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, 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
to Nature!
Shirley Heinze Land Trust 40th Anniversary
Spring Benefit Celebration May 24 - 29, 2021
Benefit_Hero-100
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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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Sights Among the Stars: How to Find Your Way Around the Night Sky
August 10, 2021

Have you ever wondered how to find the North Star? Is that bright star I'm seeing actually a planet? Using bright stars and constellations, you can learn how to find your way around the night sky....

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Nature in the Arts: Paint Out
August 14, 2021

Join us at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve for painting, music, and celebrating Nature in the Arts!...

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Nature in the Arts: Monotype Workshop
August 21, 2021

Create your own monotype print at Meadowbrook with Art Barn School of Art!...

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Appreciation Hikes
October 2, 2021

Join us for our annual Appreciation Hike! In 2021, hikes will occur simultaneously at several preserves, so you can visit your favorite preserve, or your closest preserve! Details coming soon....

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Native Landscaping for Birds and Insects
October 19, 2021

Join us to delve deeper into the benefits of native landscaping, answering questions like, what plants are best for birds and caterpillars?...

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Discovering a New Passion in The Great Marsh
Discovering a New Passion in The Great Marsh
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INSIGHTS Fall 2020 – Vol 23 Issue 2
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Partnership Week 2020 – Community Partners
Partnership Week 2020 – Community Partners
Nature is for EVERYONE, and on this final day of Partnership week, we are celebrating the many individuals, organizations, schools, corporations and government agencies who are helping to make local nature accessible, fun, and educational for ALL who visit and reside in northwestern Indiana. A very special...
INSIGHTS Spring 2020 – Vol 23 Issue 1
INSIGHTS Spring 2020 – Vol 23 Issue 1
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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.