Shirley Heinze Land Trust preserves and restores natural lands and waters in northwestern Indiana, and engages people in nature and conservation.
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Engage
Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been dedicated to the preservation and restoration of significant natural areas throughout northwestern Indiana. Today, approximately 3,400 acres across Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Marshall, and Starke 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.
Bringing Nature Home Award
The Bringing Nature Home program recognizes the efforts of those who are creating healthier habitats for pollinators, wildlife, and people.

Submit your native plant garden to the Bringing Nature Home program today!

The Bringing Nature Home Award recognizes the efforts of those who are creating healthier habitats for pollinators, wildlife, and people.

Submit your native plant garden for the Bringing Nature Home Award today!

Bringing Nature Home Award
Applications Due August 20th

Bringing Nature Home
Applications Due August 1

Upcoming Events
July 12, 2024
Learning the Land: Stewarding Beauty

Join us and our first artist-in-residence, Joel Sheesley, for the grand opening of, Learning the Land: Stewarding Beauty, on July 12 for a lecture from 4-5pm and the exhibit opening from 5-7pm. ...

Upcoming Events
July 13, 2024
Volunteer Workday @ Greiner with Citizens for A Sustainable Hobart

Shirley Heinze is teaming up with Citizens for A Sustainable Hobart, a grassroots organization committed to promoting conservation, sustainability, and climate resilience in Hobart! We'll be collecting litter and pulling trash from Gordon & Faith Greiner Nature Preserve. Come out and lend us a hand at...

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July 20, 2024
Volunteer Workday @ Coulter

One of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse preserves in Northwest Indiana, Coulter features lizards and cactii alongside varying milkweed species and a wide range of other native life. Non-native sweet clover threatens the diversity of this life, and we plan to pull it to prevent its spread....

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July 20, 2024
Nature in the Arts - Wellness in the Wetlands

Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Franciscan Health Michigan City are partnering with Shirley Heinze Land Trust for Nature in the Arts at St. Francis Nature Preserve on Saturday, July 20. This event is free and includes a variety of art projects you'll get to take home!

Wetlands are crucial to human...

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July 20, 2024
The Sounds and Sights of Insects at Night

Join us for a special evening program to observe the nighttime insects of Meadowbrook, from moths to fireflies, weevils and more!...

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Amphitheater Project at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve
Amphitheater Project at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve
Help us Build an Amphitheater! Meadowbrook Nature Preserve has long served as a place of learning, exploration, and stewardship. With over four miles of public hiking trails, Meadowbrook is the perfect place for children and adults to gather outside for fun experiences in nature. Meadowbrook features...
Student Experiences in Conservation: Welcome Summer Interns!
Student Experiences in Conservation: Welcome Summer Interns!
This summer Shirley Heinze Land Trust is hosting 11 interns–our largest summer internship cohort to date! Broadly speaking, summer internships are part of our Student Experiences in Conservation program, which encompasses a variety of student-centered engagements with young people in both high school...
We grow together
We grow together
Over the last 2 years Porter County Farm Bureau’s partnership with Shirley Heinze Land Trust has flowered in ways we could have only imagined.  Our most recent example is Shirley Heinze’s support for our “Take Care, We’re Farming Around Here” public safety initiative. 21 years ago, while serving as Trustee...
Protecting Our Streams: Why Water Quality Matters
Protecting Our Streams: Why Water Quality Matters
Northwest Indiana is a highly industrialized region, and despite significant legislation and safeguards, industrial by-products such as heavy metals still sometimes manage to find their way into our local watersheds. These occurrences are rare, but establishing a water quality monitoring program is important...
Volunteers Make Way at Meadowbrook
Volunteers Make Way at Meadowbrook
In July of 2021, Shirley Heinze’s stewardship staff and volunteers from Cleveland Cliffs began felling trees and clearing brush to create a new trail at the front of Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. It was just one aspect of a master plan guided by a vision that included making Meadowbrook more accessible...
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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
Over 4,118 Hours Volunteered in 2023
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.