Community Engagement

Amphitheater Project at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Help us Build an Amphitheater! Meadowbrook Nature Preserve has long served as a place of learning, exploration, and stewardship. With over four miles of public hiking trails, Meadowbrook is the perfect place for children and adults to gather outside for fun experiences in nature. Meadowbrook features woods, wetlands, streams, prairie pockets and reforested agricultural land. …

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Student Experiences in Conservation: Welcome Summer Interns!

This summer Shirley Heinze Land Trust is hosting 11 interns–our largest summer internship cohort to date! Broadly speaking, summer internships are part of our Student Experiences in Conservation program, which encompasses a variety of student-centered engagements with young people in both high school and college. During the summer, these internships are awarded to college students …

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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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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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plastic bottles

Plastic Free July

By Rory Kosior, GLISTEN intern from Indiana University, studying Environmental Science In Prince-Ruiz’s 2020 TedTalk in Perth, Australia she says, “Here’s the thing about big change, it’s got to start somewhere and it often starts with an individual.” Removing all plastic from our lifestyles is almost impossible, but it’s important that we don’t let that …

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Staff Awarded “Friend of the District”

Alicia Pellegrino, Kris Krouse, and Eric Bird accept the “Friend of the District” award from the Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District.   Earlier this month, staff attended the 70th annual meeting of the Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District and received the “Friend of the District” award.   Porter County Soil & …

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a line of colorful autumn trees at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Student Experiences in Conservation Program

Shirley Heinze Land Trust had ten high school and college students participate this year with our Student Experiences in Conservation program. These experiences covered a wide variety of topics including water quality, wildlife monitoring, climate resiliency, interpretive programming, and environmental stewardship. A big thank you to our faculty partners from University of Notre Dame, Holy …

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Photo of Rick Goltowski Granger Community Church

Flower Power: Plant Natives with Bringing Nature Home

The Bringing Nature Home Award is due August 20, 2022. Apply here! Native plants are pretty groovy—they have the power to sustain wildlife, protect our homes, and beautify communities. Shirley Heinze Land Trust works hard to restore natives throughout our nature preserves, and we also recognize the power a person holds to restore natural habitat. …

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