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.
Featured Event
Fall Appreciation Days
Join us on May 4 for an evening of food, music, and community as we celebrate all they ways we are “Branching into New Waters!”

2024 Spring Benefit

2024 Spring Benefit

Upcoming Events
March 8, 2024
Volunteer Workday @ Lydick Bog

Lydick Bog is truly a place like no other. The rare bog habitat is home to many delicate and unique plant species, and all manner of wildlife and fungi thrive on the floating mat of peat- and the forest and field around it. Controlling invasive species in an ecosystem like this one is crucial to preserving...

Upcoming Events
March 11, 2024
Meadowbrook Monday: Grow One Keep One Prep

Help us kickoff the popular Grow One, Keep One program for 2024!

As our recent series of seed cleaning workdays have  illustrated, native plant propagation is one of the most important aspects of stewardship at Shirley Heinze. On March 11th, we'll start preparing the donated milk jugs for planting...

Upcoming Events
March 22, 2024
Volunteer Workday @ Meadowbrook: Filling Jugs for Grow One Keep One

Come help us make 2024's Grow One Keep One program the biggest success yet! The propagation of native flora remains a cornerstone of our stewardship mission.On March 22, you can help us fill our donated milk jugs with soil and seeds! Take two (or more) planted native seeds home with you and nurture the...

Upcoming Events
April 10, 2024
Wellness Walk @ Meadowbrook

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

Upcoming Events
May 10, 2024
Wellness Walk @ Ivanhoe South

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

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Read Our Latest Posts
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...
The Value of Connecting to Nature through Art
The Value of Connecting to Nature through Art
Nature in the Arts celebrated its third year with events at Meadowbrook, St. Francis, Ivanhoe South, and Lydick Bog Nature Preserves. Each event offered family-friendly activities and hiking opportunities that focused on the unique features of each site. Nature in the Arts at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve...
Shirley Heinze Snapshot 9: The Great Marsh, November 1, 2023
Shirley Heinze Snapshot 9: The Great Marsh, November 1, 2023
November Marsh By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the ninth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve that I began writing in March of this year.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them, and that you have learned a bit...
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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.