Dutro-Ernst Woods

Dutro-Ernst Woods is a 33 acre urban nature preserve on the site of the former Ernst Nursery. It is dedicated to Ruth Dutro, a local Biology teacher, who inspired countless students. The walking trail meanders through a prairie-in-restoration and early successional woodland. With restoration, native plants and wildlife populations are increasing and beginning to thrive. Stop by often to observe seasonal transitions and changes in the land.

Acres: 33

Accessibility: Open to the Public


  • Parking lot
  • Nature Play Area- natural playground, adjacent to parking lot
  • Hiking trail – flat, crushed limestone, approximately length 1 mile
  • Interpretive signage

1701-1795 S. Perdieu Rd., Muncie     765-288-2547    https://www.fortheland.org/dutro-ernst-woods/