Shirley Heinze Land Trust preserves and protects natural lands and waters in northwestern Indiana, engaging people in nature and conservation.
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Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been dedicated to the preservation and restoration of significant natural areas throughout northwestern Indiana. Today, more than 2,600 acres across Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph counties are permanently protected, and most of our nature preserves are open to the public to explore and enjoy.We invite you to explore our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and ways to donate, and see how you can help us protect northwestern Indiana’s natural areas, bringing people and nature a little closer in the process.

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Celebrating
40 Years of
Connecting
Communities
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Shirley Heinze Land Trust 40th Anniversary
Spring Benefit Celebration May 24 - 29, 2021
Celebrating
40 Years of
Connecting
Communities
to Nature!
Shirley Heinze Land Trust 40th Anniversary
Spring Benefit Celebration May 24 - 29, 2021
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April 18, 2021
We Are Water Protectors: StoryWalk at Ivanhoe South

Read a story along the trail at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve from April 18 – May 9. This free outdoor pop-up exhibit is open to visit anytime dawn to dusk....

April 19, 2021
Earth Week - Cleanup at a nearby Nature Preserve

Spending even 15 minutes to pick up trash during your visit makes a big impact!...

April 19, 2021
Earth Week - Garlic Mustard Removal

Spending even 15 minutes to pull garlic during your visit makes a big impact! This project requires basic plant identification skills to correctly identify invasive garlic mustard. You should also have...

April 19, 2021
Red's Nature Adventure: StoryWalk at Meadowbrook

Visit Meadowbrook Nature Preserve from April 19 – May 10 to read Red's Nature Adventure as you explore the trails. This free outdoor pop-up exhibit is open to visit anytime dawn to dusk....

April 20, 2021
Climate Watch: Monitoring Changes in Bird Populations

National Audubon’s Climate Watch Surveys allows birders to contribute their sightings to studies of how birds are responding to climate change....

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Read Our Latest Posts
By: Jim Haniford A few scattered reports have come in from around the preserve about a small, furry creature, glimpsed for just a matter of seconds in each instance. One staff member saw it run out from the tall grass as she approached on a riding mower.  Another encountered it running up a trail in...
Monitoring the American Mink: Part 1
October 22, 2020     Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces the completion of a new multipurpose pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, located at 25898 US 20, in South Bend, Indiana. The 56’ x 26’ open-air structure features a steel roof and a concrete floor. It will be used for various programming activities...
New Pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve
By: Mary Nell Murphy While driving on Hwy 12 near the Indiana Dunes parks last fall, I stopped at a wayside for a stretch break and looked across the road to a sea of watermelon pink under the forest canopy. Delightful? No! As I suspected, and as I confirmed “upon further review of the field” …...
Invasive Species Awareness Week: Burning Bush
The tenth season of our Bringing Nature Home Program was not to be deterred by a pandemic. The ability to spend time outdoors, tending to gardens and landscapes has become a great source of respite for many, and the applications came in. Plantings ranged from small city gardens to multi-acre rural landscapes....
Bringing Nature Home Garden Recognitions
Winter Hiking? Sure! By Evie Kirkwood Many avid warm weather hikers shun the chill of winter, but it’s a great time to be on the trails. If you’ve stayed away from winter hiking, wary of slippery or cold conditions, the right gear can improve the experience....
Winter Hiking? Sure!
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Visit a Preserve Near You!
From globally rare dune and swale in Gary to lovely moraine forests near Valparaiso, to one of the last remaining bogs in Indiana near South Bend, there is likely to be one of our nature preserves near your community, where you have the chance to experience the natural wonders of one of the most biodiverse regions in the country.
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Your Donation Makes a Difference
The generosity of individuals is the foundation of our support. Whether a few dollars, a few hundred, or more, your donations enable us to uphold our commitment to forever protect and restore lands and waters throughout northwestern Indiana. Discover the ways that you can donate money or land to support the enduring mission of Shirley Heinze Land Trust.
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Nature Preserve Volunteer
3,500 Hours Volunteered in 2020
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Whether you’d like to spend a few hours in nature by helping to maintain our trails and preserves, or assist with workshops and workdays that bring people closer to nature, or contribute behind the scenes to help Shirley Heinze Land Trust run smoothly, we need your help.
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Say Hello!
You may find us out in the field, maintaining our preserves, or at a meeting with conservation partners, or connecting with people in communities across northwestern Indiana. You may also find us in our offices, located on the edge of Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, just north of Valparaiso. Contact us today to say hello, learn more about what we do, and find out how you can help Shirley Heinze Land Trust protect natural places for generations to come.
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