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Diverse and High Quality Habitat

This property contains a remarkably diverse array of habitat types. A mix of old growth floodplain forest, wetlands, young forest and open meadows allow a diverse plant and animal community to thrive at this site. Forested floodplains and wetlands also mitigate effects of flooding and naturally filter our groundwater, a critical source of drinking water for NE Indy. These habitats serve critical functions for wildlife and residents alike.

Native plant and wildlife communities

At 26 acres, this protected natural area preserves the impressive plant and wildlife communities that have been depending on this site for centuries. With fewer and fewer natural areas present in Indianapolis to provide this habitat, Sargent Road Nature Park and Mud Creek Conservancy's other protected lands will have immediate and lasting impacts. This site supports an abundance of wildlife species such as migratory songbirds like Connecticut Warblers and Indigo Buntings, amphibians and reptiles like Slimy Salamanders and Kirtland's Snakes, mammals like American Beavers and Mink, and thousands of pollinators including the imperiled Monarch Butterfly. We believe it is important to preserve diverse wildlife and plant populations for their own well-being as well as the enjoyment and wonder they provide to Indy’s residents and visitors.
All of the beautiful life below was photographed on location:

Water Quality

This property is in a Drinking Water Protection Area and it's no wonder. The entire Mud Creek Valley sits atop a premier underground aquifer, providing drinking water to northeast Indy. Protecting the Mud Creek Valley extends beyond important habitat conservation concerns and into public welfare, with a shared motivation to protect its valuable water resources now and into the future. Clean water is in everyone’s best interest. Protection of this important aquifer includes the protection of the remaining natural areas that act as natural filters, necessary for clean water recharge.


These 25 acres also border Mud Creek and provide critical floodplain and riparian habitat to filter runoff before it enters the creek. Enhancing the water quality of Mud Creek, a tributary of Fall Creek and ultimately the White River in Indianapolis, will provide wide ranging and lasting benefits to the wildlife and residents of central Indiana.

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Observing Open Meadows

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