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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 was a highlight this year, continuing our partnerships …

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Appreciation Days Were Fun for All!

Earlier this month, our community experienced the joy and wonder of nature through two engaging events organized by Shirley Heinze Land Trust. These events not only provided fun and education but also celebrated our ongoing efforts to preserve and appreciate our local natural habitats. Embracing the Great Outdoors at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve On November …

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Celebrating Volunteer of the Year

On the evening of October 19, 2023, the Brats & Brews Appreciation Event illuminated the Meadowbrook Nature Preserve pavilion. Despite the chilly and rainy weather outside, the atmosphere inside the pavilion radiated warmth and camaraderie. Shirley Heinze Land Trust proudly celebrated a cumulative 3,615 volunteer hours dedicated since October 2022. A special acknowledgement went to …

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2023- A Record Year for Bringing Nature Home

The Bringing Nature Home (BNH) recognition program is designed to inspire home gardeners, landscapers, businesses, and organizations to embrace landscaping with native plants, benefiting both aesthetics and local wildlife. Our goal is to heighten awareness about the critical role of native vegetation in supporting vibrant and resilient ecosystems. Native gardeners have been instrumental in aiding …

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Tom Murphy in front of his crops

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 in helping Shirley Heinze reach farmers and strategize effective means to …

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