Protecting Our Streams: Why Water Quality Matters

Northwest Indiana is a highly industrialized region, and despite significant legislation and safeguards, industrial by-products such as heavy metals still sometimes manage to find their way into our local watersheds. These occurrences are rare, but establishing a water quality monitoring program is important for understanding the current health of our local watersheds, which are of …

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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 to those protected by the …

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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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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 about our …

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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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