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 2,800 acres across Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, and Marshall 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
Activating Green Spaces
We're striving for equity in the outdoors.

Through our new initiative, Activating Green Spaces, we aim to provide environmental education and outdoor experiences for underrepresented communities in Gary, IN.

Activating Green Spaces

pictures of birders in Gary, Indiana

Thanks to NIPSCO for providing grant funding for this project, and to our partners Brown Faces Green Spaces, Aetna Manor Revitalization Program, Gary Community School Corporation, West Side Leadership Academy, and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, INC.

Thanks to NIPSCO for providing grant funding for this project, and to our partners Brown Faces Green Spaces, Aetna Manor Revitalization Program, Gary Community School Corporation, West Side Leadership Academy, and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, INC.

We're striving for equity in the outdoors.

Through our new initiative, Activating Green Spaces, we aim to provide environmental education and outdoor experiences for underrepresented communities in Gary, IN.

Thanks to NIPSCO for providing grant funding for this project, and to our partners Brown Faces Green Spaces, Aetna Manor Revitalization Program, Gary Community School Corporation, West Side Leadership Academy, and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, INC.

We're striving for equity in the outdoors.

Through our new initiative, Activating Green Spaces, we aim to provide environmental education and outdoor experiences for underrepresented communities in Gary, IN.

Activating Green Spaces

Upcoming Events
December 12, 2022
Seed Cleaning Social

Seed Cleaning Social Indoor Volunteer Event

On Monday December 12th we will be having a Seed Cleaning Social from 9pm-12pm. Volunteers will be INDOORS with our staff as we clean native seeds that will be distributed at a Shirley Heinze Preserve! As you can imagine, native plants are vital to the

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December 16, 2022
Community Hike @ Meadowbrook

Explore Meadowbrook Nature Preserve and its many habitat types. Learn about the history of the Valparaiso Moraine and our conservation efforts at Shirley Heinze.

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December 19, 2022
Bittersweet Berries

Join us as we remove bittersweet berries on the first and third Monday of every month as we work on a variety of projects at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve to improve and beautify the preserve. December 19th between 9am-12pm we will be focusing on removing invasive species, which crowd out our native plants

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January 1, 2023
New Year's Day Hike @ Lydick Bog

Photo by Mark Blassage

Start off 2023 right by hiking with Shirley Heinze Land Trust! Local ecologist Steve Sass will lead you through the winter wonderland of Lydick Bog. Winter is a beautiful time of year to explore the bog:

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January 25, 2023
Annual Volunteer Opportunities Call Out

Annual Volunteer Opportunities Call Out
 

Interested in finding a volunteer opportunity that suites your needs or hour requirements?  Tune in if you are a new volunteer or looking to be refreshed on the opportunities we offer here at Shirley Heinze. Join us on January 25 from 4pm-5pm!

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INSIGHTS – Fall 2022 Volume 25 Issue 2
INSIGHTS – Fall 2022 Volume 25 Issue 2
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Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District: Partnerships Make an Impact
Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District: Partnerships Make an Impact
By the people and for the people is how the Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) came to be. Hundreds of Porter County landowners successfully petitioned the State of Indiana for its creation and in 1952 the SWCD was established as a sub-division of state government. From the start,...
Interview with Valparaiso Farmer Tom Murphy
Interview with Valparaiso Farmer Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy, a Northwest Indiana farmer, partners with Shirley Heinze Land Trust on the Agricultural Land Program, developed with local farmers and agricultural organizations in order to surface resources and planning guidance to preserve NWI farmland for generations to come. Murphy has been instrumental...
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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 2021
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.