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Trails, Trees and Trillium in Northwest Indiana

This blog entry was originally posted through Enbridge on October 5, 2021. Some information has been updated from the original post. Shirley Heinze Land Trust uses Meadowbrook Nature Preserve trail system to engage residents in nature and conservation On a guided hike through Meadowbrook Nature Preserve in northwest Indiana, visitors traverse newly expanded trail systems through oak …

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Celebrating Nature in the Arts at Lydick Bog!

This summer, to commemorate the 40th anniversary, we began a new initiative, “Nature in the Arts,” which aims to connect people to nature through their appreciation of the arts. On August 14, we held a “Paint Out” at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve in South Bend. Plein-air painters from the Northern Indiana Pastel Society were scattered …

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Public Notice: Application for Land Trust Accreditation

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Shirley Heinze Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the …

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Big Changes Coming to Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

We are excited to be moving forward with improvements to public access at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. Beginning in April 2019, Shirley Heinze Land Trust convened staff, board members, regional partners, and other stakeholders to conduct an assessment for Meadowbrook within its broader community context. This work helped us identify the most urgent needs to maximize …

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Spring Benefit Celebrates 40 Years of Land Conservation

Shirley Heinze Land Trust recently held its 40th Anniversary Spring Benefit. The week-long event was presented from May 24 through May 29, 2021, with daily video stories that celebrated the organization’s achievements and highlighted exciting new initiatives to promote climate resiliency, establish conservation destinations at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve in Valparaiso and Lydick Bog Nature Preserve …

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Saying Goodbye to Garlic Mustard

By Audra Ebling Growing up as a city kid, I regarded any plant that bloomed as beautiful and “good,” a worthy specimen, a garden treasure. I knew better than to pick the flowers my mom cultivated in our backyard borders but the yellow dandelions in the grass were fair game and she kindly received many …

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The Secretive Legless Lizard

By Evan Kaiafas The sand prairie regions of Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois are filled with an incredible diversity of reptiles and amphibians. Many of these species are what I like to call “sand specialists” because, through evolution, they have become perfectly equipped to deal with the unique conditions of a sand prairie ecosystem. These …

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