Bringing Nature Home

Complete and submit the online application below no later than July 20, 2020.

Planting Criteria:

  • Plantings should be primarily at least in the second growing season.
  • Native plants are defined as those growing in this region before European settlement. Learn more here.
  • Landscaping must be generally free of invasive, non-native plants. Learn more about Invasive species here.
  • At least one water source for wildlife and/or water conservation
  • Entrants must be located in Lake, Porter, LaPorte or St. Joseph Counties in Indiana.

What happens next?

Our Bringing Nature Home Committee, made up of staff and volunteers, will review your application and sure that your garden meets the program criteria.

This year, instead of an in person visit, we will arrange a phone call to talk to you about your garden/landscape.

Applicant Information

What is your relationship to this project?

Planting Information

Planting Category

If Organizaton, Please Choose Type
Commercial (Business, Office, Residential, etc)Institutional (Gov Agency, Church, School, Non-profit, etc)

Planting Address

Planting Size

Installation Date (Must be in at least second growing season)

Owner (If different from applicant)

Other Contributers

Planting Questions

List native plant species (including flowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, shrubs, and trees) in planting, using common and/or scientific names, if possible, and approximate quantities.

How does your planting contribute to the local ecosystem? (check all that apply)
Host plants for insectsPollen for pollinatorsNectar for pollinators, hummingbirds, etcSeeds for birdsFruit for wildlife

Water for Wildlife/Water Conservation
PondBird BathRain GardenMulchRain BarrelOther (Please attach explanation and photo)

Submit three to five photographs showing your planting in jpg format. If possible, please include yourself in at least one photo. (Max file size 5MB)

List first and last names of all people in your photos.

Grant of License
With my electronic signature below, I grant to Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Inc. (SHLT) and their partnering organizations (Partners) an unlimited, royalty-free license to use my photographs for promotional, non-profit purposes. I have provided the names of all persons depicted in my photos, and I represent that I have obtained their permission for the use of their images in this award program and for promoting SHLT and its Partners.

I have reviewed the completed entry form and do not object to the submission or publication of this material.

Applicant e-signature

I verify I am the above stated

If desired, you may submit additional photos to Communications Coordinator Barb Labus at