The mission of Shirley Heinze Land Trust is to preserve and restore natural lands and waters in northwestern Indiana, and to engage people in nature and conservation.
To connect individuals and communities to nature and build understanding and support for conservation.
We are committed to preserving nature for the benefit of future generations.
We are most effective when we work with other groups and individuals to accomplish shared goals.
We build trust by being honest, straightforward and reliable in all our relationships.
We respect the needs, values and traditions of our communities and actively seek to engage them in our work.
We try new approaches and test new ideas to achieve big goals.
Shirley Heinze Land Trust was founded in memory of Dr. Shirley Heinze, an Ogden Dunes resident who devoted her free time to enjoying and studying nature, and participating in the fight to save the Indiana Dunes. She encouraged others to do the same. After her death in 1978 at the age of 51, her longtime friends, Robert and Bette Lou Seidner, made a donation to endow a conservation organization in her name. Her life and legacy are a quiet inspiration for us – that one person can have an lasting impact.
Our offices are located in the Meadowbrook Conservation Center at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, just northwest of Valparaiso in Porter County. Visitors are welcome to call or stop in Monday through Friday. Office hours are 8:30am-5:00pm.
109 West 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385