)
ikc [at] caves.org
Additional Contactlewisbioconsult [at] aol.com
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Indiana Recycling Coalition

AddressP.O. Box 7108 IN
Bloomington, IN 47407-7108

A nonprofit organization representing concerned citizens, state and local government officials, business, industry and environmental groups. The coalition encourages integrated recycling, and supports buying recycled-content products and the collection and remanufacturing of recyclable materials.

ContactCarey Hamilton (Executive Director)
info [at] indianarecycling.org
Additional Contactcarey [at] indianarecycling.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Limestone Daylily and Hosta Society

Address6666 E. Bender Road
Bloomington, IN 47401

The Limestone Daylily and Hosta Society is a Region 2 club of the The American Hemerocallis Society (AHS). The AHS is a forum for persons interested in the advancement of the daylily. It is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, and especially to promote, encourage, and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis and public interest therein. This club is also associated with the American Hosta Society. The club works with Hilltop Garden Center and has been involved in local community gardening projects.

ContactJohn Simpson (President)
nreynol [at] indiana.edu
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Local Growers Guild

AddressPO Box 2553
Bloomington, IN 47402

The Local Growers' Guild is a cooperative of farmers in southern and central Indiana. Our mission is to educate, support, and connect local growers, consumers, businesses and communities about the importance of locally grown food. Our members include growers, businesses, and community members.

ContactMegan Hutchison (Guild Manager)
localgrowers [at] localgrowers.org
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