Sycamore Outdoor Center

Sycamore Outdoor Center


SUNDAY OPEN RECREATION restarted Sunday, July 12, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

  • Must have current ISU ID.
  • Must fill out a waiver by scanning QR code with your own Smart Phone.
  • Must wear a face mask if interacting with staff at a distance closer than 6'.

The Sycamore Outdoor Center is currently closed to all activities.
This closure will be effective until June 15, 2020. We will reassess at that time.
We are continuing to take reservations for late summer (no Challenge Course groups), and Fall.

The Indiana State University Sycamore Outdoor Center is a multi-use outdoor facility designed to accommodate educational and recreational programs for campus groups and the community at large. The Sycamore Outdoor Center is 80 acres of woods, trails and lakes located approximately 18 miles east of Terre Haute. It is administered through the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport.

The Outdoor Center consists of eight lakes, which are fed through an underground water supply and cover 42 acres and several acres of wooded land. The Sycamore Outdoor Center also houses out Keystone Adventure Program which consists of a variety of challenge courses and group initiative activities provided by trained facilitators through out department. In addition, ten platform tents and a full-sized classroom make the ISU Sycamore Outdoor Center a poplar destination for a variety of groups.

Group and event use of the Sycamore Outdoor Center is by reservation only except for our Open Sunday hours (see below). Please contact us by email or phone to schedule your event. We have very reasonable fees for our programs and facility use and these can be found in our Group Leader Reservation Packet.

Open Sunday usage is for current students, staff, and faculty with an Indiana State University ID, and ISU Alumni with their Alumni Association Membership card, on Sundays from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, April through October. Closed on holiday weekend Sundays, including Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.