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 3,000 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
June 15, 2024
The Sounds and Sights of Insects by Night

Look for nighttime insects like moths, lightning bugs, and cicadas with local insect enthusiast Chris Joll and Shirley Heinze Land Trust staff....

Upcoming Events
June 24, 2024
Meadowbrook Monday - Grow One Keep One Transplant

The seedlings sprouted by this year's Grow One Keep One program are now tall enough to leave their milk jug greenhouses! Join us on Monday, June 24th to help transplant them into flats, where they will continue to grow and thrive until the plugs are ready to be planted in the autumn.

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Upcoming Events
July 10, 2024
Wellness Walk @ Gordon & Faith Greiner

Unwind and connect with nature with our Wellness Walks series....

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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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...
Winter Creature Feature
Winter Creature Feature
Humans aren’t alone in adopting new routines during the winter months; the natural world falls into its own seasonal rhythm during this time of year. In this Creature Feature, we’ll explore the unique ways that three native species adapt to the cold. Shirley Heinze Land Trust nature preserves...
Nature at Home: December Activity
Nature at Home: December Activity
December Activity: Winter Activity Page – Welcome to the fourth installment of the Nature at Home series. As nature falls into the cooler, slower rhythm of winter, there’s no better time to celebrate the wonders of the season. – Click the highlighted text to download the activity: Winter...
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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.