Shirley Heinze Land Trust preserves and protects natural lands and waters in northwestern Indiana, engaging people in nature and conservation.
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Preserve
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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

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 initiative.

We're striving for equity in the outdoors.

Through our new initiative, Activating Green Spaces, we will 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
February 15, 2023
Community Hike @ Meadowbrook

Join us for a hike to learn about the history of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, the Valparaiso Moraine, and the restoration efforts of our stewardship crew. We will meet under the pavilion at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, just north of the parking lot. Our Programs Coordinator, Mari Patis, will lead you through

Upcoming Events
February 15, 2023
Adopt-A-Trail & Preserve Steward Training

   Adopt-A-Trail AND Preserve Steward Training

Join our Adopt-A-Trail and Preserve Steward training session, held on February 15th from 4pm-5pm. Today, more than 3,000 acres across Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, and Marshall counties are permanently protected. With a total of 17 conservation

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February 18, 2023
Great Lydick Bird Count

Join us in gathering important information about bird populations with South Bend Elkhart Audubon. Birding is easy as 1, 2, 3!

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February 20, 2023
Meadowbrook Monday

Meadowbrook Monday
Seed Cleaning Social Indoor Volunteer Event

Join on Meadowbrook Monday February 20th  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,

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February 21, 2023
Become a Volunteer Naturalist Hike Leader

Get trained in leading hikes for Shirley Heinze Land Trust!

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Read Our Latest Posts
2022 Highlights
2022 Highlights
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Student Experiences in Conservation Program
Student Experiences in Conservation Program
Shirley Heinze Land Trust had ten high school and college students participate this year with our Student Experiences in Conservation program. These experiences covered a wide variety of topics including water quality, wildlife monitoring, climate resiliency, interpretive programming, and environmental...
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 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.