Discovering a New Passion in The Great Marsh

By Dale Nichols Given the right growing conditions, the budding seed of curiosity can sometimes blossom into a wonderful new passion.  My name is Dale Nichols, and this is a story about a three-and-a-half-month journey of discovery involving my own curiosity with, well, seeds—more specifically the seeds of native plants growing in the Shirley Heinze …

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Partnership Week 2020 – Community Partners

Nature is for EVERYONE, and on this final day of Partnership week, we are celebrating the many individuals, organizations, schools, corporations and government agencies who are helping to make local nature accessible, fun, and educational for ALL who visit and reside in northwestern Indiana. A very special thanks to our partners including Urban League of …

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Partnership Week 2020 – Land Conservation Partners

Our partners in land conservation include individuals and families, non-profits and private corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies. They provide advice, expertise, and funding to help us preserve precious natural lands and waters here in northwestern Indiana. We recently protected another 50 acres of land within the Little Calumet River Conservation Area. The …

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Partnership Week 2020 – Volunteer Partners

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Individuals from various walks and stages of life, generously donate their time and talents. They are essential to all aspects of our work, from projects out in the community and on our preserves, to serving as board, advisory council, and committee members, volunteering their time and professional expertise. …

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Partnership Week 2020 – Stewardship Partners

Our Stewardship program is dedicated to the use of wise management principles to enhance and restore the lands and waters we protect. An enormous amount of collaboration and strategic planning with national, state and local partners must take place to enable our experienced staff to implement this work across our diverse nature preserves here in …

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Headless Zombie Oak Haunts Walnut Woods Preserve!

By Glenn N. Major, Volunteer Preserve Steward at Walnut Woods Nature Preserve Maybe we should rename Walnut Woods to Sleepy Hollow. Long ago, a Red Oak tree at the preserve may have been hit by lightning, resulting in its canopy falling to the forest floor where it sits today, feeding mushrooms and moss. Its branchless, …

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Gardening from the Roots to the Treetops – Create a Backyard Food Forest!

By Christine Maloney Four mature maple trees around my house (two on the south and two on the north) leave only a narrow strip of full sun in the middle to grow my favorite sun-loving garden crops.  To complicate things further, my house and driveway take up the majority of that area in my typical …

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The Flora Richardson Foundation and the GLISTEN Program

Our 2020 GLISTEN Interns By Eric Bird Initially worried that we may not have to the ability to work with GLISTEN Liaisons this year, we were fortunate to find two students with the ambition and perseverance to work through this year’s Covid challenges. Ashlynn Morin and Alexander Hlebasko, both students at Indiana University Northwest, were …

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photo of new pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

Press Release: New Pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

October 22, 2020     Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces the completion of a new multipurpose pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, located at 25898 US 20, in South Bend, Indiana. The 56’ x 26’ open-air structure features a steel roof and a concrete floor. It will be used for various programming activities and will be …

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