Shirley Heinze Land Trust preserves and protects natural lands and waters in northwestern Indiana, engaging 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.
Featured Events
Nature in the Arts
Shirley Heinze is hosting free, family-friendly, public arts & crafts events all through 2023!

Visit the Nature in the Arts page for details!

Shirley Heinze is hosting free, public, family-friendly arts events in 2022!

Nature in the Arts

Origami Frogs

Shirley Heinze is hosting free, public, family-friendly arts events in 2022!

Take a look at all of the events we're hosting (left), and visit the Nature in the Arts page to see our upcoming virtual events.

Take a look at all of the events we're hosting (above), and visit the Nature in the Arts page to see our upcoming virtual events.

Upcoming Events
June 19, 2023
Meadowbrook Monday

Support our native plant restoration efforts at our preserves through our Grow One Keep One program! Bring your native seedling from March if you have one, and help transplant native plant seedlings into larger containers.

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June 21, 2023
Summer Solstice Hike @ Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. With all that extra daylight, there's plenty of time to take a hike with Shirley Heinze Land Trust!

We will walk through the wetlands and woods of Lydick Bog Nature Preserve and observe the changes that summer brings. You'll also learn about the

Upcoming Events
July 22, 2023
Nature in the Arts @ St. Francis Nature Preserve

Explore the many ways nature can restore you, then find creativity in local wetlands to create your own art piece.

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August 19, 2023
Nature in the Arts @ Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Make and take your own pollinator and native plant craft with the Art Barn School of Art and Chesterton Art Center!

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September 30, 2023
Nature in the Arts @ Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

Make your own carnivorous plant and visit with local plein air artists while visiting one of our most biodiverse properties!

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Read Our Latest Posts
Shirley Heinze Snapshot 3: The Great Marsh, June 1, 2023
Shirley Heinze Snapshot 3: The Great Marsh, June 1, 2023
By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the third in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  It will focus on the types of plants that can be found in our Great Marsh properties, those whose seeds we harvest for planting...
Shirley Heinze Snapshot 2: The Great Marsh, May 7, 2023
Shirley Heinze Snapshot 2: The Great Marsh, May 7, 2023
By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the second in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve. How quickly things change!  What just a few short weeks ago was a barren brown landscape has now morphed into a mottled sea of...
8 Million Birds
8 Million Birds
By: Melissa Washburn Does that sound like an awful lot of birds? Last year I learned that that’s the estimated number of individual birds that flew overhead in just the first three days of Indiana Audubon’s annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. Northwest Indiana is an ideal pit stop for birds during...
Shirley Heinze Snapshot: The Great Marsh, March 20, 2023
Shirley Heinze Snapshot: The Great Marsh, March 20, 2023
By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Welcome to the Shirley Heinze Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve!  This is the first in what will be a series of “snapshots” featuring the preserve over the course of 2023. The Great Marsh properties of Shirley Heinze Land Trust comprise about 70 of its 87 acres of...
Staff Awarded “Friend of the District”
Staff Awarded “Friend of the District”
Alicia Pellegrino, Kris Krouse, and Eric Bird accept the “Friend of the District” award from the Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District.   Earlier this month, staff attended the 70th annual meeting of the Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District and received...
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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 1,500 Hours Volunteered in 2022
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.